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State Advocacy Resources

Participating in advocacy activities can seem a bit confusing, especially if surgeons have never done so. Questions arise as to how to do it, what to say, and where further information may be obtained on numerous state legislative and regulatory issues of interest. To learn about the many facets of grassroots advocacy, and to utilize the plethora of web-based information on state-related issues, check out the following.

Surgeons as Advocates: A SurgeonsVoice Handbook for Advocacy

What Is Advocacy?

How to Start

Developing a Strategy

Grassroots Advocacy

A Guide to In-District Meetings

Tracking Legislation

State Legislation Tracked by the College

State Grassroots Advocacy on SurgeonsVoice

State Legislative Priorities

State Legislative Toolkits

Bariatric Surgery Coverage in the States

Bleeding Control Toolkit

Cancer Screening Toolkit

Maintenance of Certification Toolkit

Motor Vehicle Safety Legislative Toolkit

Motorcycle Helmet Law Toolkit

Trauma Funding Toolkit

Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner Toolkit

State COT 100 Proclamation Toolkit

Lobbying and Ethics Issues

Surgeons are interested in many different issues at the state level, including trauma system funding and development, medical liability reform, regulation of bariatric surgery, Medicaid reimbursement, and so on. In addition, it can be difficult to find sites with information on state health care facts as well as lobbying and ethics requirements. The following links provide a good cross section of websites focused on many state health care issues, and provide a convenient place to access individual state websites.

Organizational Websites

State Legislature Websites

Lobbying and Ethics Websites