American Academy of Physician Assistants

Increasing Advocacy Effectiveness: Articles and Videos

A key element in becoming an effective advocate for the PA profession and for patients is building relationships with lawmakers and their staff. AAPA offers a number of tools to help PAs, PA education programs, chapters and constituent organizations understand the critical importance of advocacy involvement, become more effective advocates and improve their relationship-building skills.



AAPA has developed a series of videos (alone and also in partnership with the Congressional Management Foundation [CMF]) to leverage our advocacy strength and to tap into quantitative research about advocacy techniques. These videos demonstrate the value of PA advocacy and provide guidance for PAs looking to raise their advocacy effectiveness. 

The Power of Storytelling in Advocacy (6:01)

The Write Stuff: Communicating with Congress (4:27)

What Congress Is Looking for in Constituent Communications (2:50)

Quick Strategies for Influencing Undecided Lawmakers (3:15)

Congress 101: An Insider View of Capitol Hill (6:52)

How to Schedule a Congressional Meeting (2:52)

Advocacy Training

Make advocacy training a component of any legislative summit, CME meeting, annual conference or student elective.  Contact Kristin Butterfield, AAPA's director of grassroots advocacy at, to learn more about presentations, training sessions and policy lectures.