Personal stories, relationships and experiences are crucial to the legislative process. While facts and figures are important, remembering a personal story is far more impactful than generic figures. At the Chronic Disease Coalition, we regularly see the power of patient stories change opinions and create positive health care policy, which is why we invited a couple of our ambassadors to share their insights on effective advocacy.
James “Uncle Jim” Myers and Curtis Warfield are both longtime kidney patients and advocates, leading the charge on living donor protections and pro kidney policy both at the state and federal level. Collectively, they have been advocating for decades and shared some of their best advocacy tips during our recent ambassador meeting.
Their big takeaways?
- Make connections with legislators
- Be a thought leader
- Think local when getting involved
- It’s easier than you think
Learn more about this important skill and the CDC Ambassador Program by watching the full recording.