This webpage is dedicated to providing members with current, easy-to-use tools for participating in grassroots advocacy. Below are toolkits for both AHMA Members and Executive Members. Ultimately, these toolkits will assist all NAHMA members in becoming effective grassroots advocates. Current grassroots topics and opportunities for participation in advocacy may be found on the ‘Urgent Issues’ page.

How to Find Your Congressional Representatives

Reach out to Congressional Representatives through Social Media

Social media outreach to constituents is ubiquitous in Congress; the following links will help you identify your Representatives’ and Senators’ social media outlets.

Congressional Management Foundation Advocacy Videos

The Congressional Management Foundation is dedicated to improving the relationship between citizens and Congress by comprehensively addressing communications challenges faced by both sides. Through our recent partnership with CMF, NAHMA has gained access to several video clips which demonstrate the best practices for communicating with lawmakers and their staff.

Toolkit Items Especially for AHMA Members

These resources are tailored for regional AHMAs, with emphasis placed on advocating at the local level.

AHMA 501(c)3 Organizations and Lobbying – Federal guidelines in lobbying and the role of the AHMAs in the advocacy process.

Toolkit Items Especially for Executive Members

These resources are tailored for Executive Members of NAHMA, with emphasis placed on advocacy at the national level.

Executive Member Testimonials – Experiences from other Executive Members

NAHMA is happy to help you decide what times are best to visit Capitol Hill, who you would like to meet with, and how to best present your message. If you would like NAHMA to schedule the appointment on your behalf, simply contact NAHMA’s Government Affairs Coordinator, Juliana Bilowich. Alternatively, if you would like to meet with a member of Congress and it is more convenient to schedule a visit in your Representative’s District, please contact us so that we may provide any additional assistance.

Please note that participating in a NAHMA request for communication with your Congressional representatives will not cause you to be considered a Lobbyist under federal guidelines. The definition for Lobbyist under federal guidelines is as follows, and all three conditions must be met:
Lobbyist: Any individual (1) who is either employed or retained by a client for financial or other compensation (2) whose services include more than one lobbying contact; and (3) whose “lobbying activities” constitute 20 percent or more of his or her services on behalf of thatclient during any three month period.