The New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide Legislative Lobbyist Services on behalf of the association. In accordance with this Request for Proposals (RFP) the services will include an understanding of and support for state aid for general public health work (article 6 funding). Under this contract, NYSACHO’s goal is to build an infrastructure for public health work, address and fund response to emerging public health crises, raise the visibility and profile of the organization, and mitigate any under or un-funded mandates which ultimately prevent our ability to effectively implement expanded or new regulations.
Organized in 1979, NYSACHO initially functioned as an
affiliate of the New York State Association of Counties. NYSACHO supported
local health officials through their transition from mangers of direct,
clinical care public health related services to their role as chief health
strategists. In this role, local health officials lead their departments and
communities in addressing population health needs through upstream public
health interventions that focus on prevention and the social determinants of
NYSACHO is the membership association of local health
officials in New York State. We represent all 58 local health commissioners and
public health directors, and the local health departments they lead. NYSACHO is
incorporated as a not-for-profit, non-partisan charitable organization with
501(C) (3) tax exempt status.
NYSACHO’s current Executive Director, Sarah Ravenhall, leads
a staff of four full-time and three part-time employees. The NYSACHO General
Membership meets regularly, providing a unique opportunity for the exchange of
ideas and experiences among local public health officials.
The NYSACHO Board is led by the President,
President-Elect/Vice-President, and Immediate Past-President. NYSACHO Board
members chair NYSACHO’s subject matter committees, leading members’ work on
public health policy priorities. Current committees include:
Maternal Child Health
As the operational arm of the public health system, local
health departments understand the unique needs of their communities. They are
essential voices in developing policies that are realistic, effective, and
appropriate in scale.
NYSACHO serves as the voice for New York’s local health
departments. Advocacy efforts include legislative visits, media outreach, strategic
partnerships, positon statements/policy papers, and tracking and analysis of
legislative and regulatory proposals. NYSACHO works closely with the New York
State Association of Counties (NYSAC), and other public health stakeholders on
a broad array of public health-related legislative issues.
NYSACHO also takes an active role at the national level
through 100% membership for New York State counties in the National Association
of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). NYSACHO works with other SACCHOs
(state county health officials associations) in advocating for local health
departments needs with federal policymakers.
NYSACHO seeks to retain the services of a legislative
consultant for matters in which it may need professional assistance before the
New York State Governor’s Office and Executive Branch, New York State
Legislature and Committee Chairs, New York State Agencies, various State boards
and Commissions, et al. Such services shall include, but is not limited to,
attending state legislative committee hearings and meetings, rulemaking
proceedings and other administrative or legislative agency meetings.
A successful contractor shall agree to be available at all
times upon reasonable request to meet with NYSACHO Board of Directors, NYSACHO
staff, and others as specified in order to perform the responsibilities
assigned; and to attend meetings, represent the interests of NYSACHO, and act
as liaison between NYSACHO and all branches, departments, and agencies of State
government, at any legislative committee meeting or meetings with the Governor,
state agencies on matters under the scope of this RFP.
Scope of Work:
Comprehensive knowledge of the basics of the
legislative process and the key committee members or other legislators who have
either jurisdiction or influence over your legislation and can affect its
Serve as a conduit for information-to and from
the legislature and state agencies.
Willing to work collaboratively and
cooperatively with NYSACHO communications consultant on strategies to bring
visibility to budget and legislative priorities.
Establish relationships with key legislators and
Accurately and persuasively present the
Keep the client informed in real time, of key
developments and factors that could affect the legislation.
Identify legislative issues that may affect
NYSACHO membership and regularly inform NYSACHO as to these matters. Provide
legislative expertise and consulting services.
Provide strategic direction for grassroots
Review, analyze and report on a continuing basis
all existing and proposed State policies and programs.
Ability to see value in partnership building
between like-minded organizations to bring visibility to legislative
Motivate the board and membership to become
enthusiastically engaged in the legislative process.
Communicate effectively with people outside
association with the ability to demystify the policymaking process.
Understanding of how to use communication
technology including audio, video and email to advance the organization’s
Develop and present strategy for the support,
opposition or amendment of pending legislation.
Advise when concessions are necessary, or when
you should stand your ground.
Professional Services Required:
In consultation with the Executive Director or Program
Lobbyist will provide monthly “Advocacy Update”
emails which will be distributed by ED to NYSACHO Membership during the
legislative session and post-election (at least 8).
Lobbyist will schedule and coordinate at least
two meetings with Executive Agencies during contract period (2).
Lobbyist will schedule and coordinate meetings
with legislators strategically and on an as needed basis.
Governmental Affairs team will meet with
NYSACHO’s Executive Committee virtually or in person once during contract
Lobbyist will attend at least three BOD or
general membership meetings to provide an advocacy update to County Health
During final 4 weeks of session, lobbyist will
send bi-weekly legislative tracking reports to ED and Legislative/Program
Director at NYSACHO (8).
Upon end of contract, lobbyist will develop an
evaluation of the year (1).