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Each women holds the power to evoke change with her own voice— now is the time to raise yours!  WomenHeart's Advocacy Institute teaches participants how to effectively address challenges in health care by becoming educated on the issues and speaking our opinions to lawmakers. Make your voice be heard!

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The WomenHeart Advocacy Institute is a two-day training program on public policy and the legislative process.  The institute is designed for women living with heart disease whose interests and skills lie in advocacy, public speaking, and persuasive writing.  The goal of the Advocacy Institute is to train WomenHeart volunteers to promote our public policy agenda to members of Congress locally and in Washington, DC.  By learning how Congress works and the most effective ways to communicate with lawmakers, participants will become familiar with opportunities that exist to shape public policy and become strong advocates for WomenHeart.   

WHO MAY APPLY: Women with diagnosed heart disease who meet the following criteria:  
• Agree to read course materials prior to the Advocacy Institute  
• Agree to attend all sessions of the Advocacy Institute  
• Agree to contact members of their congressional delegation prior to the Advocacy Institute, during the Advocacy Institute and at home as needed on issues related to WomenHeart’s public policy agenda  
• Have an e-mail address and check it at least once a week 
 
COST:  WomenHeart will pay tuition, hotel room, and meals.  Participants will pay travel expenses, including airfare and ground transportation.   

WHO IS SELECTED: Selections are based on strength of the application and ongoing commitment to WomenHeart’s public policy efforts, as well as geographic and ethnic diversity.  Preference will be given to alumnae of WomenHeart’s Science & Leadership Symposium. Previous Advocacy Institute attendees are encouraged to apply.  

*HEALTH CAUTION: The Advocacy Institute is physically demanding and involves a good deal of walking.  The schedule may not be suitable for women who have been hospitalized or have experienced severe cardiac symptoms during the previous six months. 

Contact Susan Campbell to learn how to apply.  

Mail: 818 18th Street NW - Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20006 
Phone:  202-728-7199 
Fax:  888-343-0764 
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WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization with thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. WomenHeart supports, educates and advocates on behalf of the 42 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease. Our programs are made possible by donations, grants and corporate partnerships.

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