MPHA is partnering with the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs and several other allies to offer six regional advocacy trainings to help concerned residents learn how to motivate elected officials to pass policies to increase access to healthy food and physical activity, decrease tobacco use, and prevent chronic diseases.
The trainings are open to anyone who wants to improve health in their community – no experience is necessary!
Participants will gain an understanding of policy advocacy, including how to communicate with decision-makers, how to work in partnership with others who care about similar public health issues, and how your voice can make a difference in improving the health of your family and neighbors.
Each training features a local elected official as a guest speaker to talk about effective ways to influence policy and to answer participants’ questions.
The first two trainings have been held in Boston and Worcester, and the feedback has been terrific. Public Health Committee Chairman Representative Jeff Sanchez was the guest speaker in Boston and Worcester County Sheriff and former Representative Lew Evanglidis spoke in Worcester. Participants in those trainings said: “I’ve been to a lot of other advocacy trainings and this was by far the best.” Other participants said, “The training was informative and a great way to network with individuals in advocacy” and that they “so appreciated the handouts, the expertise, and the excellent presenters.”
At both workshops, 100% of the participants said in their evaluations that they learned new information/skills about how they–as grassroots advocates–can effectively influence lawmakers. If you are looking for an inspiring way to bolster your advocacy skills and/or confidence (or just to network with other advocates) you have three more chances this spring. Here is the complete list of upcoming trainings:
- Malden: April 3, 9am-12pm, with guest speaker Senator Sal DiDomenico
- Lawrence: April 10, 9am-12pm with guest speaker TBD
- Amherst: April 15, 11am-2pm, with guest speaker Representative Ellen Story
All trainings are free of change and include a light breakfast or lunch. Click here to register.
Questions? Contact Susan Morin at (781)569-5866, firstname.lastname@example.org