Key Contacts Initiative
At AudiologyNOW!® 2009 in Dallas, the Government Relations Committee (GRC) hosted its first ever Advocacy Summit and began identifying and training key contacts for advancing the Academy’s legislative and policy initiatives. A key contact reaches out to their member of Congress, builds a relationship with the legislator and his or her staff, and establishes their position as the "go-to" person in the Congressional district for audiology related questions. The GRC has been working to expand this grassroots network of audiology advocates and has developed a number of materials to help Academy members get started as a key contacts.
The Academy hopes to expand this program to all 435 congressional districts, so if you would like to get involved or have a connection to your member of Congress, contact Kate Thomas, senior manager of government relations (202-544-9336).
- What is a Key Contact
- Finding Your Representative and Senators
- Helfpul Tips for a Successful District Visit
- Conducting a District Visit
- Visiting Your Local Congressional Office
- Quick Reference Explanation of Terms
Learn More about the Key Contacts Initiative
- Sign up to become a Key Contact
- Calling All Advocates! Government Relations Committee Launches Key Contacts Program
- Key Contacts Article Featured in Audiology Today May/June 2009
- United States Senate Glossary
Resources for State and Local Advocates
For those wishing to advocate on the state and local level, many of these materials can also be used for this purpose. These resources can be used to guide you in navigating the state legislative process. As each state is different, your state legislature's Web site and state licensure board Web site can also serve as helpful resources in exacting legislative change on the state and local level.