The Power of Advocacy

The Parkinson’s Action Network presents “The Power of Advocacy” –
an exciting panel discussion about how advocacy can make a difference for the Parkinson’s community!

“Fewer than two dozen Members of Congress out of the 535 have any healthcare experience.  So, they may have heard of Parkinson’s disease, but do they really know anything about it?  You can communicate facts and figures, but it’s really important to build those relationships to educate.” – J.P. Paluskiewicz, Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX)

In this video, viewers will learn:
Why it’s important to reach out to your Members of Congress;
How to ask for what you want when emailing, calling, or meeting with congressional staff;
Why finding common ground and being realistic about the legislative process can help you get what you want;
Why telling your personal story, and the impact a policy decision has on you, is so important; and
How to follow up your meeting, phone call, or email effectively and get results!

James “J.P.” Paluskiewicz, Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX)
Cynthia Rice, Vice President for Government Relations, JDRF
Israel Robledo, Parkinson’s Action Network Texas State Director
Lisa Shulman, M.D., Professor of Neurology, University of Maryland
Mary Woolley, President, Research!America

Amy Comstock Rick, CEO, Parkinson’s Action Network