Simply defined, advocacy is a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy. Just by reading this paragraph you will be considered an advocate as being informed and educated is the first step. As physicians, you are part of the community outside of politics that holds real power in changing health care policies that affect patients and practices.
Besides having the ability to provide firsthand experience and knowledge of issues in health care, you can vote. Think of votes as advocates. The more you have the better chance you will win. This is why it is vital that we continue to grow our supporting base and urge others to get involved in advocacy.
If you serve as an advocate for AWIR, the level in which you participate may vary. Your role could be as simple as signing onto a letter of support issued by AWIR or as in-depth as providing expert testimony at a committee hearing. No matter the level, your participation will help shape health care policy for the future of medicine.
If interested, please fill out the contact form below and AWIR government affairs staff will contact you when support is needed in your state or at the federal level.