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Training Community Members for Action: Washington's Action Training Network

Author: PAOLA MARANAN
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 24 No. 4

The Children’s Alliance in Washington State has established an ambi-
tious goal of building the “Children’s Action Network” (Network), a
statewide network of children’s advocates who regularly take action to
inform public policy related to children and families. There are cur-
rently about 3,000 members in the Network. Policy advocacy training
is an integral component of the Network providing advocates with
necessary tips and tools for communicating with policy-makers. In
order to meet key objectives and overcome significant challenges and
barriers, the training program evolved greatly over the last five years.
This article describes some of the challenges faced, particularly in
reaching specific target populations, key strategies undertaken, and
how the curriculum developed over time.

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