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For Health Professionals: Learn the Lingo

US-capitolLearn the Lingo
Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step towards becoming an advocate. In order to effectively advocate, you’ll need to know a few things. Getting familiar with key advocacy terms and types is a great way to get started.


Key Terms

Advocacy is a term that involves identifying, embracing and promoting a cause.

An amendment is a change to a bill or motion, sometimes replacing the entire bill. An amendment is debated and voted on in the same manner as a bill.

Legislation drafted for consideration by the legislature.

A group of legislators that develops legislation on specific topics and has jurisdiction over all legislation that deals with its topic.

The district is the geographic area from which an official is elected.

Lobbying is a special form of advocacy with the purpose to educate lawmakers and influence legislation.

A hearing is a meeting or a session where evidence to support particular viewpoints can be presented to a committee or regulatory agency. A hearing occurs when considering a specific bill, conducting an investigation, evaluating a government department’s activities, or exploring topics of interest. Speakers can include experts on a specific topic or members of the public who the bill or issue would impact.

Also known as the House of Representatives it is the lower body of the Congress and most state legislatures. Elected members represent a geographic district.

The Senate is Congress’s upper body. Each state has two U.S. Senators, elected at-large, to serve six-year terms.