October 5, 2017
Congressional Families held a seminar on October 4, 2017, on How To Reach Out in YOUR District or State. The purpose of this seminar, held at the Members and Families Room of the U.S. Capitol, was for Congressional spouses to share tips and brainstorm new ways to successfully publish op-eds and letters to the editor, host events, reach underserved populations, and educate the public on cancer prevention topics.
The event was attended by a highly engaged bipartisan, bicameral group of 15 spouses and Congresswoman Doris Matsui. Rep. Doris Matsui set the stage for the event by providing a brief history of why and how the Program was created in 1991 and activities in the early years. She offered thoughts on how the Program might continue to grow its impact.
House and Senate spouses Brenda Fleischmann (TN), Julie Heinrich (NM), LeeAnn Johnson (Ohio) and Amanda Soto (FL) presented on ways they have been successful in publishing op-eds and letters to the editor, hosting regional events, reaching underserved populations, and educating the public on cancer prevention topics. Dr. Debbie Malumed (CA) offered a physician’s perspective on how to involve medical experts when hosting an event.
Julie Heinrich highlighted ways Project Echo has worked with the Foundation on initiatives. Numerous ideas were generated that spouses might use individually as well as ways we might join together to carry our message as a group.