Are you new to or curious about systems-change advocacy? Join us for this introductory advocacy workshop. Attendees will discuss what systems change advocacy is, what nonprofits can and cannot do, and how to effectively engage in advocacy. Systems change advocacy is more than just lobbying and systems that need to change can be in government, nonprofit and/or private business. Learn how you can deploy the skills and knowledge you already have to improve the lives of whole populations, beyond those you could serve through direct programs.
By the end of the training, you will:
- Understand what systems change advocacy is and what systems they interact with that may need change.
- Identify what a nonprofit can and can’t do legally around lobbying. Identify examples of lobbying vs. advocacy.
- Implement strategies to advocate effectively.
Date: April 2, 2020 (8:30-11:30)
Facilitator: Meredith Benton
Location: The Trust’s Office, 2928 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
Despite several attempts, Tennessee remained one of the few states without a Katie Beckett waiver, which provides Medicaid to children with serious medical conditions regardless of parental income. It seemed the political environment – including a Legislature and new Governor generally opposed to Medicaid expansion – continued to resist. However, the hard work of advocates propelled the issue into the spotlight and passing the Katie Beckett waiver became one of the more significant legislative victories this year.
So how did this happen? Join us for a debrief that will break down the work that led to the passing of the Katie Beckett waiver. Attendees will learn more about the media relations, grassroots organizing, political dynamics/timing, legislative relationships and how the collaborative functioned.
- Carol Westlake, Executive Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition
- Kinika Young, Director of Children’s Health, Tennessee Justice Center
- Sarah Scott, Grassroots Organizer
- Karen Carr, Office of Representative Matthew Hill
- Mary Nell Bryan, President, Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee (Moderator)
The panel will discuss the campaign elements and provide tangible insights that can be applied to advocacy work. Attendees will have plenty of time for questions. The session will conclude with attendees workshopping how they will apply the information in their own work, and receive guidance and feedback from the panelists. This is a great opportunity for nonprofit and collaborative leaders working on systems/policy changes.
Date: August 14, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: Honey Alexander Center, 2400 Clifton Avenue Nashville, TN 37209
Registration is required.