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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 Regions 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 grassroots efforts with many expressing a desire to become more active on the local level. To meet this specific need, we need to provide these groups of individuals 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 them in the development of processes and clearly define roles and responsibilities for their Public Policy & Advocacy (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 responsibilities document and dissemination plan for approval by the PPA team.

Update Grassroots Toolkit

The WOCN Society 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 of Public Policy/Advocacy.

The tool kit was developed in 2012 and is currently housed within the Public Policy and Advocacy section of wocn.org. The content within the toolkit needs to be updated and reflective of current practices. 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 PPA team.

Public Policy and Advocacy Membership Survey

The Society 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, education and quality care initiatives. Over the past decade, the Society 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 efforts, the PPA team would like to develop 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 task force assigned to work on this project will be responsible to develop a draft survey for approval by the PPA team before dissemination and develop an executive summary from the survey results with recommendations.


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