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2018 Advocate at Home Program Recap

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy and Health Policy’s (DAHP) Advocate at Home Program—designed for all surgeon advocates—was established to expand Fellow engagement within the College’s grassroots advocacy efforts while demonstrating the importance of meeting with elected officials to raise the profile of ACS policy priorities and effect change. Subsequently, surgeons have the ability to develop relationships with policymakers and offer to serve as trusted advisors while continuing to advocate for meaningful change at home.

A special thanks to all our 2018 At Home participants! Since the program launched in August, 30 Fellows from 25 Congressional districts across the country expressed interest in participating. By mid-September, 15 Fellows met with 10 members of Congress at home to educate them about important issues facing surgeons and patients, including:

  • Reducing administrative burdens through the College’s Stop Overregulating My OR (SOMO) initiative
  • Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA)
  • ACS efforts to address the opioid epidemic

For many members, these were familiar federal legislative priorities; an extension of those covered at the 2018 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit. Additionally, the information shared regarding PAHPA reauthorization and opioids are timely issues that Congress is expected to address prior to the midterm elections.

DAHP staff makes these meetings as easy as possible, by providing all of the resources to schedule, prepare for, and facilitate an in-district meeting. Although meeting assessments have been extremely positive, stating that duration, substance, and policymaker interaction was exceptional, ensuring this program’s continued success and expansion is a DAHP staff priority.