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1 Positive Living 14 March 11, 2011

2 You spoke, we listened! More time for open discussion. Keep meeting on schedule. Record unplanned issues that arise, on-the-fly. More breaks. Wish granted.

3 Ground Rules We agree to strive to stay on schedule. We will respect break time. We all come back from breaks on-time. We refrain from personal attacks. When we voice a criticism, we offer a solution or improvement along with it. If we need to move on because we’ll “Park it!”

4 The “Park It!” Lady

5 Positive Living 14 March 11, 2011

6 Legacy of Advocacy: Where we've been; what we've done. Butch McKay Jesse Fry

7 The Legacy of HIV/AIDS Advocacy: Source: Martin Delaney Changed the rules for drug discovery, development and approval for life-threatening illnesses Convinced researchers to provide early access to experimental drugs Empowered patient to be leaders in the fight against disease, not victims of it. Defined how to influence scientists, academics, bureaucrats, legislators and presidents without making them enemies.

8 What advocacy has done for Floridians living with HIV and AIDS: Preserved exemption of HIV drug class from Medicaid Preferred Drug List (PDL) management. Advocates played a pivotal role in shaping and advising Project AIDS Care (PAC) waiver program Convinced Florida Medicaid (AHCA),Governor, Florida Legislature that state-of-the-art HIV drug resistance testing is vital to good care Fended off Medicaid capitation rates for HIV/AIDS

9 Group Interaction What are some successes enjoyed by other states that come to mind? Can you share any examples of when a situation looked bleak and advocacy by people living with HIV and AIDS helped get to a solution?

10 Advocacy vs. Lobbying ACID TEST To be considered advocacy, and not lobbying, the answer must be “no” to both of the following questions: 1.Does this message ask for specific action, such as a vote on a bill or amendment? 2.Does this message ask for support of a specific dollar amount, such as a budget increase or appropriation?

11 Education is not Lobbying Keeping a member informed about waiting lists and the consequences, opportunity costs? Comparing cost of care through AICP or ADAP to Florida Medicaid costs? Facts about HIV drug resistance and dangers of unplanned interruptions in treatment? Presenting cost/benefit analysis? Comparing past budgets to utilization data? Suggestions for solutions?

12 Your Individual, Independent Voice First and foremost, you are a private citizen. You are free to advocate your own, personal views. Our country’s system of government is a Constitutional Republic. The people you elect to represent you in government carry your views into the lawmaking process. Don’t feel restricted by a groups particular viewpoint; advocate your views as you see fit!

13 Workshop: ADAP and the Importance of Advocacy in 2011 Florida ADAP closed the program to new enrollment July 2010. Since then, the “waiting list” has grown to over 2,400 HIV/AIDS patients needing treatment. Florida budget deficit for the 2011/2012 fiscal year is currently estimated at $2.5 billion. At the next Revenue Estimating Conference, the deficit estimate is expected to widen due to decrease state revenue.

14 Florida Health Care Coverage Continuum for Floridians living with HIV and AIDS Private Health Insurance ˄˅ Patient Assistance Programs ˄˅ AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP) ˄˅ AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP or Part A pharmacy) ˄˅ “PAC-pending” (w/o RW wrap-around by Part A or B) ˄˅ Medicaid (w/o waiver program, e.g. Medically Needy) ˄˅ Florida Medicaid (w/o Part D) ˄˅ Medicare (w/o Part D) ˄˅ Indigent or Uncompensated Care

15 Refining Your Role as an HIV/AIDS Advocate Main Objectives Stay Connected! Advocacy Tools Letter Writing Ideas Coming Up: Letter writing group activity…

16 Refining Your Role as an HIV/AIDS Advocate Your main objectives: 1.Strive to become a source of information for law and policy makers. 2. Develop one-to-one relationships with the people you elect to represent. 3. Strive for a degree of professionalism and sophistication that sets you apart from the crowd.

17 Refining Your Role: Stay Connected! Network within a group that helps you keep up- to-date on advocacy issues. How many of us are members of a Ryan White Consortium and/or Planning Council? Sign up as a member of your state’s HIV/AIDS advocacy group. In Florida, it’s Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network, or FHAAN. What other states represented today have advocacy groups?

18 Refining Your Role: Stay Connected! How do I get connected to other advocates in my state? Southern AIDS Coalition is a good place to start! Let’s hear from their Executive Director: Patrick Packer

19 Refining Your Role: Stay Connected! Patrick Packer Executive Director Southern AIDS Coalition

20 Refining Your Role: Project Vote Smart Go to and build a contact file for each of your elected officials and keep the information up-to-date. How do you keep up with how your elected officials are voting? Use to learn background details and voting history. Let’s try it: Make a wireless connection and look up information on

21 Refining Your Role: Project Vote Smart Let’s try it together! Go to:

22 Refining Your Role: Read, read, read, read, read! 1. Newspapers! …not just print anymore 2. Alerts and research sent to you by your state advocacy network. 3. The Internet, a word of caution. 4. Press releases, more caution, still. 5. Internet News Readers… …let’s break this down.

23 Use a News Reader, like Google Anyone using a News Reader right now? What do you like about it? What do you dislike?

24 Use a News Reader, like Google A News Reader is an Internet-based research tool that uses a Search Engine to return news stories based on Keywords. For example, let’s say you’re doing research on the soccer player, Ronaldo Cristiano… You might enter “Ronaldo Cristiano shirtless” for instance… I’m just pulling that out of the thin air, as an example…you know, just for discussion… Or maybe “Ronaldo Cristiano in his underwear”


26 Use a News Reader, like Google Or perhaps, something like “Ronaldo Cristiano taking his shirt off"


28 Use a News Reader, like Google Get the idea? I thought so… Anyway, so, News Readers…check ‘em out. Have some fun with it; don’t expect great answers to be returned, right away; experiment with different keywords. Now, get to work and stop searching for pictures of Ronaldo Cristiano!


30 AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP) Briefing by Rick Vitale, Jackson Co. Health Dept. AICP sustains private health insurance coverage for PLWH at risk of losing it Key advantage: Patient stays with her established care team, including her nurses and pharmacist More patient-driven options for primary care About two-thirds of AICP clients medically and financially qualified for Florida Medicaid

31 Letter Writing Skills-Building The Blank Page Syndrome: Terrifying writers since 10,000 B.C. Write about issues you are passionate about! Don’t start from scratch! Use your research tools to give you ideas! Turn “Action Alerts” and other advocacy appeals into your own letters and messages.

32 Letter Writing Skills-Building Let’s write a letter together! 1.We’re going to divide up at teams of two tables each. 2. Each table team will get a card. 3. Each card has one type of elected official, like “State Legislator” 4. Each card has one issue, like “Medicaid Reform”

33 Letter Writing Skills-Building Here’s what we’ll do: 1.Choose a person to be the leader, and one to be the recorder. 2.Choose one person the letter is coming from. Then as a group decide: 3. What research do we need to do and from what resource will we get it? 4. What’s the message we want to deliver? 5. Which approaches should we use to deliver the message?

34 What’s next? Workshop Preview



37 Wrap-up Discussion and Evaluations What was your favorite part of today? Are you more motivated to write to your elected officials than you were yesterday? What do you think we should do next time? Let’s complete our evaluation forms…

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