Possible Stakeholders in the Radiologic Profession

Before launching a legislative or regulatory activity, the affiliate leadership will need to consult on an organization-to-organization level with groups that may have a vested interest in whatever advocacy action the affiliate is taking. Consier reaching out to the common stakeholder groups listed on this page. The organizations may or not have an opinion on affiliate legislative activities, but soliciting information from stakeholders and creating a helpful relationship may bear fruit in the future. Make a list of the identified stakeholder organizations who may be potential allies or opponents, then assign members of the affiliate board to begin communicating information and discussing the affiliate's position on issues.  

Members

The affiliate society will need to work closely with current members; however, the organization may want to build relationships with potential new members such as students and other R.T.s. 

Creating surveys will allow your affiliate to get to know its members better and will also allow you to reach out to potential members.

Students can be some of the greatest advocates. Tap into their enthusiasm and desire to be a part of their chosen profession by engaging students in advocacy activities.

Other health care organizations

Become familiar with leaders of related organizations in your state. Below are some suggestions:

  • Other medical imaging professional organizations and certification bodies: Many affiliate societies have members who are predominantly radiographers or educators. To maximize input from all imaging stakeholders, affiliates may want to reach out state organizations representing nuclear medicine, sonography, cardiac-interventional and vascular-interventional imaging, and bone densitometry.
  • Radiation control program offices: Each state has a government agency that oversees the use of equipment that detects or emits radiation. Radiation used for health care is also under the jurisdiction of this department or agency. Radiation control programs can often provide direction on the best ways to update state regulations and laws regarding the use of radiation for health purposes.
  • Department of Environmental Safety: Some states divide the source of radiation overseen by the state government into different classifications. Naturally occurring radiation materials (NORM) like uranium may be overseen by this government organization.
  • State hospital associations: Hospitals are the largest employers of radiologic technologists and will have a stake in all health policy initiatives regarding medical imaging and radiation therapy. Discussing affiliate advocacy activities with the state hospital association may provide additional insight from the employer's point of view to help affiliate leaders work with lawmakers to fine-tune the bill draft or proposed regulations.
  • State radiologist organizations: The state radiological society that represents radiologists and medical physicists may serve as a strong ally and supporter of the affiliate advocacy campaign and could even provide additional resources. Many state radiologist organizations have lobbyists or government relations consultants who are already familiar with medical imaging issues and who can assist affiliate members with advocacy efforts.
  • R.T. licensure boarda: If there is already licensure in the state, the board or committee that oversees the issuance of licenses to practice will be an active participant in advocacy efforts and health policy issues. In many states, the licensure board and affiliate society share members and leaders. It is important to understand that licensure board members, may have a conflict of interest with positions the affiliate takes on professional issues.
  • State medical association: Radiologic technologists work with every medical specialty. The state medical association includes members from many different medical specialties and may bring different viewpoints to share that haven't been considered.
  • State medical board: The state medical board may be able to provide insights and advice on the best ways to include all medical imaging and radiation therapy disciplines in one licensure program.
  • Physician specialty associations: The state medical association represents physicians in all specialties and the state radiological society represents radiologists, but there are other physician specialties that may offer advice and support such as radiation oncologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and orthopedic surgeons, who may have their own state medical specialty association.
  • Other allied health care professional organizations: Many allied health professions have state associations that may have an opinion on the issue under consideration. Consider reaching out to physician assistant, nurse, nurse practitioner and medical assistant organizations. If they are opposed or have specific concerns, it is better to know in advance and prepare rather than learning about it from lawmakers in the capitol hallways.

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