The Easiest Way to Contact Congress? Vocus!

August 24, 2009

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With a recent edition of Capitol Hill Report discussing what exactly takes place when you send a message to your elected officials, the next step is for you to learn just how little of an effort it takes to send the message itself. The Academy provides its members with an incredibly easy way to give feedback to their elected officials, all within a matter of moments: Vocus!

All it takes is the following:

  1. Log on to Vocus. (For security reasons, you will be asked for your member ID and password.)
  2. Select one of the health policy issues from the provided list and review background information to learn more.
  3. Check the box of the Senator or Representative you want to receive your message, which should automatically appear (the Academy has preloaded your residential information for you).
  4. Choose to send the form letter provided or feel free to customize your own letter.
  5. Select whether you want your message emailed, faxed, or printed for mailing.
  6. Submit your message.

And you're done!

"I've usually had difficulty sending email messages from organizations," said George W. Ellison, MD, San Diego. "Vocus makes this process simple."

Ellison contacted his elected officials after receiving an Action Alert, which members occasionally receive in their email. The subject line of these messages always start with "AAN Professional Association Action Alert": each is an issue-specific notification, asking you to log on to Vocus and send a message to your elected officials. Here is an example of a past Action Alert:

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A hyperlink embedded in the message is (in this case, it is the word "contact") will take you straight to Vocus, from which you can quickly send a message to your members of Congress.  

Now it's up to you to take the next step! When prompted, take the initiative to send a message to your elected officials. Remember, the more messages we send, the stronger neurology's voice becomes!

For questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact Tim Miller, Health Policy Analyst, at tmiller@aan.com.