November 2010: Updates on a Variety of State-Based Advocacy Projects

By Gene McGill, Director of State Government Relations

State associations are busy meeting newly elected members of their respective legislatures. Members of state associations have their work cut out for them over the next few months. Republicans gained control of an additional 700 state legislative seats in the Nov. 2nd election. 19 state house chambers changed to Republican control, with 29 states now having Republican governors. This change in power at the state level is unprecedented and gives our state association members a unique opportunity to reach out to newly elected officials and push the virtues of state licensure or expanded scope of practice. The AANP provided all state associations with legislative maps, lists of candidates and sample letters. Please contact your state association or the AANP if you require additional information.

The AANP, supporting ALL State Affiliates, continues to build capacity, providing benefits to both licensed and unlicensed state affiliates.

CAPWIZ – our online grassroots advocacy tool makes contacting your legislators in two easy clicks. Every state has access to this invaluable tool. Get creative and send your legislators one of the segments from the PBS series, now available by clicking here.

Legislative Newsletters – professionally designed and produced, the two-page newsletter is customized to reflect each state’s identify and includes a legislative update written by you. Last year, eight states used this highly effective tool, published three times a year for a subscription fee of $300.

Legislative and Regulatory Tracking – We are currently populating a live database of all 50 states that will provide you with legislative committee real time updates on the information you need using an interactive map.

State-Based Coalition Training – Access to more than 30 professions with like-minded interests is now available through our Coalition for Patients' Rights relationships. Training by a national PR firm on best practices for coalition building begins in the next few weeks.

Healthcare Reform and the States - The AANP is working with state leaders to create business models for loan repayment in the states, and is engaging its Affiliates in critical discussions about how federal healthcare reform will impact naturopathic physicians. Is your state represented in these conversations on our new GroupSite communication tool? Our first healthcare reform conversation is Friday, December 10 at 12:00pm EST.

Legislative Library – Your state leaders have access to an enormous, members-only library of documents to support licensing and scope of practice issues. Here is where you’ll find model legislation, information on AMA’s SOPP, not to mention samples of documents on cost-effectiveness and an array of other topics.

Practice Tools – The AANP has recently partnered with four companies to optimize your effectiveness. They include discounts to Mozy, a secure data backup and storage solution; Constant Contact, an easy-to-use communications tool for your members; Printing for Less, an environmentally-friendly online print-to-order company; and Wireless Center, serving your professional and personal wireless needs.

Pressing the flesh at NFWL! Karen Howard, AANP Executive Director and Secretary of the National Foundation of Women Legislators (NFWL), heads to Orlando with five NDs from across the country. Drs. Bloom, Cates, Clark, DeLaney and Jensen will fill their days meeting with women legislators, counseling them on their healthcare issues and promoting the benefits of the licensure of naturopathic physicians throughout the United States. The opportunity to work one-on-one with our women leaders from throughout the country is invaluable. The AANP continues to be a prominent exhibitor and trusted friend to the NFWL. Our thanks go out to those who gave up their valuable time to work on behalf of the AANP.