One of the best ways to make a big splash with policymakers is by creating an experience so genuine and moving, they can’t soon forget the issues and the real people at stake. That’s why COA is thrilled to announce the return of the “Sit in My Chair” Congressional events program. This one-of-a-kind effort puts the work you do every day in front of policymakers, which is exactly where it should be!
About Sit in My Chair: Where Your Member of Congress becomes a patient for a day
First introduced in 2009, Sit in My Chair is one of the best opportunities for your practice to engage with local lawmakers, delivering a unique, lasting, hands-on experience. Through this program you will introduce your member of Congress to all the hard work that goes into the real, every day patient experience in community cancer care!
Participation is easy – COA is giving you everything!
COA will make it easy for you to execute this event, including providing a planning guide, invitations, template materials, key contacts (if you don’t already have them), and other logistical support.
With just a few hours of staff time you will have a member of Congress sitting in your practice before you know it. It really is that simple! We have put together a toolkit of of template, turn-key, easy-to-use materials that includes everything you need for Sit in My Chair – from invitations, to talking points, to media suggestions – all in one easy to use packet.
Act now! The coming August recess is a perfect time
In a time of divisive health care rhetoric, Sit in My Chair gives members of Congress a positive opportunity to hear about health care issues affecting local constituents and businesses; in a private, controlled setting; and with the potential for great media optics (if you/they want it). It’s a win-win for everyone!
Members of Congress just left DC for the August recess. For the next month they will travel around their districts, giving face time to constituents. This is a perfect opportunity to schedule Sit in My Chair events with them.
Recess schedules are still open but will fill up fast, so reach out ASAP! Now is the best time to reach out to your member of Congress’s office to encourage them to make time for a visit. If you don’t know the best contact person or Congressional office address, COA can help.