AAO Outstanding Advocate Award
The nominee must be a fellow or member in good standing of the Academy who has demonstrated a pattern of advocating for the profession at the state and/or federal level(s) over a period of at least several years.
Qualifying service might include, but is not limited to:
- Implementing fundraiser(s) for political candidates;
- Lobbying for federal legislation or regulatory issues introduced by the Academy, or providing opposition to adverse legislation and/or regulatory issues;
- Instrumental in helping to grow his/her state ophthalmology society PAC;
- Lobbying for state legislation or regulatory issues introduced or endorsed by the state ophthalmology society and/or relevant subspecialty societies, or providing opposition to adverse legislation and/or regulatory issues;
- Participating in Academy Congressional Advocacy Day visits;
- Presenting/arranging for residents’ advocacy program(s) at state level;
- Instrumental in key Academy advocacy outcome (i.e. getting a bill introduced, meeting/negotiating ophthalmology’s position with key member(s) of Congress, securing coalition partner(s) for a particular advocacy effort, etc.);
- Instrumental in implementing a state legislator advocacy plan, including a key contact program wherein an ophthalmologist contact representing the state ophthalmology society is provided for each legislator;
- Holding key leadership position(s) within the state medical association serving to raise the issues of concern to ophthalmology.
Jean E. Ramsey, MD, MPH
Cynthia Mattox, MD