HEAT has New Tools to Alert You to Important Advocacy Issues More Quickly

February 05, 2019

The Hospitals Education & Advocacy Team (HEAT) kicks off 2019 with a new logo and a new texting tool—which will allow WHA to get important advocacy information out to you more quickly.  

“Last year, WHA updated their look and branding to better reflect its strong advocacy leadership in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.,” said WHA Vice President of Advocacy Kari Hofer. “HEAT’s new look coordinates with WHA’s refreshed brand while still serving as a unique symbol for HEAT’s bipartisan spirit and strength at the capitol.”

As the leading voice on health care in Wisconsin, WHA’s Hospitals Education & Advocacy Team (HEAT) is the statewide network designed to facilitate YOUR grassroots involvement in health care public policy. The HEAT program provides you with the information, strategy, and assistance you need in order to share your insight on how legislative issues impact hospitals and the communities they serve.

In addition to a new logo, HEAT has also added SMS text alert capabilities this year. More people are using mobile devices as their primary mode of communication, and HEAT members who opt-in to receive text alerts will get notifications to their mobile device when action is needed on important health care issues. HEAT members take action on HEAT Alerts through their email, optimized for either desktop or mobile, as in the past. HEAT member participation at the highest level will be crucial this year, which is why HEAT is joining the mobile medium.

“This year will be extremely important for health care in Wisconsin, and we’re going to need everyone’s involvement in the process to protect coverage and access to Wisconsin’s high-quality care,” said Eric Borgerding, WHA President/CEO. “The WHA advocacy team is doing everything it can to make sure that hospital and health system advocates’ voices are heard by elected officials.” 

Current HEAT members will receive instructions this week on how to opt in. New HEAT members can opt in upon sign up. Text subscribers will only receive notifications on important public policy requiring grassroots action (called HEAT Alerts) about 5-6 times each year. The mobile information you provide is used for internal purposes only and will not be shared with any other organization. Other HEAT communications, like the Capitol Connection newsletter and Advocacy Day information will still be sent to your email.    

If you are not already a HEAT member, we need your involvement this year! Join HEAT today

For more information, contact WHA Vice President of Advocacy Kari Hofer.

This story originally appeared in the February 05, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter