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In-Person! Advocating for Community-Centered Equitable Systems & Strategies

Friday, January 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us in-person for this great workshop!

When policies and systems align with the on-the-ground work of clinicians and community based organizations providing high quality & accessible care, families and communities thrive!

Bridgewell’s Center for Professional Development, in conjunction with The Baker Center, is pleased to offer an interactive training for community-based agencies and advocates designed to prepare trainees to engage in evidence-based policymaking and advance their organization’s mission through advocacy.

Participants will leave with a concrete action plan, an elevator pitch of brief talking points that summarize advocacy priorities, a list of key stakeholders to engage at the policy, systems and practice levels and tools to share with their organization in order to continue engaging in this work, including templates and guides to recreate training activities.

Anyone who is passionate about improving quality and accessibility of health care, mental health care, social services and community supports should plan to attend! We invite and encourage participation from multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians, agency leaders, quality improvement staff, family partners, community health workers, administrative staff, and more!


  • Define legislative advocacy and evidence-based policy making. Describe key elements of policy design and the legislative process.
  • Identify influences on political priorities & systemic change related to care delivery. Utilize effective advocacy communication and relationship building strategies.
  • Create an action plan and agency-specific “elevator pitch” that clinicians can use to summarize advocacy priorities. Identify key stakeholders and local representatives.

5.5 CEU’s for Social Workers Approved
5.5 CEU’s for LMHC’s Approved
**Limited to 40 Attendees**

Matt Pecoraro, MSW

Matt Pecoraro, MSW is the Associate Director of the Baker Center’s Evidence-Based Policy Institute (EBPI) and an Adjunct Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. Matt has been with the EBPI since its inception in 2016. In his role, Matt works alongside VP of Innovation and External Affairs/Senior Diversity Officer, Dr. Gary Lyon, and President & CEO Dr. Robert Franks to advance the EBPI’s policy and systems focused initiatives. Matt and the EBPI work with national, state, and community partners to explore pressing issues impacting children and families, using research and community voices to identify actionable, evidence-based solutions at the policy, systems and practice levels. A macro social worker by training, Matt specializes in evidence-based policymaking and systems development. Matt holds a BA in Philosophy from Fairfield University and a Master’s in Social Work from Boston College.

Amy Doyle, LCSW, MPH

Amy Doyle, LCSW, MPH is the Associate Director of Implementation & Quality Improvement at the Baker Center and an Adjunct Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She is responsible for program development and management of implementation and quality improvement initiatives in community mental health centers, regionally and nationally. Amy leads consultation calls, in-person and web-based trainings, and provides technical assistance for mental health care providers, agency leadership, policy makers, and community stakeholders. She also develops and maintains data collection and reporting systems for tracking progress metrics and outcomes data, and contributes to implementation science research and dissemination.

As a public health social worker, Amy focuses on achieving systems-level change to create equitable access to high quality care for all children and families. It is her mission to bridge the gap between research and practice by engaging providers, and the communities they serve, in the policy-making process. Amy holds a BS in Therapeutic Studies, a Master’s in Social Work, and a Master’s in Public Health, all from Boston University.


Friday, January 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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