10 Tips To Success in Public Policy

Whether you are a seasoned advocate for public policy or a beginner, knowing the ins and outs of how to make your mark – influence and participate in the process, and not just to be at the table, but to set the table takes research and planning.
Getting started: go to Contactingthecongress.org. Type in your address, and Voila, the names and contact information for your members of congress appears.
Knowing your stuff: although nutrition is bipartisan, being familiar with your members of congress is helpful in making a connection, making an impression and helping to engage support.
Sharing your passion: You are the Nutrition Expert. Not all people know what a tremendous benefit registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) provide, you are the best source of this information for lawmakers.
Identify the public policy issues that impact the Nutrition Entrepreneur. An amazing wealth of information on the issues is available at EatRightPro.org/Advocacy.
Take action. Participate in Action Alerts. The sad truth is that less than 4% of NE members participate in Action Alerts related to legislation that impacts your practice.
“Ours is not a government of the majority. It is a government of the majority who participate.” -Thomas Jefferson.
If WE say nothing about what RDNs need from nutrition policy, that is what our lawmakers will hear … NOTHING.
Not just a seat at the table: Setting The Table! Can you imagine if every RDN contacted their members of congress to ask for their support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act? Increased reimbursement for RDN services would be a reality.
Engaging your member of congress. Write them a letter, send them a fax, send them an email. Visit their offices in Washington DC or in their district.
All politic is local and personal. A Politician’s success is directly tied to their ability to understand and influence the issues of their constituents.
Patricia J Becker MS RDN CSP CNSC
NE Policy and Advocacy Leader

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