Making an impact
Shaping health policy to advance your practice & improve patient care
Representing more than 145,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, the AOA works to reduce regulatory burdens and improve affordability and access.
Through its National Osteopathic Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C., the AOA promotes policy advancements that benefit DOs and their patients, expand graduate medical training opportunities and promote public health.
Our strategy encompasses policy development, lobbying on Capitol Hill, regulatory engagement, and engaging our members and affiliates in grassroots advocacy.
What we do
The AOA works to build relationships with policymakers at all levels of government and facilitate the direct voter-to-legislator communication that ultimately delivers the strongest message.
Federal lobbying: We engage directly with lawmakers to advocate for policies that support the osteopathic profession, and educate them on the importance of funding a physician-led workforce.
Regulatory advocacy: We study and evaluate regulatory proposals that could impact the profession, submit comments to federal agencies, and engage directly with federal agencies’ leadership to promote our goals.
Osteopathic representation on federal advisory committees and panels: We regularly submit nominations and help create opportunities for DOs to share their unique perspective on federal advisory committees and panels.
Participation in coalitions: Advocacy is most effective when large groups representing the same interests or point of view collaborate. We work with a wide range of partners in the healthcare field to amplify our voice.
Campaigns: The American Osteopathic Information Association supports the campaigns of candidates who will further our profession’s goals and values.
Want to get involved?
Visit our Online Advocacy Center to select your desired level of grassroots engagement.