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Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!
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Stroke Advocacy Network: 3 Steps to Make a Difference!

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  • 1. THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  • 2. WELCOME! Hello, and welcome to one of our video tips for effective advocacy. As Stroke Advocacy Network members you serve as the core for our efforts to increase Congressional understanding of stroke- related issues as well as to achieve policy change.
  • 3. HOW THIS WORKS Through this power point presentation, we’ll show you how to use the Stroke Advocacy Network site and other resources to build long-term relationships with legislators and their staff.
  • 4. Where to Start: www.stroke.org As you know, the Stroke Advocacy Network site, accessible through stroke.org, is your one-stop shop for all things advocacy. The following slides show you how to access the page.
  • 5. Where to Start: www.stroke.org Click on the Advocate button
  • 6. The Stroke Advocacy Network Page You’ll land on this page
  • 7. How to Respond to Action Alerts Hopefully you’ve already used the site to respond to an action alert. If not, here’s how: •From the stroke advocacy network page, scroll to the second item on the list titled “Speak Out.” •To speak up on federal issues, click on the “Take Action on Federal Issues” button •To speak up on state issues, click on the “Take Action on State Issues” button (note that many state legislatures do not meet for an entire year, so there will not always be alerts)
  • 8. The Stroke Advocacy Network Page Finding Action Alerts Take Action
  • 9. The Stroke Advocacy Network Page Finding Action Alerts On this page you’ll find step-by-step instructions for sending e- mails to your legislators on current policy issues.
  • 10. Advocacy Next Steps… Now we’ll give you three ideas for effective follow-up after you’ve sent your initial communication. Persistence is the key to success!
  • 11. IDEA #1: CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
  • 12. Social Media Connections Perhaps one of the easiest things you can do to get involved is to start following your legislators on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Linked-In. This will help you keep track of: •The issues that interest them •Their visits to the district •Their connections to stroke-related policies Where appropriate, you should even consider commenting – just keep it positive!
  • 13. Example: Rep. Lois Capps (A Champion for Stroke Survivors!
  • 14. Lois Capps Facebook Comments (Example) Notice how Rep. Capps comments on the Health Care law – this may be helpful information to review!
  • 15. Social Media Connections You can do the same with: •Twitter •YouTube •Linked In
  • 16. IDEA #2: ATTEND A TOWN HALL MEETING
  • 17. One First Step: Make a Phone Call! Elected officials and their staff are always eager to connect with constituents. One of the easiest ways to find out how to do so is by contacting your legislators and asking about any upcoming district events
  • 18. One Easy Step To be connected to your legislators’ offices, you can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121
  • 19. Town Hall Meetings Once you have a sense of their schedule, consider attending what is known as a town hall or community meeting. Whenever they are home, your representatives seek to connect with their constituents by setting up events designed to hear community views and increase their visibility.
  • 20. Finding Your Legislators If you aren’t sure who your legislator is or how to contact them, go to www.stroke.org, click on the “advocate” button and then click on “find your legislators.” The following slides show you how
  • 21. Finding Your Legislators Click on the Advocate button
  • 22. Finding Your Legislators Click on the “Find your Legislator” link
  • 23. IDEA #3: DISTRICT SITE VISIT
  • 24. District Site Visits The final follow-up idea is to set up what is known as a “district visit” with an elected official or staff person. For example, •If you are associated with a patient support group, ask them to attend one of your meetings. •If you are associated with a hospital, put together a tour. •You can even ask them to visit your workplace so they can understand return to work issues.
  • 25. District Site Visits The Stroke Advocacy Network page has resources for this as well. Go to www.stroke.org and click on the advocate button. Under resources you’ll find the advocacy toolkit. Click on the “District Meeting Toolkit” link and you’re in business. This resource will take you step-by-step through the process. The following slides show you how:
  • 26. Where to Start: www.stroke.org Click on the Advocate button
  • 27. Finding the District Toolkit Resources / District Meeting Toolkit
  • 28. The Toolkit Page
  • 29. District Site Visits: A Few Key Points First, don’t fixate on getting the legislator him or herself. Consider inviting a staff person to start. They have incredible sway in the office.
  • 30. District Site Visits: A Few Key Points Second, be persistent in getting the visit arranged. It can sometimes take several phone calls to set a mutually agreeable time and date. Many advocates give up after the first couple calls. Don’t be that advocate!
  • 31. District Site Visits: A Few Key Points Third, get others engaged in the visit. Legislators and their staff need to know how stroke policy issues impact everyone in their legislative districts, from caregivers to physicians to employers to the survivors themselves.
  • 32. Persistence Pays! Engaging in any of these “persistence practices” will greatly benefit your efforts to be heard by policymakers (and, more important, agreed with). Thank you for all you’re doing to share your views on policy issues that impact stroke survivors. Together, we can make a difference!
  • 33. For More Information Contact: Coral Cosway Director, Policy Advocacy 303-754-0907 | ccosway@stroke.org

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