Why does advocacy matter?
When done effectively, advocacy influences public policy by providing a conduit for individuals and organizations to voice an opinion. These efforts can, in turn, sway public opinion, garner press coverage, and ultimately provide policymakers an opportunity to respond to constituents’ needs.
Are nonprofits allowed to advocate? The answer is YES! There are lots of ways nonprofits can advocate to improve policies, programs, and services for healthcare IT —without without running afoul of any federal laws or jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. Learn more to the right.
CHIMSS advocacy efforts consist of two main events:
- Promoting National Healthcare IT Week in the Fall, and
- Connecting with and educating the State Legislators during Advocacy Day in the Spring
In between we:
- Represent Colorado at a national level with other chapters that are part of CAR (Chapter Advocacy Roundtable).
- Assess the impact of Colorado state bills that are up for review and connect with influencers in and around the State House to offer our viewpoint on their impact and potential.
- Connect with other healthcare and healthcare IT associations and organizations that have the mission of improving healthcare in America through IT.
- Weave advocacy through all the educational events that CHIMSS offers.
Interested in being a part of the Advocacy Committee? We could use your help. Please contact Bonny Roberts, CHIMSS Advocacy Chair, to learn more.