Become a palliative care advocate for #PQLCLobbyDay
Today, April 27, 2016, the Patient Quality of Life Coalition is hosting its very first Virtual Lobby Day. The goal of #PQLCLobbyDay, is to raise the visibility of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) in Congress and generate excitement among its supporters.
PCHETA, also known as H.R. 3119 in the House, and S. 2748 in the Senate, would make necessary policy changes to expand access to palliative care for patients with serious illness. These changes include directing funds to educate the public and providers about palliative care; expanding the federal research investment in palliative care; and expanding workforce training and development opportunities to increase the number of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals trained in palliative care.
Become a palliative care advocate today and participate in #PQLCLobbyDay by calling or emailing your elected representative, or posting about PCHETA on Facebook or Twitter (don’t forget to tag your representatives!). Doing any of these will help create buzz – and the more congressional offices hear from you, the more likely they are to co-sponsor or champion PCHETA!
To help you get started, the Patient Quality of Life Coalition has developed an email template for you to send to your legislator, sample tweets and Facebook posts for #PQLCLobbyDay and social media best practices for targeting lawmakers. Remember to include #PQLCLobbyDay in all your messaging!
Learn more about #PQLCLobbyDay, and other coalition activities, here.
The Center to Advance Palliative Care, and GetPalliativeCare.org, participate in public policy advocacy as part of the Patient Quality of Life Coalition formed to advance the interests of patients and families facing serious illness. The Coalition, which includes more than 25 nongovernmental organizations, is dedicated to improving quality of care and quality of life for these adults and children and supporting the health professionals that care for them.
For more information, visit the PQLC website.