Advocacy Training and Technical Assistance
MFH works to build the capacity of Missouri nonprofits to provide a voice for and with Missourians who are uninsured and underserved in local, state, and federal policymaking. The Foundation offers workshops, experiential learning opportunities, and technical assistance.
Workshops & Experiential Learning
The Foundation has offered a variety of workshop and experiential learning opportunities, including how to engage effectively in health advocacy from a faith perspective, facilitating small group meetings with state legislators, and webinars introducing basic advocacy skills.
The training MFH offers has evolved over time with input from nonprofit organizations. Learning opportunities offered each year include:
- MFH Link Project
MFH grant recipients work at the local level to address critical health care needs and can provide essential information to policymakers about the health challenges in their districts. The MFH Link Project uses workshops and experiential learning opportunities to help grantees efficiently and appropriately in the policymaking process. Additional information is available here
- Alliance for Justice Training
Several times a year MFH hosts Alliance for Justice (AFJ) trainers, who are attorneys, to clarify what state and federal laws govern Missouri nonprofit organizations’ advocacy activities. The Foundation recommends completing this training prior to engaging in significant advocacy efforts and periodically for organizations with regular advocacy activity as a refresher.
The Foundation offers limited advocacy technical assistance to grant recipients. Assistance is provided in response to requests and may include:
- Introductions to other organizations working on a particular topic or in a geographic area.
- Help navigating online legislative resources.
- Identifying health-related legislation which has momentum at the state level.
- Feedback on how to include advocacy activity as a regular part of mission-oriented organization activity.