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  1. AHF Advocacy

  2. AGENDA INTRODUCTIONS ADVOCACY • Definition • Strategies • AHF Advocacy ADAP • What is ADAP? • Current ADAP Crisis MEDIA FORMULA

  3. ADVOCACY

  4. What is Advocacy ? • Communicating needs and voicing them to people who can help. • Aimed at influencing public policy and decisions. • In the case of people living with HIV and AIDS; advocacy is a tool for social and political change, to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by the epidemic.

  5. Advocacy Strategies • Letter Writing Campaign • Make phone calls • Talk to others • Banners • Legislative Visits • Form coalitions • Protest • Social Media • Be active

  6. AHF Advocacy Efforts • Legislation • MEDI-CAL (MEDICAID) to cover hospice care for people dying of AIDS (1989) • Insurance companies covering HIV testing (2008) • Engaging Elected Officials • Senator Nelson of Florida • Speaker Pelosi • Reduced Drug Pricing • Merck – Isentress • BMS – Reyataz • Boehringer Ingelheim - WelVista

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  15. ADAP

  16. What is ADAP? • AIDS Drug Assistance Program • It provides life saving medications to low-income, uninsured, & under-insured individuals living with HIV • It’s a federal match program, to which both state and federal governments contribute • It is the payer of last resort for people with no other resources to pay for their medications

  17. ADAP Funding ** Taken from NASTAD Presentation at USCA 2010

  18. Why are state ADAP’s in Crisis? Economic Downturn has created budget deficits @ state level need to cut spending More expensive program: Over the last 10 years the price of HIV meds have increased More need: Higher unemployment rate + uninsured people more people are eligible for ADAP ADAP CRISIS

  19. Advocacy Calculus • Identify & Understand The Issue • Identify the Players – Who is your target? • What is your “ask”? – Be Specific

  20. Media Formula • Press Advisory • 2 weeks, 2 days, Day of • Press Statement • 3 Speakers, 10 Words • Press Release • Day Before, Send and Call *Press Kit (Hard Copies) to Reporters

  21. Why you? • We are in this together • Its your right • Its your life and your experience • If not now…when? • Accountability