On May 11, ACR leadership representatives from the Board of Directors, the Affiliate Societies Council and the Committee on Government Affairs and RheumPAC will take the ACR’s policy messages to Capitol Hill for the Advocacy Leadership Conference. There is power in numbers, so we hope you will participate in our Virtual Hill Day by visiting SimpleTasks and letting your members of Congress know where you stand.
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- Write, call, or email your legislators. Your members of Congress are elected to represent you. Contact them frequently to let them know how you feel about important issues.
- Schedule a meeting with your members of Congress in Washington, D.C. Visiting your legislators in Washington, D.C., helps build a relationship and shows that you are a committed advocate.
- Get your patients involved—they are constituents, too. Encourage them to call or write their members of Congress.
- Invite your legislators to your office. This is a great opportunity to educate members of Congress on the importance of the rheumatology subspecialty and the effect that arthritis and rheumatic conditions have on quality of life.
- Meet with your legislators in their district office. An in-person meeting is an effective way to convey your message and allows you to build relationships with your legislators.
- Volunteer for a campaign. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the political process. Support the candidate who will best represent the rheumatology community.
We must stay united to effect change. Contact your elected officials, and make your voice heard. To find your legislators’ contact information or for more information on ACR advocacy activities, visit here or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Should You Talk to Them About?
- Visit the Legislative Action Center for the ACR’s most up-to-date policy issues.
- Review ACR press releases for reactions to the current policies proposed by Congress.
Visit SimpleTasks at any time to send your thoughts on these issues to your elected officials. Content for your letter is available on the site, so you can easily conduct your virtual Hill visit today!