Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program

Friday, March 12, 2021
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
**Special Registration Required**

The Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP) is an extended skills-building program that will begin during the 2021 Policy & Issues Forum on March 12, 2021 and continue through September 2021. It is designed to provide intensive training and hands-on experience in all aspects of Health Center Advocacy.

Health Centers simultaneously encounter various challenges and opportunities on the federal, state, and local levels. Health Center advocacy has never been more important. The NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program is designed to prepare health center and primary care association (PCA) staff, board members, patients, and other supporters with the knowledge and tools to be grassroots advocacy leaders in their health centers and communities. Join the passionate, intelligent, committed, and fun community of advocates!

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Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What does the program consist of?
      1. One intensive half-day virtual workshop in prior to the 2021 Policy & Issues Forum. The ALP kick-off workshop will take place on Friday, March 12, 2021 beginning at 12:00 pm ET. The workshop will cover Health Center Advocacy 101 including the legal dos and don’ts of Health Center Advocacy and best practices. Participants will have the opportunity to network with their peers and build other skills.
      2. Four monthly educational webinars that cover additional advocacy topics of interest. NACHC advocacy staff takes requests for these topics from ALP Participants, but potential topics include Health Center Funding 101, Using Social Media for Health Center Advocacy, Voter Registration & Civic Engagement, Developing Relationships with Congressional Members and Staff, Advocacy Communications 101, Developing Health Center Advocacy Plans, and more.
      3. One ALP Advocacy Project and an informal project presentation to other ALP Participants during one of two webinars held in September. Learn more about the ALP Advocacy Project in the section below.

ALP participants who remain engaged throughout the course of the program and who complete the ALP Advocacy Project will receive a certificate of completion from NACHC and earn the title “Master of Advocacy.”

2. Who should participate in the ALP?

      1. Any health center staff, board members, or patients as well as PCA staff who have not previously participated in the program are eligible. We recommend that each ALP participant be someone who can dedicate time to organizing advocacy efforts in order to help foster a culture of advocacy within your health center.
      2. No more than two individuals per organization may participate in the ALP in a given year.

Advocacy does not have to be your full-time job, but you should be committed to organizing actions on behalf of your Health Center as part of the program.

3. How can I participate in the ALP?

If you are interested in the ALP or know someone who may be interested, register here. Those interested in participating must commit to attending the ALP workshop on March 12, attend four educational webinars throughout 2021 and complete an ALP Advocacy Project. The cost of the program is $25 and does not include the 2021 P&I Forum registration. The program is limited to 40 participants. Please sign up early.