Health Policy Tool Kit

Welcome to the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Health Policy Tool Kit. The purpose of this tool kit is to educate, inform, and encourage people interested in healthcare issues to become knowledgeable about the legislative process and become involved in health policy advocacy.  Please use this information to take action to support rehabilitation nurses to improve the nation's healthcare system.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Introduction to Advocacy
Chapter 1:  Advocacy Is Essential to Supporting and Advancing Rehabilitation Nursing Policies and Programs
Chapter 2:  What Is Health Policy Advocacy?
Chapter 3:  Advocacy Is Easy and Effective - Debunking the Myths

Simple Refresher to United States Civics
Chapter 4:  A Quick and Simple Refresher on United States Civics
Chapter 5:  Key Types of Legislation
Chapter 6:  How a Bill Becomes a Law

Key Congressional Committees for Nurses and Healthcare Issues
Chapter 7:  Congressional Committees for Nurses, Research and Other Healthcare Issues

Engaging in Health Policy Advocacy and Communicating with Members of Congress
Chapter 8:  How to Engage in Health Policy Advocacy
Chapter 9:  How to Communicate With Members of Congress

Advocacy Tips and Tools
Chapter 10:  Top Ten Tips for Writing a Letter, Fax, or E-mail
Chapter 11:  Top Ten Tips for Calling Your Members of Congress and Their Staff
Chapter 12:  Top Ten Tips for Meeting with Your Members of Congress and Their Staff
Chapter 13:  Being an Effective Advocate at a Town Hall Meeting
Chapter 14:  Top Ten Tips for Media Advocacy

Who's Who in Congressional Offices and Working with their Staff
Chapter 15:  Congressional Offices: The Real Deal and Who's Who
Chapter 16:  How to Work with Congressional Staff

In Conclusion
Conclusion
     Contact Information
     Glossary of Terms

Alternatively, you may view and print the full toolkit.

Additional information is also available on the ARN Health Policy Agenda and Issue Briefs.