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Chapter Advocacy


ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) comprised of State, Federal, Quality, and Regulatory teams exist to advance the College’s health policy agenda at the state, federal, and administrative levels through lobbying activities, grassroots efforts, and political affairs.

Our health policy agenda consists of a variety of issues including Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform, quality and patient safety, graduate medical education financing and governance, definition of surgery, UEVHPA, trauma systems, cancer and research funding, scope of practice, health information technology, and more.

The College also helps members get started as surgical advocates by providing information about local advocacy, grassroots efforts, current and pending state legislation, and regulations. If you wish to become more involved in advocacy, we encourage you to attend the Leadership and Advocacy Summit —an annual summit where you can learn how to become the voice of surgical care that Congress trusts.

How Chapters Can Get Involved

Participating in advocacy activities can seem a bit confusing, especially if you 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 our state resources.

Chapter State Advocacy Grant Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) provide support of state-level advocacy efforts of ACS chapters in their respective states including financial support provided through the state advocacy grant program.

In October 2010, the Board of Regents, with support from the Board of Governors Committee on Chapter Relations (GCCR) and 27 ACS chapters, approved the ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day Program. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced state legislatures to restrict access to state capitols and abruptly cancel regular sessions, the grant program has been revised for 2021 as the ACS State Advocacy Grant Program to provide flexibility to adapt to the changing health and political environment to engage on state legislative issues important to the practice of surgery and delivery of quality patient care.

Under the revised grant program for 2021, ACS chapters may apply for an advocacy grant to support their 2021 state advocacy goals. ACS chapters that received a grant in 2020 but were unable to utilize the grant funds to support advocacy efforts in 2020 have been notified that those funds can be carried over to be used in 2021. The remaining ACS chapters can apply for an advocacy grant using the application below. The $15,000 Enhanced Advocacy Grant will not be made available in 2021.

Once grant recipients are selected, they will be assigned a member of the ACS State Affairs team to assist with the planning and on-site implementation of the event. Chapters are encouraged to download our State Lobby Day and State Advocacy Meeting Toolkits.

A Frequently Asked Questions document is also provided below to highlight the changes made to the program.

Download the 2021 State Advocacy Grant Application

Download the Frequently Asked Questions

For questions about the Chapter Advocacy Grant Program, contact Christopher Johnson, Manager of State Affairs, at or 202-672-1502.

Contact Us

For more information on the DAHP please contact, visit the Advocacy web page, or call 202-337-2701.