Proclaim National Health IT Week

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To encourage your city and state officials to show their support for NHIT Week, you can organize to have your city or state proclaim a celebration of NHIT Week. The proclamation, typically issued by your city’s mayor or state’s governor, provides your organization with something to promote as part of your organization’s NHIT Week festivities. Here are the steps to take to get a proclamation in your city or state.

·Determine whether you want a city or state proclamation. Work with your internal NHIT Week leadership team to decide whether you would prefer a city or state proclamation.

·Allow yourself enough time. Getting a proclamation takes at least eight weeks. Allow yourself enough time to contact the appropriate authorities, follow the government process and promote the proclamation.

·Contact the official’s office. Start by contacting the mayor or governor’s office. While some offices may have a staff member exclusively devoted to proclamations, other staff members who may be of assistance include a public relations practitioner, communication officer, or an office manager.

·Work through the process. Following the directions of your contact, go through the process step-by-step as they suggest. This will streamline the proclamation process and assure that you get the proclamation before NHIT Week.

·Promote the proclamation. Once you have obtained the proclamation, publicize it as part of NHIT Week. Send out a press release, tweet, write a blog, send an email to your internal audiences, and include it in your internal newsletter.  And please email us a copy or a link at Info@healthitweek.org!