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Host an Advocacy Event

The main purpose of hosting advocacy events is to raise awareness at the state level for rare diseases. It has become increasingly evident in recent years that advocacy at the national level isn’t enough. Many issues of importance to the rare disease community are debated and decided at the state level. Educating state legislators and their staff members is extremely important!

Coordinate a public meeting in your city/town 

  • Invite your representatives to attend and speak in support of rare disease patients and their families.
  • Promote the event in your area to encourage public attendance to learn more about rare diseases and the challenges patients and their families face.

Make an appointment to speak with your State Representatives 

  • Visit our Rare Learning Center for on-demand training’s on advocacy, preparing for your meeting and understanding state vs. federal government
  • You can meet with them in their state capitol offices, local offices or invite them for a coffee talk in your community
  • Find your State Representatives

Set up an information table in your state capitol’s lobby or cafeteria

  • Download, print and distribute fact sheets on rare diseases
  • Prepare an elevator pitch for speaking with passerby’s
  • Collect business cards to follow up and schedule one on one meetings to continue the conversation
  • Contact your state capitol building administrative team to learn how to arrange a tabling

Remember to let us know what you’re planning.
For assistance in planning your event contact the RAN team at action@rarediseases.org

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