- Issue Identification, Research, and Analysis
- Lobbying For or Against Legislation
- Building Relationships with Legislators
- All of the Above
The answer is, of course, E. All of the above! Advocacy can be any number of things: something as simple as dropping by a legislator's office to say "hello" or as complex as litigation. Any activity that supports an idea or cause is advocacy, including such things as: lobbying a bill; relationship building; and educating legislators and the public.
By reading through these materials you'll learn the how-tos of grassroots advocacy in greater detail. The lists of activities are not exclusive—get creative and come up with new ideas! As a physician, you are the professional best able to advocate on behalf of health care issues. No one is a better expert on these issues, and legislators need and want to hear what you have to say about them. Because legislators have to deal with massive amounts of legislation on a variety of topics, they can't be experts on everything. A physician advocate can be one of those experts, providing personal insights into the problems that patients and physicians have within the health care system.