Policy and Advocacy

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Summary

Definition

  • A policy is a decision designed to address a given problem or interrelated set of problems that affect a large number of people. Advocacy consists of activities carried out on behalf of policies or constituencies; its purpose is to influence outcomes that affect peoples’ lives.
  • It is important for MCH leaders to possess policy and advocacy skills, because they often must defend and advocate for MCH resources in competitive economic and political environments.

Objectives

Participants will:

  • Identify policy/legislative processes at local, state and national levels
  • Identify public and private sector policies that affect MCH groups
  • Demonstrate the ability to inform and educate policymakers about needs and impact of current policies on MCH groups, using data
  • Identify stakeholders who influence MCH policy
  • Evaluate policies and their impact on diverse groups

Core Seminar

Self-Directed Learning

  • Identify your local, state and federal legislators
  • Write a policy statement
  • Follow a bill through the legislative process
  • Read and summarize policy listserv
  • Write a letter to, call or meet with a legislator

Community Activity

  • How do policy and advocacy issues relate to your community activity?
  • How might you use policy/advocacy to promote the goals of your community activity, on a larger scale?

Participation in Faculty Activities

 

Leadership Journal & Portfolio

  • What policies appear to affect the care of children and families at the PPC
  • Write a letter advocating for a specific patient/family

Clinical Preparation

  • What policies appear to affect the care of children and families at the PPC?
  • Write a letter advocating for a specific patient/family