Learn About Orthopaedic Advocacy

By: Madeleine Lovette

Madeleine Lovette

In 2012, voters will not only elect a United States President, but also 435 members of the House of Representatives and 34 Senators. At the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Office of Government Relations (OGR) Advocacy Booth, you can learn about major federal and state legislative initiatives so that you can become an advocate for orthopaedics in your home district and educate candidates about issues important to the orthopaedic community.

AAOS staff will be available to provide you with advocacy tools and information and to answer your advocacy-related questions. Then, when you return home after the meeting, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to speak up about the issues that face you and your patients on a daily basis. It’s information legislators need to ensure that healthcare policy promotes access to high quality care for their constituents.

The Orthopaedic PAC
The OGR Advocacy Booth is also your source for information about the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (Orthopaedic PAC). The support that the Orthopaedic PAC gives to candidates during election campaigns is critical to developing and maintaining strong relationships with members of Congress. These relationships not only provide access but also help ensure that orthopaedic issues are being effectively addressed on Capitol Hill.

The Orthopaedic PAC sends a forceful, unified message to legislators that the orthopaedic profession is not only involved and active, but also merits their attention. It helps elect members of Congress who will fight to protect your patients and your ability to provide them with the high-quality musculoskeletal care that they deserve.

The Advocacy Booth and PAC kiosk are located in Moscone South, Hall C, Booth 2318. The booth is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.