Michael Wile

Citizens can serve on boards and committees that make recommendations to elected officials. Citizens can introduce themselves to their legislators when he or she is campaigning, fund-raising or holding a “town meeting.” Find out about his or her interests and goals for the bleeding disorder community. Brush up on politics in your state, log on to the Internet. Most state legislative offices maintain Web sites. Citizens can offer their opinions by speaking out at legislative sessions and by writing letters to elected officials.

Sign up for E-mails, Dateline Magazine, and other ways to stay connected.