10 Ways to be an ASHG Advocate

10 ways to be an ASHG Advocate

1. Take the Pledge

Become an ASHG Advocate and speak out in support of human genetics and federal science funding.

Why is science advocacy important? Watch our helpful webinars.

2. Contact Congress

Resident of the U.S.? Contact your elected representatives via the ASHG Advocacy Center about the value of genetics research and its translation into health advances. Federal investments in science funding are pivotal to sustaining the continued progress of biological and biomedical sciences. Make the case for robust, predictable, and sustained budget increases for science funding agencies.

3. Attend ASHG Policy Events at Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is a timely opportunity to learn more about genetics policy issues and meet other members engaged in policy and advocacy work. Visit the Advocacy booth at ASHG Central to learn more!

4. Nominate

Honor an individual or group for their excellence, achievement, and commitment to promoting the science of human genetics and its application for the common good by nominating them for the ASHG Advocacy Award.

5. Attend a Local Meeting or Town Hall

Attend a local event to speak with your representative about the value of genetics research and the necessity of federal science funding. Take part in a town hall meeting or other local event to make your voice heard about the importance of robust science funding.

6. Meet with Elected Officials

An in-person visit can make all the difference in building support for genetics! Visit your representative in their local office or in Washington, D.C.

7. Share Your Story

Local media and blogs are read by members of Congress and their staff. Send a letter-to-the-editor (LTE) or write an op-ed to spread the word about the importance of genetics research and federal funding for science. Use these AAAS tips on submitting an op-ed. Share ASHG fact sheets on the value of human genetics and genomics research with your elected officials.

8. Volunteer for Committee Service

By volunteering for the ASHG Government & Public Advocacy Committee, you can play an important role in developing and carrying out advocacy activities on key genetics and genomics issues.

9. Give a Lab Tour

Offering your Members of Congress a tour of your laboratory is an effective way to talk to them about the value of genetic research and show them how federal funding supports research in their state or district.

10. Vote

To learn more about the voting process and how to register, visit USA.gov.

Ballotpedia offers comprehensive information on elections at the federal, state, and local level, along with a variety of resources and news coverage.

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