August Recess: Engaging with Social Media
Social media is another great way to engage with your Members, find out what issues they care about, and follow up with them after meetings and town hall events.
If you use social media, you should find out if your Members of Congress are active and then follow them. Below are two lists of Members and their social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and others:
- House Social Media Wiki: http://govsm.com/w/House
- Senate Social Media Wiki: http://govsm.com/w/Senate
You can also find this information on almost every Member’s website.
Please use #telemed4pd to tag all your posts across all social media sites. Not only will we be able to see what you’re doing, but you can also see what your fellow advocates are up to around the country by searching for that hashtag.
Below are some sample posts that you can use on Facebook and Twitter before, during, or after a meeting or town hall event. These are just samples. We encourage you to write your own versions of these depending on who your Member is, the position they’ve already taken on telehealth, or something specific that may have happened during a meeting or town hall.
Before You Meet
Looking forward to engaging with [Insert Member Twitter username] this August recess about #telehealth for #parkinsons cmty. #telemed4pd
(Here’s an example of what that would look like for Congressman Chris Van Hollen – Looking forward to engaging with @ChrisVanHollen this August recess about #telehealth for #parkinsons cmty. #telemed4pd)
[Insert Member Twitter username] – What is your position on removing policy barriers for #telehealth for people with #parkinsons? #telemed4pd
[Insert Member Twitter username] – Please support TELE-MED Act & help expand #telehealth 4 ppl w #parkinsons http://bit.ly/1sXTUB3 #telemed4pd
I’m looking forward to engaging with [Name of Member] this August recess about expanding access to telehealth for people with Parkinson’s disease. #telemed4pd #parkinsons
[Post this directly to your Member’s Facebook Page} – Please support the TELE-MED Act and increase access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson’s disease. Learn more: http://www.parkinsonsaction.org/telemed #telemed4pd #parkinsons
During Meeting or Town Hall Event
Ask your Member or their staff if you can take pictures or videos of your meeting. If they agree, be sure to post them across all your social media accounts and use the hashtag (#telemed4pd) and your Member’s social media account. Chances are, the MEMBER communications staff will retweet, share, or “like” the post if they know about it, helping to expand awareness of our issues.
After You Meet
Thank you, [insert Member Twitter username] for meeting with me about #telehealth for people with #parkinsons. #telemed4pd
Thank you, [insert Member Twitter username] for your continued support of the #parkinsons community! #telemed4pd
Thank you, [Insert Member name] for meeting with me today about telehealth and Parkinson’s disease! Learn more about this important issue: http://www.parkinsonsaction.org/telemed #telemed4pd #parkinsons
Thank you, [Insert Member name] for your continued support for the Parkinson’s community! I hope you’ll support the TELE-MED Act to increase access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson’s disease! http://www.parkinsonsaction.org/telemed #telemed4pd #parkinsons
If you have any questions about using social media or setting up accounts, please contact Kristina Gawrgy Campbell, director of communications, at [email protected] or 202-638-4101 x113.