Hadassah Advocates Get Results
We work closely with key legislators to ensure that our outreach is coordinated and effective, and that our priorities are at the top of the congressional agenda. Following Days in the District with Hadassah advocates, several Representatives became cosponsors of the Research for All Act and the Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign. The lead sponsors of both bills sent letters to Hadassah thanking us for our efforts.
"Hadassah has been a real leader raising awareness that men and women are not treated equally in health research. Science needs to serve both men and women, and Hadassah's support for the Research for All Act will hep us reach our goals."
"I greatly appreciate Hadassah's partnership in the effort to improve women's health. The efforts of Hadassah members to support [my bill, the] Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign, by making it a policy issue in the 'Day in the District' campaign has made a difference in this regard."
A Special Advocacy Message from Congressman Ami Bera
Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) also recorded a special video message to urge Hadassah members to take an active role in government by meeting with their elected officials and making their voices heard on important issues. Rep. Bera, MD, also discusses his own Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign legislation.
Day in the District: A Personal Story
By Pennie Sessler Branden, Team Leader of the Advocacy Communications Network
Our Day in the District was so energizing! On August 18, Paula Samuel, Jessie Palumbo, my daughter Ariel Branden and I sat down with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for over an hour of productive, honest, and engaging conversation in her Connecticut office.
From gender equity in medical research, to the Iran Nuclear Agreement and to our kids and grandkids, we were able to not only explain and discuss our legislative priorities but also get to know her better on a personal level. The conversation went beyond the surface as Congresswoman DeLauro was well versed in all of our issues, and we were prepared with our Hadassah fact sheets and talking points. These helped us to be very clear and direct on our positions. We even got some new ideas about our potential for more effectiveness on one of our issues, which we immediately shared with our National Advocacy Team.
One of our greatest takeaways was hearing from the Congresswoman that the best time to visit her was during her district work period and not in her DC office. She said that we were always welcome to visit her in Washington, DC, but that meeting at her district office is when she can truly give us more uninterrupted time and attention to discuss our priorities in depth. Her quote above speaks to the unique power Hadassah can yield with this Day in the District program—mobilizing our membership in a way that so many other groups can’t.
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