Contacting your legislators is a simple way to make your voice heard. Below, we’ve compiled useful resources and information to help you advocate for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
How to Call Your Legislators
- Before you call, have a few key points ready to share. Look up the bill name and number for quick reference. Use the links listed above to find bill names/numbers and contact information for your legislators.
- If you can't speak to your legislator, ask to speak to the person in charge of health issues. He or she will be able to relay your concerns directly to the legislator.
- Keep the phone call short and to the point.
- Identify yourself as a constituent by providing your name and address.
- Identify the issue. Don't assume the legislator or staff member has prior knowledge of your issue. Use this as an opportunity to educate and inform him or her of the issue's importance.
- Briefly state your position and how you would like your legislator to vote.
- If you don't know the answer to a question asked, let the legislator or staff member know you will follow-up with the requested information.
- Thank the person for his or her time and consideration.
- Follow-up with a written letter that reinforces your position.
How to Write Your Legislators
- Include your home address, phone number and email address.
- Identify yourself as a constituent in the legislator's district.
- Keep the letter short, three to four paragraphs and under 500 words.
- First paragraph: Identify the issue and action you'd like the legislator to take.
- Second paragraph: Briefly explain the issue.
- Third paragraph: Explain how the issue impacts you, your family and your community.
- Fourth paragraph: Ask the legislator to respond with his or her viewpoint.