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Policy Action Center

ACPM’s advocacy work is greatly strengthened by the involvement of our members. Constituent outreach is the most important factor in advocacy efforts. A Congressional Management Foundation report recently illustrated that in-person visits from constituents and individualized email messages were among the most influential advocacy strategies.

Although ACPM provides sample email language for contacting your legislators, individualized letters, not form letters, are most effective. When using email, feel free to personalize the email as much as possible for maximum impact.

Appropriations Process
 ACPM is extremely active in advocating for funding for preventive medicine residency programs through the congressional appropriations process. The federal budget, created through the appropriations process, funds the government and all of its activities, with the fiscal year running from October 1st through September 30th. Preventive medicine residencies are part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s budget, which falls under the Department of Health and Human Resources.

ACPM relies on its members to reach out to their Senators and Representatives during several parts of this process, including garnering signatures for Dear Colleague letters in the spring and encouraging congressional subcommittees to include and increase funding for these programs in their budgets in the summer and fall.

Policy Committee

All ACPM members are welcome to participate in the policy-making process by working closely with the Policy Committee, which monitors legislative and regulatory developments as they relate to the specialties of preventive medicine and recommends legislative initiatives and policy positions to the Board of Regents. If you would like to be involved in writing ACPM policy statements, please contact Kate McFadyen for more information.

Policy Committee

General Resources

Capitol Hill / Lobbying 101


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