Share Your Story: Sharing your story is an important step you can take to improve health care. When human experiences are connected to public policy, issues becomes more realistic and the chances for improvements are increased. Take a moment to share your health care story.
Build Relationships with Your Legislators: While it is important to know your legislator, it’s actually more important that your legislator know you. Schedule an appointment at their local office. You can find the contact information of your legislators at FLSenate.gov and MyFloridaHouse.gov.
Submit Opinion Pieces to Your Local Paper: While only four percent of literate adults read the newspaper on a daily basis, almost 100 percent of decision makers do. This is why your letters to the newspaper or meeting with editorial boards are important. Florida CHAIN can provide you with technical assistance and talking points. Email Kyle Simon, External Affairs and Communications Director, at [email protected] for information on how to submit letters to the editor in some of Florida’s most popular newspapers.
Host a Town Hall Meeting: A town hall meeting is an informal public meeting where everybody in a community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials, although attendees rarely vote on an issue. Town hall meetings are held so that people can influence elected officials in their decision making or give them a chance to feel that their voices are being heard. Click here for a template to help you coordinate your own town hall meeting.