An advocate is one who defends a cause or petitions on another’s behalf.
The word advocate comes from the Latin word for “VOICE”…it is time to use yours.
Below are links that will help you on your path to being an effective advocate.
– Empowering health activists to help others WEGO Health is home to social media’s most active online health consumers — Health Activists. These influencers, organizers, connectors, leaders and contributors are passionate about helping others lead healthier lives.
Here are some essential tips for being an effective online advocate for Epidermolysis Bullosa!
Advocacy is used to promote an issue in order to influence policy-makers and encourage social change. Advocacy in public health plays a role in educating the public, swaying public opinion or influencing policy-makers. Media coverage is one of the best ways to gain the attention of decision-makers, from local elected officials to members of Congress. All monitor the media. Every congressional office has a staff person who monitors the news in the district or state and clips articles that mention the representative or senator by name. These articles are circulated to staff each week. Decisions to support legislative initiatives are frequently influenced by the media coverage.
Trust for America’s Health (www.healthyamericans.org) guide to effectively reaching out to elected officials in order to garner their support for your cause.