Advocacy Skills Development Training: Dec. 7

Time: 10:00 AM


In-Person and Virtual - Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In-person attendance will be in IHA’s Naperville and Springfield offices and ICAHN headquarters in Princeton. Participants can also choose to participate virtually via live videoconferencing.

  • IHA—Naperville Conference Center
    1151 East Warrenville Road
    Naperville, IL 60563

  • IHA—Springfield Conference Center (Videoconference)
    700 South 2nd Street
    Springfield, IL 62704

  • ICAHN headquarters in Princeton
    1945 Van's Way
    Princeton, IL 61356

  • Virtual - Participant by webinar



$125 for one individual

$95 each for three or more individuals from a member organization

The program is open to staff from IHA and ICAHN member hospitals and health systems. The fee covers all meals and materials provided during the program. Individual travel and lodging costs are not included.

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IHA and ICAHN teamed up to offer Making Your Voice Count, a comprehensive training program designed for healthcare leaders who would like to become more effective advocates for their hospital/health system. This dynamic program will explore the challenges of effective communication and advocacy in Illinois’ ever-changing healthcare policy environment—and how to overcome those challenges.

The program consists of four modules taken over the course of six months. Participants have the option of attending in-person or online via live videoconferencing. Attendance at IHA Advocacy Day will be in-person in Springfield.

Click here to access the event flyer.


Module 1

In-person and virtual – Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 10 am – 3 pm
The Importance of Advocacy: Introduction to the Legislative and Policymaking Process

  • State and federal political environment

  • State and federal legislative process

  • State regulatory activities

  • Federal agencies and their role in regulation

  • Key healthcare policy issues at the state and federal levels

  • Role of advocacy in making laws and refining policy

  • Importance of engagement with elected officials – IHA’s toolkit for legislative visits

Between Module 1 and IHA Advocacy Day, participants will be asked to schedule and conduct a hospital visit with a local legislator.


Who Should Attend

  • CEOs

  • Executive leaders

  • Hospital trustees

  • Marketing directors

  • Community affairs directors

  • Government relations directors


  • Dave Gross, IHA Senior Vice President, Government Relations

  • Sarah Macchiarola, IHA Vice President, Federal Policy and Government Relations

  • Nicole Magalis, IHA Vice President, Member Advocacy

  • Patricia Schou, ICAHN Executive Director

    Guest speakers from state and federal government, health policy, lobbying, and hospitals and health systems will also participate in training sessions.