2020 Advocacy Day

California State Capitol 

Join School Health Providers & Youth August 5 for a Morning of Advocacy

School health is more important than ever so we are excited to launch our first-ever virtual Advocacy Day on Wednesday, August 5. Join school health providers and youth throughout the state in telling legislators and policymakers in Sacramento about the important work you do to support healthy students and what your communities are facing as schools prepare for the fall. 

RSVP Now

When you sign up online you can choose to attend one of our Getting Ready for Virtual Advocacy Day Webinars:

  • Tuesday, July 28 at 1:00 pm
  • Monday, August 3 at 10:00 am

Space is limited so sign up today so we can have ample time to plan for your meeting. 

Advocacy Day schedule

Wednesday, August 5
8:45-9:00 am Open Virtual Meeting Session
9:00-9:30 am Welcome, Virtual “Rally,” & Overview of visits
9:30-10:00 am Break into teams and prepare for visits
10:00 am-12:00 pm 3-4 virtual visits with legislators and their staff

 

Why is Advocacy Day important? 

Legislators and policymakers need to hear from you – experts on the ground – to learn about the importance of school-based health. One of the best ways to gain support for better resourced and comprehensive school health services is to share what you know – and see everyday – that makes this work so important. 

Why is Advocacy Day going virtual?

While we really wanted to host in-person advocacy visits earlier this year, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented those plans. As this pandemic has disproportionately impacted people served by SBHCs, it’s more important than ever for you to share challenges and experiences with policymakers as schools grapple with a changing environment. 

Will I be lobbying? I don’t think I can participate if I lobby.

While we will be asking legislators to take positions on policies (which is lobbying), an important part of these meetings is just educating policymakers about school-based health (not lobbying). If you have restrictions on lobbying, we will work with you and your team to make sure you can participate.

I’ve never done this before. How will I know what to do and say?

We will host webinars prior to Advocacy Day that will help you prepare for your visits. You will also be in a team with other advocates so you can support each other. Plus, the most important part of these visits is sharing information that you already know – about the work you do, the students you serve, and the need you see for school-based health.

How will the virtual Advocacy Day work?

It will work very much like an in-person Advocacy Day. We will all come together in a Zoom meeting to prepare for our meetings and get excited for the day. Then, we will divide into predetermined “teams” using breakout rooms. At scheduled meeting times, legislators and/or their staff will join your team in the breakout room for the meeting.

I’ve participated in a past Advocacy Day, should I still attend a prep webinar?

Yes, we will also go over some of the logistics and tips for using Zoom that will help make the day go more smoothly.

What technology do I need to participate?

You will need to sign-up for a free Zoom account (using the same email you use to register for Advocacy Day). We highly recommend participating on a computer and you’ll need internet access. There are also apps available to use Zoom on a smartphone or tablet.