LSA Public Policy Advocacy
Educating Policymakers and Supporting Social Ministry Organizations in Their Work
While engaging its members on broad issues of social change, LSA also focuses on practice-based public policy advocacy. LSA's member health and human service organizations touch the lives of one in 50 Americans each year. LSA members see where there are needs and opportunities. They know what works and observe first hand how governmental decisions play out for people in local communities. To focus LSA's public policy advocacy efforts, LSA draws on this wisdom and experience, and also on the theological perspectives that undergird its work.
LSA Public Policy promotes the following statement of responsibility for self and responsibility for the neighbor: Lutheran Services in America understands that all people are beloved by God and entrusted with gifts to share. God asks that all use those gifts for the benefit of others. People must assume responsibility for contributing to their own well-being. They also have responsibility to care for others - to contribute to the good of the whole by using their unique gifts and skills. LSA's public policy work asks, "What sorts of policies equip people for these dual roles of caring for self and caring for others?"
Engaging in advocacy on public policy issues helps public officials better understand how policies affect their constituents – people and families in need of health care and social services; employers and employees; and people and organizations providing care and services.
LSA's public policy office works with member organizations to educate and shape public opinion on specific issues including (but not limited to) aging services, child welfare, affordable housing, and nonprofit sector issues along with the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network’s focus on Medicaid and affordable housing as they relate to people with disabilities. LSA respects and benefits from the diverse points of view within the Lutheran health and human services system.
For the latest news from LSA's public policy office, please check out our updates on Twitter and see the latest issue of LSA Washington. Other resources for public policy advocacy are also available by clicking on the links in the left sidebar.
For more information about LSA's public policy advocacy efforts, please contact:
Director of Advocacy and Policy