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Advocacy at Home

Thank you for engaging in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy and Health Policy’s (DAHP) advocacy efforts at home! By advocating at home, you will continue to help raise the profile of issues important to surgeons and surgical patients and establish yourself as a trusted resource to your members of Congress and their staff. Your continued involvement demonstrates your commitment to surgeon advocacy, particularly developing and maintaining relationships with important elected officials.

Why Should You Participate?

Be an advocate in your home districtThe DAHP works to educate members of Congress and their staff daily on the many issues facing the surgical profession and the surgical patient. To be truly influential, ACS needs surgeon advocates to take action to inform their lawmakers of the many health care-related issues that face the surgical community. To ensure that surgery’s voice is heard in Washington, DC, and across the country we must all do our part.

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

Regularly meeting with your elected officials at home 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 policy topics, surgeons are the experts on surgical issues.

Interacting with your member of Congress is easier than you think! While scheduling is subject to each member of Congress’ availability, DAHP staff developed several resources to assist you with these efforts.

Resources

Audience

All ACS members should consider becoming more engaged surgeon advocates, including but not limited to:

  • Advocacy Summit attendees
  • Chapter leaders
  • Health policy and advocacy committee and group members
  • Officers and Board of Regents
  • Resident and Associate Society (RAS) and Young Fellows Association (YFA) members

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.