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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

In October 2009, as a reflection of the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) support of local-level advocacy efforts by ACS Chapters in their respective states, the Board of Governors Committee on Chapter Relations (GCCR) considered a proposal requesting the development and implementation of a chapter advocacy grant program to help support a state capitol lobby day. The proposal was supported and signed by 27 ACS chapters, and was unanimously accepted by the Board of Governors. The Board of Regents approved this program in February 2010, and renewed it in February 2012. ACS Chapters interested in applying for a grant should download the program application and guidelines below.

Under this grant program, ACS chapters may apply annually for a grant for up to $5,000 or an enhanced grant for $15,000 in a given year. The standard lobby day grant requires that a chapter 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 of $7,500. The enhanced $15,000 grant requires a chapter match of $5,000. Once grant recipients are selected, they will be assigned a member of the ACS State Affairs team to assist with the planning and on-site implementation of the event. Chapters are encouraged to download our State Lobby Day Toolkit.

Download the standard program application and guidelines

Download the enhanced program application and guidelines

Contact Us

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