Becoming an Advocate

Becoming an Advocate

There are many ways to become an advocate and to take action. If you are interested in becoming a trained advocate in research, public policy or support, the following resources will help you.


Advocates are working with researchers on the development of grant proposals and their research. Advocates are also actively participating in grant peer review.

Getting Training

  • The National Breast Cancer Coalition Project LEAD Institute is a six-day science course for breast cancer advocates. The course provides a foundation of scientific knowledge upon which participants can strengthen and empower themselves. Taught by well-known research faculty, this is a unique opportunity for those interested in learning more about working as an NBCC research advocate.
  • Komen Advocates in Science: Research advocates bring the patient voice to research, ensuring that the unique and valuable views of breast cancer patients, survivors and co-survivors are included into the scientific conversation and decisions, which impact progress toward ending breast cancer.

Participating in Grant Peer Review

The following funding agencies require scientists to involve advocates on their grants and include advocates in grant peer review:

Public Policy

You can influence legislation or voice your opinion by contacting your congressional members.

Getting Training

  • National Breast Cancer Coalition Team Leader
  • Susan G Komen
  • Reaching Your Representative or Senator in Congress:
    • Find Your Representative: Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member’s website and contact page.
    • Find Your Senator: You can contact your senators by writing a letter or a message using your senator’s web contact form, by calling or by visiting. All questions and comments regarding public policy issues, legislation or requests for personal assistance should be directed to the senators from your state.
  • Reaching Your California State Senator and Representative:

Supporting Others

Getting Training as a Volunteer