California Association for Nurse Practitioners


Grassroots Resource Center

Dialogue with Elected Officials Critical to Advancing the Profession

Extensive grassroots efforts by CANP members and allies have made tremendous inroads by educating lawmakers about just what a nurse practitioner is and the vital role that NPs play. Due in no small part to those efforts, CANP has become one of the truly influential voices in the field of health care policy.

It remains critical that all CANP members become engaged in direct outreach to state legislators in their local districts. No one is better equipped to tell the story of the vital role that NPs play than NPs themselves, and nothing will help to promote the cause better than having a dialogue with elected officials.

There are a number of ways to join the effort, including:

  • Working through designated legislative representatives in each CANP chapter to organize district office visits with legislators and their staff members
  • Joining colleagues for Lobby Day 2018, taking place May 1, 2018 in Sacramento
  • Engaging on social media to help spread awareness, bring others into the cause and target key messages to elected officials
  • Contributing to the CANP Political Action Committee (PAC) to help level the playing field against well-funded interests intent on limiting NP practice authority

Working now to develop a relationship with your elected officials will be critical when it comes time to ask for their support on issues that are vital to the nurse practitioner profession. Contact your local CANP chapter leaders or CANP Grassroots Coordinator Stephanie Tseu ( for assistance.

Grassroots Toolkit

News and Opinions

Use the links below to download recent news articles and editorials about nurse practitioners and their growing role in healthcare. You can also keep an eye on our NPs in the News archive for other coverage.

Compton Community College Opens First Student Clinic

CBS Los Angeles, March 21, 2017

Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus

California Health Report, March 20, 2017

Nurse Practitioners Providing Most House Calls to Older Adults

Managed Healthcare, February 17, 2017

Nurse Practitioner Response Unit Launched in Los Angeles

Journal of Emergency Medical Services, February 1, 2017

Nurse Practitioners Win Direct Access To VA Patients

Forbes, December 13, 2016

5 Ways Nursing Graduate School Can Pay Off

US News and World Report, September 22, 2016