The AADA’s office in Washington, D.C., works closely with federal and state officials and their staff. However, the Academy’s Washington, D.C. influence is only as strong as its most vocal members. According to a 2011 survey by the Congressional Management Foundation, 97 percent of congressional staff says that in-person visits from constituents have an influence on their member of Congress, and 88 percent say that personalized emails influence their decisions. As experts in public health policy, dermatologists are uniquely situated to have a profound impact on the decisions that Congress makes at this crucial period in health care. For more information on how you can get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.