Grassroots Advocacy

Legislators are waiting to hear from PAs — grassroots advocacy is something all PAs can, and should, do! Get the tools you need to be an effective advocate and speak for the PA profession and your patients.

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Advocacy Action Center

Advocacy Action Center

Communicate with legislators on PA priority issues.

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Key Contacts and GAIN (Grassroots Advocacy and Information Network)

Join AAPA’s nationwide network of PAs who are strengthening the future of the profession by building relationships with members of Congress and their staff.

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Watch this video for a quick refresher for PAs on how a bill becomes a law.

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Increasing Advocacy Effectiveness

Tools to help PAs, PA education programs, chapters and constituent organizations advocate more effectively.


Connect with Legislators at Home

All PAs are urged to make appointments to visit members of Congress in their district offices, attend local town hall meetings or round-table discussions, or even host a legislator at your facility to engage face to face with legislators about the role and impact of PAs in healthcare delivery.

Hosting Legislators at Your Practice

Tips for hosting a federal legislator (senator or representative) or open-seat congressional candidate at your practice. 

Step by Step: A Successful PA Day at your State Capitol

Five steps to help you have a successful PA Day. Available for members only.

State Practice Profiles

AAPA advocates for PA-positive laws and regulations in every state. View a snapshot of PA practice in your state.

Town Hall Meetings

Town hall meetings can be a great opportunity to urge support for PA-positive legislation, raise awareness of the PA profession and your role in the community, or simply introduce yourself as a healthcare resource your legislator can count on.

PAs should continue to use “physician assistant” or “PA” as their official legal title in a professional capacity, particularly in clinical settings and with patients. AAPA is transitioning to use “physician associate” when possible and when it does not present a legal or regulatory conflict. For more information, please visit FAQs.