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Advocacy Toolbox: Advocacy Overview

This page has resources prepared by NACDD and other organizations’ top experts in advocacy.

  • NACDD policy resources
  • The legislative process
  • How to become an advocate for chronic disease
  • The Federal budget and appropriations processes
  • Partnerships
  • Communications tools
  • Advocacy vs. lobbying






NACDD Policy Resources

NACDD Policy Webpage Webpage NACDD


How individuals can advocate

Advocating for Chronic Disease Programs

Fran Wheeler
Powerpoint presentation National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Description
Educating policymakers and communication tools, partnerships

Advocacy by State Program Staff, March 2007

David Hoffman

Powerpoint presentation

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Congressional appropriations process

Understanding Budget, Appropriations, and Authorizing
Targeting Players, 2009

Lisa Meyer

Powerpoint presentation Cornerstone Government Affairs


How to develop and implement policy

Guide to the ABCs of State Heart Disease and Stroke Policymaking, 2006

Report Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. and CDC Description

Advocacy vs. lobbying
State employee role

Frequently Asked Questions Website NACDD Description
Advocacy and lobbying

Examples of advocacy versus lobbying activities, 2009

Case study Handout American Diabetes Association and the Diabetes Council Advocacy Committee


CDC Anti-Lobbying Policy CDC Anti-Lobbying Policy Document CDC Description
Individual and Organizational rules about lobbying with Federal funds Workplace Rules and Guidelines for Public Health Advocates Document American Public Health Association Description
Find information on how to become an advocate, state and federal policy, and NACDD policy statements.
This action-oriented PowerPoint presentation offers suggestions on how individuals can focus their congressional advocacy efforts. It includes specific suggestions on ways to become a recognized and trusted expert.
This presentation describes how state programs can coordinate efforts to educate policymakers, using advocacy, partnerships, communication tools, and understanding priorities.
Brief overview of the committees and subcommittees within Congress and their respective functions.
This guide serves as a primer on advocacy within the state legislative process. It includes suggestions on developing, implementing, and evaluating policy at the state level. It was developed for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention programs, but the processes described will work for all programs.
Two frequently asked questions from state health department staff are answered.
Exercise can be completed individually or with a group. This handout was prepared for a 2009 training and allows for discussion among participants. CDC Anti-Lobbying Policy
This document discusses language included in the FY 12 Consolidated Appropriations act and reinforces how CDC funds can and cannot be used with respect to policy and lobbying.
This document starts with the sentence democracy is not a spectator sport and discusses how individuals, no matter their employer, organizations can get involved in the policy-making process.

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