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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. 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.
  4. 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. 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.
  • 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 We’ll be highlighting successful actions going forward.