Advocacy Tools

Children’s hospitals may access tools and legal guidance to build and strengthen their issue advocacy capacity, as well as engage their communities on behalf of children before the local, state and federal legislatures.

Resources

Toolkit
Best Practices for Conducting Legislator Visits During a Pandemic
July 15, 2020

We hosted a webinar on best practices for conducting legislator visits during a pandemic.

Standard or Guideline
Campaign Activities and the Law
February 7, 2020

This memo answers questions hospital staff may have regarding activities during an election year.

Standard or Guideline
Guidelines for Political Candidates to Visit Children's Hospitals
February 7, 2020

This memo describes the permissible activities regarding visits to children's hospitals by political candidates and current officeholders.

Standard or Guideline
Guidelines for Permissible Nonpartisan Candidate and Voter Education
February 7, 2020

Guidelines for hosting non-partisan candidate and voter education activities by 501(c)(3) organizations.

Standard or Guideline
Guidance on Non-Connected Political Action Committees
February 7, 2020

This memo outlines the guidelines on the financial and operating independence rules that govern independent political action committees.

Standard or Guideline
Guidance for Hospital Officials and Trustees in Connection with Election Activities
February 7, 2020

These guidelines are designed to assist children's hospital officials navigate the regulations governing permissible election year activities.

Reference Material
Cultivating Advocates
January 2, 2020

Read more about how to start an advocacy program, how to prepare advocates for speaking with the media, and three real life case studies from children’s hospitals like yours.

Reference Material
Advocacy Media Guide for Hospital Staff
October 3, 2019

Follow this guide when speaking with the media to advocate for policy issues.

Toolkit
Grassroots Toolkit: Be a Champion for Children's Health
March 28, 2019

Be a Champion for Children's Health is an advocate's guide to getting involved in legislative advocacy at a local, state and national level.

Report
Sharing Data, Saving Lives: The Hospital Agenda for Interoperability
January 22, 2019

The Children’s Hospital Association joined with other leading hospital associations to release a report that sets forth a national agenda for improving interoperability among health information technology (IT) systems.

Standard or Guideline
Rules on Lobbying Activities for Non-profit Entities
April 6, 2018

This memo summarizes legal restrictions on the lobbying activities of non-profit organizations (as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) and their employees.

Standard or Guideline
Rules on Interaction With Administration Officials Concerning Health Care Implementation
April 6, 2018

This memo summarizes the legal restrictions that will apply when Children’s Hospital Association member hospitals interact with employees of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its various divisions with regard to implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Standard or Guideline
LD-203 Disclosure of Events to Honor Covered Officials
April 6, 2018

This memo outlines disclosure rules for events that honor or recognize covered legislative or executive branch officials.

Standard or Guideline
Guidance on LDA Reporting
April 6, 2018

This memo outlines key elements of the revised guidance member hospitals should review before filing their LD-2 Lobbying Activity Reports and LD-203 Lobbying Contribution Reports.

Standard or Guideline
Disclosure of Federal Lobbying Activities
April 6, 2018

This memo outlines federal lobbying reporting requirements.

Standard or Guideline
Congressional Gift Rules
April 6, 2018

This memo provides guidance on the gift rules and lists the exceptions for lobbyists and organizations that hire lobbyists.

Analysis or Summary
What Matters to Me
June 28, 2017

Patient families are strongly encouraged to participate in our national social media campaign, What Matters to Me.

Toolkit
Suggested Guidelines for Children’s Hospitals to Advocate for Public Policy on Social Media
August 12, 2016

These suggested guidelines are designed to give children’s hospitals a framework to engage audiences and accomplish their mission by using social media to advocate for public policy

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Advocacy Alert

Federal action is needed to support children’s hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Urge your lawmakers to take action now.