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How to Get Involved in Advocacy

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!

Testifying

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 shelby@wsma.org. To learn more about providing written or live testimony, visit our How to Testify in Committee webpage.

WSMA Legislative Summit

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.

WSMA Calls to Action

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.

WSMA Outreach & Advocacy (OA) Reports

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 shelby@wsma.org to request to be added to the mailing list.

WAMPAC

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 election timelines.

  • Bronze level: $250
  • Silver level: $500
  • Gold level: $1,000

To learn more about WAMPAC, visit the WAMPAC webapge. To donate or join WAMPAC’s Diamond Club, visit the Give to WAMPAC page.

Join or renew your membership today!