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Advocacy Toolkits contain material to assist myeloma advocates in developing collaborative strategies to educate legislators on topical issues affecting patients.

08.06.09  Advocacy Programs and Resources
Advocacy is more than just under-standing the issues. To make a difference, you have to make your voice heard. The involvement of myeloma patients and their caregivers is vital to the success of IMF’s grassroots efforts.
08.06.09  Building Relationships
Everyone realizes that the effectiveness of your work often depends on the quality of your relationships, like the bond you form with your myeloma care providers. It is similar with elected officials, as you must develop relationships with legislators and their staffs long before you turn to them for assistance on an important issue you care about.

08.06.09  Communicating with Your Legislator
A face-to-face meeting is the most effective way of communicating with your legislators. However, such meetings tend to be the exception and not the rule. What then are the other ways of communicating and what is the preferred method?
08.06.09  The Do's & Don'ts in Government Relations
It's easy to find reasons not to get involved. Deep down, many people may simply be afraid of embarrassing themselves. This list of do's and don'ts provides useful tips to help ensure that your government relations experiences are positive and successful.

08.06.09  Glossary of Legislative Terms
The term "logrolling" doesn't only apply to the lumber industry. In Washington, it is how legislators help each other get bills passed. Use this glossary to help you understand Washington-speak.
08.06.09  Guide to Legislative Staff Titles
Each legislator has staff to assist him/her during a term in office. To be most effective in communicating with your legislators, it is helpful to know the titles and principal functions of his/her key staff.

08.06.09  How a Bill Becomes Law
Anyone can draft a bill; however, only members of Congress can introduce legislation, and by doing so become the sponsor(s). There are four basic types of legislation: bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions.
08.06.09  Ten Rules
Gary Hymel served as Chief of Staff to House Majority Leader Hale Boggs (D-Louisiana) and Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill (D-Massachusetts). These are his ten rules for effectively dealing with staff on congressional visits.

08.06.09  Visiting Your Legislators
As you visit your state or federal legislators, you will want to be mindful of various characteristics of the legislative process. These qualities influence how policy is made, including the effect of your interaction with congressional staff.