September 16, 2014

Advocacy

capitolACU’s mission is two-fold: to improve the health of underserved communities and to develop and support those clinicians who choose to serve them.

ACU members — clinicians in practice, students, advocates, and academicians, as well as health care clinics, health departments, national, regional, and state primary care organizations, and professional societies — are on the front lines in delivering health care to America’s underserved, vulnerable communities. We serve individuals who typically have little or no other access to health care services. They are among the approximately 46 million people in this country (one in five) without health insurance. They may speak little or no English. Often they lack access to pharmaceuticals, mental health, oral care and complementary and alternative medicine. Our members are also involved in health policy — working to establish a more equitable health care system.

Throughout the year, ACU will be expanding its advocacy efforts to make our health care system more inclusive, more responsive, and more accessible to all residents of the United States. ACU welcomes its members to be involved in advocacy work. To learn more, please email acu@clinicians.org

FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS to Contact your Members of Congress:

1) Find your Representative or Senator

Go to www.house.gov to find your Representative and enter your zip code into the “Find Your Representative” widget at the top of the page.

Go to www.senate.gov to find your Senators and enter your zip code into the “Find Your Senator” widget at the top of the page.

2) Click the name of the Member of Congress

You will be re-directed to their website. Please note that some members will have electronic forms where you will simply paste your message and others will provide an email which will require you to send the message through your internet provider.

FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS to Call your Members of Congress:

Call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. It is best to call in the morning Eastern Time to avoid problems because of different time zones between your state and Washington, D.C. When the switchboard operators answer, ask to be connected to the office of your Representative or Senator or member of the committee. In order to speak with your Senator/ Representative’s office, you will need to give the operator your zip code. In some cases, there is more than one congressional district within a zip code, so you may need to give the operator your full address to connect you to the correct office. The operator will then connect you to your congress member’s office.