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Regions and Affiliates Grassroots Taskforce
In response to membership requests, the advocacy team has begun work on revamping our advocacy outreach to WOCN region and affiliates. In order to accomplish this goal we have created three regional and affiliate taskforce groups to complete the following three objectives:
Region and Affiliate Job Description
Regions and Affiliates are organized throughout the country where members of the organization can share their expertise, concerns and professional issues. These groups provide an opportunity for organized exploration and discussion in an environment structured to meet the needs of a local group. This type of community results in improved care of the patient, professional growth and communication regarding the WOC nurse and the WOCN Society. The regions and affiliates are an integral part of our grass roots efforts with many of our regions and affiliates expressing a desire to become more active on the local level. To meet this specific need, we need to provide our regions and affiliates with the tools that will enable them to direct and communicate issues effectively on a regional and national level. In addition, we need to assist the regions and affiliates in the development of processes and clearly define roles and responsibilities for their PPA representative. The task force assigned to work on this project will be responsible to develop a plan that will include a draft roles and responsibility document and dissemination plan for approval by the PPA team. The task force has been moving forward on this mission and are waiting for final commentary based on the recent PP/A survey sent to the region and affiliate leadership groups.
Update Grassroots Toolkit
The WOCN Grassroots toolkit presents a variety of options for incorporating advocacy efforts into region and affiliate operations, from simply establishing regular communications with elected officials to the more advanced efforts entailed in developing a grass tops or grassroots program to strengthen influence in Washington, D.C. or in a state capitol. The Society prepared this toolkit as a resource for its members to enhance their own, individual efforts at public policy/advocacy.
The tool kit was developed in 2012 and is currently housed within the public policy advocacy section on the WOCN website. The content within the toolkit needs to be updated and reflective of current practices and the current format for the toolkit is in a downloadable PDF document. The toolkit’s functionality is limited and visually unengaging. The task force assigned to work on this project will be responsible for developing a plan for the update and enhancement of the toolkit for approval by the public policy and advocacy team. This project is well underway and is now in the hands of our staff who will transform the information into our web page.
Public Policy and Advocacy Membership Survey
WOCN works diligently to shape legislation that protects and strengthens the profession and is committed to advancing legislative activity that promotes access to supplies and WOC providers, payment reform, nursing workforce and education and quality care initiatives. Over the past decade, WOCN has consistently increased activity level and resources to drive forward our healthcare agenda. Because we expend significant resources (volunteer time, staff time and funding) to support our public policy and advocacy (PPA) efforts, the PPA team developed a survey. The goal of the survey is to get a better understanding of how the members perceive our PPA initiatives, awareness of our PPA program, the value of the PPA web content, functionality of the web page and the member’s overall level of engagement. The survey has recently been sent to the membership and the results will drive the strategic planning of our PP/A communications and activities.