Lobbying and Advocacy - Continuing Education Opportunity

This month, NHPHA hosted its first continuing education opportunity as part of our NH Public Health Training Center grant,  called, “Lobbying and Advocacy: A Primer for New Hampshire Non-Profit Advocates”.  Co-sponsored by the UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice, the event was held at the UNH School of Law in Concord, with refreshments donated by The Works.  The training was well-attended by members, and other interested representatives from local and state government, non-profit organizations and advocacy organizations.  There was a wide range of experience and knowledge around lobbying and advocacy leading to a ripe conversation and many questions from the audience. 

The first speaker of the day, Kerri McGowan Lowery, JD, MPH provided a presentation, “How to Get Advocacy Done without Violating the Law!” Kerri’s presentation detailed federal lobbying laws and funding restrictions, as well as IRS lobbying rules. Kerri joined us from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law where she is the Deputy Director,  and Director for Grants Research Network for Public Health Law Eastern Region.  Kerri’s talk concluded with an opportunity for attendees to exercise the key points through a series of case studies from which attendees could gain confidence advocating for the issues important to them.

Following Lowery was James Monahan, Vice President of The Dupont Group out of Concord, NH provided a New Hampshire specific presentation, “ Lobbying and Advocacy: A Primer for New Hampshire Non-Profit Advocates”.  His focused on the NH lobbying law.   Monahan closed his presentation by sharing some of his personal experiences and providing some key “Informal Rules of the Road”, including the importance of knowing the rules and procedures, of being honest, and of understanding the other side’s position. 

This training is the first part of a series in an effort to address workforce development in New Hampshire, a priority for the Association.  Stay tuned for upcoming workforce development opportunities.

Submitted by:

 Melissa Schoemmell, NHPHA BOD Member and Communications Committee Co-Chair.

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