APA Federal Action Network fosters psychology grassroots advocacy
APAs Education, Public Interest and Science government relations offices have collaborated to create APA’s Federal Action Network, a grassroots initiative to allow psychologists to more easily advocate on behalf of the discipline.
The cross-directorate effort represents a step forward for APA grassroots mobilization as it allows the association to circulate action alerts on timely, important policy issues and expedite critical constituent outreach to Congress. “This new initiative empowers psychologists to impact federal policy, an endeavor crucial to the health of the field and the people we serve,” said APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD. “Since our training sometimes skips over public policy matters, this world can seem inaccessible. APA provides these tools to demystify the process and show our community that this basic right is simple, important and effective.”
Subscribers to the network receive periodic emails to connect them with simple tools to send messages or make phone calls to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Recent advocacy issues have included mental health on college campuses, extension of unemployment insurance and federal science funding. Additionally, the new site provides an enhanced user experience and connects visitors to relevant APA content.