Public Policy Education Committee Co-Chairs:
Nancy Kane, Payson Center for Cancer Care
Mike Rollo, American Cancer Society
Elected officials make decisions every day that affect millions of cancer survivors and their families, cancer care providers, and all potential cancer patients. Educational and advocacy efforts play an important role in increasing awareness about issues that support our vision to eliminate cancer and for the people of New Hampshire to enjoy a healthy quality of life.
Advocacy means using your voice to increase awareness and change public policies – like laws or budgets. Advocacy draws the attention of the community to an issue and directs decision makers toward a solution. NH CCC members educate legislators, policy makers, and the public on the issues that are important to us and relate to the NH Cancer Plan, and we ask them to do something in response. Advocacy is passion turned into action!
So what can you do?
- Be aware of legislation that comes up that affects the fight against cancer. Track NH bills.
- Contact your elected officials! Meet them in-person, write a letter or email, or call them. Let them know your story and why the issue is important to you.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to bring more awareness of the issue to the community.
Make your voice heard. We need your help!