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Surgeon advocates participate in Cancer Programs Virtual Hill Day

from ACS-Cancer Programs

The The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs 2017 Cancer Programs Conference: Creating a Culture of Quality, Sept. 8–9, included the first Virtual Capitol Hill Day. The virtual event took place Sept. 8 and focused on protecting the future of quality cancer care through advocacy. Surgeon advocates across the nation were able to participate and make their voices heard by colleagues and members of Congress via social media. Participants used #cancerprogramsday and ACS Twitter handles to advocate for policies that could affect the future of cancer care, took action by contacting members of Congress via SurgeonsVoice; and shared information via social media about how cancer education, research, and prevention saves lives.
The ACS Cancer Programs Virtual Capitol Hill Day activities resulted in the following: 60 letters to members of Congress regarding the Support Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, the Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act, and cancer research funding in federal fiscal year 2018; more than 245 #cancerprogramsday mentions tweeted; more than 14,340 Twitter impressions (interaction or replies from others online), including 50 retweets; and engagement of several members of Congress, including Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), the Democratic lead on the recently introduced House resolution (H. Res. 503) recognizing the role of accreditation by the ACS Cancer Programs, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
For more information, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS senior Congressional lobbyist, at
czlatos@facs.org, or Katie Oehmen, manager of ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and Grassroots, at koehmen@facs.org. more


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