Special Edition: 2024 Highlights so far from MCH Policy Fellow

Hello there,

I hope this note finds you well. As I reflect on my journey thus far in the MCH Advocacy Fellowship Program, I am compelled to share some insights with you. This experience has been nothing short of transformative, and I’m grateful for the opportunity it has provided for growth, learning, and meaningful engagement.

One of the highlights of my Fellowship has undoubtedly been the opportunity to connect with advocates from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Engaging with individuals from both sides of the aisle has expanded my understanding of complex issues and fostered empathy and collaboration. Building these relationships has been invaluable, and I believe it’s crucial for effective advocacy in our community.

However, with every journey comes its challenges. One of the most significant hurdles I’ve encountered is the patience required when waiting for policies to pass. The pace of change in the legislative process can be frustrating, but I see it as an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Through these challenges, I aim to cultivate resilience, persistence, and a deeper understanding of the intricacies of policy advocacy. I’m committed to leveraging these experiences to become a more effective advocate for change.

Reflecting on my time with MCH, there are several accomplishments that fill me with pride. Our work on the FHPAP initiative has been particularly gratifying, as it directly addresses critical issues affecting our community’s most vulnerable members. Additionally, the recent charge to clear encampments with respect and dignity aligns with my values of social justice and compassion. I’m also proud of the collaborative efforts that resulted in the creation of the fabulous list curated by Ms. Claudette, which has proven to be a valuable resource for our advocacy work (this list will be made public soon!).

Looking ahead, I’m filled with optimism and determination. In the coming year, I hope this Fellowship will lead to even more meaningful changes in Minnesota. Whether it’s advocating for policy reforms, championing social justice initiatives, or driving community engagement, I am committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.

Finally, I want to emphasize the significance of the MCH Advocacy Fellowship Program. It is more than just a program; it is an investment in the future of advocacy. The opportunities for learning, networking, and personal growth are unparalleled. I would encourage anyone interested in making a positive impact in their community to consider participating in this transformative experience.

Thank you for your continued support and guidance throughout this journey.

If you are interested in financially supporting our work, here is a link to donate to the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. We are currently building out our number of sustaining donors, and with your support, I know we will continue doing great work together.

I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and am eager to continue our shared commitment to advocacy and social change.
–Laquita, MCH Policy Fellow