How can you educate colleagues and policymakers about the importance of community prevention?
- Schedule a visit with your congressperson
- Send letters and emails to congressional staffers - submit a letter electronically now!
- Engage diverse sectors in advocating for prevention
Strengthening What Works: a letter to Congress developed by Prevention Institute and PolicyLink
Talking points to use in meetings and letters
How to answer hard questions about prevention in health reform
Share your health reform advocacy experiences: post your story here!
Check out web forum archives: Mobilizing for Community Prevention and Equity in Health Reform
America's Agenda and Prevention Institute Applaud Harkin Appointment
Leading National Foundations and Health-Care Organizations Make Unprecedented Call for Investment in Prevention
Overview of Community Prevention in Health Reform Legislation:
Health Equity and Accountability Act 2009 Summary
Media Advocacy Center
Because the media influences and informs policymakers, it is important that you educate the media on the value of community prevention. Aim to establish a constant presence in the media:
- Write letters to the editor
- Submit op-eds
- Contact journalists to suggest stories that feature local community prevention initiatives
- Weigh in on blogs
Media Advocacy Resources
NEW! Prevention Institute has created a Health Reform Rapid Response Media Network to keep you updated on the latest media coverage of prevention in health reform. Email Erica Valdovinos to join the Network.
Rapid Response Media Network
gives advocates the tools to shape public discussion from the ground up—starting in your own community.