Shaping Public Policy
Objective: “Public Policy and Political Change Skills” sessions are designed to provide clinic leaders insight into the legislative process, familiarize them with current legislative issues of importance to clinics, and demonstrate to them how their knowledge and experience are essential to shaping sound public policy. Specifically, the learning objectives of this workshop are to: 1) Understand when and how participants can influence policy, 2) understand the role of advocacy in shaping sound public policy, 3) define the impact of current state policy issues on community clinics and the “safety-net”, and 3) understand current efforts towards ensuring the success of health reform.
Strategy: More than 30 participants develop skills in multiple one-hour webinars prior to attending a full-day at the State Capitol. Tom Riley presents an overview during the Day at the Capitol and the group is charged with specific questions to answer during, and through follow-up questions of, the day’s presenters who include senators, Assembly members, members of the Governor’s cabinet, legislative staff and regulators.
Result: Clinic Leadership Institute is now in its 9th year (Tom has been responsible for the Capitol training component since its inception). Participants have given the institute, and Tom’s component of it, consistently high ratings.