Get involved in ASCO’s advocacy efforts!
Grassroots advocacy is the most critical element in ensuring that lawmakers are aware of the barriers current policies create in providing the best possible cancer care for your patients. As oncology professionals and constituents, your insight carries significant weight with lawmakers because you can speak to the state of cancer care in their district/state. Below you will find information on the best ways to get involved in ASCO’s advocacy efforts.
ASCO’s ACT Network
The ACT Network is the most convenient way to connect with your lawmakers. The ACT Network allows you to send pre-drafted messages directly to your Members of Congress on legislative issues important to ASCO and the cancer care community. Visit the ACT Network to sign up to receive communications on ASCO priority issues!
Advocacy at Home
Attending in-district meetings with your lawmakers, or hosting them for a site visit, are extremely effective ways to advocate for cancer care in your state. These meetings allow you to better connect lawmakers with the communities you both serve. ASCO staff is available to assist in setting up in-district meetings and site visits, provide talking points, and will work to ensure you are fully prepared to visit with your lawmaker or staff. If you are interested in participating in the Advocacy at Home program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocacy 101 Guide
ASCO’s Advocacy 101 Guide: Preparing ASCO Advocates for Legislative Success, provides more information on ASCO’s advocacy activities. Click here to download the guide.
The following short videos highlight the importance of grassroots advocacy as well as best practices for cancer advocates. Take a moment to learn about Congress and grassroots advocacy by clicking on a video below:
- How to Hug a Porcupine: Building Relationships with Congress and Why It’s Important
- Strategies for Building Relationships with Lawmakers Back Home
- What to Expect When Meeting with Members of Congress and Staff
- Way Outside the Beltway: District Directors on the Do’s and Don’ts of District Activities
- Congress 101: An Insider View of Capitol Hill
- Create Effective Stories to Share with Lawmakers
- What Congress is Looking for in Constituent Communications
- The Value of Personalizing & Localizing Messages to Congress