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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Congressional Advocacy 101: How to Educate Your Lawmaker

For 15 years, I have walked the halls of Congress. I did not take a class or even receive any helpful tips before embarking on this endeavor, but over time, I acquired valuable experience on the protocol and inner workings of Congress. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Grassroots Advocacy Network, lawmakers, advocate, government relations


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Building Grassroots Advocates at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo

An integral component of successful advocacy in an association is the strength of the grassroots network. Staff can lay the groundwork and make the necessary connections with legislative and regulatory offices; however, what can be most impactful is the messaging of many individual members. Members of Congress want to hear directly from their constituents on an issue. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Grassroots Advocacy Network, HearTECH Expo, Future Hub, Workforce Diversity Act, Academy Advocacy in Action


Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2020

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Making a Difference: How to Advocate for Audiology

Contacting your members of Congress is a constitutionally protected right that helps to ensure that the elected official’s constituents’ perspectives are heard and understood as policy changes are considered. A phrase that is often repeated on Capitol Hill is “if you are not at the table, you are on the menu.” Professions without actively engaged members have a more difficult time advancing key legislation and defeating harmful bills. On the flipside, professions who can successfully mobilize to educate their members of Congress on key issues are able to win tough legislative battles. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Grassroots Advocacy Network


Publication Issue: Audiology Today November/December 2017

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Academy PAC Goes Local in 2018

The Academy’s Political Action Committee (PAC) plays a key role in supporting federal advocacy initiatives. 

In 2017, the Academy was able to make contributions to congressional champions such as Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), among others, at fundraising events in Washington, D.C. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Political Action Committee (PAC), Grassroots Advocacy Network


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2018

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AUDIOLOGY ADVOCATE | Grassroots Advocacy Is Critical During August Recess

Every August, members of Congress decamp from Washington, DC, to return to their home districts to meet with constituents and attend local events. 

Topic(s): Advocacy, Political Action Committee (PAC), PROSPER Act, Grassroots Advocacy Network


Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2018