Advocacy Resources


The following is a list of resources to assist in your advocacy efforts:

Advocacy Guides

A 16-page guide on how to use the media effectively to support public policy initiatives. Covers planning your message and ways of using the media tips for writing press releases, editorial board visits, interviews, op-eds, and media events.

Advocacy Tips and Primers


The goal of Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) is to provide an overview of key health indicators for local communities and to encourage dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community’s health. The CHSI report was designed not only for public health professionals but also for members of the community who are interested in the health of their community. The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties. Although CHSI presents indicators like deaths due to heart disease and cancer, it is imperative to understand that behavioral factors such as tobacco use, diet, physical activity, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior and others substantially contribute to these deaths.


Soapbox Consulting is a Washington-DC based firm specializing in advocacy training and materials. They have published guides that focus on influencing policymakers such as: Grassroots Games, a book of interactive advocacy exercises; and The One-Hour Activist.

National Organizations

The American Heart Association’s website includes a special Advocacy section, including legislative priorities, facts and statistics, coalitions, as well as a legislative action center where you can sign up to receive email alerts.  Also includes state-specific information and relevant policies.

The American Public Health Association website includes a variety of materials on advocacy issues relevant to public health including Fact sheets, Action Alerts, Testimony, Policy Statements, Tips for Effective Advocacy, Useful Advocacy Links and Media Advocacy Manual. Note that Advocacy Updates are available to APHA members only.

This website provides information on recent testimony and press releases of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

ASTHO’s website includes a policy advocacy section with testimony, facts sheets, policies and resources, and information about an annual Hill Day.

This website from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids provides advocacy information on global, federal, and state tobacco-related initiatives as well as facts and special reports.  The website allows users to take action online by sending emails to legislators on tobacco policies.

This website of CCSSO provides policy statements, federal legislative positions, and school-health related publications.  Also includes State Profiles providing important background information and data on nutrition and fitness for every state, the District of Columbia, and the nation.

NACCHO’s website includes testimony, fact sheets, resolutions, and a link to Capwiz  for identifying and contacting your legislator.

Partnership for Prevention’s website includes a link to the Congressional Prevention Coalition, 180 policy ideas, and various policy statements as well as fact sheets and report.

Research!America is a national not-for-profit, membership-supported, public education and advocacy alliance. Its goal is to achieve funding for medical and health research in both public and private sectors at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion.  Site includes legislative updates plus talking points and the latest public opinion polls that can be used in policy advocacy.