Advocacy 101- will provide stakeholders with the basic elements needed to impact change. Prioritization, collecting data, collaboration, SMART goal setting, and collective advocacy will be among the topics discussed. Participants will walk away with an action plan as to how to effectively engage in advocacy. It has been said that the only constant is change. Having your voice heard to influence change is a process. Identifying and communicating with persons who possess influence over policy change will be addressed. The session will entail both individual and group work in crafting advocacy messages that are both clear and concise. This session aims at empowering all stakeholders to engage in the system and work to build a better system by engaging in the process.
Mr. Rider is a Mental Health program Coordinator, who serves on the Community Engagement and Empowerment Team, of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.