Academy Congressional Advocacy
The Academy's Congressional Advocacy Program plays a critical role in driving our pro-ophthalmology legislative agenda forward. Through the program, our national network of ophthalmologists develop a relationship with their members of Congress. Congressional advocates:
- Represent the Academy’s position on important issues through direct, personal communication with a member of Congress or Congressional staff.
- Develop a relationship with their lawmaker’s office by meeting locally with the lawmaker or serving as a trusted source of information for the lawmaker’s staff.
- Deliver OPHTHPAC contributions to members of Congress, when requested.
The Academy views its work to develop, train and energize this national network of ophthalmologists as a crucial component to our success. It provides advocates with background materials, trainings and one-on-one support in addition to the alerts it sends to keep the advocates informed when Congress acts on an issue important to ophthalmology.