Two experienced policy lobbyists will be joined by two state representatives in an upcoming online webinar to share the secrets to effective advocacy in Frankfort.
Dr. Sheila Schuster is a licensed psychologist who served for many years as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator and Legislative Liaison for the KY Psychological Association. Emily Beauregard, who has a Master’s in public health, is the executive director of Kentucky Voices for Health, and has been active in Frankfort policy discussions for years. Representatives Lisa Willner and Russell Webber will speak from the legislator’s viewpoint.
According to the workshop’s web page, persons attending the workshop will be able to:
- Describe the “inner workings” of the legislative process at both state and local levels and identify the most effective communications and approaches with legislators and other policy-makers to achieve success.
- List the context of the upcoming 2023 Kentucky General Assembly session and the issues likely to be of primary focus, such as expanding Medicaid services and supports for those with disabilities; issues of racial inequity and social justice which impact our most vulnerable Kentuckians; measures to improve the health of the Commonwealth and to assure equity in access to healthcare; and improving the mental health of our children and youth.
- Describe various methods of educating policy-makers at state and local levels on issues of concern, generating the advocacy arguments that advocates’ priorities suggest, and the contributions that various stakeholders can make in mounting successful advocacy campaigns and working in partnership with policy-makers.
The webinar is free and open to the public. (Persons needing CE credit will need to pay a $30 registration fee.) It will be held via Zoom on Monday, January 23rd, from 11 AM to 2 PM Eastern. To sign up, go to this page on the KY Psychological Association website.