To set up a meeting with your elected official, please email Angela.Jonsson@oma.orgHelpful Hints When Meeting with an Elected Official
Be knowledgeable. Learn the basic facts about your elected officials and the area he or she represents.
Be prompt. Arrive early for the meeting and don’t run over the agreed time limit unless the elected official agrees to do so.
Be polite and professional with the elected official’s office staff. They are the gatekeepers and their opinion of you will factor into your ability to get a meeting, how long the meeting goes, and whether you get a follow up meeting.
Be prepared. Review the OMA key messages. You should also give some thought to topics you have in common:
Be brief. Stick to the key messages and how the cuts affect you and your patients and stay focused.
Be responsive. Be positive and professional. Be prepared to answer questions and provide additional information. If you are asked questions that you do not have the answer to, let the elected official know that you will follow up with an answer as soon as possible. Contact the OMA staff for any additional information you may need. ASK for a commitment.
Follow up. Follow up with a thank you card and email that outlines the points of discussion within 10 days of meeting. Write to Angela Jonsson at the OMA and let her know how the meeting went.