Activist Tool Kit



  • Have one-on-one conversations with people around the state, reaching out to new people of all backgrounds (income, race/ethnicity, rural/urban/suburban, age, etc.)

  • Ask people to share personal experiences related to our health care crisis, which can inspire them to take action

  • Expand our list of supporters for future follow-up and leadership development

  • Develop organizers’ skills and confidence in doing outreach and delivering the message of healthcare is a human right, and develop activist relationships in teams

  • Collect leads for health care crisis stories that could be shared in public

  • Compile data and stories in a report to use in advocacy


  1. Form survey teams of up to five people, with one team leader. Your chapter or organization's delegate to the HCAO coalition should keep an updated list of team leaders, with their contact information.

  2. Teams set goals and make plans. Ideally, this is in a face to face meeting, to develop team relationships. Team members can reach out to people independently, or they can work together (such as at events), as they prefer. But setting a goal ahead of time and reporting back afterward is key to supporting each other and reaching goals.

  3. Prepare your materials before heading out. Make sure to have plenty of surveys, and flyers related to your next meeting or event.

  4. Collect surveys according to your plan. (See “Things to keep in mind when collecting surveys” below.) Afterward give participants a flyer.

  5. Within a few days (ideally one week maximum) of collecting surveys, report the results to the team leader, assessing respondents' issues and interest, and make a follow-up plan.  For example, if in one weekend your team surveys ten people, but only five of them provided contact information, and only two of those were enthusiastic, call at least those two to invite to your next meeting or event.

  6. Also within a few days, ensure that the survey data is turned in to HCAO office.


  1. MAKE SURE you gather their NAMES and ZIP CODES even if they do not give you an address.

  2. Start with people you know, to become comfortable. Then, think about how you can connect with people you don’t know, at public events, through an organization or congregation, at low-cost clinics, etc.

  3. The quality of conversations with people taking the survey is as important as the quantity.

  4. Participants can choose to answer or skip any question. Encourage people to answer as much as possible, since that will make the survey results more effective. Let participants know their stories and experiences matter.

  5. Ask each person for their contact information so we can follow up with them afterward. Even if they decline, ask for their zip code, which will help us share survey data with legislators and media from the same area.

  6. After completing the survey, continue the conversation based on your assessment of the people’s level of interest. Ask if they have questions, ask what they think. Offer to follow up if you don’t know an answer. Above all, listen. When people talk, the conversation becomes theirs. Say more about your group’s work for Health Care for All, and how they can get involved.