Nearly 40 years ago, President Gerald Ford declared February as Black History Month, a time dedicated to honoring the achievements of African American men and women. But despite countless accomplishments throughout the decades, many African Americans, and other minority groups still face barriers when it comes to accessing everyday needs, like health care. Minority populations account for one-third of the U.S. population, but they make up more than half of the 50 million Americans who lack health insurance. Today, let's take some time to highlight how our partners work to make sure that all Americans, from the East Coast to the West Coast, and everywhere in between, have access to the medicines they need.

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This week, people in cities as far flung as Bangalore, Milan, and New York, will converge to talk about one thing: social media. This semi-annual meeting, known as Social Media Week, spans four continents and features thousands of experts talking about the power of digital engagement. The theme for this year, Reimagining Human Connectivity, got me thinking: what makes digital advocacy different from your typical social brand engagement?

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When it comes to advocacy, meaningful relationships can translate to success. But how can we build connections with new lawmakers while strengthening those that have already been formed?

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What if George Washington had Facebook? Would that change our political structure? Now that's something to think about! Even though our Founding Fathers lacked many of the tools that define our political process today, they were still able to garner political support. As advocates, we often take for granted these digital resources that leaders like George Washington did without.

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Capitol Hill looks much different than it did just a few months ago. But what does a new Congress mean for advocates? How will all of these changes on The Hill affect your outreach strategy?

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More than half a century ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of good heart health. Today, let's explore how Medicare Part D helps improve American access to the medicines they need to keep their hearts healthy this month, and every month.

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Not many policies can boast a 90% approval rating and say they save our nation billions of dollars, but Medicare Part D does just that. After more than a decade, the program continues to ensure more than 39 million seniors have reliable access to the prescription medication they need to make the most of their golden years. Along with its widespread approval and effectiveness, here are three more things you should know about Part D:

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The nature of grassroots advocacy is being forever changed by the rapid growth in smartphones and the near-ubiquity of social media.

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During the last three months of 2014, seniors across the country had the opportunity to enroll in one public program that has delivered results for nearly a decade: Medicare Part D.

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The start of every year marks a new beginning, full of promise and plenty of aspirations. To kick off the first full week of 2015, I've compiled the top three health care goals I hope to see accomplished in the coming year:

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