ASCO is dedicated to working with policymakers to inform decisions on issues that impact oncology professionals and patients. Our staff regularly engage in discussions and direct advocacy with state and federal lawmakers and their staff on how certain legislation will affect the oncology community. It is ASCO’s mission to ensure that policies enacted by lawmakers are in the interest of helping you provide the best possible care for patients.
Get involved in ASCO’s advocacy efforts!
As oncology professionals and constituents, your insight carries significant weight with lawmakers because you can speak to the state of cancer care in their home district or state. Below are ways ASCO can help you develop and maintain relationships with your lawmakers.
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 alerts on ASCO priority issues!
Attending in-district meetings with your lawmakers, or hosting them for a site visit, are impactful ways to advocate for cancer care in your state. These meetings allow you to better connect lawmakers with the communities you both serve. ASCO will assist in setting up in-district meetings and site visits for you, provide talking points, and work to ensure you are fully prepared for a visit with your lawmaker or staff. If you are interested in participating in the Advocacy at Home program click here.
Once a year ASCO brings together volunteers for a two-day Advocacy Summit to meet with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Advocates speak with Members of Congress and their staff on high-priority legislative issues impacting oncology care and cancer patients. The Summit includes multiple networking opportunities, advocacy training sessions, and educational tools that will help you frame your legislative asks using personal anecdotes acquired from your experience as an oncology professional. If you would like more information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact AdvocacySummit@asco.org.
Think your advocacy efforts go unnoticed? Think again! Every year ASCO recognizes our most engaged volunteers. ASCO’s Advocacy Champions are leaders that engage in multiple advocacy efforts throughout the year, helping ensure that oncology professionals are able to provide the best possible care for their patients. The most engaged volunteer is designated as the Advocate of the Year, and is honored at the annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.