Citizen Advocacy vs. Federal Lobbying: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Citizen Advocacy vs. Federal Lobbying: Where Do We Draw the Line?

After working with 98 health care organizations and leading countless advocacy and public relations campaigns, we frequently encounter the question: What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying? The answer is simple: All lobbying is advocacy, but not all advocacy is lobbying. Despite their frequent interchange in conversation, understanding the nuances between advocacy and lobbying…

CURA Strategies Launches Advocacy Accelerator

CURA Strategies Launches Advocacy Accelerator

CURA Strategies is thrilled to officially launch Advocacy Accelerator! Focused exclusively on health care issues, we built Advocacy Accelerator to help government relations professionals and volunteer advocates achieve their policy goals through free resources, community-building opportunities, and training opportunities, including our Advocacy Academy training course for volunteer advocates. See the full press release below for more…

White Coat Advocacy: 3 Things You Need to Know

White Coat Advocacy: 3 Things You Need to Know

Medical professionals make up 4 of the top 5 most trusted professionals, with nursing topping the list as the number one trusted profession. Add in their impressive credentials, and it is no surprise that the medical professional’s perspective can be a major influence on policymakers and the media. As a public affairs consulting firm focused…

How to Maximize Publicity Around a Bill Introduction

How to Maximize Publicity Around a Bill Introduction

Thousands of bills are filed each congressional session, and while each are vying for public attention and consideration, only a few receive the support and momentum to pass out of Congress. Maximizing publicity around legislation is a critical first step to promoting the bill on the day of introduction. This not only positions your organization…

4 Tips for Securing Appropriations Funding in 2024

4 Tips for Securing Appropriations Funding in 2024

September is prime time for appropriations negotiations. While the Senate voted 91-7 to begin consideration of its bipartisan spending bills for FY 2024, so far the House has been unable to come to an agreement on their spending packages, raising the likelihood of a government shutdown after September 30. While these appropriations discussions are taking…

4 Tips to Execute a Seamless Virtual Advocacy Day

4 Tips to Execute a Seamless Virtual Advocacy Day

When the U.S. Congress suspended in-person constituent meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, advocacy groups and organizations were forced to adopt and strengthen digital forms of communication and lobbying strategies.  For many, this adjustment also involved a crucial decision: either accept that advocates would not be able to meet in Washington, D.C. or pivot to virtual…

Advancing Your Policy Priorities in a Divided 118th Congress

Advancing Your Policy Priorities in a Divided 118th Congress

Last month, we had the opportunity to network with—and learn from—advocacy, government relations, public relations and communications professionals from across the country at the Public Affairs Council’s 2023 Advocacy Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Kicking off with a keynote speech from Sally Susman, chief corporate affairs officer at Pfizer, about the lessons she learned from the fast-paced, world-changing…

Welcome to the 118th Congress!

Welcome to the 118th Congress!

Health Policy in the Omnibus The 117th Congress ended late December 2022 with the passage of a massive $1.7 trillion Omnibus spending package to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2023 which ends on September 30, 2023. The major health care federal agencies received increased funding for key initiatives, like improving maternal health, fighting the…