America’s Community Health Centers Participate in National Voter Registration Day
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Community Health Centers across the nation are joining with thousands of other non-profit organizations on September 25, 2012, for National Voter Registration Day. This day is an opportunity for non-profit, non-partisan organizations and individuals to help people register to vote.
Voter registration deadlines vary by state, but registering to vote or updating an individual’s registration on September 25th ensures they will be able to vote in the upcoming November election. This year health centers nationally have already assisted more than 12,000 individuals in registering to vote through an initiative called Community Health Vote.
“America’s Community Health Centers are unique institutions, not just in the health care system, but in the fabric of the communities they serve,” said Kauila Clark, Chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). “The very nature of Community Health Centers makes them an integral part of how Americans from all walks of life become involved in and integrated into their communities -- and a natural place for helping them take the step to be more informed and civically engaged.”
To interview a health center participating in voter engagement, contact Marc Wetherhorn, National Association of Community Health Centers Senior Director of Advocacy and Civic Engagement, at MWetherhorn@nachc.org or (703) 307-8879.
Learn more about National Voter Registration Day at www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org, and learn more about Community Health Vote and how health centers participate in voter engagement at www.CHCVote.org.
America’s Health Centers are local, non-profit, community-directed and federally-supported organizations that provide health care to over 20 million people in more than 8,500 locations. Demand for health center services has grown, especially from the uninsured, whose ranks have swelled to nearly 50 million in the U.S. Health centers provide one-quarter of all primary care visits for the nation’s low-income population. Health centers also generate $24 billion in annual savings to the health care system by keeping people healthy and out of hospital emergency rooms. To find out more about the mission and accomplishments of health centers please visit www.nachc.org.