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Chapter Advocacy

Chapter Advocacy

ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) comprised of State, Federal, Quality, and Regulatory teams exist to advance the College’s health policy agenda at the state, federal, and administrative levels through lobbying activities, grassroots efforts, and political affairs.

Our health policy agenda consists of a variety of issues including Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform, quality and patient safety, graduate medical education financing and governance, definition of surgery, UEVHPA, trauma systems, cancer and research funding, scope of practice, health information technology, and more.

The College also helps members get started as surgical advocates by providing information about local advocacy, grassroots efforts, current and pending state legislation, and regulations. If you wish to become more involved in advocacy, we encourage you to attend the Leadership and Advocacy Summit —an annual summit where you can learn how to become the voice of surgical care that Congress trusts.

How Chapters Can Get Involved

Participating in advocacy activities can seem a bit confusing, especially if you have never done so. Questions arise as to how to do it, what to say, and where further information may be obtained on numerous state legislative and regulatory issues of interest. To learn about the many facets of grassroots advocacy, and to utilize the plethora of Web-based information on state-related issues, check out our state resources.

Chapter Advocacy Grant Program and State Lobby Days

The Chapter Advocacy Grant program allows chapters to organize a state capitol lobby day with financial support from the College. Chapters may apply annually for a grant for up to $5,000 in a given year, and must match one dollar for every two received. For example, a grant of $5,000 would require a chapter match of $2,500, for a total $7,500. There are a variety of different formats that chapters may follow when planning the state lobby day. The College has put together a State Lobby Day Toolkit to support ACS chapters in organizing lobby days in their respective state capitals. In addition to the toolkit, ACS State Affairs staff is available to assist with overall planning, provide meeting training, and participate in the event.  ACS Chapters interested in applying for a grant should download our program application and guidelines. Please contact ACS State Affairs staff at 202-337-2701 or for more information.

Contact Us

For more information on the DAHP please contact, visit the Advocacy web page, or call 202-337-2701.