A Pooling of Resources and Talents to Advance Rural Policy
A pooling of resources andtalents to advance rural policy
The opportunity to join forces was presented Funding from the Rural Supporting Organization made a collaboration possible and theInforming our rural communities about the Affordable Care Act project was born…
We asked the question:What do we have to work with? The answer was…
a community radio station… (streaming online, 24/7, at wmmt.org!)
A completed brochure explaining, in simple terms, certain provisions of the Affordable Care Acthttp://southwestruralpolicynetwork.com/about-us/policy-areas/health/affordable-care-act/
Mailing lists of other public radio stations Mailing lists of commercial radio stations Lots of talent and skill
A network of networksto assist with distribution of the PSA’s
Then we asked:How do we pull this together?The answer was…
Reliance upon the skills and talents within the collaboration andEfficient Project Management to assure the project evolves smoothly
Skillful script writing Great fact- checking Creative productionWMMT’s Sylvia Ryerson, voice talent for 6 of thePSAs
Cross-country production… Spanish Voiceovers were recorded in Taos, New Mexico and sent to WMMT inWhitesburg, Kentucky for post- production
Lessons LearnedThe team involved learned as we went forward…Be ready to create an inventory of your assets and resources ~ all of them Think creatively about how partners can combine assets and resources
Know that involving more thanone organization will increase the time needed to complete the project and Different work styles andorganizational resources need to be considered in moving the project forward
If you are working on a project with an ever-changing policy landscape, such as the ACA, Fact Checking will be a challenge !
Where are we now?• CDs with 12 PSAs in English and Spanish• A website with the PSA audio and text and links to a range of other information• A developing network of people helping with distribution
Be ready to create an inventoryof your assets and resources ~ all of themAsk your project partners to put together their inventory of assets and resources
Think creatively about how partners cancombine assets and resources
We need your helpgetting the PSAs aired across the country Visit www.acaexplained.org for additional informationOr fill out the card in your packet and we will mail you a copy of the CD
Project participants Central Appalachia Regional Network, (CARN)Southwest Rural Policy Network, (SWRPN)National Alliance for Rural Policy, (NARP) Members of the Rural People, Rural Policy Family of Networks
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