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Welcome to AA Advocacy and Grassroots Lobbying
The term "grassroots lobbying" has been thrown around a lot in recent years and was promoted extensively in the last U.S. presidential campaign. But what exactly is this movement? Grassroots lobbying is when everyday citizens contact their own legislators in the attempt to influence legislation or policy. The AAAA organization promotes grassroots lobbying for Anesthesiologist Assistant advocacy. In order to assist AAs and others in this effort, the AAAA is supplying tools for better understanding of the issues and ability to contact legislators that results in more effective grassroots lobbying.
Grassroots Lobbying Methods
Several effective means of grassroots lobbying exist. The method used should be selected to best fit the issue at hand. These methods are:
AA Advocacy Material
The manual also contains a Congressional Appointment Evaluation Sheet that every AA is asked to fill out and return to the AAAA office after contacting a member of congress so that we may track AAAA member contact with Senators and Representatives and follow up on grassroots lobbying efforts.
AAAA Materials on Health Care Issues
Feel free to print these materials or to use information from them in your grassroots lobbying for AA advocacy. If you wish to receive high-grade copies of the printed material, contact the AAAA office toll-free at 888-443-6353.
Expanded Health Care Grassroots Lobbying through the ASA
The ASA has recently launched a Grassroots Network that can be accessed through the organization's website at http://www.asahq.org/Washington/grassroots.htm. You do not need to be a member of the ASA or an ASAPAC donor to sign-up and participate in this Grassroots Network, although both are encouraged! Encourage not only your fellow AAs to sign up for this Grassroots Network but also your friends and family as well.
In addition, the ASA provides a political fundraiser guide. That document can be accessed here for your convenience.
With these materials, you can effectively grassroots lobby for AA issues on all political levels. The main focus is - get involved!
Financial Support of AAAA Legislative Efforts
In conjunction with grassroots lobbying, AA advocacy is strengthened by AA profession knowledge and expertise from the AAAA organization. The AAAA actively supports AA issues and some of these activities require financing. The AAAA has established a separate Legislative Fund to provide financial support to these activities that includes providing knowledgeable AAAA leaders and members to speak on behalf of the AA profession to groups and legislators.
The AAAA Legislative Fund is not a political action committee, so anyone may contribute. To make a donation, click on the AAAA Legislative Fund link.
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