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Essential Hospitals Member Network

2017 Government Relations Academy

Take Your Advocacy to the Next Level

The 2019 Government Relations Academy enhances the advocacy skills of government relations professionals at hospitals with a mission to serve vulnerable people and communities. Over nine months, members of the 2019 Academy class will:

  • expand their knowledge of key federal legislative and regulatory issues;
  • explore, with a communications colleague, how to apply political communications strategies and tools*;
  • develop and execute an advocacy campaign to achieve a policy victory for their hospital; and
  • build their professional network with government relations peers and seasoned advisers from essential hospitals.

This valuable educational series includes:

  • three highly interactive sessions in 2019 at the America’s Essential Hospitals spring and fall Policy Assembly fly-ins and VITAL2019 annual meeting;
  • supplemental learning activities between sessions, including webinars, small-group training conference calls, and discussion forums;
  • ongoing access to advisers who have decades of experience advocating for essential hospitals; and
  • the option to earn continuing education credits.

*The session at VITAL2019 requires the participation of a communications professional from the participant’s hospital. The curriculum will be tailored to enhance collaboration between government relations and communications staff.


Learn more about this valuable educational series.

See what past Government Relations Academy members and key policymakers have to say about the program in the video below.

Applications accepted Sept. 24 – Dec. 14, 2018.

Apply for the 2019 Academy



Questions about the program?

Contact Erin Delaney at or 202-585-0117.

Are you a member of the 2013 Government Relations Academy? Visit your dedicated class page.

Are you a member of the 2015 Government Relations Academy? Visit your dedicated class page.

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Group Members

Ashli Billington Ashli Eastwood
Jocelyn Wiles
Mary Andrews maryandrewsleehealthorg
Elisa Hernandez Elisa Hernandez
Nate Horsley
Becky Keightley
Terry Lightfoot Terry Lightfoot
Michelle O'Keefe
Miriam Rosa
Zack Tucker
Jocelyn Whitfield Jocelyn Whitfield
James Cetrone Jamie Cetrone
Daniel Deslatte
Amy Carta Amy Carta
Michelle Strenth
Victoria Balladares
Victoria Balladares
Zachary Tucker tuckerzacharmcsbcountygov
Erin Delaney
Kimberly Green Kimberly Green
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