Health Center Advocacy Is the Key to Our Future!!
The health center movement began with just two health centers in two communities 45 years ago and has grown to encompass more than 1,200 health centers providing quality, affordable health care to 20 million people in more than 8,000 communities in every state and territory. Support for health centers has continued and grown through countless economic and political ups and downs because there have always been people at the grassroots who made sure policymakers always knew what health centers meant back home. In the 1980s the Federal Health Centers program was almost undone, and were it not for a true grassroots uprising that hit Congress, we would not be talking about health centers today. That grassroots power was due to the fact that health centers are not just in, they are of their communities. Health centers ARE the grassroots and that is the power that sustains us.
As you consider how the benefits of past advocacy have helped your health center and your community, think about how much more still needs to be done. You can prepare to shape the future of health care in Americas by going to the NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Center and help make the right change happen.
Meeting with and communicating with policy makers is only one part of advocacy. Educating your community, highlighting health centers in the media and registering people to vote are all essential elements of effective advocacy. NACHC is committed to giving health center advocates the tools they need to make their voice heard. Please use the tools on this web site and let us know other tools you need or questions you have by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
How You Can Get Involved to Advocate for Health Centers
One person working to raise public awareness and build support for health centers can have a major impact. Many people working together can achieve exponentially greater gains.
So, how can you get involved? It’s easy. Join the NACHC advocacy network and send messages to Congress. Create events to celebrate National Health Center Week. Write letters to the editor. Collect signatures of patients on a petition supporting significant legislation.
As the old saying goes, it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. Policy and opinion makers depend on advocates to help them understand and recognize issues that deserve their support. Without grassroots advocacy, health centers risk losing public support for their needs.
For more ideas on how you can get involved, contact Amanda Pears
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