What counts as advocacy? Advocacy is any message, big or small, delivered to state or federal decision makers to express the importance of home care.
This means that as an employee, you could advocate by sending an email or a letter to a legislator, sharing a story about home care on social media, attending your state’s lobby day, or helping a client advocate.
We have seen many times over how these messages add up to bring positive change to our staff’s and clients’ lives. During this year’s Ambassador of the Year Awards, US Senator Debbie Stabenow talked to attendees about how our email campaign in which BAYADA employees sent over 138,000 messages to our federal legislators, stopped Congress’s attempt to cut Medicaid funding. All of your advocacy activities add to our collective message that home care is important and should be prioritized when the government makes public policy decisions.
Don’t be afraid to share your voice to make positive changes for a better and stronger home care industry. To learn more about how you can be involved in advocacy and be part of that 20 percent, please contact me, Rick Hynick, at firstname.lastname@example.org.