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What is Grassroots Advocacy?

Grassroots advocacy for AAOE is the mobilization of our membership to effect change on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Bureaucracy.

Why is Grassroots Advocacy Important?

AAOE firmly believes that its membership holds the key to changing the legislative and regulatory landscape for orthopaedic practice executives and their physicians. Not only are they experts in the field of practice management but they are the constituents of Members of Congress and ultimately, a voter. In a 2011 Congressional Management Foundation study, 97% of staffers surveyed agreed that “In-Person Issue Visits from Constituents” were influential in a members’ decision making.[1]

AAOE wants to harness the power of our 1,300 member strong ranks and turn it into positive change for our profession, physicians, and most importantly the patients we serve. You can get involved by heading over to the Legislative Action Center and writing your member of Congress about one of the issues posted there, or you can invite a member of Congress to tour your practice and teach them about the problems facing orthopaedics and the medical field. However you choose to engage your elected officials, grassroots advocacy is all about connecting and in legislative and regulatory advocacy every connection counts!

The Goal of AAOE’s Grassroots Advocacy

The goal of AAOE’s grassroots advocacy efforts is to become the source of information for legislators and regulators on matters concerning orthopaedic practice administration. When an issue comes before Congress such as the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, AAOE wants a seat at the table and we can only get that with your help.

How Can You Participate?

There are several ways in which you can participate in AAOE’s grassroots advocacy efforts.

  • Visit our Legislative Action Center and send your legislators an email or letter on one of the issues we care about.
  • Contact AAOE Government Affairs staff to schedule an in-district or Capitol Hill visit with your Member of Congress.
  • Become a social media activist for AAOE.
  • Invite your Members of Congress to tour your practice to learn more about Orthopaedics.
  • Write a comment letter on a proposed rule.
  • Join the AAOE Advocacy Council.

 


[1] The Partnership for a More Perfect Union, “Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill,” Congressional Management Foundation, 2011, http://www.congressfoundation.org/projects/communicating-with-congress/perceptions-of-citizen-advocacy-on-capitol-hill, accessed 21 August 2014.

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