We are committed to raising the level of attention and understanding about the needs of people living with autoimmune disease. By bringing many voices together, we provide a unique opportunity to inform consumers, communities, government agencies and private organizations about healthcare policy.
What is Advocacy?
To advocate is to take action on behalf of a point of view. The Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance (A3) advocates on behalf of people living with autoimmune disease. Kinds of influence we can exercise: development of new policies, reform and enforcement of existing policies.
Why Be Part of A3 Advocacy?
There is power in many voices advocating together. When thousands of single voices may go unnoticed, a coordinated, clear, understandable group message can and often does turn opinion in a desired direction.
Current Issues that Impact People with Autoimmune Diseases
- Transparency in access to healthcare services/programs
- Lower “out of pocket” (OOP) expenses
- To maintain or increase quality in provision of services
Important Elements of a Successful Advocacy Process
- Identify the Issue. Advocacy begins with the selection of an issue that impacts the lives of those living with autoimmune disease with a goal of change or improvement.
- Identify your Audience. Who do you wish to reach with your message? This could be one person, a group, a governing body or organization. Why should your audience care about this issue?
- Develop your Message. What do you want to say to your audience and why “should they care” about the issue? It is important to state the problem with the issue, or the reason you support the issue, and how this impacts you. Are there solutions and/or actions you want your audience to take?
- Determine a Position. This can be a position of support, opposition or the possibility of rejection to a proposed policy. Knowledge is power! Successful advocacy requires building a case, collecting relevant information and indicating the impact of the issue.
- Develop a Plan of Action. Once an issue has been identified, it is important to develop a plan to help maximize support. There are many opportunities for engagement. What tools are you going to use?
- Evaluate the Outcome. It is important to review the results of your advocacy work. Was your time efficiently spent? Did you meet your goal(s)? What did you learn so the next effort is better?
ImpACT Washington Health
ImpACT Washington Health provides a new opportunity to learn and take action on certain policies that affect personal health care. A3 believes this collective effort that will make patient voices stronger and louder.
For more information and to get involved, please visit the Impact WA Health website.