Why Advocacy Matters

Federal Advocacy

Grassroots advocacy can be one of the most influential tools that organizations and associations have. Through mass emails, letter writing campaigns, and phone calls, grassroots advocates can bring issues to the attention of legislators at all levels from state to federal government. We understand that you are busy with other important priorities and responsibilities. However, policymakers must have input directly from those affected by a certain issue so they are aware of the needs in their communities and understand fully the ramifications of changes in policy. It is vitally important that you speak up about priority problems and recommended solutions so that you can guarantee that your views are being heard. If you don’t speak up, the result may be that policymakers either will fail to address such concerns or use information and expertise provided to them by others.

Listen as AAPP Board Member Amy Werremeyer explains the value of federal advocacy.

AAPP Federal Advocacy Toolkit

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AAPP's Federal Advocacy Toolkit provides you with easy to follow tips and resources to get involved and establish yourself as a resource for Members of Congress. Use the AAPP Federal Advocacy Toolkit to:

  • Understand what Advocacy Is and Is Not
  • Identify and Learn About Your Members of Congress
  • What it Means to be an Effective Advocate
  • Learn how to Advocate Through Various Mediums
  • Understand Federal Funding Processes and Authority

AAPP State Advocacy Toolkit

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The purpose of this toolkit is to assist and empower you in advancing pharmacists’ services at the state level. Through this toolkit you can learn: 

  • How to network to gain recognition of you and the issues of psychiatric pharmacists
  • How to get to know your state legislators
  • The important considerations when drafting model legislation
  • Important items to consider during and after the legislative session 

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