Advocacy Tools

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Are you interested in engaging in advocacy, but unsure about how to start?

Use the tools below to understand step by step how you can engage with your elected officials and your community through advocacy.

Calling Your Elected Official

Calling your elected official is a quick and easy way to voice your support for, or opposition to, an issue. Phone calls can be particularly effective when elected officials are making an important decision — like voting for or against a bill.

Engaging Your Elected Official with Social Media

Social media is a great tool for anyone to connect instantly with policy makers, peers, and members of their community. There are so many ways that you can use social media as an outlet for advocacy.

Scheduling, Preparing, and Executing a Meeting with Elected Officials

In-person meetings with elected officials or their staff members are a wonderful way to engage with federal, state, and local government. Effectively preparing for, executing, and following up on a meeting is essential to ensure that your message is heard.

Writing an Effective Letter to the Editor

Writing a letter to the editor is another effective way to briefly respond to an article previously published, or to provide your opinion on a current issue.

Working with Regulators: A Focus on CMS

Toolkit: A Guide for Patient Advocates - An Educational Program of the Cancer Policy Institute at the Cancer Support Community in Partnership with Uniting a Community (UaC): Policy, Advocacy, Education and Action Network

Working with Regulators: A Focus on the FDA

A Toolkit for Advocates - Based on the educational program of the Cancer Policy Institute at the Cancer Support Community in partnership with Uniting a Community (UaC): Policy, Advocacy, Education and Action Network