The Importance of Advocacy
As experts in the field, Safe States Alliance members add a powerful voice to policymaking. It is always important for our nation's elected leaders to hear from their state’s public health professionals. Now is the time to request meetings with your members of Congress. Your opinions, insights, and expertise are important. Make yourself heard early and often. For more information on how to schedule a visit, see Making Visits to Capitol Hill.
Advocacy and Lobbying: What's the Difference?
The Safe States Alliance understands that many government employees have restrictions on the types of activities in which they may participate. However, unlike "lobbying" (which refers to efforts to influence a specific piece of legislation), advocacy covers a much broader range of activities that can include educating legislators and conveying the value of using policy to protect the public's health. As always, Safe States Alliance encourages its members to engage in advocacy activities that are permissible according to applicable regulations.
See related advocacy resources and links located to the left of this page, including the Safe States policy statement, policy agenda, resolutions, and advocacy toolkits.
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