Designed by Emma Bach, Dr. Shweta Namjoshi, and Dr. Noelle Ebel the following crash course documents are designed to provide a sneak peek into the legislative processes that create health policy. The documents will take you step by step from understanding your role in health policy, to getting in touch with your elected officials, different ways you can engage in advocacy and how to bring on a health policy intern.
100: Advocacy helps elected officials hear your concerns and encourages them to enact legislation that can improve your patients' quality of life. The following course outlines the importance of your role in health advocacy.
101: Each state has a unique legislative process to pass laws, approve budgets and govern. To be successful in policy advocacy, it is vital to have background knowledge in the procedures that take place and to collaborate with important stakeholders. Policy 101 provides you with a walkthrough of the California and national legislative processes, and it defines a key terms along the way.
102: Now that you understand the importance of health policy advocacy, you need to understand how to engage stakeholders in advocacy. Policy 102 will explain different officials and people that you might meet in your advocacy efforts. It also examines various types of advocacy and which might be best to engage in in order to reach your goals.
103: There is lots of pre-existing legislation that requires attention, support or opposition. The following document will help you to track a piece of legislation and help you propose your own idea for a bill.
104: At first glance, any piece of legislation can seem overwhelming. With lots of political jargon and sections it can be hard to understand what is important and what is simply logistical. In this crash course, you can also find which legislators and organizations support a bill.
105: As a non- profit employee, it is important to make sure that you are following the rules of your organization. This document will help to outline the dos and don’ts of advocacy in a non–profit setting.
106: Having a health policy intern can make a world of difference. Not only does it provide the student with a beneficial educational experience, but it ensures your advocacy group works sustainably and efficiently as a team. This document will show you how to successfully bring on a health policy intern and to ensure that they have a fruitful experience.