Advocacy Day

Welcome to Advocacy Day 2019!

This page will prepare you to participate in Advocacy Day— part of our 2019 National School-Based Health Care Convention—on Tuesday, June 25. Whether you’re an experienced advocate or a first-time visitor to a Congressional office, the tips and materials on this page will help you prepare for productive meetings with your Members of Congress.

Start by telling a compelling story, and you’ll leave representatives prepared to make a decision that benefits school-based health centers (SBHCs) and the children and adolescents who rely upon them.

Our priority legislative “ask” this year is for your Members of Congress to cosponsor the School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act (H.R.2075/S.1013), the bipartisan and bicameral bill that extends the School-Based Health Centers program authorization through 2024.

Want more information about how to advocate for school-based health centers? Please review this archived webinar, full of information to help you prepare for Hill Day.

Overview of the Day – Tuesday, June 25

  • 8:00am – 9:00am – state group check-in and rally (hotel)
  • Travel to Capitol Hill via Metro
  • 10:00am – 2:00pm Capitol Hill visits
  • Return to hotel – Convention resumes at 2:30pm

Why we advocate. Senators and Representatives rely on you to provide information about how school-based health care is working in your community. You are the expert; it’s your job as an advocate to represent the views of constituents at home and to persuade.

Glossary of Key Terms and ConceptsTips for Meetings Graphic AB
  • Advocacy versus lobbying: Advocacy is the active promotion of a cause or principle (such as through education) on a specific topic. Lobbying involves conducting activities aimed at influencing public officials regarding specific legislation.
  • Appropriations: A type of legislation that sets spending levels.
  • Authorization: A type of legislation that creates a program and, as such, allows federal funding. Authorizations may be annual, multi-year, or permanent. Expiring programs require reauthorization.
  • Congressional staff and their titles: Members of Congress are assisted by staff with varying levels of responsibility, including (in rough order of seniority) chiefs of staff; deputy chiefs of staff; legislative directors, legislative counsels, legislative assistants, legislative aide/legislative correspondent, and staff assistants.

Now let’s get to work planning your meeting!

State Captains

This year, our state affiliate leaders will serve as “state captains”. They will largely be in charge of scheduling visits with your Congressional delegation and making sure convention registrants from their states are informed about the visits.

State captains will be reaching out to their state’s convention attendees in the weeks leading up to Advocacy Day.

States without State Captains

If you’ve registered for the convention and are from a state that does not have an active School-Based Health Care Alliance chapter, you will be contacted by our policy staff, Brooke Lehmann and Megan Zuckerman who will assist in organizing your state attendees.

Outreach Week: May 20-24

In order to give Capitol Hill staffers plenty of advanced notice, we are designating the week of May 20 as the time period to contact staff in your Congressional delegation offices requesting meetings. If for some reason you are unable to take the time during that week to schedule your meetings, please do so as soon as you can.

Research the Representative or Senator

Learn about your members by visiting their official website; their biography, committee assignments, and caucuses reveal important information about the issues they care most about. Prioritize those Members on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions both of which have jurisdiction over SBHC policies. Make sure to read the section on health care and note their positions or concerns. You might learn that your representative is a former emergency room doctor, is married to a high school teacher, and is especially concerned about controlling the costs of asthma or improving identification of mental health problems—information you can use to persuade during your meeting.

Understand Who Is Part of Your Group

If more than one advocate is attending the meeting, it’s important to make sure that you have a well-coordinated plan for each meeting so you can maximize your time with each staffer. First, designate an individual to lead the meeting. This person will do introductions and will also share general information about the SBHC model and basic information about SBHCs in your state. If you have providers, administrators, youth, etc. in the room, we encourage you to pinpoint who will tell their story so you can leverage the different perspectives of your group.

Also consider designating someone to take notes (and perhaps a picture). You can certainly compare notes after the meetings, but it’s wise to have one person—perhaps a different person for each meeting—actively listen to and note what Congressional staff are saying. This scribe should also notice when the staffer(s) takes notes, which may represent what part of your presentation they are particularly interested in.

Please be sure to include the expected size of your group in your email to staff requesting a meeting. We recommend that no more than 4-5 people attend each meeting, as large groups can cause issues with room availability among other logistical challenges. However, if you have youth or simply aren’t comfortable splitting up, then be sure to inform the staff ahead of time!

Plan Your Meeting

Use this worksheet to help plan your meeting. Once filled out, this worksheet will be useful to have on hand to refer to during your meetings. Please also remember to bring business cards. It is common practice to share these cards at the beginning of each meeting so be prepared.


Remember, following up is just as important as the meeting itself. Your goal is to build an ongoing relationship with this office. You need to stay on their radar to compete with other interest groups and constituents vying for their attention.

After the visit, be sure to send a thank you note to the staff members at your meeting within a day or so. Confirm the details of your conversation (such as whether the member will consider co-sponsoring the SBHC Reauthorization bill). If you didn’t invite the staff or Member to visit an SBHC in your state/district during the meeting, this is a great time to do so. And, if you did extend an invitation, this is a great way to reiterate your offer. Add the staff to your e-newsletter and update them regularly on your local SBHC successes and news. Ensure you are a resource to your Congressional staff when they need information about the children and youth you serve!

Additional Resources

Scheduled Visits

We will be updating this table periodically as new meetings are scheduled.

If you schedule a visit, please click here to let us know and we will add it to the table below as soon as possible. 

StateState ContactMember (District #) or SenatorCongressional Staff MemberTimeLocation
ArkansasValerie DavenportBoozemanRyan Losak11:00 AM141 Hart Senate Office Building
ArkansasValerie DavenportSenator WomackGeoff Hemmpelmann
1:00 PM2412 Rayburn House Office Building
As far as I know at this time
ArkansasValerie DavenportRepresentative CrawfordAshley Shelton10:00 AM2422 Rayburn House Office Building
As far as I know
ArkansasValerie DavenportRepresentative HillAnna Wilbourn11:00 AM1533 Longworth
ArkansasValerie DavenportRepresentative WestermanNicholas Lisowski10:30 AM209 Cannon House Office Building
ColoradoBridget BeattyRep Ken Buck (R)Rep. Buck - Janessa Lopez, Legislative Aide10:30am2455 Rayburn
ColoradoBridget BeattyRep Joe Neguse (D)Katie Wallace, Senior Legislative Aide/Deputy Press Secretary11:15am1419 Longworth
GeorgiaRuth EllisRep. David ScottLeo Rodriguez10:00amCannon House and Rayburn House
GeorgiaRuth EllisRep. Sanford BishopJonathan Halpern11:30amCannon House and Rayburn House
GeorgiaRuth EllisRep. Austin ScottMark Sanders12:00pmCannon House and Rayburn House
GeorgiaRuth EllisRep. Tom GravesKristin Fillingim1:30pmCannon House and Rayburn House
GeorgiaRuth EllisRep. John LewisTom Dorney3:00pmCannon House and Rayburn House
HawaiiMargo LalichSenator HironoBlaine Nolan8:30am-9:30amHart, Suite 772
HawaiiMargo LalichRep Tulsi Gabbard's, LA and Healthcare Policy FellowPatrick11:30amLongworth, 433
IllinoisKristen NuyenSenator DurbinMax Kanner1:30p.m.711 Hart
IllinoisKristen NuyenRepresentative SchneiderVic Goetz11:30a.m.1432 Longworth
IllinoisKristen NuyenRepresentative KinzingerPaul Laurie11:00a.m.2245 Rayburn
IllinoisKristen NuyenRepresentative QuigleyNaomi Plasky10:00a.m., 2458 Rayburn
IllinoisKristen NuyenRepresentative KrishnamoorthiHillary Caron10:30a.m.115 Cannon
LouisianaAdrienne HuvalSenator CassidyRobert ButoraJune 25 at 1pmOffice
LouisianaAdrienne HuvalRepresentative Clay HigginsKelsey WolfgramJune 25 at 1 pmOffice
LouisianaAdrienne HuvalSenator CassidyCassie Leonard10:00 amRussel Senate office building
LouisianaAdrienne HuvalCedric RichmondJoseph LustigJune 25, 1:30pmoffice
MassachusettsAllison KilcoyneRep. Joe KennedyChristina Rankin12:30 pm304 Cannon
MassachusettsAllison KilcoyneSenator Elizabeth WarrenAlex Davidson10 am309 Hart
MassachusettsAllison KilcoyneRep. Seth MoultonOlivia Hussey12:30 pm1127 Longworth
MassachusettsAllison KilcoyneRep Lori TrahanWoo Lim1:30 pm1617 Longworth
MassachusettsAllison KilcoyneRepresentative Richard NealLizzy O'Hara2 pm2309 Rayburn
MassachusettsAllison KilcoyneRep Jim McGovernDrea Shropshire11 am408 Cannon
MichiganRobin TurnerJack BergmanKelsey Fetzer
10:30am414 Cannon
MichiganRobin TurnerElissa SlotkinIsabel Kirsch12pm1531 Longworth
MichiganRobin TurnerAndy LevinCatherine Rowland1pm228 Cannon
MichiganRobin TurnerDebbie DingellMatt Doherty10:45am116 Cannon
MichiganRobin TurnerBrenda LawrenceZach Weber11:30am2463 Rayburn
MIssouriRachel BarthSen. BluntNick Seelinger11:00 am260 Russell Senate Office Building
MissouriRachel barthLacy ClayKaryn Long12 pmClay's office
MinnesotaMNPete StauberShawna Hedlund10:00amTheir offices
MinnesotaMNAngie Craig11:15amTheir offices
MinnesotaMNTina Smith12:30pmTheir offices
MinnesotaMNIlhan Omar1:00pmTheir offices
MinnesotaCathy DeMasonMark WalkerCathy DeMason12:30Longworth House
Room 1725
MinnesotaCathy DeMason Senator BurrCathy DeMason11:00 amRussell
Room 217
MinnesotaCathy DeMasonSenator Thom TillisCathy DeMason10:00 amDirksen
Room 113
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Preston Bell, Legislative Director for Representative Richard Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Nora Blalock, Senior Legislative Assistant for Representative David Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Bill Bode, Legislative Assistant for Senator Thom Tillisbill_bode@tillis.senate.gov10:00a113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Jason Cooke, Legislative Director for Representative David Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Sarah Gilbert, Legislative Assistant for Representative George Longworth House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Sean McCabe, Legislative Assistant for Representative Mark Longworth House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Carson Middleton, Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director for Representative Virginia Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Dennis Sills, Legislative Director for Representative G.K. Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Rachel Soclof, Health Policy Assistant for Senator Burrrachel_soclof@burr.senate.gov11:00a428 Dirksen Senate Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Krista Stafford, Senior Legislative Assistant for Representative Patrick Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Alex Vargo, Legislative Director for Representative Ted Shumate at 1:30p118 Cannon House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Kichelle Webster, Legislative Assistant for Representative Alma Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaTammy Greenwell Chad Yelinski, Legislative Director for Representative Mark off packet - no meeting2160 Rayburn House Office Building
MinnesotaJacqueline TeskeyConnor Crowley / Rep Kelley ArmstrongConner Crowley10 AM1004 Longworth
New MexicoKim StanekRepresentative Deb HaalandYvesner Zamar9:30am1237 Longworth
New MexicoKim StanekRepresentative Xochitl Torres SmallRachelle Holdridge11:30am303 Hart
New MexicoKim StanekSenator HeinrichAndrea Mares11am430 Cannon House
New MexicoKim StanekRepresentative LujanEmma Farrow10:30am2323 Rayburn House Office
New MexicoKim StanekSenator UdallLauren AriasTBDTBD
New YorkSarah MurphyGillibrand------
New YorkSarah MurphyTonko
New YorkSarah MurphyEngel
New YorkSarah MurphyHiggins
OhioFrancie WolginSeth Gold (staff for Senator Portman)Seth Gold10 am 6/25Portman Office
OhioFrancie WolginMary KapturTBD1pmher office
OhioFrancie WolginRep. Brad Wenstrup (OH2)Greg Brooks Deputy Chief staff 7 Legislative Director2pmoffice
OhioFrancie WolginSenator Sherrod Brown staffAbby Duggan and Leah Hill10 amoffice
OhioFrancie WolginSteve Chabot OH1Erick Harris Legislative Counsel1pmRayburn 2408
OhioFrancie WolginMatthew Silver for Warren Davidson OH 8Matthew SilverJune 25 10 am1107 Longworth
OhioFrancie WolginErick Harris for Steve Chabot OH 1Erick HarrisJune 25 1 PMRayburn 2408
PennsylvaniaJulie Cousler EmigStephanie DeLuca with Senator CaseyStephanie DeLuca10:30am393 Russell Senate building
PennsylvaniaJulie Cousler emigMatt Cartwright (PA-08)Rachel Cohen11:00am1034 Longworth House
PennsylvaniaJulie Cousler EmigBrian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)Joseph Knowles11:301722 Longworth House
PennsylvaniaJulie Cousler EmigMike Kelly (PA-16)kevin Dawson1:00pm1707 Longworth House
PennsylvaniaJulie Cousler EmigBrendan F. Boyle (PA-02)Ted Steinberg1:30pm1133 Longworth HOB
PennsylvaniaJulie Cousler EmigMike Doyle (PA-18)Kate Werley2:00306 Cannon House
VirginiaAudrey TrussellSenator KaineSasha Rauch-Kelly10:00 a.m.231 Russell Senate Office Building

Social Media

We invite you to participate in social media during 2019 Advocacy Day. Please be sure to include our convention hashtag (#SBHC19) in all of your posts.

Advocacy Day Training (Convention Session D8)

“Advancing SBHC Policies in Today’s Climate”
Monday, June 24
Madison Room

This “policy 101” session will cover the fundamentals of how public policy is enacted and the opportunities for championing local, state, and federal policies that ensure all children will thrive. The presenters will brush up your current understanding of how our government functions, taking you beyond, “I’m just a bill…sitting here on Capitol Hill.” Veteran lobbyists will help increase your knowledge about the policy-making process and build your confidence to engage effectively in moving your organization’s priorities forward in a new and dynamic Congress.

Print Materials

Please be sure that your state leader or state meeting contact picks up hill visit folders for your state’s House and Senate meetings, prior to the Tuesday morning rally. Folders can be picked up at the convention registration table anytime on Monday.