Grassroots Advocacy Network
Here at LPCH we delivery thousands of babies each year and see hundreds of children every day with immediate and often critical medical needs, from broken arms to respiratory problems to cancer. Our clinical work may be the most visible part of our mission, but advocacy is also important. Advocacy is how we ensure that laws are passed that can protect and improve the health, safety and well-being of expectant mothers and children.
Very often, children don’t have a voice in the decisions that affect them and their families. LPCH’s advocacy efforts are aimed at ensuring that their concerns are always heard when public policies are debated and legislation is passed.
LPCH uses three distinct advocacy strategies:
- Grassroots Advocacy – mobilizing people who care about children’s health to influence policy issues that concern them. LPCH grassroots advocates help us support expectant mothers' and children’s health care issues at the local, state and federal levels. Some examples of LPCH grassroots activities include:
- Writing a letter to your legislator
- Making a phone call to your legislator
- Attending a rally with fellow advocates to demonstrate support to legislators
- Testifying before a legislative committee
- Participating in Capitol Hill events
- Visiting legislators at the Capitol
- Informing others about an issue to increase awareness and support
- Direct Lobbying – talking with policymakers about issues that affect children’s health and providing information and resources
- Working with the Media – responding to requests for information about pediatric and obstetric health care and actively pitching stories
Voices are always needed to strengthen the LPCH Grassroots Advocacy Network. When an issue comes up for which your voice is needed, you’ll receive an action alert with clear, brief background information and ways that you can help. You can choose to receive alerts by email, fax or mail.
With each alert, we will give you all the tools you need to make taking action quick and easy – including sample letters, phone scripts, and legislator contact information. You will be able to influence public policies in five minutes or less.
To join the Grassroots Advocacy Network, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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