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Quick Start Guide to Local Advocacy

The Advocacy section of the SGIM website has materials to familiarize you with SGIM's advocacy positions in advance of your advocacy outreach.  How to get started?

  1. Read through the background materials that we have already distributed to the advocates who will physically be present on the Hill and view slides from our recent webinar on the topic.

  2. Read through the Hill Day materials that participants will "leave behind" when they meet with Congressional representatives and staffers in the following areas of GIM:
  3. Participate in Virtual Hill Day: On Wednesday, March 8 you will receive an email asking for you to contact your representative and advocate on behalf of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's easy--complete a few steps, add in your contact information and click finish and your email will be sent to your members of Congress.

  4. Get Involved on Social Media: Write a letter to the editor of your local paper on any of our advocacy issues. Tweet your members of Congress using the hashtag #SGIMadvocacy or post to your friends on Facebook.

  5. Get Involved Locally:  While SGIM is deeply engaged in the debate in Washington, we want to join in the discussion at the local level as well. To do that, we need your help:
  • Attend a town hall or pubic event during recess: Over the next week, attend a legislator’s town hall in your district and speak out in favor of the ACA or the provisions you think are most important. The Town Hall project compiles and lists many meetings nationwide at https://townhallproject.com/. If your district isn’t listed, you can call the local office of your member of Congress and ask. Consider teaming up with a colleague to attend an event or to participate in one of the other activities below.
  • Schedule an in-district meeting with your member of Congress. Health professionals’ voices carry weight with legislators, and most will be willing to meet with a small group of concerned constituents with deep, relevant experience. Come prepared with talking points and supporting materials. Information about the number of ACA enrollees in each congressional district can be found here and information by district on changes in uninsured and number of enrollees/district after ACA passage can be found here.
  • Keep us posted. If you write an op-ed, take photos at a town hall, or have a productive conversation with your member of congress, let us know at HPaction@sgim.org. We’ll be highlighting successful actions going forward.