How to Talk To Policymakers About Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Presenters: Teri Tibbett, BLA, MFA, Advocacy Coordinator, Alaska FASD Partnership, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Stephanie Hopkins, Planner, Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse/Alaska Mental Health Board
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This webinar focuses on how to have successful meetings with policymakers that make the most impact. It is centered around telling about your personal experiences, including both challenges and successes, and recommendations. Target participants are people with lived experience of prenatal alcohol exposure, family members and friends, caregivers and service providers. Participants will learn tips for “elevator speech” presentations that include a strong “ask,” and additional tips for speaking on panels and at public meetings, and ways to advocate from home.
About the Presenters
Teri Tibbett is the advocacy coordinator for the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and works closely with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and partner advisory boards, coordinating their “joint advocacy” effort. She also serves as coordinator for the Alaska Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Partnership and Alaska Reentry & Justice Partnership—individuals and organizations that support appropriate services and supports for Alaskans who need access to treatment, housing and employment assistance, training, assisted living, peer support, and other community support services.
Stephanie Hopkins is a planner for the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and supports advocacy efforts for Alaskans with behavioral health conditions. Prior to her work in Alaska, Stephanie worked on campaigns in Montana and California, with an emphasis on tobacco prevention and recovery legislation, and is passionate about enabling individuals to engage in the political process in an easy, accessible, and regular way.