Advocacy is the act of lending your voice to improve the lives of others.

Anyone can be an advocate, and, in fact, everyone advocates for something at some point in their life—asking for a raise at work or for a new job, seeking an opportunity for your child, sharing your story about prevention or mental health issues, or more. At the same time, advocacy can take many forms. It can involve writing letters and emails, making phone calls, meeting with lawmakers and other community leaders, hosting an event or rally, giving speeches, making donations or hosting fundraisers, and more.

When people like you educate lawmakers about prevention and the importance of supporting public health, you help create a better, safer, healthier world for families and communities throughout Ohio. You don’t have to do this work alone, however. As a statewide prevention agency, Prevention Action Alliance works to empower advocates with resources, information, and opportunities for advocacy.

PAA’s Resources for Prevention Advocates

  • Training and workshops on how to advocate for prevention
  • Statistics about prevention, addiction, and drug misuse
  • Infographics to illustrate complex prevention topics
  • Ways to contact your legislator and opportunities to meet that person
  • Monthly advocacy webinars that examine the state of prevention advocacy in Ohio
  • Weekly advocacy updates about legislation, prevention news, and opportunities for advocacy

How You Can Advocate for Prevention

  • Share information about prevention and mental health with lawmakers, community leaders, neighbors, and others
  • Join us for our annual Advocacy Day, an annual event that connects advocates like you with your representatives
  • Learn more about prevention with our weekly prevention advocacy update
  • Learn more about our statewide priorities for prevention and share them with your legislators
  • Donate to Prevention Action Alliance to help us expand our support for advocates