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When you join Children's Advocacy Network, we will keep you up-to-date on what Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is doing to help children and families and how you can get involved. You'll receive updates on our activities, learn about opportunities to contact your legislators, or be asked to participate in community events.

What does it take to be a good advocate?

  • An interest in improving the health and well-being of children and families by positively impacting public policy in a way that is sensitive to the needs of children.
  • A willingness to communicate with local, state and federal lawmakers about issues that are important to children and families.

In the words of an advocate

“I advocate because it gives me the opportunity to take my knowledge and expertise in oral health and educate decision-makers, community organizations and others on issues I’m passionate about. My role as associate director at Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin provides me with the opportunity as a registered dental hygienist to use my oral health knowledge to make impactful system changes.” – Matt Crespin

Video: Hear from Linda, a C.A.N. advocate



Did you know?

  • It takes less than 10 individual letters to get an elected official’s attention on a particular issue.
  • State legislators say it takes only a handful of phone calls to make an impact.
  • On average, you need only 5 to 8 legislators backing your issues to pass a bill out of a committee or defeat it.

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