2020 Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill

In this historic and unprecedented year, the single-largest annual advocacy event and the centerpiece of the profession's national lobbying efforts is going virtual, Sept. 9-10. The Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill is about maximizing connections with elected federal representatives. The tremendous growth of AOA on Capitol Hill—from fewer than 200 doctors attending a decade ago to more than 500 doctors and students—is a key reason why AOA is recognized as one of the most effective, respected lobbying groups in the nation's capital.

Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
September 09, 2020
2020 Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill Legislative Briefings

An overview of legislative priorities that AOA doctors, future doctors and paraoptometric staff will address during meetings with their legislators in Washington, DC during the 2020 Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill

Speaker Information
Stephen Montaquila OD
Adam Parker OD
Bob Theaker OD
Chris Wroten OD
Reimagining Patient Engagement During and Post-Pandemic: A Roundtable Discussion

The 2020 Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill, Sept. 9-10, opened with an AOA Board of Trustees and Industry CEO leaders roundtable discussion about how the pandemic has impacted patient engagement today—and what it will look like in the future. Led by Jerry Neidigh, O.D., AOA Industry Relations chair, participants discussed how the COVID-19 public health emergency is changing patient expectations and behaviors, and how important it is to understand these shifts and anticipate future needs.

Speaker Information
2020-2021 AOA Board of Trustees   [ view bio ]
Moderated by Jason Compton OD
Sergio Duplan   [ view bio ]
Rick Gadd  [ view bio ]
Moderated by Jerry Neidigh OD
Moderated by Belinda Starkey OD
Thomas Swinnen  [ view bio ]
Andreas Wolf  [ view bio ]
Advocating from Afar - Tips, Tricks and Best Practices for Being a Virtual Advocacy Force

A pair of former chiefs of staff to U.S. senators, Jonathan Becker and Doug Schwartz, offered best practices for advocating virtually to Members of Congress during the 2020 Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill, Sept. 9-10.

Speaker Information
Deanna Alexander OD
Speaker Guest Jonathan Becker
Speaker Guest Doug Schwartz
Moderated by Bob Theaker OD
Moderated by Matt Willette  [ view bio ]
Advocacy U

In a session specifically geared toward future doctors' of optometry, AOA's Advocacy staff provide students a primer in professional advocacy and best practices for communicating with legislators during the 2020 Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill, Sept. 9-10.

Speaker Information
Alex Bennett
Daniel Carey  [ view bio ]
Sally Guthrie  [ view bio ]
Kara Webb  [ view bio ]
Introducing the Paraoptometric Champion Program

In a session specifically tailored to paraoptometrics, AOA's Advocacy staff and volunteers introduced the new Para Champion Program and discussed how staff can take an active role in the profession's advocacy during the 2020 Virtual AOA on Capitol Hill, Sept. 9-10.

Speaker Information
Adam Greathouse  [ view bio ]
Dana Reason  [ view bio ]
Steven Reed OD
Beverly Roberts CPOT
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