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Our goal to end breast cancer is significant. To be successful, we will be waging battles on many fronts: educating women on the value of screening, raising money for research and addressing inequities in access to quality care for all Ohioans. Komen Columbus also will be working to ensure public policies in all levels of government make the fight against breast cancer – and all cancers – a top priority.

What Can I Do?

What can you do to take action on this front?  It’s simple. Click here to join the The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Advocacy Alliance. The Advocacy Alliance is a non-partisan voice for more than 2.5 million breast cancers survivors and the people who love them. Its mission is to translate the Komen promise to end breast cancer forever into action at all levels of government to discover and deliver the cures.

Help us influence elected officials who make important funding and policy decisions impacting breast cancer in Washington and at the State Capitol. Once you sign up as an advocate, we will notify you when policymakers need to hear from you on key issues.  We will make it easy for you to call or email your elected leaders to urge a specific action or vote on critical issues or bills.

Working with Elected Officials
As an elected official, it is their primary responsibility to listen to and represent the constituents from their area of the state. Technology today makes it very simple and efficient to communicate with our legislative leaders – for example a simple email message from hundreds and thousands of breast cancer advocates can make a significant difference in a legislators’ decision-making. Additionally, legislators appreciate building personal relationships with survivors, health care providers and advocates who can help them understand proposed policies. Legislators often receive phone calls, letters, and emails and hold personal meetings on issues of interest. 

As a Komen Advocacy Alliance member we will connect you with your legislator and make it easy to send a message on an important issue impacting breast health. 

Who are your Elected Officials
Your state or federal elected officials are listed here. Using your nine-digit zip code is necessary to ensure accuracy of the search.  If you do not know your nine-digit zip code, click here to find it.

Related Links
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
Ohio Senate
Ohio House of Representatives

Tips for Communicating with Your Elected Officials
Elected officials at all levels of government want to hear from their constituents. When it comes time to vote on legislation, elected officials look to you to get a sense of what the voters who elected them would like them to do.

Whether you choose to write a letter, send an email or make a phone call, the tips below will make your communication more effective.

Writing Elected Officials – Letters and Email

  • Keep your message brief. State clearly at the beginning of your message why you are writing. Be clear what action you would like him or her to take. For example: “I am writing to ask you to support funding for breast cancer screenings in the state budget, HB 1.”
  • Personalize your message. Provide one or two reasons why you are making your request. Tell the legislator why this issue matters to you.
  • Include your full name and address so you are easily identified as a constituent. Elected officials are most concerned with the views of their voters.

Making a Phone Call

  • Jot down a few notes about what you want to say before you call.
  • Your call will most likely be answered by a staff person.
  • Share the community in which you live so the legislator or aide knows you are a constituent.
  • As with letters and emails, be brief and clear about the specific action you are requesting.
  • For example: “Please tell Senator Jones I support breast cancer funding in HB 1.”
  • Ask the aide to please pass the message on to the legislator.
  • Thank the staff person for his or her time.