US Climate and Health Alliance

Building Your Advocacy Toobox: Advocacy vs. Lobbying


Advocacy is a central tenet of public health. Without advocacy, we wouldn’t have seatbelt laws, safe drinking water, and nutrition labeling. It is vital in advancing public health to keep our communities healthy and safe. If public health stakeholders don’t speak up and advocate for important public health issues, opposing sides will. All lobbying contains some form of advocacy but not all advocacy is lobbying. You can communicate in multiple ways with your policymakers about health topics. Local health department leaders and staff should be able to differentiate between advocacy and lobbying because federal funds cannot be used to lobby the federal government.

Resource Type
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Resource URL
July, 2016
Organization Type
State/local health department (inc. international)

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