2013 was the inaugural year for this program. The Advocate Leaders raised awareness through news articles and advertisements, developed relationships with their elected officials and fought for increased funding for ovarian cancer research throughout the country.
What Advocate Leaders Do in the Field:
- Contact and build relationships with their elected officials and elected officials’ staff
- Send out calls to action in their community
- Serve as a “whip” to follow up with offices who have failed to fulfill Advocate Leaders’ requests
- Work with the Alliance to organize local meetings
- Expand the network of local advocates to increase the ovarian cancer community’s advocacy presence in a particular state or district
Be the voice on the ground for ovarian cancer
As an advocate leader you will receive training through in person meetings, webinars and written materials that explain the basics of effective advocacy, help you get comfortable communicating with elected officials and their staff and increase your understanding of legislative issues important to the ovarian cancer community. You will attend a fly-in in Washington, DC, to advocate on Capitol Hill, mentor advocates at the National Conference and respond to “calls to action” from the Alliance.
Advocates can work independently and, over time, will begin to coordinate efforts with other advocates in their district and state to form a network of like-minded grassroots volunteers. Advocates are asked to follow up with the Alliance to report outcomes of their interactions with their elected officials.
Become an Advocate Leader
Applications for the 2015 program will be available at the end of the year.