SVS launches program to ‘REACH 535’ lawmakers

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To leverage the power of direct engagement with lawmakers on the part of constituents, the SVS advocacy team is launching a grassroots advocacy plan to help foster this direct communication between SVS members and their federal lawmakers. 

The program will serve two purposes, said SVS Advocacy Council Chair Matthew Sideman, MD: connecting SVS members with their lawmakers to establish tangible channels for vascular surgeons to personally advocate on issues that significantly impact their practices and their patients; and establishing a concrete mechanism for the SVS to amplify its advocacy efforts by ensuring advocacy team members can quickly reach the 535 decision-makers on Capitol Hill. 

To become a key contact in REACH 535, members should complete the sign-up form to identify their federal representatives and senators. 

The form is available at vascular.org/REACH535form. Information also is available by emailing SVSAdvocacy@vascularsociety.org. 

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