They’re baaaaaack!! And they’re co-sponsoring!

As the traffic on the roads here would indicate….Congress is back in Washington, DC. And thanks to all you in-district advocates, we are happy to announce that we already have two more co-sponsors on HR3037: The Hospice Care Access Improvement Act: Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Dave Brat!

Yes I linked to their Twitter pages, and not their official House pages. Why? Because every one of you should tweet them your thanks! Believe it or not, legislators take tweets just as seriously as emails, and several tweets from citizen-advocates (especially those that reside in their district) can really get their attention! Plus, because it is public, it shows other people that advocates are out there working hard for hospice!

Not sure what to say? Just copy and paste any of my suggestions below!

General Thank You:

Thank you @RepAnnaEshoo & @RepDaveBrat for supporting #hospice by cosponsoring #HR3037! #hpm #eol @HospiceAction 

Are you a constituent of someone who has co-sponsored HR 3037? Use this one!:

As a constituent and #hospice supporter, I applaud @(Find your Representative’s Twitter handle here) for cosponsoring #HR3037 #hpm #eol @HospiceAction 

Has your Representative not cosponsored HR3037 yet? Use this one!:

Hopeful that @(Find your Representative’s Twitter handle here) will support #hospice patients and families by cosponsoring #HR3037 #hpm #eol @HospiceAction 

I included a shortened link to our one page summary of the bill, and included the HAN Twitter account so we can retweet and favorite your tweets for maximum impact! Make sure you are within the 140 character limit though, and if you have to shorten it, you can delete the #hpm and #eol hashtags. Also feel free to compose your own tweets, but always keep it positive!


HAN Shares the Wealth

Today, HAN hosted some fellow Grassroots Advocacy professionals to discuss tips and tricks of hosting successful Congressional Fly-Ins. Tony led the discussion and, using your feedback from the Advocacy Intensive, explained some of our successes and challenges. We asked other organizations how they manage their advocacy programs, and shared ideas for improvement. HAN is happy to be a part of a vibrant and friendly community of grassroots professionals, and is looking forward to incorporating some new ideas into next year’s Advocacy Intensive!

What do grassroots professionals do for fun? Talk about grassroots!
What do grassroots professionals do for fun? Talk about grassroots!

Happy Labor Day!

Just a quick message from all of us at HAN to thank those dedicated hospice and palliative care workers who are working today, and hoping that those of you who are not working are enjoying a well-deserved day off. We know that the kind of work you do is exhausting beyond the just the physical realm, and we are continually blown away by the dedication to show to your patients. You are all amazing.

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Oliver Sacks On Learning of his Terminal Cancer

Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, and author of many books, passed away on Aug. 30, 2015. A frequent essayist, Dr. Sacks reacted to his terminal diagnosis with this poignant essay. It is a beautiful statement of gratitude and peace with death that we all can appreciate. Read and enjoy.

Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure. – Dr. Oliver Sacks