Provider Advocacy: Ways to Get Involved
Getting involved in state and local government is another way for sleep professionals to care for
patients and the community. Provider advocacy is a highly effective way to affect change in the
issues important to your patients and practice. Who better to share experiences and expert viewpoints
to help legislators better understand the impact of proposed policies? It doesn't take a major
time commitment to be an effective advocate. Despite busy schedules, there is a lot that physicians
can do to shape the future of medicine. Tips for Communicating with Legislators
Get to Know Your Legislators
Take advantage of opportunities to meet your legislators. Attend town hall meetings, fundraising events,
or other civic activities. At GASP events, there are usually opportunities to meet one or more Georgia
legislators. Though these individuals may or may not represent your district, they are friends of medicine
and key players in the issues facing sleep medicine.
Offer Your Opinion
Write or call your legislators. Some legislators consider receiving comments from as few as a dozen
constituents an overwhelming response to an issue. See Tips for Communicating with Legislators.
The most focused and relevant sources of information about policy issues that affect you and your patients
will come from the professional associations to which you belong. The Georgia Association of Sleep
Professionals is active in the Georgia General Assembly and posts regular updates and alerts to the GASP website.