By Judith Mun, AACOM Director of Government Relations
If you’re reading this, chances are you missed Black Friday. And Small-Business Saturday. And Cyber Monday. The good news is that ED to MED still has great gift ideas for the advocate in your life! Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list with these presents, which are sure to make your friends’ and families’ day.
It’s a lot of work to advocate for the future health care workforce. Between congressional visits, keeping up with the news, and balancing school or work, advocates need all the help they can get to stay energized. A bag of their favorite coffee grounds or a gift card to a local cafe are sure to keep them on the move.
An informed advocate is a strong advocate. Gift your policy wonk with a subscription to their favorite premium newsletter or newspaper. It’s an easy way to keep loved ones informed while treating them to something enriching and special year-round.
While there are plenty of ways to send a message to Congress, a good, old-fashioned, personalized letter is a very effective method. Save the advocate in your life a trip to the post office with a pack of Forever Stamps. You may even find a thank-you note in your own mailbox!
Whether it’s an hour to your state capital or a multi-leg flight to Washington, DC, every advocate needs a way to reach their congressional offices. Gift cards for gas stations, bus passes, and other gifts to support the journey can go a long way (pun intended) toward making in-person advocacy more accessible.
If you really want to give the advocate in your life a meaningful gift, join them in asking your Members of Congress to support the future health care workforce in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. By protecting programs such as Grad PLUS and Public Service Loan Forgiveness, you’re helping students and professionals manage their graduate student debt and focus on their education, training, and patients.
After you finish your holiday shopping, don’t forget to treat yourself! Make sure you are receiving policy updates, advocacy tips, and more by following ED to MED on Facebook and Twitter. And remember: advocacy is the gift that keeps on giving.