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Grassroots Advocacy/HEAT

Legislators in Madison and Washington, DC are making decisions that impact your patients and your communities. How will they know the impact of their decisions on your delivery of health care if you don't tell them?


Wisconsin Hospital Association's (WHA) grassroots advocacy efforts, through the Hospitals Education & Advocacy Team (HEAT), are part of the reason that WHA is so well respected by Wisconsin legislators--because Wisconsin hospitals have thousands of individuals across the state who tell their legislators how they feel on important issues. We need each of you to be one of those individuals?

Through the HEAT program, Wisconsin hospitals positively impact the legislative process on issues they care about and speak with one voice.

Stay informed of the issues and join thousands of others in making the voice of Wisconsin hospitals heard loud and clear.  Sign-up for HEAT today to receive:


  • Action alerts, called HEAT Alerts, on important, timely public policy facing the Governor, State Legislature, or Congress that could impact Wisconsin hospitals and health care in the state.

  • An invitation to WHA's annual Advocacy Day where you will join more than 1,100 hospital administrators, employees, trustees, volunteers, physicians, patients, and others passionate about protecting Wisconsin's high-quality, high-value health care system as they lobby in the state Capitol.

  • Periodic public policy updates keeping you informed of the status and progress of legislative priorities.

  • Election resources so you know where your candidates stand on health care issues.


Encourage members of your team to sign-up for HEAT and engage in advocacy!

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The grassroots advocacy portion of WHA's web site will allow you to:

  • Learn about the issues

  • Instantly email your legislators from your own computer!

  • Find out where your legislators stand are priority issues

  • Find out who your legislators are

  • Access a complete legislative directory

  • Access tips on how to effectively communicate with your legislators

  • Find out what grassroots activities other hospitals are working on

  • And much more.

As Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent."

To learn more about how your hospital can engage in grassroots advocacy and the HEAT program, contact Kari Hofer, Vice President, Advocacy, at 608-274-1820 or

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