Advocacy Awards

ACOG's award programs and fellowships in state, federal, and political advocacy offer opportunities for both seasoned and new advocates to expand their advocacy and be recognized for their efforts. State Legislative Chairs, Junior Fellows, and Section and District Officers are welcome to apply.

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State Legislative Awards
Junior Fellow Rising Star Award
ObGyn PAC MVP Award
McCain Fellowship
Gellhaus Advocacy Fellowship

State Legislative Awards

Accomplishment in State Advocacy Award
The State Advocacy Award for Accomplishment is given to the "skilled" ACOG state who has demonstrated an impressive legislative accomplishment during the current legislative session.

Criteria

  • “Wow” factor: exceeds scope of typical advocacy
  • Advances a national policy objective
  • Model for other states
  • Evaluation component

Improvement in State Advocacy Award
The State Advocacy Award for Improvement is given to the “developing” ACOG state who has demonstrated impressive growth in its advocacy capacity during the current legislative session.

Criteria

  • Documented increase in activities from prior year
  • Examples include: establishment of previously non-existent program, clear expansion of program, new coalition building, new methodology, new time involvement, clear results
  • Evaluation component

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Junior Fellow Rising Star Award

The Junior Fellow Rising Star in Advocacy Awards Program recognizes an outstanding advocacy project created and implemented by a Junior Fellow involving their institution, local, state, or federal legislation, or political advocacy. The award is conferred at the Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC).

Award recipients will receive sponsorship of up to $1,000 to one ACOG CLC.

Criteria

  • Must be based on a health policy objective or Graduate Medical Education requirement and be consistent with ACOG policies and objectives
  • Must have been initiated and carried out by Junior Fellow(s)
  • Must have appropriate support/mentoring from ACOG Fellow(s) that can be documented
  • Must be a project or action that is quantifiable
  • Must include Letter of support from one of the following: program director, ACOG District Junior Fellow Advisor, any ACOG JFCAC Member, ACOG District or Section Fellow Chair

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ObGyn PAC MVP Award

Ob-GynPAC, ACOG’s political action committee, is a $1M+ PAC—a feat that could not be accomplished without significant commitment from you, our Fellows and Junior Fellows.

In 2002, our Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee created the Ob-GynPAC Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award to recognize ob-gyn leaders who have, over the previous year, helped build our specialty's power in Congress and the Statehouses through outstanding advocacy and fundraising on behalf of Ob-GynPAC. Winners are selected by the Ob-GynPAC Executive Committee and are recognized at ACOG’s Congressional Leadership Conference.

To Apply: Send us your nominations at pac@acog.org with the subject line "Ob-GynPAC MVP Award Nomination."

McCain Fellowship

The John McCain Fellowship provides ACOG Fellows firsthand exposure in Washington, DC, to policy development and the legislative process in the federal government. Each District sponsors a Fellow on a rotating schedule, allowing two Districts per year to participate.

McCain Fellows meet with lawmakers and staff; attend legislative hearings on issues of interest to the specialty; interact with officials of regulatory agencies; and meetings with representatives of medical groups and other allied organizations. District IV founded the Fellowship in 1981 in memory of Dr. John McCain, a strong advocate for ACOG’s Government Affairs program.

Criteria

  • Varies by District
  • Motivated ACOG Fellow interested in legislative advocacy
  • Active in District and Section advocacy

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Gellhaus Advocacy Fellowship

The Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship fosters a new generation of physicians to influence the future of healthcare.

The Fellowship was founded in 2009 by Past D VI Chair, Dr. Thomas Gellhaus, a powerful advocate for ACOG's advocacy activities. Senior residents develop their advocacy skills and participate in the political and policy making process in DC as a part of ACOG’s Government Affairs Team. Residents completing this fellowship, many for their resident elective, gain substantial expertise in the federal legislative and regulatory processes.

Criteria

  • Motivated resident in ob-gyn interested in legislative advocacy
  • Support from Residency Program for an elective month rotation
  • Letter of recommendation from an ACOG Fellow
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Contact:

Government Affairs Staff 
Mailing Address:
PO Box 96920
Washington, DC 20090-6920
Phone (202) 863-2509
Fax (202) 488-3985
govtrel@acog.org

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