Advocacy involvement is easier than you think
The American Academy of Dermatology Association encourages all of our members to actively engage with their elected officials. In this political climate lawmakers have an ever-increasing amount of influence over how you treat your patients and run your practice. And you need to have an ever-increasing amount of influence over them.
- Attend the 2013 AADA Legislative Conference, Sept. 8 -10, 2013–Hear from policy experts on issues that impact your patients and practice, while also building personal relationships with your members of Congress. Scholarships, which include hotel stay and travel costs, are available for residents who are interested in advocacy.
- Meet with your Congressional District Office–AADA staff can help you schedule, prepare for and execute a successful meeting with your representative's and senator's offices in your home state.
- Sign up to be part of the Leadership Institute–an initiative of the Academy that provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities to help dermatologists develop leadership skills to make them successful in their careers and in life. The Academy is also developing an advocacy-focused educational track within the Leadership Institute.
- Become a member of SkinPAC–SkinPAC needs your support in order to have a real impact on the AADA's continuing advocacy efforts. Through a non-partisan political action committee like SkinPAC, we can support lawmakers who understand and fight for these important dermatology-related issues. (www.skinpac.org)
- Stay up to date with AADA work through the Dermatology Advocate bi-weekly e-newsletter, emailed to you every other Friday
- Visit the Advocacy section of aad.org, in the member tools and benefits header.
- Actively contact AADA staff That's what we're here for! The Washington, D.C. AADA office is always happy to take action or inform. You can contactBlake McDonald anytime via phone, 202-842-3555, or email, email@example.com