The Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons is the primary voice for surgeons in the state of Ohio and its members realize that democracy is not a spectator sport. In our nation, public health professionals play a significant role in decision-making processes and policy formation. As members of the public health community, Ohio Chapter members' involvement in the policy-formation process is essential. The Ohio Chapter, in coordination with its members, works with key policymakers to shape policy that addresses today's ongoing public health concerns, like:

  • Ensuring access to quality health care for all Ohioans
  • Reducing health care providers' administrative burdens
  • Advancing continued medical liability reforms
  • Improving financing of health care for private and government payers
  • Demanding direct payment of physicians by insurance companies regardless of the physician's "network affiliation"


Resource Center

The Ohio Chapter vigorously advocates on important public health issues year round. Your participation will help because legislators listen to what their constituents have to say — constituents, after all, are a legislator’s first priority.Advocacy Resource Center

The following resources will provide you with all of the information and materials you need to contact your policymakers and be successful in your advocacy efforts.

Lobbying Handbook
How a Bill Becomes a Law - Flowchart
Tips for Meeting with Your Elected Officials
Tips for Communicating with Your Legislators
Ten Things Legislative Staff Hate To Hear
Tips for Writing Your Policymaker
Advocay Dos and Don'ts

Please remember you are not alone in your advocacy efforts. The Chapter Executive Office can assist you every step of the way! Let us know how we can help you.

Annual Legislative Dinner

The Ohio Chapter, ACS and the Ohio Committee on Trauma (OCOT) was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Lindey’s, 169 E. Beck Street, Columbus.

The Legislative Dinner is free for Ohio Chapter and OCOT members.
Our Legislative Dinner brings together Ohio surgeons and elected officials to help form productive relationships that will enhance the legislature’s ability to enact sound policies.

It begins with a reception at 5:30pm and follows with dinner at 6:00pm. This dinner provides you an opportunity to meet with state legislators for informal, yet candid discussions on issues important to the surgical profession.

The Ohio Chapter vigorously advocates on important public health issues year round.
Information about the 2017 Legislative Dinner is coming soon.

Advocacy Contacts

Capitol Consulting Group, Ohio Chapter’s lobbying team, continues to work diligently to ensure that the voices of Ohio’s surgeons are heard in policy debates taking place in Columbus. If you have any questions or concerns about issues before the Ohio General Assembly, contact Dan Jones, Belinda Jones, or Danny Hurley at Capitol Consulting Group by calling (614) 224-3855.

ACS State Affairs Resources

ACS State Affairs Resources

What can I do to get engaged in state advocacy?
• Ask questions and stay informed.
• Join your Chapter and participate in their advocacy initiatives.
• Contact elected officials and donate to PACs.
• Testify on an issue at a committee hearing and encourage patients and colleagues to be advocates.
• Vote in ALL elections – federal, state, local and judicial.

Once engaged, can ACS Advocacy staff help me or my Chapter in our advocacy activities?
Yes, State Affairs staff is available to assist any chapter or individual surgeon in the following ways (or others as needed):
• Participate as speakers for any Chapter event or other stakeholder group. Topics can range from specific issues to advocacy training workshops – a sample program outline, objectives and a timetable are available.
• Assist with planning a Day at the Capital or prepare for a legislative visit.
• Work with you to advocate for or against legislation introduced into your state legislature.
• Address advocacy planning and strategy issues including development of a Chapter Advocacy and Health Policy Committee.
• Help you with background information and research a legislative issue.
• Help develop testimony for presentation at state legislative committee hearings.

What other resources can ACS provide?
Surgery State Legislative Action Center (SSLAC): The SSLAC is a website that ACS hosts with over a dozen other surgical specialty societies. This simple, user-friendly, web-based advocacy tool is a convenient way for surgeons to engage in grassroots advocacy. The SSLAC is a public website, and has a variety of functions.

• Letter-Writing Campaigns – Letters can be directed to elected officials, regulatory bodies, and media sources. The SSLAC requires entry of a zip code which helps identify elected officials. Sample pre-written letters can be sent by e-mail to legislators directly from the action center. These letters are easy to modify to reflect a surgeon’s personal situation and how the proposed legislation may impact their patients.

• Election Information – By clicking the “election” tab, users can select their state and find out important election dates, register to vote, and find their polling place. Users may also find out who is running in their local races as well as get contact information for the candidates.

• General Information – The SSLAC can be used at any time to send letters to media outlets (with the Media Guide) or elected officials/agencies.

SurgeonsVoice Grassroots Advocacy: Grassroots advocacy on both the state and federal level is managed by the Health Policy Advisory Council, which is comprised of Region Chiefs and State Councilors. State Councilors are responsible for fostering an extensive grassroots advocacy network throughout their Chapter. These surgeon advocates have the opportunity to participate not only at the state level but also at the federal level, all through one webpage. Quarterly conference calls provide ample opportunity for State Councilors to interact with each other and share pertinent advocacy information. For more information contact Tara Leystra Ackerman at

Where can I find what state bills ACS is tracking?
Surgeons interested in staying abreast of the state legislation being monitored should check out the State Legislation page of the ACS website. From there, Fellows can learn about the status of legislation in their or other states. A map of the US allows users to click on an individual state to get an overview of pending legislation.

What’s on the web?
ACS Advocacy Home Page
State Legislative Homepage
State Legislative Priorities
State Advocacy Resources
Statements of the College
Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program
Surgery State Legislative Action Center

Who do I contact?
OH State Affairs Representative: Tara Leystra, State Affairs Associate, Advocacy & Health Policy, 202-672-1522,