3 ways AOA members can join optometry’s advocates.

How to support AOA’s advocacy work, protect patients and the profession

Excerpted from page 20 of the November/December 2017 edition of AOA Focus.

"Optometry cannot be successful without the personal advocacy of every doctor," says David A. Cockrell, O.D., chair of the AOA Advocacy Committee.

You can help play a crucial role in supporting AOA's ongoing advocacy work, protecting patients and the profession. Here's how:

1. Become an AOA-PAC investor.

The AOA Political Action Committee (AOA-PAC) is one of the most effective ways for doctors of optometry, or students, to participate in the political process. It's through AOA-PAC that optometry has gained a national presence as an advocacy force, and it's what helps keep optometry's voice heard in the nation's capital. To donate today, visit aoapac.org.

2. Connect with your lawmakers.

Stay current with the latest advocacy issues by visiting the AOA Online Legislative Action Center. Here, doctors and students can find legislative updates and primers, and take action by sending form letters to their lawmakers.

3. Become an AOA Federal Keyperson.

Personal involvement in the political and legislative process is among the most important contributions that AOA members can make to the profession. The AOA Keyperson Network is an integral part of optometry's legislative strategy with a goal of connecting at least one volunteer to every member of Congress. For more information, click here.

December 13, 2017

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