• Congressional Advocacy Day

  • Plan now to join us in Washington, D.C., for Congressional Advocacy Day 2017, during the Mid-Year Forum, April 26 to 29 at the Renaissance Downtown. Congressional Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to lobby members of Congress on the issues that affect your practice and your patients. In 2016, a record number of ophthalmologists attended meetings on Capitol Hill with their senators and representative and/or legislators' staff to present the concerns and positions of the profession.

    Registration

    Congressional Advocacy Day is free to attend. Online registration will be available in January 2017. 

    How It Works

    • Academy leaders brief participants on top legislative issues the night before appointments on Capitol Hill. The April 26 dinner briefing runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; dinner will be served between 7 p.m. and 8 pm. Meals cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals after 7:30 pm.
    • On Thursday, April 27, more than 400 ophthalmologists will attend meetings on Capitol Hill with their senators and representative and/or legislators' staff to present the concerns and positions of the profession.
    • The Academy prepares you with a full issue briefing, including background information and talking points on the issues, as well as tips on effective lobbying—everything you need to make your meetings on Capitol Hill successful.

    Resources

    Watch the What To Know Before You Go webinar to prepare for your Capitol Hill appointments.

    Use the Congressional Advocacy Day app year round to:

    • Review issue talking points;
    • Map Washington, D.C., addresses;
    • Look up information on your lawmakers;
    • Watch advocacy tutorials;
    • Template letters you can personalize and send to your lawmakers anytime, anywhere.

    The app is available in Apple and Android stores.