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Advocacy Preparation and Training

The District Policy Group’s team members regularly present to large and small audiences on a variety of topics including: what is occurring in Congress, how to be an effective advocate, and content-focused speeches, such as health care reform, the federal appropriations process, Medicare reimbursement, federal funding for cancer and nursing research, and the role of federal agencies and regulatory entities in implementing public policy.

Through Hill Day in-person briefings, webinars, group teleconferences, and advocacy trainings at conferences, we have prepared thousands of individuals to engage in advocacy with their elected officials. Our staff has developed curriculum for “Advocacy 101” and “Advocacy 201” sessions, specific training in delivering “asks,” and role play to provide participants with “hands-on” experience in advance of their trip to Capitol Hill. Breaking the advocacy training sessions into 101 and 201, can be effective to allow those who are new to advocacy additional time to become comfortable with the idea of meeting with their Members of Congress and to provide more experienced advocates with a deeper understanding of Congressional procedures and the issues on which they will be advocating.

The team also provides additional preparation through webinars to complement on-site training in advance of advocates’ arrivals in Washington. In addition, we have developed webinars as wrap-up or “shout back” sessions following Hill Days to solicit feedback from participants, hear how meetings went, and provide tips for continuing involvement in advocacy and effective follow-up.