What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is working to improve public policy and resource allocation through supporting and promoting issues that directly affect people’s lives.
Advocacy is not a spectator sport. Citizens play an important role in the law making process. The people who are impacted by the laws and who are expected to respect and uphold them have a vested interest in ensuring fairness and equality for all. Both our private lives and our professional livelihoods are impacted by public policy.
You are an advocate in your daily life. For yourself, you family, and the people you care about and support.
How does PPHeartland advocate for me?
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland advocates on behalf of the rights of women and families as well as sexual health and justice. PPHeartland works to promote an agenda of "preventative public policy." Increasing access to necessary health care for the low-income and uninsured, promoting life-saving cancer screenings, and increasing funding for family planning and contraceptive needs are all a part of the “prevention agenda.”
PPHeartland also works with grassroots supporters and volunteers to connect constituents with their elected leaders. Providing training on effective advocacy, promoting opportunities to meet with legislative leaders, and encouraging direct communication between constituents and elected officials are just some of the ways PPHeartland engages the community.