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Now is the time to be heard: October is Advocacy Month!

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ACOG is supporting you and your voice with several weekly initiatives aimed at taking action for women’s health.


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and specifically the Junior Fellow College Advisory Council (JFCAC) are rolling out steps to help you make your voice heard. Starting October 1, head to to check out the ACOG Physician Advocacy video to get inspired. (Or watch it here!) Whether you are a seasoned advocate or just getting started, ACOG and women across the country are counting on you!

Week 1 (October 1–7): Why I advocate

The focus of this week is on delving into topics that interest you, learning why advocacy is critically important, and developing your own message to advocate for women’s health.

  • View advocacy videos here to understand what advocacy is and why it is so important.
  • See ACOG’s 2018 list of legislative priorities here to find topics that inspire you.

Week 2 (October 8–14): Use your voice

Explore the multitude of platforms available today for amplifying your message. Learn to use social media smartly, get advice for how to write op-eds for local outlets, add your name to support current legislative efforts, and find out who your representatives are to schedule sit-down meetings.

  • For tips on communicating with elected officials, click here.
  • Connect with ACOG and your district on social media, and remember to use social media responsibly to advocate effectively. See this link for more information!
  • Don’t forget to include #JFadvoMonth in your posts while highlighting your advocacy work on social media!

Continued to: Week 3 (October 15–19): Empower your patients

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