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Advocacy Council Charges
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Purpose: The Council serves to represent, promote, and advocate the policy interests of the Association regarding policies, laws, regulations, and other developments that may affect the Association, orthopaedic practice management, and/or orthopaedic medicine.

Charge: The Council shall monitor all federal legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments that may affect the Association, orthopaedic practice management, and/or orthopaedic medicine and shall advise the Board of Directors and government affairs staff about these issues.

The Council shall coordinate with government affairs staff to communicate Association views on policy issues affecting the Association and its membership to the federal government. The Council shall work with government affairs staff to prepare and communicate Association positions to appropriate governmental bodies and to other interested groups. On time sensitive issues, the manner of communication shall be determined by the chair, government affairs staff, and the Board liaison.

The Council shall inform the membership of notable policy issues and developments and other relevant matters through a monthly newsletter, The OrthoActivist: The AAOE Legislative and Regulatory Update. The Council shall work with government affairs staff to provide members with education on policy and advocacy. Council members will be responsible for planning the annual public policy conference in Washington, DC and other avenues of member engagement in advocacy.

Time Commitment: The Advocacy Council is a working council that requires a time commitment from each of its members. During an average month, the time commitment will break down approximately as follows:

  • Monthly committee meetings (teleconference): one hour
  • Preparation for monthly committee meetings: half hour (30 minutes)
  • Review of written advocacy materials: half hour (30 minutes)
  • Outreach to members: as needed (infrequent)

Council member volunteers missing three meetings within a 12‐month period, for any reason, will forfeit their position.

Composition: Board liaison, chair, and up to 18 members‐at‐large. Chair will be appointed by the President from within the Council’s membership. Members serve a one‐year term, renewable twice.

Council members will be representative of the overall membership in the following areas:

  • Orthopaedic practice settings – single physician practices, small practices with 2 to 5 physicians, medium practices with 6‐20 physicians, large practices with more than 20 physicians, independent orthopaedic practices, hospital owned practices, and university owned practices.
  • Orthopaedic practice experience – more than 10 years, less than 10 years, executive‐level administrators, and mid‐level professionals.
  • Age – a member under 45 years of age and a member under 35 years of age.

Positions: Positions on the council include:

  • One (1) Communications Coordinator;
  • One (1) Fundraising Coordinator;
  • One (1) Recruitment Coordinator;
  • One (1) Data Coordinator;
  • Unlimited external group liaisons;
  • One (1) Education Council liaison;
  • One (1) industry liaison;
  • Other roles as the Council may designate.

Membership Qualifications:

  • Interest in health and/or employment policy;
  • Willing to commit time to the council’s work;
  • Submit all required documentation.


  • Must be capable of performing the work of the Council;
  • Must meet the attendance requirements;
  • Desire to advance the mission of AAOE;
  • AAOE member in good standing;
  • Attend all in‐person meetings of the Advocacy Council;
  • Attend and actively participate in conference calls;
  • Engage with AAOE social media platforms;
  • Participation in the AAOE benchmarking survey is strongly encouraged;
  • Attendance at the AAOE annual meeting is strongly encouraged.

Benefits of Service:

  • Advocacy Council volunteers are intimately involved in AAOE’s public policy efforts. Volunteers will have the opportunity to positively impact the legislative and regulatory landscape for the benefit of the orthopaedic industry.
  • Volunteers will be an integral part of setting AAOE’s yearly public policy priorities for recommendation to the AAOE Board of Directors.
  • Increase marketability within the practice management profession by becoming familiar with health policy and advocacy techniques.
  • Expanded knowledge and network in federal policy to give participants and their practices a powerful voice.

Relationship to Other Committees:

Education Council When the Advocacy Council encounters issues related to the education of membership, the Council shall work with the Education Council to integrate advocacy education into the broader association education schedule.

Data Analytics and Benchmarking Council When the need for member data arises, the Council shall work with the Data Analytics and Benchmarking Council to coordinate data collection.

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