• Attend Congressional Advocacy Day

    Description: The Academy’s Congressional Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to lobby members of the U.S. Congress on the issues that affect ophthalmology practices and patients. Ophthalmology must play a leadership role in educating new and seasoned lawmakers so that they can make informed decisions that promote quality eye care.

    Instructions: The Academy does everything needed to make participants’ meetings on Capitol Hill successful. We coordinate congressional appointments; prepare participants with a full issue briefing and provide background information and talking points on the key issues as well as tips on effective lobbying.

    Deadlines: Congressional Advocacy Day takes place during the Academy’s annual Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C., which occurs each April. Mid-Year Forum is open to all Academy members, and members can sign up for Congressional Advocacy Day when they register for the Mid-Year Forum. Members do not have to attend Mid-Year Forum to participate in Congressional Advocacy Day. Registration opens in late-January. Get more information on attending Congressional Advocacy Day on AAO.org. Members can also contact the Academy’s Washington, D.C., office at 202-737-6662 for more information.