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    View the Webinar: Congressional Advocacy Day Hill Meeting Prep
    To take your in-person and virtual advocacy to the next level, the Academy offered a webinar to help prepare you, including a discussion on the 'state of play' in Washington, D.C., how to download and view your schedule, managing the logistics and more. 

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    Enter your name and email address and you will be directed to the 22-minute video.

    Questions about the webinar or Congressional Advocacy Day may be directed to: Dash Delan ddelan@aao.org

    How It Works

    Wednesday evening, attend a working dinner briefing to prepare for Congressional visits on current advocacy issues affecting medicine. Attend Academy-facilitated meetings with your members of Congress and their staff to advocate for your patients and the profession of ophthalmology. Due to significant visitor restrictions on Capitol Hill, our staff is working on details for your legislative visits in their offices on the Hill, an alternate nearby meeting area or by video conference from the meeting hotel.

    • April 6: Dinner briefing runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Academy leaders brief participants on top legislative issues the night before the appointments on Capitol Hill.

    • April 7: Breakfast and Q&A session from 7 to 8 a.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., more than 400 ophthalmologists will attend meetings with their senators and representative and/or legislators' staff to present the concerns and positions of the profession.

    Plan now to join us in Washington, D.C. for Congressional Advocacy Day, April 6-7 during Mid-Year Forum 2022, April 6-9 at the Marriott Renaissance Downtown. Congressional Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to lobby members of Congress on the issues that affect your practice and your patients.

    The Academy does everything you need to make your meetings successful: coordinates your appointments; prepares you with a full issue briefing, including background information and talking points on the issues; as well as tips on effective lobbying.