Contacting your elected and appointed officials can make a difference. Use HealthyWomen's Health Facts and Perspectives report to better understand women's health and associated policy issues you may wish to act on. Below are links to information about how to identify and contact your federal and state representatives to make your voice heard. When contacting government officials – or their staff – here are a few tips to make your communications more effective:
- Convey you are their constituent, noting that you live in the state, congressional district, or town they represent.
- Know that speaking or meeting with a staff person rather than an elected or appointed official is not a problem since staffers do much of the day-to-day work. You are also likely to have more time with them to communicate your positions and passion.
- Make it clear what issue you are contacting them regarding, and state your position. For example, maintaining the requirement that health insurance includes preventive services like mammograms and Pap tests at no cost to patients.
- Explain why this is an important for you personally and for many more of their constituents.
- When possible, provide data — economic or otherwise — on why they should agree with and your position.
- Ask the official (or staff person) to clearly state their position. Do they agree with you? Not agree? Are looking for more information?
- Even if they disagree with you, thank them for their time and let them know that you will continue to follow the issue and their actions (e.g., votes). This will let them know that you are serious about the issue and represent many others.
How to Contact Your Government Representatives
Make sure your correct address is in the box on the right side so you get your correct representatives.
USA.gov provides links for contacting elected officials from local representatives to the President of the United States.
- Mailing Address: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
[Note – It can take several months to get a response, in part because letters go through security screenings before even reaching the White House.]
- Send an electronic message here.
- Phone Comments: 202-456-1111 (TTY/TTD 202-456-6213)
- White House Switchboard 202-456-1414; Visitor’s Office
Search on its map to find contact information for elected or appointed county executives and others.