Prime Your State Association for a Licensure Push in 2015
10/27/2014
Mike Jawer, AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs
Monday, October 27, 2014
by: Mike Jawer, AANP Director of Government and Public Affairs

Section: State and Federal Advocacy


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For assistance, contact Mike Jawer, AANP’s Director of Government and Public Affairs (mike.jawer@naturopathic.org; 202-237-8150)
A number of state associations are laying the groundwork for a serious effort to achieve licensure for NDs next year. Since most state legislatures start up in January, now is the time to do that planning.
  • The Ohio and Illinois associations are assessing their lobbying activities and preparing to pick up the pace.
  • Rhode Island, Ohio, Florida and Michigan are among the state associations that have been conducting fundraising campaigns. The Michigan ANP has raised more than $10,000, much of it through corporate and community sponsorships.
  • The Michigan ANP has a bulked-up licensure webpage.
Several useful resources have been added to AANP’s State Advocacy Toolbox. These include model fundraising letters, a model licensing pitch to legislators, and a flyer to enlist patient and corporate support. The Toolbox also features a webinar on fundraising (“The Art of the Ask”) by Dr. David Schleich of NCNM and an accompanying workbook.

For the fundraising section of the Toolbox, click here. For webinars and other tools on laying the foundation for a licensure push (such as building unity within your association, and how to select and work with a lobbyist), click here. And for fact sheets and talking points to promote licensure, click here.

AANP is committed to helping your state association move its advocacy efforts forward in 2015 – not just through the Toolbox but by brainstorming strategy with you, suggesting prospective lobbyists, and connecting you with NDs who have achieved licensure in their own state and know the hurdles you face. Now is the time to organize your activity.

Will your state move across the licensure finish line next year, as Maryland did in 2014 and Colorado did in 2013?
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