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Visit the Advocacy Booth and Learn How to Give Voice to Your Profession

Susan Cordes, MD, a longtime advocate for the work of otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons and their patients, wants AAO-HNS Members to visit the Advocacy Booth during AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM to see how actions at the state and federal level affect the practice of medicine.

“If we do not have a voice in government, decisions will be made without our input,” said Dr. Cordes, chair of the Board of Governors Legislative Affairs Committee. “Most likely, we’re then not going to be happy with the decisions. We have to be a part of the process if we want it in any way, shape, or form to be something that is beneficial for us and our patients.”

She encourages Members to learn more about the Academy’s legislative, political, and grassroots initiatives by visiting the Advocacy Booth, where staff from the Member Networks and Legislative Advocacy team will be on hand Sunday through Tuesday. Stop by the booth to:

  • Receive updates on state and federal legislation impacting your practice and your patients
  • Join the ENT Advocacy Network for timely updates on political and legislative issues affecting the specialty and receive a free subscription to a monthly e-newsletter, The ENT Advocate
  • Volunteer to be a “state tracker” for the specialty
  • Learn how to participate in the BOG-sponsored PROJECT 535 initiative and how to become an All-Star Advocate for the specialty

Dr. Cordes, chief of surgery at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, Ukiah, CA, and volunteer associate professor of surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, said she has seen the fruits of the Academy’s advocacy efforts.

The Academy’s PROJECT 535 will pair members with lawmakers in each Congressional district, ultimately improving outreach and influence when Congress debates issues that affect the specialty. The project is recruiting a key contact Member to pair with each U.S. Senate and House seat, for a total of 535 members.

“With Member involvement in PROJECT 535 increasing, we are assuring that every Member of Congress hears our message because they each will have a local otolaryngologist assigned to them,” Dr. Cordes said.

When you stop by the booth to learn about the breadth of advocacy efforts, be sure to grab a bag of ENT PAC/Grassroots M&M’s—the meeting’s most popular snack—as well as check out this year’s new exclusive giveaways for our key advocates.

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