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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 government affairs 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.

WSMA Legislative Summit

Mark your calendars for next year’s Legislative Summit, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. We will continue to monitor public health guidelines, but this event generally provides an in-person opportunity for you to hear from health care policymakers and get an update from WSMA’s government affairs team on everything happening in Olympia. We look forward to seeing you there!

WSMA Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates, typically held in the fall, delegates propose and debate policy and elect organization leaders, among other activities. In advance of the Annual Meeting, WSMA members can submit resolutions to the House of Delegates for consideration. These policies help guide WSMA advocacy in the rulemaking and legislative processes and can be key factors in determining how the WSMA will orient to various issues.

Questions about the resolution process can be sent to WSMA’s policy team at policy@wsma.org. For more information on the Annual Meeting, visit the event webpage.

WSMA Calls to Action

Throughout the legislative session, the WSMA distributes calls to action via email asking our physician and physician assistant members to reach out to their legislative delegation on specific urgent issues. 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 use when contacting your local elected officials. Watch your inbox for opportunities to send a message to lawmakers.

WSMA Outreach & Advocacy Report

The WSMA’s Outreach & Advocacy Report is distributed via email weekly during the legislative session and biweekly during the interim. The report covers 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 and physician assistant communities. In campaigns for federal offices, WAMPAC partners with AMPAC, the American Medical Association’s campaign arm, to formulate and deliver contributions to candidates.

All contributions to WAMPAC are welcome, and we encourage you to join your physician and PA 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 webpage. To donate or join WAMPAC’s Diamond Club, visit the Give to WAMPAC page.

Join or renew your membership today!