Top 10 Tips for Effective Advocacy

Our Advocacy Guide contains all the essentials you need to be effective in your advocacy efforts. First up: try these top 10 tips when advocating with elected officials at any level.

Why Advocacy?

Compassion is at the root of all we do here at AMITA Health. We care deeply about the health of all of the people who live in the communities we serve, especially those who are marginalized, vulnerable and underserved.

That is why we are committed to advocacy. We are active at all levels – local, state and national – where health care policy decisions are made. These policies directly affect the health of our communities.

Your voice is powerful. Make it heard by your elected officials and together we can continue to build and sustain healthy communities.

Use these top 10 tips to better communicate with elected officials or use our full Advocacy Guide that is also located in our widget resources to the right.

 

Top 10 tips for effective advocacy

  1. Be honest and trustworthy. Build trust by telling the truth. Don’t exaggerate or misrepresent anything. Tell it like it is.
  2. Follow through and be consistent. Do what you say you’re going to do. Don’t promise anything you can’t deliver.
  3. Give thanks. Always express your gratitude to anyone who’s helped you in any way, even if that is just taking the time to listen to your opinions.
  4. Use your time wisely. If an opponent is publicly committed to a position, it’s a better use of your time to build allies among those who are less committed.
  5. Stay in touch. Build solid relationships by staying in touch with others who share your objectives, including allies and legislators and their staff members.
  6. Make friends. A friend doesn’t have to agree with you on every issue. Just be open to listening and be willing to help when you can.
  7. Don’t make enemies. Someone who opposes you today may be an ally tomorrow.
  8. Learn how it all works. Familiarize yourself with how the legislative process works and keep on top of the issues that are important to you.
  9. Don’t gossip. Even if you know something juicy about someone, it’s not prudent to ever talk about it.
  10. Don’t get angry. When things aren’t going well, stay calm. Getting mad is a waste of energy and may come back to haunt you later.