The Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons is the primary voice for surgeons in the state of Florida and its members realize that democracy is not a spectator sport. In our nation, public health professionals play a significant role in decision-making processes and policy formation. As members of the public health community, Florida Chapter members' involvement in the policy-formation process is essential. The Florida Chapter, in coordination with its members, works with key policymakers to shape policy that addresses today's ongoing public health concerns, like:
Below are some simple things that Florida Chapter members can do to have a positive effect on Florida's public policy formation.
The Florida Chapter vigorously advocates on important public health issues year round. Your participation will help because legislators listen to what their constituents have to say — constituents, after all, are a legislator's first priority.
Please remember you are not alone in your advocacy efforts. The Chapter Executive Office can assist you every step of the way! Let us know how we can help you.
Follow these simple steps to locate your policymaker.
Locating and familiarizing yourself with your representatives is the first step in changing the medical-political landscape. Start today!
Christopher Nuland, Florida Chapter's lobbyist, continues to work diligently to ensure that the voices of Florida's Surgeons are heard in policy debates taking place in Tallahassee. If you have any questions or concerns about issues before the Florida General Assembly, contact Chris at (904) 355-1555.
The Executive Office is always ready to assist you as well and can be contacted toll-free at (904) 309-6240.
See what advocacy efforts are being followed at the federal level by visiting the American College of Surgeons Advocacy and Health Policy Portal.
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