Meeting Archive:
AMA Grassroots Training and Legislative Update

Meeting Description:
Susie Gorden, Vice President of the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), will present key findings of a recent survey CMF conducted of congressional schedulers. Often overlooked, schedulers act as gatekeepers and are critical in building good relationships with members of Congress and their offices. These survey results provide a unique perspective and will help grassroots advocates better navigate the meeting request process with congressional offices.

Webinar highlights include:

• Key components and data required by a congressional office to assess the value of meeting with specific constituent groups;
• Optimum timing for submitting scheduling requests;
• Tips and "pet peeves" when interacting with schedulers and House offices;
• A Capitol Hill update from the AMA's government affairs team and overview of the AMA's Congressional Recess Action Kit, highlighting key issue talking points to stress with lawmakers during the August Recess.

We hope that physicians will participate in this valuable training in advance of the five week Congressional Recess scheduled to begin August 3. This recess period is part of the annual legislative calendar and allows lawmakers to spend extended time in their districts, interacting and meeting with constituents and community leaders.

This webinar is free to AMA members and non-members. Should you have any questions about this webinar, please contact us at
Date: Wed, Jul 24, 2013
Time: 07:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): American Medical Association
 Presenter Information
Susie Gorden
Speaker Photo

Susie Gorden oversees the professional development of congressional staff and internal management of CMF. She comes to CMF with over 15 years' experience in policy, government relations and advocacy.
Susie has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she was the Policy Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Prior to that, Susie was a liaison to Congress for Capitol Advantage (now part of CQ Roll Call). In that role, she interacted with dozens of congressional offices and advocacy groups to improve constituent communications and citizen engagement. She came to Capitol Advantage after a stint as a Legislative Assistant for an influential member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Cynthia Brown
American Medical Association
Vice President of Government Affairs