The Importance of Advocacy
It is always important for our nation's elected leaders to hear from their state’s public health professionals. Upcoming legislative agendas may include attempts to change injury and violence prevention programs administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may effect many state health departments.
Your opinion about the work of federal programs is important. Make yourself heard early and often. As experts in the field, Safe States Alliance members add a powerful voice to policymaking. Now is the time to request meetings with your members of Congress. For more information on how to schedule a visit, see Making Hill Visits.
Advocacy and Lobbying: What's the Difference?
Safe States Alliance understands that many state employees have restrictions on the types of activities in which you may participate. Although most people use the words interchangeably, it is important to understand the distinction between advocacy and lobbying. The legal definition of lobbying refers to efforts attempting to influence specific legislation, while advocacy covers a much broader range of activities that may or may not include lobbying. Safe States Alliance encourages its members to engage in advocacy activities that are permissible according to applicable state regulations.
As you are in an excellent position to know what policies work and what policies need improvement, you can make a case for improving the public health system, specifically in the area of injury and violence prevention. Policymakers respect your input because your solutions and suggestions are based on your experience in the field.
Questions? Contact Allison Lowe Huff at (770) 690-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.