Meeting WithMembers of Congress      November 15, 2012, Webinar
Redistricting   New Members          Elections      Lame Duck                 Fiscal Cliff                2013
This presentation includes…1.   How to: Request a meeting2.   How to: Have an effective meeting3.   How to: Follow up4.   ...
Relative Effectiveness of AdvocacyCommunications1. A visit to your health center2. A personal meeting back home3. A person...
3 Steps1.Request ameeting2. Have aneffectivemeeting3. Follow up!   Pictured: U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo           ...
Step 1: Request a MeetingContact the appropriate SchedulerThere is typically a D.C. Scheduler and a DistrictScheduler
Step 1: Request a Meeting• Be specific• Make the request well in advance• Check the Congressional Calendar• Keep following...
Once you have your meetingscheduled, let us know!http://www.saveourchcs.org/scheduled-meetings.cfm
Step 2: Have an Effective Meeting• Do your research• Planned format (ex: tour,then sit down)• Clinicians, Board,Patients• ...
After your meeting, let usknow how it went! http://www.saveourchcs.org/meeting-feedback.cfm
Step 3: Follow Up!• Email/fax a note thanking the Member and  briefly restating what you discussed in your  meeting• Inclu...
Staff are the gatekeepers!
http://www.saveourchcs.org/101-toolkit.cfm
Sip MoudenCEO, CommunityHealth Centers ofArkansas, Inc.
Meeting With Members          of Congress            A NACHC Webinar           Sip Mouden, CEOCommunity Health Centers of ...
Fears…Concerns…Issues   I don’t know him   He beat the candidate of my choice   He is from the “other “ party   He doe...
WHAT ARE YOUGOING TO DO ABOUT IT ???
Do Your Homework   Who do you know that knows him?    – Get that person to set up a meeting for you…or…    – Get that per...
Do Your Homework   Call/meet with the Congressman/Senator’s local    office   Talk with them about the CHCs & their valu...
Know Your Data   Be prepared w/ your elevator speech re: CHCs   Know what makes your CHCs unique   Know Your Data    – ...
EXTEND AN INVITATION
SEND FOLLOW-UP E-MAILS          &   THANK YOU NOTES
Arkansas Primary Care Association
Community Health Centers of      Arkansas, Inc. (CHCA)     Arkansas Primary Care Association                MissionTo deve...
CHCA Board of Directors   Susan Jones, MD Chair                 Sandra BrownEast Arkansas Family Health Center     Jeffe...
CHCA Staff & Contract Consultants            Sip Mouden-Chief Executive Officer           Cindy Newell-Administrative Assi...
Dr. MarciaIrving-Ray, DDSCEO, NeighborhoodHealth Care, Inc.
Rich WatsonBoardPresident, ColumbiaValley CommunityHealth
http://www.saveourchcs.org/101-toolkit.cfm
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Meeting With Members of Congress

  1. 1. Meeting WithMembers of Congress November 15, 2012, Webinar
  2. 2. Redistricting New Members Elections Lame Duck Fiscal Cliff 2013
  3. 3. This presentation includes…1. How to: Request a meeting2. How to: Have an effective meeting3. How to: Follow up4. Resources
  4. 4. Relative Effectiveness of AdvocacyCommunications1. A visit to your health center2. A personal meeting back home3. A personal meeting in Washington4. Personal telephone calls5. Personalized Letters (faxed)6. Personalized emails7. Template emails (ineffective unless in volume)
  5. 5. 3 Steps1.Request ameeting2. Have aneffectivemeeting3. Follow up! Pictured: U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo visits CompleteCare health center in New Jersey during National Health Center Week 2012
  6. 6. Step 1: Request a MeetingContact the appropriate SchedulerThere is typically a D.C. Scheduler and a DistrictScheduler
  7. 7. Step 1: Request a Meeting• Be specific• Make the request well in advance• Check the Congressional Calendar• Keep following up• Let health staff knowyou requested a meeting• Be flexible Pictured: AltaMed meets with Representative Sanchez during NHCW 2012
  8. 8. Once you have your meetingscheduled, let us know!http://www.saveourchcs.org/scheduled-meetings.cfm
  9. 9. Step 2: Have an Effective Meeting• Do your research• Planned format (ex: tour,then sit down)• Clinicians, Board,Patients• Talking Points• Data Pictured: U.S. Representative Gardner visits Salud in Colorado
  10. 10. After your meeting, let usknow how it went! http://www.saveourchcs.org/meeting-feedback.cfm
  11. 11. Step 3: Follow Up!• Email/fax a note thanking the Member and briefly restating what you discussed in your meeting• Include follow-up info• Make yourself a resource• Invite to future events Pictured: Hunter Health Clinic Board Member Louisa Bruner talks with Congressman Mike Pompeo during NHCW 2012
  12. 12. Staff are the gatekeepers!
  13. 13. http://www.saveourchcs.org/101-toolkit.cfm
  14. 14. Sip MoudenCEO, CommunityHealth Centers ofArkansas, Inc.
  15. 15. Meeting With Members of Congress A NACHC Webinar Sip Mouden, CEOCommunity Health Centers of Arkansas, Inc. November 15, 2012
  16. 16. Fears…Concerns…Issues I don’t know him He beat the candidate of my choice He is from the “other “ party He doesn’t know me He doesn’t have a clue about CHCs All he wants to do is repeal OBAMACARE He thinks everybody should pay the same as he does for health care He is arrogant
  17. 17. WHAT ARE YOUGOING TO DO ABOUT IT ???
  18. 18. Do Your Homework Who do you know that knows him? – Get that person to set up a meeting for you…or… – Get that person to introduce you to him Find out what you can about him family profession special interests experience What are his major issues ? What is his position on health care ? Who does he respect within his party? Is that person a CHC Champion??
  19. 19. Do Your Homework Call/meet with the Congressman/Senator’s local office Talk with them about the CHCs & their value Ask questions about the C/S’s DC staff (including the scheduler) Let the local staff know you will be contacting the DC Scheduler for App’t Who are his key staff? Learn what, if any, his key staff may have connections to CHCs Follow-up meeting with e-mail &“thank-you note”
  20. 20. Know Your Data Be prepared w/ your elevator speech re: CHCs Know what makes your CHCs unique Know Your Data – # of CHCs in his District – # of constituents in his District who access the CHCs as their PCMH – Health Care Outcomes Return on Investment Economic Engines – Jobs – Revenue brought into the underserved communities – Economic Impact
  21. 21. EXTEND AN INVITATION
  22. 22. SEND FOLLOW-UP E-MAILS & THANK YOU NOTES
  23. 23. Arkansas Primary Care Association
  24. 24. Community Health Centers of Arkansas, Inc. (CHCA) Arkansas Primary Care Association MissionTo develop and protect the resources that ensure quality healthcare to all VisionWhere every Arkansan has equal access to affordable total healthcare
  25. 25. CHCA Board of Directors Susan Jones, MD Chair  Sandra BrownEast Arkansas Family Health Center Jefferson Comprehensive Care Steve Collier, MD Vice Chair  Clifton CollierARcare Lee County Cooperative Clinic Brigitte Mc Donald Treasurer  Al SligerCorning Area Health Care Mid-Delta Health Systems Kathy Grisham Secretary  Jerry WhiteCommunity Clinic at St Francis House River Valley Primary Care Services Tony Calandro  Melanie SheppardHealthy Connections, Inc CABUN Rural Health Services Carol Raines  Alan NicholsBoston Mountain Rural Health Care Mainline Health Systems
  26. 26. CHCA Staff & Contract Consultants Sip Mouden-Chief Executive Officer Cindy Newell-Administrative Assistant Dele Olaleye- Data/IT Specialist Fred Lewis-Chief Financial Officer & Human Resources Joan Diehl-Resource Development/Evaluation Director Jonathan Foster- Outreach/ Clinical Programs Coordinator Lisa Weaver- Chief Development Officer Lynn Hawkins- Network/Community Development Manager Patty Battles-Clinical Quality Manager Richard Berthelot-Workforce Development ManagerSandi Ganus-Executive Ass’t/Contract Development Manager tba-Communications/Web Specialist Debby Nye-Contract General Counsel Joe Harris-Contract Lobbyist
  27. 27. Dr. MarciaIrving-Ray, DDSCEO, NeighborhoodHealth Care, Inc.
  28. 28. Rich WatsonBoardPresident, ColumbiaValley CommunityHealth
  29. 29. http://www.saveourchcs.org/101-toolkit.cfm

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