Our grant recipients work at the local level to address critical health care needs and can provide essential information to policymakers about the health challenges in their districts. In 2006, we launched our Link Project to help grantees understand the policymaking process in Missouri and learn when and how they can successfully influence that process.
The MFH Link Project was modeled on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Connect Project” and has been amended to meet grant recipients’ needs. It now includes workshops, experiential learning, and ongoing support in navigating the Missouri legislative process. In recent years, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City has joined us in hosting training opportunities, further expanding networking for participants.
We invite a representative sample of grantees to the state capitol to educate new and returning legislators about health needs in Missouri and the Foundation’s role. Activities include a dinner training, a health fair, and small-group meetings with state legislators.
Open to any current MFH grant recipient, these events provide legislators with insight into regional health concerns with facilitation by our staff. Education Days are typically held each year in January, February, or early March, and may be organized by geographic location or topic.
Introductory Capitol Workshop
Held each fall, these workshops provide an overview of Missouri state government and appropriate ways to engage policymakers. Participants learn the legislative process, tour the State Capitol, participate in a mock hearing, and discuss how to effectively build relationships with lawmakers.
Advanced Capitol Workshop
This two-day workshop delves deeper into effective advocacy campaign development and implementation strategies. It is open to organizations that have participated in the Introductory Capitol Workshop and, occasionally, to those with demonstrated advocacy experience.
Bill Tracking & Analysis
Based on feedback from Link Project participants, MFH offers a tracking list of health-related bills under consideration during the legislative session (January to May). Nonpartisan bill analysis may be provided on a limited basis. Updates will be shared with Link Project participants via email and other interested parties through @MFHpolicy on Twitter.