On March 30 and 31, over 60 You’re the Cure advocates from across North Carolina met at the American Heart Association’s office for our annual State Lobby Day. Advocates participated in advocacy training on Monday. We reviewed the AHA state lobby day issues, learned the components of an effective meeting with a lawmaker and had time to meet in our lobby day meeting groups.
Yolanda Dickerson and Frank Amend, present and past chair of the NC Advocacy Coordinating Committee respectively, along with Ilana Adlee, You’re the Cure youth advocated, discussed how they prepare for legislative meetings and what to expect from a meeting with a lawmaker. Everyone left with an understanding of what to expect at the legislature on Tuesday.
Resembling a sea of red, we arrived on Tuesday at the Capitol and enjoyed conversations with many Representatives, Senators, and their legislative aides as advocates urged their lawmakers to support:
- HB 250/SB 298: Healthy Food Small Retailer/Healthy Corner Store Act
- SB 662: Appropriate Funds for Tobacco Use Prevention
- A NC Plan to Close the Coverage Gap
At mid-day, Matt Newman and our You’re the Cure youth advocates lead their fellow advocates, lawmakers and legislative staff in a walk around Halifax Mall to help raise awareness about National Walking Day, April 1. By day’s end, we heard attendees comment that it had been a great day filled with positive experiences.
A special thank you to the NC Advocacy Coordinating Committee for their help in planning and executing this signature advocacy event. Finally, a big thank you to all the advocates that joined us for this year’s lobby day!
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