Monday, January 24, 2022

How To Get Involved

Please get involved! Here’s how:

Face-to-face visits with legislators and staff are the most influential method of advocacy; however, email or phone calls work as well. Please see below for tips and tricks to talking with your legislator. You will find that state and county legislators are much more accessible and approachable than U.S. representatives and senators. South Dakota state legislators do not have staff during the year and only have access to a part-time intern during session; therefore, your messages should be short, concise and to the point. As local representatives, they want to hear from their constituents.

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Preparation Tips

  • Research the issue.
  • Visit our Bill Tracker for SDAHO’s position and a quick link to the bill.
  • Create a personal message that includes your relevant work, professional background, expertise and experiences. Always address the problem in terms of how it impacts healthcare in your community.

Face-to-Face Contact

  • Give your name, home location and organization (in the legislator’s district).
  • State the reason for your visit or contact.
  • State your position on the issue.
  • Tell your story; use supporting data from your facility relevant to the issue.
  • State your ask and request their support or action.
  • Thank them for their time.
  • If you plan on visiting the capitol during the legislative session, let SDAHO know how we can assist you.

Writing Letters, Email Messages

  • Be concise and limit the message to one issue.
  • The letter or message should include your name, organization and contact information.
  • State your position on the issue.
  • Tell your story; use supporting data from your facility relevant to the issue.
  • State your ask and request their support or action.
  • Personalize your message; legislators get many form letters and you want yours to stand out.
Helpful Links:

South Dakota State Legislature
South Dakota Legislature Legislative Research Council
State of South Dakota
South Dakota Department of Health
South Dakota Department of Human Services
South Dakota Department of Social Services
South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care

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January 29

  • Mitchell - 601 N. Main St. | 8am CST
  • Brandon -  Tailgator's Grill and Bar | 9-10:30am CST
  • Aberdeen - Kessler’s Champions Club, Barnett Center, Northern State University, 1200 S. Jay St. | 10am-12pm CST
  • Yankton - City Commission Room at CMTEA, 1200 W 21st Street | 10-11am CST
  • Pierre - Chamber of Commerce Community Room, 800 W. Dakota Ave | 10-11am CST
  • Brookings - City/County Government Center, 3rd Floor Chambers, 520 3rd St. | 9:30am CST
  • Rapid City - Western Dakota Tech, 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City | 9am MST

February 5

  • Sioux Falls - Southeast Technical College, 2320 N. Career Ave | 10am CST

February 12

  • Rapid City - Western Dakota Tech, 800 Mickelson Dr. | 9am MST
  • Yankton - City Commission Room at CMTEA, 1200 W 21st St. | 10-11am CST
  • Brookings -  City/County Government Center, 3rd Floor Chambers, 520 3rd St. | 9:30am CST
  • Sioux Falls - Southeast Technical College, 2320 N. Career Ave. | 10am CST
  • Aberdeen - Kessler’s Champions Club, Barnett Center, Northern State University
    1200 S. Jay St. | 10am CST
  • Vermillion - City Hall, 25 Center Street | 9-11am CST
  • Pierre - Chamber of Commerce Community Room, 800 W. Dakota Ave | 10-11am CST

February 21

  • Redfield - C&NW Historic RR Depot at 715 W. 3rd St. | 1-3pm CST

February 26

  • Rapid City - Western Dakota Tech, 800 Mickelson Dr. | 9am MST
  • Brookings - City/County Government Center, 3rd Floor Chambers, 520 3rd St. | 9:30am CST
  • Sioux Falls - Southeast Technical College, 2320 N. Career Ave. | 10am CST

March 2

  • Rapid City - Western Dakota Tech, 800 Mickelson Dr. | 9am MST
  • Yankton - City Commission Room at CMTEA, 1200 W 21st St. | 10-11am CST
  • Aberdeen - Kessler’s Champions Club, Barnett Center, Northern State University,
    1200 S. Jay St. | 10am CST