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Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day (formerly known as Lobby Day) has long been a tradition at HBSON. Since 2000, faculty and students have partnered with the Nurse Practitioners of New York (NPNY) to visit Albany every March to discuss their legislative and budget priorities with legislators, highlighting and sharing information about the issues most affecting nurse practitioner (NP) practice, community/public health, and social justice. Students have the opportunity to participate in answering questions legislators may have about NP practice and how it contributes to the US health care system.

Since 2013, Advocacy Day has been a part of Dr. Hannigan’s Primary Care 3 class in order for Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) students to learn about policies and legislation that will affect their practice and the health of the nation in general. In 2016, since Primary Care 3 is no longer offered in the spring semester, this opportunity was opened up to another one of Dr. Hannigan’s classes, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations, and to Dr. Hickey’s Primary Care 2 AGNP students.

This activity is popular among students because it is interactive and novel. The majority of students have never participated in this type of advocacy and are surprised and pleased that legislators and their staffs are so open to meeting with constituents. It gives students the opportunity to articulate what NP practice involves and advocate for their profession and the health of the residents of New York State.

Senator Velmanette Montgomery, a great advocate for NPs, addresses the group each year. Happily, in recent years legislation supported by NPNY has passed, including the NP Modernization Act (2015) and New York State Paid Family Leave (2016)—very exciting for students who helped educate legislators about the importance of the bills!

 

2017 Advocacy Day (3/8/17)

View news article on nysenate.gov

 

2016 Advocacy Day (3/9/16)

 

2015 Advocacy Day (3/18/15)

 

2014 Advocacy Day (3/13/14)