Is there an Advocate in you?

by Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

Who is an Advocate?  ad·vo·cate /ˈadvəkit/

A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.

Are you an advocate?  You could be!  Fertility Within Reach lays out step-by-step instructions on how to become your own best advocate.

When is the time/place to be an Advocate?

Anywhere, anytime is the time to advocate.  You can be an advocate for your community center, an advocate for your parent in the hospital, or an advocate for something you are passionate about.  As long as you effectively communicate what you support (with family, friends, or policymakers), every day is a day to advocate.

 

Did you know about Advocacy Day?

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association invites constituents, like you, from every state to come to Washington D.C. once a year to talk to legislators and staffers about key infertility issues. Men and women advocate for greater awareness of the disease of infertility and attempt to gain support for legislation that creates greater access to infertility health benefits.  Resolve is extremely organized in training individuals what to communicate with these policy leaders.


Why is infertility advocacy important?

Legislators let us know that your contact that identifies the needs of their constituents.  They told Fertility Within Reach that it’s easier for them to advocate for us if infertility is not a taboo subject.  Finally, if we can help them justify their support with facts, they are more confident in being a champion for infertility.  So without YOUR advocating, the status quo remains.

By reaching out and educating, asking for help for yourself and others, you are creating an opportunity for hope.  Your actions make a difference.  With your information and outreach, you create a ripple effect of awareness.

What can you do to be involved?

There are plenty of ways to get involved with Advocacy whether you’re headed to Washington DC for Advocacy Day or participating from your own local community!

  • If not this year, consider joining RESOLVE on Capitol Hill next year.  If you can’t make it to Washington, you can still set up a meeting with your legislator or their health care staff member at a local office in your state.
  • Write or call your elected officials.
    Face-to-face is the most effective means of communications, however, they are open to personalized letters and phone calls from constituents.  We encourage you to talk with your legislator, more likely their staff member, about why support infertility related legislation is important.
    • To reach the Senate or House please call 202-224-3121

 

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Davina Fankhauser

President - Fertility Within Reach

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