Interested in advocacy? Looking for ways you can get involved?
Follow us on twitter! The AAOS Twitter account (https://twitter.com/AAOSAdvocacy) regularly tweets on issues of importance to the orthopaedic community. AAOS encourages grassroots advocates to become followers of the @AAOSAdvocacy account and to “retweet” messages to help us spread the word.
Advocacy Now is a publication produced by AAOS to keep you on top of important issues. Visit http://advocacy.aaos.org/ for timely updates, or sign up here to receive our advocacy newsletter delivered bi-weekly directly to your inbox!
Grassroots advocacy can be one of the most influential tools that organizations and associations have. Through mass emails, letter writing campaigns, and phone calls, grassroots advocates can bring issues to the attention of legislators.
Occasionally, AAOS staff will reach out to grassroots advocates by email with a request to send a letter on a specific issue to a member of Congress. Even though the system will automatically write the letter, it is still important to add personalized touches that include personal or patient experiences. The system can also be used to send a tweet to a congressional representative member or find the phone number to his or her office. Click on the links to the right to take action on AAOS priority issues.
Become an Ambassador
AAOS has an Ambassador program for fellows who are willing to be a part of the orthopaedic community’s efforts to educate government officials and their staffs about legislative and regulatory health policy issues, particularly those that affect the practice of orthopaedics. An Ambassador may help provide access to legislators and serve as a respected and knowledgeable voice on issues.
AAOS members who are interested in joining the Ambassador program to develop a relationship with their congressional representatives or who have already established relationships should email Julie Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program will provide additional resources and benefits in helping to develop or maintain relationships with legislators.