Personal Visits with Legislators

One of the most effective ways to communicate with legislators is a personal, face-to-face visit, either in Washington or in the district office. Here are some tips to making your visit run smoothly. Before the Meeting: If you don’t know your Member of Congress personally, try to learn a bit about his/her background and previous…

Getting to Know You: New Legislators in 2021

In this year of increased political awareness and interest in the political process, a host of newly elected officials – at the federal and state levels – have assumed office and are waiting for PAs to reach out. With constituent organizations (COs) planning for (or already in the midst of) the new legislative sessions, it…

Myths vs. Facts: AAPA’s Political Action Committee

How PA PAC Supports PA-Friendly Candidates AAPA’s political action committee (PAC) is the only federal PAC representing PAs on Capitol Hill. PA PAC supports candidates who are committed to the principles that drive the PA profession. By providing this support, PA PAC helps develop strong congressional advocates for the PA profession and helps ensure that…

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For Real Change, PAs Must Commit to Advocacy

The past months have proven how effective PAs can be when fewer barriers stand in their way. AAPA President Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA, implores PAs and PA students to become more active advocates in moving the profession forward.
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How to Advocate in a Time of Social Distancing

Now more than ever, PAs should be advocating for the profession, sharing their stories with legislators about the critical role PAs play in healthcare delivery. Learn about ways to build and keep up these important relationships when in-person meetings are not an option.

Grassroots Myths

Advocacy is for everyone. This article dispells the top five myths about grassroots advocacy.