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National MS Society 2015 Public Policy Conference

March 9-11, 2015

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Thank you for participating in the 2015 Public Policy Conference!

One person per Hill visit should enter feedback into this online system.

A call was held to celebrate the impact MS activists during the 2015 Public Policy Conference and discuss next steps for activists to take. The call was recorded and can be listened to by dialing 855-859-2056 (conference ID 20705689); follow along with these presentation slides

Follow up with congressional offices

Be sure to thank your members of Congress if they have supported $10 million for the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), supported $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and/or have cosponsored the neuro data and complex rehab bills. We are currently also making a push for cosponsors for the Neuro Data and Complex Rehab bills--so if your members have NOT cosponsored them yet, ask them to!

Issue summaries and talking points

Craft your story

Your story is a unique and powerful advocacy tool – perhaps the most powerful tool you possess. Please watch this short video by Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation and begin your journey through the seven elements of storytelling:

1.       “The Want” – Beginning with the end in mind

2.       “The Opening” – Set the state and establish the stakes

3.       “Paint the Picture” – Details and the senses

4.       “The Struggle” – Describe the challenge(s)

5.       “Discovery” – Provide interesting and impactful facts

6.       “We Can Win!” – Introduce the potential of success and joy

7.       “The Button” – Finish with the request

The following worksheet will also guide you through the storytelling process. Storytelling is a life-long advocacy tool that you can use for in-district visits, in your statehouses, in letter-writing campaigns, and so much more!

Click here to read MS Activist Robert Taylor’s story as an example.

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