Health Advocacy

What is Health Advocacy?

What is advocacy and why should I care? Health advocacy can happen on a personal level--knowing what your health needs are and meeting them adequately--or on a societal level.

The government's role in health care is enormous--from setting staffing levels at hospitals and nursing homes, licensing doctors and nurses, funding community health clinics, monitoring ambulance services, oversight of HMOs, putting fluoride in the water, to spraying for mosquitoes for West Nile Virus. Health care policy is shaped through a combination of laws, rulings and regulations in governmental arenas at the local, state and federal level.

You can influence health policy issues. How? Find out more about health advocacy at these sites:

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