Engaging the Business Community
Updated: 6.1.06 Printable version
Partnerships with businesses provide a great opportunity to reach parents and alert them about the availability of low-cost and free health care coverage. Creating corporate partnerships benefits both Covering Kids & Families and its partners, allowing Covering Kids & Families to reach more potential beneficiaries, while providing partners with information and services useful to their customers and employees. Additional benefits include:
• Raising community awareness about the issue of uninsured children
• Providing your coalition with new communications channels and resources to reach eligible families with an important health care coverage message
• Increasing the visibility and profile of your coalition and the important outreach work being done in your community
• Fostering new relationships for your coalition
Every outreach program is unique, and we encourage you to tailor your business outreach efforts to fit your coalition's needs. Building successful business relationships requires time, persistence, creativity and enthusiasm. Here are the first steps in the relationship-building process:
• Determine your outreach needs. The first step to success is figuring out what type of outreach you want to conduct with a corporate partner.
• Set clear and concise goals. Make sure your goals fit with the aims of your coalition and the participating company. Encourage involvement in a way that makes sense in your community - a way that will spark interest, fulfill needs and match your coalition's goals.
• Research and target the most suitable companies. Based on your outreach goals, determine which companies you should approach. Take the time to research the companies on your list: Do they have a history of and experience in working with organizations on community events? Do they have a strong reputation in the community? Is there a natural connection between the products and/or services they provide and the audience you need to reach with your health care coverage information? Do you have contacts at the company? Does anyone else you know have contacts?
• Identify any national partnerships the Covering Kids & Families Communications Team has established that might be helpful in your outreach. The Covering Kids & Families Communications Team has developed a number of national partnerships of which you may be able to take advantage. Many of these partners have local affiliates that may be interested in working with your coalition.