Advocacy: A Multi-Pronged Approach

With over 30,000 members representing 26 disciplines, ASM has a unique voice in advocating for the sciences. ASM’s Public and Scientific Affairs Committee (PSAC) and its subcommittees govern the Society’s objective for the stimulation of scientific investigations. PSAC serves as the public policy arm for the Society, reaching out to inform and influence public policy affecting the microbial sciences, clinical microbial sciences and public health. The PSAC interacts with government officials; representatives of industry, including food, drug, health care and environmental sectors; and other organizations concerned with health, safety, environmental and other issues involving the microbial sciences.

Our effective advocacy strategy is based on a multi-pronged approach, addressing the interconnectedness of policy development, policymaker outreach and grassroots initiatives, with communications cutting across the three components. This is an ongoing, dynamic process and each component depends on the other.
  • Policy Development: Policy development is the foundation for ASM advocacy. ASM weighs in on public policies, often in response to specific requests from Congress or regulatory agencies. ASM has developed 6 policy principles to guide its policy agenda.
  • Policymaker Outreach: ASM educates Members of Congress and their staff about ASM, its members and the importance of investing in the microbial sciences. By building an ASM “presence” on Capitol Hill, ASM is in a strong position to ensure the voice of the microbiology community is heard.       
  • Grassroots: ASM is working to develop a new, sophisticated grassroots mobilization effort that effectively leverages the power and geographic distribution of its membership. ASM will develop a new, easily accessible training program to arm advocates with the tools they need to be successful in advocating with policymakers.