What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is the act of recommending, supporting, or encouraging a cause or policy on behalf of the community we serve. Advocacy aims to bring awareness to issues and empower those who are affected by them to understand their rights and express their views. Advocacy influences decisions within political establishments and promotes social justice, inclusion, and equality.

Why Advocate?

Public policy plays a vital role in creating conditions that improve health and address the social determinants of health (SDOH) fundamental to health equity. Improving health equity will significantly improve the lives of the residents of Nevada. It is imperative that steps are taken to increase the understanding of policy makers on the connection between health disparities and health outcomes. Actively advocacy to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion can make critical lasting impacts that will strengthen all communities in Nevada.

What is Health Equity?

Health equity is ensuring the increased opportunity to attain equitable health regardless of who you are, where you live, or what your finances look like.

Nevada Policy Priorities for 2023 Legislative Session

  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Social Justice
  • Housing
  • Cultural Competence and Minoritized Populations
  • Access to Quality, Affordable, and Culturally Relevant Care

Ways to Take Action

Participate in a Legislative 101 Training

Learn more about the legislative process, how to identify and reach legislators, and what it takes to participate in a legislative hearing. Additionally, this training aims to identify and analyze key policies and policymakers, identify strategies for creating policy change, and provide participants with an opportunity to network with state and local legislators and lobbyists.

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Join the NMHEC Policy Workgroup

The Public Policy Workgroup identifies critical priorities for NMHEC to reduce health inequities. Guided by these policie priorities, members of this workgroup develop an action plan to help the coalition promote research, policy briefs, and awareness on the policy priorities.

Elected Officials want to hear from you!

Visit this website to find your Representative and access the numerous ways to reach them. Contact from constituents can be a very effective way of communicating what issues are important and affecting community members.

Follow Bills through the Session

Follow the progress of a bill or resolution, as it is making its way through the legislative process. Many organizations track bills related to specific issues. NMHEC will have links to relevant bill trackers closer to the 2023 Nevada Legislative session.

Provide Public Comments

Provide Public comment at city, county, or state meetings to increase the focus on health equity.

Advocacy Pages of our Allied and Associated Partners

Children’s Advocacy Alliance

Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is a community-based, nonprofit organization that mobilizes people, resources, and reason to ensure every child has a chance to thrive and make Nevada a better place to live and raise a family. CAA advocates for the well-being of Nevada’s children by building consensus around priorities and leveraging their collective strength towards real changes in policy and practice. CAA’s policy priority areas include children’s health, safety, school readiness, and economic well-being.

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Silver State Equality

Silver State Equality brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in Nevada and across the United States. SSE strives to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. Areas of focus include Electing pro-equality champions, up and down the ballot; Passing pro-equality legislation in Carson City, Sacramento, and Washington DC; Advancing LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom; Reducing disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being through education and advocacy.

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Nevada National Hispanic Medical Association

NHMA’s mission is to empower Hispanic/Latino physicians to lead efforts to improve the health and well-being of the Hispanic/Latino population through collaboration with the state, regional, and local level Hispanic/Latino medical societies, resident and medical student organizations, and other public and private sector partners. NHMA strives to cause positive community impact to meet excellence in healthcare standards, connect people to services they need when they need them, as well as identify systemic issues within healthcare delivery.

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Immunize Nevada

Immunize Nevada began in 1995 as a group of citizens concerned about Nevada’s immunization rates being the lowest in the country; now a statewide 501c3 nonprofit coalition of individual, business, and organization partners working together to impact Nevada’s communities by connecting the public with information and resources to solve an immediate health need — getting vaccinated. Immunize Nevada is widely recognized as Nevada’s trusted resource for immunizations and community health for all ages by fostering education and statewide collaboration.

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