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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Make Your Advocacy Count: Follow-up on Your Hill Visits

October 15, 2015 | Hill Day | Take Action | Comments
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With over 600 advocates and ten partner organizations, National Council Hill Day was an overwhelming success. But the hard work is not over yet. Now that advocates are back home in their districts, it is important to follow-up on meetings with legislators and make your advocacy count.

Remember, advocacy is a marathon, not a sprint. Take the time to reach out to your legislator and continue building and strengthening those relationships throughout the year. To help advocates, the National Council has compiled the following tips and resources:

  • Did you send a thank you note? Be sure to thank the legislator and their staff for taking the time to meet with you. Here is a template thank you letter.
  • Did the office ask for any additional information or follow-up? In your meetings, did you promise any deliverables? Be sure to share those vital resources and continue the conversation. Need assistance? Let us know how we can help.
  • Invite them on a site visit. Legislators and staff are back in the district all the time. Invite them to come and visit your programs and facilities. Need some inspiration? Here is a template invitation letter.
  • Tell us how your meetings went so we can add to your advocacy. The National Council wants to hear about how your meetings went. What efforts can we make to capitalize on your outreach? Let us know.

The National Council thanks all advocates for making Hill Day 2015 a resounding success.