Grassroots Advocacy Tool Kit - Courtesy of BMS


Can the power of your story have an impact? Whether you are a patient, family member, caregiver, healthcare provider, or an advocacy organization, the answer is YES. In this guide, you will learn: 1) A basic understanding of advocacy 2) The importance of advocacy 3) How your voice and actions can directly affect your community, your state and the nation 4) The difference between advocacy and lobbying This guide will share the important steps to make sure your voice is not just heard, but heard by the right people. You and your story are an important part of the advocacy process. As you read through the guide, keep your story and experiences in mind. Your voice and the collective voices of those with common interests can affect important healthcare issues.

Will sharing my story make a difference for others like me?

Do people really care about what I have to say?

Can my experiences really help others, and potentially influence the way future patients are treated?


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