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PACT - Political Action Contact Team

A key aspect of AARC’s advocacy is its annual trip to Capitol Hill by our Political Action Contact Team (PACT) to meet face-to-face with legislators and their staff to advocate for issues important to the profession. Prior to that event, we also hold a campaign in which thousands of messages – email, X, or phone calls – are blasted to the Hill prior to the PACT meetings. Our state societies provide similar activities at the grassroots level, engaging with their Congressional leaders when they are home in their District offices, or maybe even attending important town hall meetings. We also highlight the value of respiratory therapists in comments on federal regulations that impact the profession and provide data and scientific articles to policymakers that support legislative and regulatory initiatives related to respiratory care. But one of our strongest advocacy efforts from a national perspective and one that doesn’t get a lot of attention is collaboration with other organizations.