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Administrative Advocacy Ellen Andrews October 16, 2003 Hispanic Health Council.

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1 Administrative Advocacy Ellen Andrews October 16, 2003 Hispanic Health Council

2 I congratulated a DSS official on her promotion and asked "Isn't it great being up there where the buck stops?" Her answer: "I'm not sure where the buck stops. I don't really think that it's here. But I have seen it roll over us at times."

3 Administrative Advocacy Very powerful Include them early – both top and bottom of food chain Create relationships of trust -- can be champions and important sources of info They implement the laws – they are the devil in the details They are not elected, they dont answer to you or to voters Appointed vs. civil service Agency turf issues Current climate – staff reductions, great anxiety, overworked

4 Carrots Use your champion to gain access, to get a meeting Make their life easier –Write a grant –Invite them to a conference or event –Good press –Research for them, crunch numbers, answer your own questions –Give them a heads up when taking a shot –Testify on behalf of their initiatives/needs Thank them – they rarely get recognized

5 Sticks Serve on an advisory board, task force (can be a carrot) Freedom of Information requests Oversight bodies, watchdogs Legislation they dont want Play on turf issues Bad press

6 Freedom of Information Powerful tool Agencies usually cooperative Right to obtain records and attend meetings, public notices, with reasonable exceptions Rights to inspection Can charge up to 25 cents/page for copies Within reasonable timeframes Freedom of Information Commission enforces – no need for a lawyer

7 Regulations Statutes give guidance, regulations give detail How to find them, if they exist Process – Reg.s Review Committee Under-appreciated by advocates, legislators

8 The Health Advocacy Toolbox For more help and regularly updated information go to


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