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**Sweeney - Effectively Representing the Advocate Perspective in Advisory Settings

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**Sweeney - Effectively Representing the Advocate Perspective in Advisory Settings

  1. 1. Effectively Representing the Advocate Perspective in Advisory Settings <ul><li>Jennifer Sweeney </li></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><li>Americans for Quality Health Care </li></ul>
  2. 2. National Partnership for Women & Families <ul><li>Our Priorities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve health care coverage and quality of care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote fairness in the workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advance policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family . </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Credentials? <ul><li>State and Local Multi-Stakeholder Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Experience Serving as a Consumer Representative </li></ul><ul><li>State and Federal Advocacy </li></ul>
  4. 4. Multi-Stakeholder Engagement <ul><li>Deploy personal stories judiciously </li></ul><ul><li>Align with like-minded stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected with your constituents and reference them when relevant </li></ul><ul><li>Understand your interests *and* the other stakeholders’ interests </li></ul>
  5. 5. Personal Experience <ul><li>Understand the scope of work </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare, Ask for Support </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the decision-making process </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the “angry advocate” cliché </li></ul>
  6. 6. State and Federal Advocacy <ul><li>WIIFM </li></ul><ul><li>Argue interests, not positions </li></ul>
  7. 7. Results <ul><li>HIT Policy Committee </li></ul><ul><li>AF4Q leadership teams </li></ul><ul><li>Patient and Family Advisory Councils </li></ul><ul><li>National Quality Forum </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank You! Jennifer Sweeney National Partnership for Women & Families 202-986-2600

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