Advocacy - the action of supporting a cause or proposal. It is important that you, the occupational and environmental health nurse (OHN), take an active role in speaking up for the health and safety of workers and worker populations, and for the unique specialty practice of occupational and environmental health nursing.
AAOHN is committed to providing resources, guidance and access to information that will support your advocacy efforts. Below you will find an extensive listing of free, helpful links that will enable you to be an effective advocate by writing your representatives and monitoring legislative or regulatory activity.
Let your voice be heard!
From the www.congress.org website, there is an Advocacy 101 section (scroll down towards the end of the page) where you can find out about:
|Communicating with Congress||
Tells you how to find out who your US and State representatives are by entering your 9 digit zip code; if you don’t know the “+4” digits, you can enter your address and find out.
The links are web-enabled. By clicking on the link, you get:
|Writing a Letter to Your Local Media||Enables you to find out about local newspapers, etc.|
|Visiting Capitol Hill||Provides tips to make a visit to Capitol Hill and making appointments with Senator and Congressperson|
|Congressional Staff||Provides a list of staff titles and brief job functions.|
|The Legislative Process||Describes how a bill becomes law.|
|State Leaders||Enter your state abbreviation to find out how to contact state leaders including tips, and writing or phoning them.|
Also, at the very bottom of the page are links to valuable information:
- Legislation (Bill Search)
- Issues and Actions
- More Resources
- Locate State Government Agencies and Boards
- Monitor State Legislative Activity
- Monitor State Regulatory Activity
- Locate Federal Government Agencies and Boards
- Monitor Federal Legislative Activity
- Monitor Federal Regulatory Activity (Federal Register)