Advocacy and Public Policy

Advocacy and the Importance of Public Policy

Our mission at Alzheimer’s Arkansas is to serve the needs of individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders through family support, education, advocacy, and encouraging research. An important part of our mission is to advocate for families and individuals who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

The whole idea of advocacy is literally giving voice on behalf of another. It shouldn’t seem like a brand new idea to people who care for anyone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia past or present. Any caregiver who has struggled to find medical care for an AD patient, or has worked with an agency  to provide better care for their loved one has been an advocate.

We need to involve more people in the process of deciding what public programs are needed to support our families and to do the work necessary to change public attitudes. We need to use what we have – our families, our passion and public opinion – to make our case. To influence change we need to mobilize our members, those in our support groups and our friends in other organizations. Through meetings, letters, phone calls, and other public actions we can capture the attention of decision makers and the media.

Writing to Members of Congress or Political Candidates:

Why? Legislators and candidates pay close attention to their mail. Letters are one of the most important way to judge whether an issue is important to their constituents. The volume of letters received can affect the way they vote on or perceive an issue. Sometimes one letter can make a difference. If issues of concern to persons with Alzheimer’s and their families are to be addressed, a strong grassroots effort is required.

Tips: These are suggestions for writing effective letters to legislators and candidates which have been an effective by experience:

A personal letter is much more effective than a form letter – the more personal the better. A handwritten (if legible) letter is best, but individually typed and computer generated letters are fine.

  • Identify yourself as a constituent if you are one. If not, identify yourself as associated with Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services.
  • Focus on one issue (write a separate letter if you also have concerns about another subject). Try to stay to one page, two at the most.
  • In the first paragraph, identify the public policy issue that concerns you. Emphasize the need for policy makers to pay attention to the growing threat of Alzheimer’s as the population ages.
  • Using your own words, give reasons for your position. Explain how it affects you and your family. Mention relevant personal experiences or concerns, if possible.
  • Be polite and persuasive. Name-calling, threats and sarcasm hurt our cause.
  • Be sure to put your complete return address on the letter as well as the envelope.
  • When writing to a candidate for a particular office, write to all of the candidates running. When writing to a member of Congress, write to both  your senators and your representative.

Arkansas U.S. Senators

Tom Cotton

Website: www.cotton.senate.gov
Emailhttp://www.cotton.senate.gov/content/contact-tom 

Washington D.C. Office

B-33 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2353
Fax:  (202) 228-0908

Arkansas Office

11809 Hinson Road STE 100
Little Rock AR  72212
Phone: (501) 223-9081
Fax:  (501) 223-9105

PO BOX 25216
Little Rock, AR 72221

John Boozman

Website: www.boozman.senate.gov/public
Email: http://boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Washington D.C. Office

320 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4843
Fax: (202) 228-1371

Arkansas Offices

1401 West Capitol Avenue, Plaza F
Little Rock AR 72201
Phone: (501) 372-7153
Fax: (501) 372-7163

620 East 22nd Street, Ste. 204
Stuttgart AR 72160
Phone: (870) 672-6941
Fax: (870) 672-6962

1001 Hwy 62 East, Ste. 11
Mountain Home AR 72653
Phone: (870) 424-0129
Fax: (870) 424-0141

1120 Garrison Avenue, Ste. B
Fort Smith AR 72901
Phone: (479) 573-0189

300 South Church Street, Ste. 400
Jonesboro AR 72401
Phone: (870) 268-6925
Fax: (870) 268-6887

1006 West Main Street, Ste. 104
El Dorado AR 71730
Phone: (870) 863-4641
Fax: (870) 863-4105

213 West Monroe, Ste. N
Lowell  AR 72745
Phone: (479) 725-0400
Fax: (479) 725-0408

Representatives

District 1 – Eric “Rick” Crawford

Websitewww.house.gov/crawford
Emailhttp://crawford.house.gov/Contact/

Washington D.C. Office

1408 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4076
Fax:  (202) 225-5602

Arkansas Offices

2400 Highland Drive, Ste. 300
Jonesboro AR 72401
Phone: (870) 203-0540
Fax: (870) 203-0542

116 North 1st Street, Ste. C-1
Cabot AR 72023
Phone: (501) 843-3043
Fax: (501) 843-4955

1001 Hwy 62 East, Ste. 9
Mountain Home AR 72653
Phone: (870) 424-2075
Fax: (870) 424-3149

District 2 – French Hill

Website: https://hill.house.gov/
Email: https://hill.house.gov/contact/email

Washington, D.C. Office

1229 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2506
Fax: (202) 225-5903

Arkansas Office

1501 N. University Ave STE 150
Little Rock AR 72207
Phone: (501) 324-5941
Fax: (501) 324-6029

1105 Deer Street STE 12
Conway AR 72032
Phone: (501) 358-3481
Fax: (501) 358- 3494

District 3 – Steve Womack

Websitewww.house.gov/womack
Emailhttp://womack.house.gov/Contact/

Washington D.C. Office

1508 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4301
Fax: (202) 225-5713

Arkansas Offices

423 North 6th Street
Fort Smith AR 72901
Phone: (479) 424-1146
Fax: (479) 424-2737

3333 Pinnacle hills, Ste. 120
Rogers AR 72758
Phone: (479) 464-0446
Fax: (479) 464-0063

303 North Main Street, Ste. 102
Harrison AR 72601
Phone: (870) 741-6900
Fax: (870) 741-7741

District 4 – Bruce Westerman

Websitehttps://westerman.house.gov/

Emailhttps://westerman.house.gov/contact

Washington D.C. Office

130 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3772
Fax: (202) 225-1314

Arkansas Offices

George Howard Jr. Federal Bldg.
100 East 8th Avenue, Room 2521
Pine Bluff AR 71601
Phone: (870) 536-8178
Fax: (870) 536-8364

Hot Springs Federal Bldg.
100 Reserve Street, Ste. 200
Hot Springs AR 71901
Phone: (501) 609-9796
Fax: (501) 609-9887

Union County Courthouse, Ste. 406
101 North Washington Street
El Dorado AR 71730
Phone: (870) 864-8946
Fax: (870) 864-8958

211 W. Commerical Street
Ozark AR 72949
Phone: (501) 295-9752
Fax: (501) 609-9887


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