Advocacy is a political process by an individual or group that aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Munson Healthcare’s advocacy network supports and promotes patient's health care rights as well as health and policy initiatives that focus on the access, financing, safety and quality of care.
Members of our advocacy network periodically are called upon to take action on public policy issues that impact the delivery of health care services in northern Michigan. Here are some guidelines to help you be an effective advocate for your health system or hospital:
- Become familiar with the issue. Information, including background, talking points, and links to additional resources are posted in our Advocacy Action Center.
- Talking points are intended to help members deliver a consistent message that includes key points and supporting data. However, personalizing your message with your own experience and/or knowledge is most effective.
- E-mail, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings are the most effective ways to contact legislators. You can easily access their contact information.
If you choose to take action through the Advocacy Action Center, you will be guided to a suggested e-mail message to legislators. You may use this message as is or edit it to personalize the message.
- If you know a legislator or a member of his or her staff, reach out to them personally. Let them know that you are deeply concerned about the impact of the issue on patients, taxpayers, health care providers and communities.
- If you have personal knowledge of the issue, write a letter to the editor to you local newspaper. Explain how the issues will impact you or others personally. Use data and messages provided, but personalize the letter. You can access media contact information by clicking on the Media or Write Your Newspaper links through the Advocacy Action Center.
- Spread the word about issues to your personal contacts and encourage them to take action. You can easily do this by using the Tell A Friend option when taking action through the Advocacy Action Center. This is an easy way to help spread the word to your contacts and grow our advocacy base. You can sign up to receive our Advocacy Action Alerts using the Action E-List link.
- Last but not least, always be respectful and polite when communicating with policy makers. Avoid negative language or personal attacks. Remember to thank legislators for taking the time to address your concern.