New Futures mission is to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through advocacy, education and collaboration. We work to achieve our mission in a variety of ways: direct and indirect lobbying on policy issues; collaboration with partner organizations on issues related to health, drug and alcohol, and early childhood policies; engaging communities, businesses, families and individuals in advocacy; training New Hampshire citizens to effectively advocate on policy issues; and educating the public and policymakers on topics related to our mission. Our policy positions are based on the best available science and data, and are informed by actively listening to the citizens they impact.
Whether the aim is to pass or prevent passage of legislation on a particular health issue, defend against cuts to critical public programs, or educate a particular group about the impact of a law or regulation, we strive for excellence in six advocacy capacities.
campaign versus ongoing advocacy
New Futures work centers on building advocacy capacity in the state of New Hampshire, and we recognize that coordination and partnerships with stakeholders are crucial to achieving its mission. Therefore, the organization collaborates and provides support for nonprofits with aligned missions. Further, to advance positive policies for the health and wellness of all Granite Staters, we employ both campaign and ongoing advocacy.
New Futures works on a few targeted issue-based campaigns each legislative session which push proactive policy initiatives forward in a large-scale, public facing manner. These campaigns may include in-district meetings, legislative breakfasts, frequent contact with the media, phone banks and letters to the editor campaigns, mobilizing advocates to rally or testify, providing written and oral testimony, and more.
Ongoing Advocacy Capacity
Many bills that New Futures support or oppose are critical to the health and wellness of New Hampshire's citizens, but do not require large-scale, public facing campaigns to advance or defend positive policies. New Futures follows all of these bills throughout the session and provides testimony, organizes partners, works with the media, and mobilizes advocates as necessary.
Pairing campaign and ongoing advocacy substantially increase the likelihood of achieving crucial, multi-issue policy objectives to keep New Hampshire healthy.