Anthony Schlaff, the director of the Tufts Masters of Public Health program (MPH), is working to help Tufts students build advocacy skills. In an interview conducted by the Community Health Advocates at Tufts, Dr. Schlaff describes the skills most valuable in advocacy:
Doggedness – like I describe above. A willingness to do the research on both the content and the political process. Ability to be “personally political.” To be able to create relationships and engage with people as they expect to be engaged and in a way that allows for finding commonalities.