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Building Relationships with Legislators

Many Paths so Let's Get Started


Building Relationships with Legislators
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There are many ways to build relationships with legislators. In this article, we guide to you to the many facets of government relations.

Meet your legislators is important if you want to put a face to a cause and build more meaningful relationships. Start by finding the right legislators and then learn the proper way to go about meeting them.

A first step in opening a dialogue with elected representatives can be simply writing them.

Giving public testimony can move your healthcare agenda forward by leaps and bounds. Putting a face to an issue can contribute to your own personal brand and propel your organization to a leadership position on issues.

As part of your public advocacy initiatives, a town hall meeting can be an important part of your arsenal. Scheduled around timely issues and hot media issues, a town hall meeting can help elevate a cause and cause it to go viral.

Part of your advocacy efforts with elected representatives may include inviting them to your “home” for a tour. The nursing home and assisted living tour is a great way for a representative to see first-hand the care that is delivered to their constituents.

Each member of Congress has staff to assist him/her during a term in office. To be most effective in communicating with Congress, it is helpful to know the titles and principal functions of key staff

Finally, knowing how the legislative process works is invaluable in helping you craft timely messages and strategies. Anyone may draft a bill; however, only members of Congress can introduce legislation. Find out more about the legislative process.

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