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Title: Legislative Advocacy 101


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Legislative Advocacy 101
  • By Brenda Ritson MD, Emily Rothbaum MD, Meg
    Sullivan MD, Dodi Meyer MD
  • Anne Armstrong-Coben MD

2
Outline
  • History of Curriculum
  • Goals
  • Intro to Leg Advocacy
  • YOUR Responsibilities
  • Resources

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History
  • Fall 2007
  • Comm Peds Residents
  • Brenda Ritson, Emily Rothbaum, and Meg Sullivan
  • Helped faculty revise 2nd Yr Comm Peds block
    Legislative Advocacy component
  • 5 Session Curriculum developed
  • 2009 curriculum redesign 3 sessions

4
Objectives
  • To teach Residents HOW to effectively develop and
    disseminate an advocacy message.
  • To increase resident and faculty AWARENESS of
    advocacy issues and opportunities.

5
Goals
  • Expose residents to current legislative efforts,
    issues, and needs surrounding children's health.
  • Teach techniques for researching current
    legislative issues that pertain to childrens
    health .
  • Provide a forum for residents to share their work
    on current issues, legislation, and advocacy
    efforts with medical students, residents, and
    attendings.

6
Overarching Goals
  • To foster awareness about legislative advocacy
    among residents and the CHONY community.
  • WHILE
  • Empowering CHONY pediatricians to be active
    advocates for childrens health issues, both now
    and in the future.

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Legislative Advocacy 101
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What is Advocacy?
  • Act of pleading for, supporting or
    recommending Websters Dictionary.
  • From the Latin advocare to call to ones aid

9
What is Advocacy to US?
  • An attitude, plan of action and behavior that
    have as specific goal(s) the improvement of the
    physical, emotional, or environmental condition
    of an individual child or adolescent, family or
    their community. Dyson Initiative definition

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The Three As of Advocacy
  • Awareness
  • Your own, friends, family, colleagues,
    legislators.
  • Advancement
  • By getting involved, you can help advance a
    movement or effect a policy change.
  • Action
  • Make contacts, write letters, call or visit your
    elected officials, support an organization.

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Why Should WE Be Advocates?
  • Children cant advocate for themselves
  • We have a unique position to see problems and
    understand their implications
  • The problems matter
  • We have respect and credibility

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Why Should We Be LEGISLATIVE Advocates?
  • You may hate politics, but you cant ignore the
    consequences of politics especially for
    children who cant speak for themselves.

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Examples of Leg. Advocacy
  • Mandating window bars in apartments with children
    (NYC)
  • Helmet Laws (State)
  • S-CHIP (Federal)

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The Legislative Process
  • Sloooooooooow
  • Varies for different Legislative bodies
  • Know when your voice will be heard
  • Proposal of a bill
  • Public Hearings on the issue
  • Lobbying individual legislators
  • And Intervene!

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How does a Bill become a Law?
  • http//www.votesmart.org/resource_govt101_02.php
  • http//www.legis.state.wv.us/Educational/Bill_Beco
    mes_Law/Bill_Becomes_Law.cfm
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vmEJL2Uuv-oQ (video)

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Who are your Representatives?
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Summary of This Block
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Block Responsibilities
  • I Advocacy 101 with Attending
  • Begin to think about Hot Topic
  • II/ III Research/ Create Hot Topic
    Presentation
  • Present Hot Topic
  • Optional Media/Spread the Word

21
Session I
  • Advocacy 101
  • Today
  • Intro to the Legislative Process
  • Start thinking about Hot Topic

22
Session II
  • Research your Hot Topic
  • Define the problem with a population perspective
  • Who will be affected? How severe are the effects?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • Review recent history
  • Learn about current controversies/events
  • Find federal and state policies under
    consideration or debate
  • Develop your own stance on the issue

23
Session II-III
  • Create your Hot Topic Presentation
  • Powerpoint?
  • Samples available

24
Presentation of Hot Topic
  • Goals
  • Educate others about your issue and
  • Motivate their participation in advocacy
  • Presentation (Powerpoint?)
  • 20 to 30 minutes
  • Noon conference at the end of the block
  • Theres a guide to help you along

25
Optional
  • 10-15 minutes
  • Start
  • Letter writing campaign,
  • Petition signing, or
  • Post an invitation to an upcoming policy briefing
    meeting or other advocacy activity

26
Extras
  • VOTE!
  • Find out who your Legislators are.
  • Call them in support/against a bill.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor
  • Write an Op-Ed
  • Lobby visits to the State Assembly
  • Participate in Lobby Day or Call to Action
    Phone call

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How to Choose your Hot Topic?
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Sample Presentations Given
  • The New York State Healthy Schools Act What is
    it? How can we support it?
  • Barriers to Renewing SCHIP Doesnt anyone care
    about kids anymore?
  • New NYC School Policies about MRSA Infections
    Science or Scaredy-Cats?
  • Universal Health Care?

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Sample Other Hot Topics
  • Obesity
  • Vending Machines
  • Trans Fat
  • School Meals
  • Skater Helmets
  • Plan B
  • CMS Regulations
  • SCHIP Reauthorization
  • MediKids
  • Title VII Health Professions Programs
  • Reducing Resident Funding

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Resources
  • www.communityped.org
  • www.aap.org/advocacy.html
  • www.kff.org
  • http//capwiz.com/nycac/home/
  • http//www.familiesusa.org/resources/action-center
    /
  • http//familiesusa.org/tell-us-your-story.html

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Summary
  • Its easy to be an advocate.

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Your Tasks
  • Learn!
  • Pick a Hot Topic and Research it
  • E-mail it to me by Monday
  • Write a Letter to your Rep
  • Give a Noon Presentation
  • Become an Advocate!

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Questions?
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The End
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