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Best Practices in Grassroots Advocacy Series

August 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
August 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
August 23, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Eastern Daylight Time

Today it is a fight about the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; next time, it could be about the budget and Medicaid. Regardless of the advocacy fight, be ready to make your voice heard!  ANCOR is hosting best practices in grassroots campaign techniques that you can tailor to meet your advocacy objectives and needs.

Be sure to register even if you cannot attend the live sessions. All registered attendees will have access to the webinar recording and slides. This webinar series is exclusive for ANCOR members.

Part 1: Virtual Town Hall

Date: August 3, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Want to advocate on behalf of Medicaid but cannot afford to travel to Washington, D.C. to lobby directly? Interested in the town halls but none are being offered in your state? Bring the town hall to your Senators and their staff through remote technology!

Chris Sparks will discuss how Exceptional Person’s Inc. (EPI) organized a virtual town hall last month between providers in Iowa and Senator Grassley and his staff in Washington, DC. This format allowed the Senator and his health policy expert to hold a respectful and productive conversation with their constituents centered on the proposed health care bill’s effects on people with disabilities -- in a more intimate setting than a regular town hall could afford and without the cost of travel to Washington, DC. Find out how you can replicate this model in your own state.


Chris Sparks is the Executive Director at EPI and is an Iowa native. He received his BA in Psychology from Graceland University and later his MPA from UMKC and his MSW from UNI. Chris started with EPI in 1991 and became the Executive Director in 1998. Chris has served ANCOR in leadership roles for over fifteen years.


Part 2: Online Advocacy

Date: August 9, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time

As grassroots advocacy evolves in a decidedly digital direction, do the terms “hashtag”, “tweet”, “viral posts” and “tagging” swim in front of your eyes like so many letters in a confusing social media soup? Are you wondering what Twitter even is? Then this is the webinar for you!

ANCOR will introduce the very basics of online advocacy ranging from emailing your Members of Congress to the latest social media tools, as well as how to use these tools in the most effective manner. It is important for providers to show they are mobilized and care deeply about Medicaid and other issues, and online advocacy is one of the many ways to get a message across to your elected officials – so join us to learn how!


Linda Plourde, CEO/Executive Director, Bayberry, Inc., began her career in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in 1982 in the state of Maine as QMRP/Program Director for Powell Memorial Center, and later as Administrator for OHI.  Following a move to CA, Linda worked for Alta CA and North Bay Regional Centers for a combined 15 years.  Linda’s roles at the regional centers included case management, early intervention, and supervision of case management and quality assurance units.  In 2006, Linda became Executive Director of Bayberry, Inc., a non-profit agency providing supported living services and residential living options for people with IDD. Linda is an active member of North Bay Regional Center Board of Directors; California Supported Living Network; and ANCOR Board of Directors. She has a BS in Psychology and a MS in Counseling.

Steve Kroll has nearly three decades of experience in federal and state policy development, advocacy, and trade association leadership. From December 2014 to April 2017, he served as the Executive Director of NYSARC, the largest developmental disability service organization in New York State, providing strategic leadership in public policy, advocacy, and operations. Steve was also the managing leader of the statewide BFair2DirectCare Workforce Coalition that passed state budget legislation to raise the salaries of developmental disability support workers; served on the NYS OPWDD Commissioner’s Transformation Panel; served as a member of The Arc’s National Conference of Executives Steering Committee; and served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs and External Relations at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) for 19 years. Steve currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Cobleskill Regional Hospital and is a volunteer EMT. He earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo and his Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University.


Part 3: In-Person Advocacy

Date: August 23, 2017

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Putting a human face on an issue remains the most efficient method of advocating to elected officials because it cuts to the core message of any issue: “I need help, I am standing in front of you, and you can make a difference for me.” This ANCOR webinar will explain the many different ways to engage effectively with elected officials in person. Hear from ANCOR members who have had successful experiences cultivating relationships with their Members of Congress through meetings, town hall and other such advocacy (including addressing rural/urban components) and via phone meetings with their Senator. Additionally, ANCOR wil share innovative ideas used across the nation. Join us, and learn how to make an impression!


Cindy Mahan, Friendship Community Care, Arkansas

Chad VonAhnen, Johnson County Developmental Supports, Kansas

Jerry Michaud, Development Services of Northwest Kansas, Kansas

Donna Martin, Community Providers Network Rhode Island, Rhode Island


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