The Advocate's Toolbox: Achieving Advocacy Success at the State and Federal Levels

Clinicians tend to avoid taking action on policy issues --it's a dirty, nasty business that has very little to do with achieving results--or is it? If you struggle with knowing the difference between your state representative and your U.S. Senator, and what issues are within their jurisdiction, then this course is for you. In one hour, we will explore how you can become an effective advocate at the state and federal level for good patient care and professional practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand why advocacy is important and why the learner's involvement is critical to the patients and a clinician's profession.
  • Know the difference between "making noise" and "making a difference" in the advocacy space.
  • Identify a person's state and federal elected officials and how to maximize the impact of interactions with those individuals.
  • Cite an example of successful advocacy and identify at least three reasons why the effort was a success.