On April 14, RCPA held its annual Capitol Day. Many RCPA members met with their elected officials and staff during their day at the Capitol. In order to deliver a cohesive, unified message, it is crucial that members communicate with RCPA Director of Government Affairs, Jack Phillips. If the meeting you had with a legislator requires follow-up with either the legislator or staff, or if you simply had a successful meeting, please inform RCPA.
Additionally, RCPA will be implementing a Key Contact Program, which will become the cornerstone of RCPA advocacy. Whether you already have a relationship with a current Member of the General Assembly, or would like to develop a relationship with your State Senator or Representative, RCPA will provide the support needed to cultivate that relationship. RCPA’s success in Harrisburg is dependent on our ability to communicate our message about RCPA priorities to members of the State General Assembly. The involvement of RCPA members who serve as key contacts for their legislators will be a vital part of this process.
As a key contact, you will serve as RCPA liaison with a member(s) of the State General Assembly; RCPA will provide you with the tools necessary to develop and maintain these relationships. You will also receive periodic updates on RCPA legislative priorities, and positions on issues pending before the General Assembly, allowing you to keep your contacts informed and become a resource to their offices on health and human services issues.
RCPA also asks that you consider becoming a District Team Leader. With the assistance of RCPA staff, your primary responsibility will be coordinating advocacy activities with other RCPA key contact members in your district, such as attendance at town hall meetings, or a group appointment with an elected official in his/her district office to discuss RCPA legislative priorities. If you are interested in this important advocacy position, please email our Director of Government Affairs, Jack Phillips.
RCPA advocacy efforts are only as strong as the efforts of each RCPA member; the secret to advocacy success is key contacts. It is up to each of you to make a personal commitment to advocacy and build the legislative connections that count! Your commitment to the Key Contact Program will strengthen RCPA’s voice and influence with the State General Assembly.