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. Resources
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)
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
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 up• Let health staff knowyou requested a meeting• Be flexible Pictured: AltaMed meets with Representative Sanchez during NHCW 2012
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• Talking Points• Data Pictured: U.S. Representative Gardner visits Salud in Colorado
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• 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
Sip MoudenCEO, CommunityHealth Centers ofArkansas, Inc.
Meeting With Members of Congress A NACHC Webinar Sip Mouden, CEOCommunity Health Centers of Arkansas, Inc. November 15, 2012
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
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??
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”
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
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
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
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
Dr. MarciaIrving-Ray, DDSCEO, NeighborhoodHealth Care, Inc.