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Be Our Voice Advocacy Resource Guide and Toolbox

  • November 21, 2011

    Sector(s):

    Public Health, Primary Care, Community

    Shared By: Erin Ellingwood

    Resource Type: Program

    Topic(s): Active Living-Physical Activity, Coalition Building, Eating Healthy, Environmental Systems Change, Health Monitoring, Policy, Prevention

    Minimum Time Commitment: 6 Months to 1 Year

    Reach: Local/Community

    Minimum Cost to Implement: Nominal

Resource Overview

Be Our VoiceThrough the Be Our Voice project, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the California Medical Association Foundation (CMAF), is working to train and equip healthcare professionals to become childhood obesity policy advocates in their communities.

This Resource Guide was adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Advocacy Guide and the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation Media and Advocacy Toolkit.

The Advocacy Resource Guide and Toolbox has the following resources to support advocacy work outside  the healthcare professional's clinic or office, including:

• A snapshot of the obesity epidemic and how it is impacting children
• A “how-to” for advocacy at your community, state and national levels
• Strategies for working with decision makers and the media to communicate your message
• Areas and opportunities for policy engagement
• Tools and resources in the Advocacy Toolbox to help you plan and support your work

This Guide and Toolbox can be used to educate individual healthcare professionals or serve as the curriculum for a wider advocacy training program.

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