Attend a Town Hall Meeting

Town hall meeting

"I have attended several town hall meetings and I always have an advocacy folder (which PHA provides) to pass on to the Congressperson or Senator... at some town hall meetings you are required to sign in if you want to ask a question. At that point I hand the Congressperson or Senator the folder, say one sentence about the importance of the bill and ask that they co-sponsor H.R. 1030."
  - Merle Reeseman

Town hall meetings are open events where a senator or representative speaks about their policies and answers questions from the community. Requesting co-sponsorship of the Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Diagnosis Act during a town hall meeting can raise the profile of PH and build your elected officials’ interest.

Identify your senators and representative and check their website for upcoming town hall meetings. Use our online advocacy tool or contact PHA for help at Advocacy@PHAssociation.org or 301-565-3004 x749.

Learn whether your Members of Congress are co-sponsors of the PH Research and Diagnosis Act, or if they’ve co-sponsored in the past. PHA can help and you’ll be prepared to build a positive relationship by thanking your senators or representative appropriately for past or current support. Contact PHA for an update on your elected officials’ sponsorship status at Advocacy@PHAssociation.org or 301-565-3004 x749.

Contact PHA! We’ll send you briefing books to leave with your elected official at the end of the town hall meeting.  We can also provide tips on preparing for the meeting and help following up afterwards. Contact 301-565-3004 x749 or Advocacy@PHAssociation.org.

Gather other community members. Bring friends, family or support group members with you to the meeting. Wear PHA pins or t-shirts if you have them.

Photo ops

Elected officials will be happy for a photo op during your visit or support group meeting. PHA loves to include high resolution photos in Pathlight or on our website.

Bring your Community

Demonstrate the widespread impact of PH and the importance of our bill by gathering letters signed by your friends and neighbors and presenting them during your visit. Contact PHA to request letters at Advocacy@PHAssociation.org

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