Do you want to get involved in WSMA’s advocacy efforts, but don’t know
where to start? There are various opportunities throughout the year that
you can be a part of—whether it’s reading the WMSA Outreach & Advocacy
Report, testifying on pending legislation during session, responding to
WSMA’s calls to action, and so on—keep reading to find the opportunity
that works best for you!
Before each legislative session, WSMA’s leadership team and advocacy staff
carefully curate a legislative agenda that reflects WSMA’s top priorities
for the upcoming year. There will be various opportunities to testify on
WSMA priority legislation, as well as on issues that are of particular
interest to you. While WSMA staff regularly advocate on your behalf,
testimony provided by physicians can be extremely powerful as legislators
appreciate hearing your first-hand experience and expertise.
To join WSMA’s list of physician testimony advocates, you may reach out to
Shelby Wiedmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about providing written or live testimony, visit our How to
Testify in Committee webpage.
In deference to public health guidelines during the ongoing COVID-19
public health emergency, all indoor events at the Capitol have been
cancelled for the duration of the 2022 legislative session. As a result,
the 2022 WSMA Legislative Summit will once again be conducted virtually.
Registration is free
to all WSMA members.
On Monday, Feb. 7, join us from 5:30-8 p.m. for an update from your
government affairs team on everything happening in Olympia, and hear from
featured state policymakers. This year’s 60-day “short” session will
largely focus on tweaking passed policy bills and adjusting the state’s
biennial budget passed in 2021, as well as continued COVID-19 response
efforts and a variety of other important issues to the house of medicine.
Throughout the legislative session, the WSMA distributes “calls to
action,” asking our physician members to reach out to their legislative
delegation on a specific urgent issue. These issues are often high
priorities for the WSMA, and as such, we will provide background
information and talking points and prepare draft emails for you to share
with your local elected officials. Watch your inbox for opportunities to
send a message to lawmakers.
The WSMA’s Outreach & Advocacy Report is distributed via email weekly
during legislative session and biweekly during the interim between
sessions. Topics include upcoming events, legislative developments,
campaign news, policy updates, and more! Reading the OA Report is a great
way to stay up to date on issues the WSMA is currently engaging on. If you
would like to receive the OA Report, email Shelby Wiedmann at
email@example.com to request to be
added to the mailing list.
Want to help influence state elections that could affect house of medicine
policymaking at the Capitol? Join WAMPAC, the WSMA’s nonpartisan political
campaign arm, which was established to help identify and support
candidates for political office whose priorities align with the physician
community. In campaigns for federal offices, WAMPAC partners with the American Medical Association’s campaign arm—AMPAC—to formulate and deliver contributions to candidates.
All contributions to WAMPAC are welcome, and we encourage you to join your
physician colleagues in the WAMPAC Diamond Club for special perks
including recognition in WSMA publications, special election updates, and
opportunities to connect with elected officials. You can join at any
membership level and membership runs on a two-year cycle to coincide with
To learn more about WAMPAC, visit the
WAMPAC webapge. To donate or join WAMPAC’s Diamond Club, visit the
Give to WAMPAC page.