The Advocate Training Program is a program designed to train women from the grassroots community to become effective health policy activists and advocates. The issues range from general empowerment to specific health concerns, such as mental and emotional wellness. The training program also includes a skill-building focus so that participants will learn community organizing and advocacy skills. Initiating and sustaining letter-writing campaigns to writing press releases will be taught in an interactive environment. The central focus of this project is to empower Black women who are not traditionally part of the policy advocacy arena to advocate for their health and the health of their families. By accomplishing our training goals, we will enhance and expand the network of activists, policymakers and leaders striving to improve the health of Black women in California. For more stories and information on some of our ATP graduates, see our past newsletters by clicking here.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The ATP is a 9 month program which includes a ten-week course that meets for approximately 3 hours per week. 

The ATP has a curriculum designed to provide a broad overview of health policy advocacy, agenda setting, effective strategies and leadership and social action training. The specific topics covered include:

  • The Legislative and Budget Process
  • Effective Systems/Public Policy Advocacy
  • Impacting Public Policy through Community Organizing and Media Strategy
  • Black Women's Health: Mind, Body & Soul
  • Strategy Building and Implementation
  • Individual and Self-Advocacy

CABWHP staff, policy experts, healthcare experts and social activists present the topics. Textbook and hands-on interactive material will also be used as a core component of the program. In their culminating experience, the ATP participants will complete a group project that can potentially impact the communities where they live and serve.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The CABWHP seeks bright, motivated individuals committed to policy advocacy for Black women's health. Criteria for selection to the program include individuals who have:

  • Previous grassroots involvement
  • An interest in Black women's health
  • An interest in learning and developing policy advocacy skills
  • A background in women's health or similar background
  • Can commit to the ten week program

*** Applicants with little or no policy experience are given priority***

Download the application, or you may get one from the California Black Women's Health Project's Office in Inglewood CA. You may:

  1. call us at (310) 412-1828;
  2. write to us at 9800 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 905, Inglewood, CA 90301; or
  3. fax a request to (310) 412-0923.

If you have a question or would like to email your completed application, contact us send it to wellwoman@cabwhp.org.


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