Meeting Archive:
Communicating with Congress: How to be an Effective Citizen Advocate


Meeting Description:

Join Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) and AMA Advocacy staff, as we discuss the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cuts scheduled to go into effect March 1 and how physicians can act as leaders in successfully influencing lawmakers to permanently repeal the SGR.  Brad and CMF have conducted exhaustive research on how Congressional offices process and respond to all the communications they receive, and what specifically impacts their thinking. 

 

Take part in this webinar and learn: 

  • What congressional staff believe are the most effective communication tactics for influencing Members of Congress; 
  • The differences between different forms of grassroots communications (email, mail, phone calls, in-person visits, etc.); 
  • How to conduct effective in-person meetings, influence legislators at town hall meetings and other effective advocacy techniques that you can apply in your state/congressional district; and
  • Where the AMA stands with current efforts to repeal the SGR once and for all, and how physicians can best leverage their relationships in Congress to amplify the repeal message.

This webinar is free to AMA members and non-members.

Details
Date: Tue, Feb 7, 2012
Time: 08:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): AMA Advocacy
 Presenter Information
Brad Fitch
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Bradford Fitch is President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation.  Fitch has spent 25 years in Washington as a journalist, congressional aide, consultant, college instructor, Internet entrepreneur, and writer/researcher. 

Fitch is a former radio and television reporter, and worked on Capitol Hill in 13 years as press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff. Fitch also is the author of Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials, Media Relations Handbook for Agencies, Associations, Nonprofits and Congress. He now oversees the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to improving congressional operations and enhancing the relationship, communications, and understanding between citizens and Congress.