Contacting Elected Officials
The Quinolone Vigilance Foundation strives to save lives from disabling Fluoroquinolone Toxicity. To help us achieve this, we call on our elected officials to help us change public policy. As an organization, the QVF relies on its supporters to help us achieve our mission.
Find Your Legislator
- Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121
- Senate website: http://www.senate.gov/
- House website: http://www.house.gov/
- Government Agencies and Elected Officials http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
How to Contact Your Legislator
Most e-mails are handled in the same manner as traditional mail. It is a faster method of communication when time is of the essence. The e-mail should contain the following important information:
- Information about Quinolone Toxicity
- Your personal story
- Explain why it is important and how it will impact the community
- A request for a response. Include your home address and contact information.
It is important to know that your letters count. All Congressional mail is opened, read, and noted for the issues raised. The letter serves several functions:
- To educate your representative in Congress about quinolone toxicity syndrome
- To tell your personal story
- To explain why it is important and how it will impact the community
Try to keep the letter to one page. Letters can be hand written or typed. This typically is the slowest method of communication, but it is still very effective. Please keep the QVF informed of the results of your legislative contact. We would love to hear about it!
Members of the House and Senate have aides to help deal with the day-to-day issues of the constituents. Without setting up an appointment, it may be hard to contact the aide on short notice to discuss your views. Always make note of the person name who you contacted.
Visiting a Member of Congress
- Schedule an appointment. You can visit the district office in your local area or the Washington D.C. office. Call the member’s office well in advance to schedule a visit.
- Be prepared to clearly state the reason you want an appointment.
- Contact the scheduler to arrange an appointment. You may be asked to fax or write your request for an appointment.
- When visiting a district office, House and Senate members may be available to meet with you in person when Congress is in recess (check schedule on government websites). In most instances, a staff member, usually their aide, will be assigned to meet you and discuss your concerns.
- Confirm the appointment a day before the meeting.
- Be prompt and patient.
- If you go with a group (your family or other members of your support group), designate a spokesperson to introduce your group and state the purpose of your visit.
- Speak plainly and from the heart. You are the voice of quinolone toxicity syndrome. Your personal story or of someone you care about is a powerful way to communicate with your elected officials. You put a human face on the disorder.
- Suggest actionable ways your legislator can help real people who will benefit from the solution that you are advocating for.
After The Visit
- Send a thank you note.
- Send any information that you promised.
- We would love to see photos from your visit and hear how it went!
How to Contact the President of the United States:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500