Effectively Representing the AdvocatePerspective in Advisory SettingsAdvisory SettingsJennifer Sweeney CUE Annual ConferenceDirector June 8, 2012
BackgroundNational Partnership for Women & Families • National, non-profit, consumer organization with 40 years’ experience working on issues important to women and families.
SourcesPower in and Local Multi-Stakeholder • State patient involvement… Engagement• Best Practices in Consumer Representation• State and Federal Advocacy
Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Ongoing Support and Resources… • Deploy personal stories judiciously • Align with like-minded stakeholders • Stay connected with your constituents and reference them when relevant • Understand your interests *and* the other stakeholders’ interests
Trailblazers! Personal Experiences~ Innovation on two dimensions: • Understand the scope of work• Pioneering a new national health care model • Discern the power dynamics• Blazing a patient engagement trail • Prepare, Ask for Support • Use the decision-making process • Balance advocacy and partnership
Best PracticesState Advocacy Federal and …• WIIFM• Argue interests, not positions