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Coalition Building and Advocacy to Improve Oral Health in Texas

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  1. 1 Coalition Building and Advocacy to Improve Oral Health in Texas Patti Everitt, Executive Director Children’s Defense Fund in Austin, Texas 512-480-0990 Texas Oral Health Summit: Advocacy, Equity & Access Austin, Texas September 9-10, 2004

  2. 2 Children’s Defense Fund • National children’s advocacy organization • State offices in Texas: Austin, Houston, Rio Grande Valley  • Issues: children’s health, quality child care, family economic security  • Activities: Policy, Research, Public Education, Advocacy

  3. 3 Question • How do we create policy change to address a community issue?

  4. 4 Key Questions • Who can make the decision to change policy?  • What/who will influence their decision? • Do they understand the issue? Are they well-informed? • Why should they care? • Does it affect their district? • Who is for it? Against it? • Who profits from the issue? • Who wins/who loses? • Who cares about the issue?

  5. 5 Key Questions • Who are your logical allies? • What data/research is available on the issue? • How well is the community informed? • Is there a core constituency? • Is the issue well defined? • Is there agreement on the issue? • What is the call to action? What is the success? • Is this a temporary or on-going issue?

  6. 6 Goal • Develop a consensus on the issue (an understanding and agreement) • General Public • Constituencies • Decision Makers

  7. 7 First Steps • Take an inventory • Convene core constituency and create a group • Define the issue • Determine the call to action • Write a statement and/or principles

  8. 8 Next Steps • Create a way to support the issue • Sign-on forms • Endorsements • Resolutions • Create a coalition of supporters • Identify key leadership for the issue • Determine what data is available/needed • Agree on key messages • Develop a strategy

  9. 9 Develop Tools • Distribution lists • Web site • Research • Spokespersons • Response mechanism • Regular meetings • Press list  • List Serve • Printed materials • Legislative packets • Mailing List of community leaders

  10. 10 Identify Venues/ Opportunities • Press Releases • Press Events • Public hearings • Public meetings • Editorial board meetings

  11. 11 Identify Venues/ Opportunities • Opinion Editorials • Speeches to organizations • Meetings with legislators • Meetings with organization leadership  • Training of new leadership

  12. 12 Expand 85% Rule

  13. 13 Elected Officials All politics are local:  • How will the issue affect their district? • Their constituents must let them know they care • Visits: local and state support • Local data

  14. 14 Examples of Advocacy • 911 Commission • Released sections of report • Traveling U.S. to build support • Travis County Hospital District • Judge called the issue • Task Force appointed • Call to action determined  • Oral Health Listening sessions: • Issues defined • Core constituencies identified

  15. 15 Campaign to Restore CHIP • Determined call to action • restore CHIP eligibility and benefits • Created sign-on form & resolutions • Created Coaltion to Restore CHIP • 233 organizations; 2500 individuals • Demonstrates broad based support

  16. 16 Campaign to Restore CHIP • Expanded support & endorsements • Business organizations, elected officials • Identified local coordinators • Developed Key Contacts for Campaign • 40 most interested constituencies (on-going) • Regular conference calls & meetings

  17. 17 Campaign to Restore CHIP • Identified sub-issues • Local impact of CHIP cuts • Hospital district deficit • Tax rate • Increased cost of ER vs. preventive • Impact on families • Loss of federal funds • Benefits loss • Dental • Vision • Asset test

  18. 18 Campaign to Restore CHIP • Created tools • Family story form • List serve • Research  • CHIP Family Survey Project • Survey of dental providers • Comparison to other states • City of Mission Study • Public Education • Press Releases • Speeches

  19. 19 Campaign to Restore CHIP • Agenda for Sept – December • Local coordinators in additional cities • Additional sign-ons • CHIP Congress in Nov 5 • Children’s Sabbath: Texas Healthy Child Weekend for CHIP: Enroll.Renew.Restore. • Legislative packets and visit • Policy briefing letters to opinion makers & decision makers • Press