Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Legislative Seminar: Learning and Connecting in Ohio

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Legislative Seminar: Learning and Connecting in Ohio

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PRACTICE

"Make your voice count as a supporter of children, families, and communities" was the message Gwen Wolford, Ph.D., shared with members of the Ohio Affiliate in April. The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, in cooperation with the Ohio Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, held a legislative pre-conference seminar prior to their annual meeting.

The legislative seminar was designed to provide tools and information to initiate and facilitate dialogue with legislators and other community partners who serve individuals and families. A panel of leaders in the Family and Consumer Sciences profession highlighted policy issues relevant to our profession. The group learned influence strategies, effective communications methods for reaching elected officials, and they gained an understanding of the legislative process overall.

AAFCS member Dr. Wolford shared two rules for helping to make certain your voice is heard:

Rule 1- Elected officials are people just like you and me. They have a job to do that is complicated. If you position yourself as a credible source of information and ideas, you will be heard. They need your help.

Rule 2 - Elected officials will listen to you because you are part of the voting constituency. …

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