Health Policy and Advocacy
Health Policy and Advocacy Committee: Future Offerings
Vicki Leamy, DNP NNP-BC
Advocacy efforts can take many forms. They can be as simple as writing a letter to your legislator on an important issue, or more involved, such as meeting in person with your senator or representative. Regardless of what form the effort takes, we all can play a role in advocating for our patients. Oftentimes, people want to participate in the advocacy process, but don’t know where to begin. NANN wants to change that.
The word advocacy has its origins in the 14th century and therefore is not a new concept. It is, however, one that may seem daunting. If you are intimidated by the thought of participating in advocacy or would like to learn more about it, NANN’s Health Policy and Advocacy Committee (HPAC) is here to help.
In addition to the information that is always available on the NANN Advocacy webpage, look for other learning opportunities in 2016, such as a Virtual Lobby Week and an educational webinar. The advocacy webinar will provide NANN members with information to improve their understanding of the legislative process, a toolkit for getting involved, and a discussion of the issues NANN and HPAC are following. At the end of the webinar, you should have a foundation of knowledge that will allow you to begin advocating for your patients. If you are already involved, the webinar will help you take your advocacy efforts to the next level.
The Virtual Lobby Week will offer NANN members the opportunity to connect via social media to discuss the issues affecting our colleagues and our patients. During the Virtual Lobby Week, we will all be able to participate in educating our legislators on issues that are important to our patient population.
Please watch your e-mail and NANN’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for future announcements about NANN’s Virtual Lobby Week and advocacy webinar. You may also find more information about HPAC on the NANN Advocacy page.