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DEVELOPING HEALTH ADVOCAVY 1 Developing a Health Advocacy Campaign LaTrina Holmes-Green Walden University Nursing 6050 Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health April 15, 2017
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DEVELOPING HEALTH ADVOCAVY 2 Developing a Health Advocacy Campaign Nurses need to understand “how the policymaking process” works to contribute to the well- being of the society. (Milstead 2016, p.89) Milstead (2016) states as (cited by the American Nurse Association 2010), “the Code of Ethics for Nurses repeatedly emphasizes the role nurses play in promoting, advocating, and striving to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient, which extends to statehouses, boardrooms, and other arenas in which this advocacy can affect public policy.” (p. 89) The purpose of this paper is to explain how the policy for Stroke Prevention can be enacted through modification and develop ideas that can be used to inspire legislators or other policymakers. Evidence for Policymaker Support With Cerebral Vascular Accident being the fifth leading cause of death in the United States (Stroke Association 2015) and the leading cause of death in the state of Mississippi, it creates a strong influence to make changes to current policies or create new policies. Deborah Trautman, PhD, MSN, RN (2012b) says, “to control policy nurses must be able to provide evidence to support the need for change, and they must be able to communicate and build a relationship with legislators and their staff.” This plan will be implemented by encouraging legislators to enact the Stroke policy in the state of Mississippi. (CDC 2011) The Southern Region of the United States which includes the State of Mississippi is known as the “Stroke Belt”. Knowing the need for improvement in stroke prevention and survival, I will solicit assistance from programs such as the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. “The program emphasizes policy and systems changes that promote heart-healthy and stroke-free living and working conditions.” (CDC 2011)
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DEVELOPING HEALTH ADVOCAVY 3 Lobbying for Policy Support Milstead (2016) states, “lobbying is the act of influencing -the act of persuading- a governmental entity to achieve a particular legislative or regulatory outcome.” (p. 77-78) Legislators rely on professional lobbyists’ expertise to help them understand the law or policy they may be voting for or against, because legislators may not have time to read and interpret the bills. (Milstead 2016) Organizations such as the American Nurse Association represent the interest of the nation with support from professional lobbyists and trained registered nurses to persuade legislative decisions. (American Nurse Association 2017) Another way to influence the minds of the legislators is through constituents such as grassroots lobbyists. Nurses form a connection with legislators in their communities to gain access and a listening ear to assist in the policymaking process. (Milstead 2016) The constituents
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