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Advocate at Home Program

Thank you for your interest in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy and Health Policy’s (DAHP) Advocate at Home Program. Participating in the At Home program is a powerful way to raise the profile of issues you care about with elected officials. Regularly visit this web page to learn more information about the program, including participation deadlines for the 2020 At Home Program.

Be an advocate in your home districtWhy Should You Participate?

Meeting with your elected officials is a powerful way to raise the profile of issues and effect change. While members of Congress and their staff are well-versed on many issues, surgeons are the experts on surgical issues.

Senators and representatives return to their home states and districts during Congressional work periods to spend time with their constituents. In-district meetings are a great opportunity to meet with policymakers nearby and assist them in gauging what is important to constituents and the surgical community.

Planning a successful in-district meeting is easier than you think! While scheduling is subject to each member of Congress’ availability, DAHP staff will stay in touch and make every attempt to schedule “At Home” meetings during Congressional work periods. If scheduling conflicts occur, DAHP staff will contact you to revisit other potential in-district meeting opportunities.

2019 Program Recap

The ACS DAHP Advocate at Home Program—designed for all surgeon advocates—was established to expand Fellow engagement with the College’s grassroots advocacy efforts, while also meeting with elected officials to raise the profile of ACS policy priorities and effect change. Surgeons have the ability to develop relationships with policymakers and offer to serve as trusted advisors on health care, while continuing to advocate for issues impacting the surgical community.

DAHP staff works to provide a seamless meeting experience by providing the necessary resources to schedule, prepare for, and facilitate an in-district meeting.

A special thanks to all 2019 At Home participants! Since the program launched in August, 31 Fellows from 27 Congressional districts across the country expressed interest in participating. By mid-September, 16 Fellows met with 19 members of Congress at home to educate them about important issues facing surgeons and patients, including:

  • Surprise/unanticipated medical billing
  • Burdensome Prior Authorization requirements within Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Cancer research and funding requests

Since the program’s inception, At Home Program meeting assessments have been extremely positive. DAHP staff welcomes additional feedback to ensure that this program’s continued success and expansion remain a top priority.

Resources

Audience

This program is designed for all surgeon advocates, including but not limited to:

  • Health policy and advocacy committee and group members
  • Advocacy Summit attendees
  • Chapter leaders

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Take Action

The College has several legislative priorities that have the potential to be considered during the remainder of the 116th Congress and beyond. Regularly visit the SurgeonsVoice Advocacy Center to identify issues important to you, and take action to have your voice heard on Capitol Hill.