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Children’s Advocacy Network
You can advocate on behalf of Children’s, our patients, and children in our community by joining the Children's Advocacy Network. You'll get the latest information on policies that impact children's health, and we'll alert you when there is an opportunity to contact your legislators on these issues.
Submit your story
Every experience from patients, families and the community tells an important story. Tell us your story: how has Children's impacted your life?
See some of the stories submitted by other families:
The Gillen family tells their story of what brought them to Children's and how therapy dogs inspored them to advocate on behalf of all kids.
Mike and John Johnston share their Children's story in Washington DC at Family Advocacy Day.
The Stoltz family tells us about their daughter's time in the NICU and how the experience made them advocate for access to quality care.
How to be an effective advocate
Legislators want to hear about issues that matter to their constituents. As a resident of this state, you’re a constituent! Visit the District Finder to identify your state and federal elected officials.
Contacting legislators is a great way to encourage action on an issue that matters to you. On the state level, if a legislator receives even five unique messages on a certain subject, his/her attention is raised. Every communication truly counts!
If you sign up for the Children's Advocacy Network, you'll be alerted when legislation that affects the health and well being of children is under consideration, and we'll help you contact legislators directly. Here are some quick and easy tips to use when contacting your legislators about potential legislation:
- Identify yourself by name and home address. Legislators are likely to engage with you if they know you’re a constituent.
- Identify the policy proposal you wish to talk about by the bill's name and number if possible.
- Briefly state your position, tell your personal story, and how you wish your legislator to vote.
- If your legislator requests additional information, refer them to the Children's Advocacy and Health Policy department and call a supporting organization to get the information and follow up by sending it to your legislator as soon as possible.
- If a legislator votes as you asked, send them a thank you note! It‘s a good reminder for them to know you hold them accountable and appreciate when they respond to your requests.
You can find more helpful advocacy hints at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Helpful Tips for Contacting Legislators.
How do I vote?
Public policythat protects children's health can’t happen without a politically engaged population. Voting is a critically important part of advocacy. Here are some helpful resources for Minnesota voters: