The 2020 Policy & Issues Forum has been cancelled!

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Special Programming at the 2020 P&I

Training for New Clinical Directors

**Special Registration Required.**

Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15

New to your role as Clinical Director of your health center? Training for New Clinical Directors is a foundational and essential building block in your career development as a health center Clinical Director. This training provides the core knowledge and competencies that all health center Clinical Directors need to function as effective managers, leaders, and advocates for their health centers and communities. In addition to providing contextual knowledge regarding the history, terminology, political evolution, and regulatory expectations of the health center movement, course content also focuses on developing competencies in evolving health care issues.

The comprehensive course package includes online self-assessment for clinical leadership development core competencies, self-paced eLearning, didactic learning, small group case study discussions, networking opportunities, and follow-up resources. These components are inter-connected and come together to provide you with a high-quality training. As such, your active participation in the entire training is required.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this day and a half training, the participants will have a better understanding of:

  • Their role as the Clinical Director
  • How they can achieve high performance in their role as Clinical Director
  • How they can address and support common clinical and administrative issues in their organization
  • The structure of their organization
  • How they can address their organizationโ€™s future challenges
  • How they can successfully facilitate and affect change in their organization

Presenters Include:
Medical Director
Community Health Centers, Inc.
Salt Lake City, UT

Chief Medical Officer
Lowell Community Health Center
Lowell, MA

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Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program

**Special Registration Required.**

Monday, March 16, 8:30 a.m. โ€“ 12:00 p.m.

The Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP) is an extended skills-building program that will begin during theย 2020 Policy & Issues Forumย on March 16, 2020 and continue through September 2020. 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 and 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 Advocates 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!

Emailย grassroots@nachc.orgย with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the program consist of?
    1. One intensive half-day workshop in Washington, DC during 2020 Policy & Issues Forum (the ALP kick-off workshop will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will cover Health Center Advocacy 101 including the legal dos and donโ€™ts of Health Center Advocacy. Participants will have the opportunity to network with their peers and build other skills.
    2. Four additional advocacy educational sessions offered to all P&I registrants. These educational sessions will occur throughout the course of the P&I and will cover additional topics to those addressed during ALP kick-off.
    3. 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, Using Pictures and Videos for Health Center Advocacy, Voter Registration & Civic Engagement, Congress 101, Developing Relationships with Members of Congress, Advocacy Communications 101, Developing Health Center Advocacy Plans, and more.
    4. 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 โ€œMaster of Advocacyโ€.

  1. 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 ALP participants be someone who can dedicate time to organizing advocacy efforts in order to help foster a culture of advocacy within your health center.
    2. Participants must attend NACHCโ€™s P&I conference in March.
    3. 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 taking action on behalf of your Health Center as part of the program.

  1. How can I participate in the ALP?
    If youโ€™re interested in the ALP or know someone who may be interested, register here. Those interested in participating must commit to attending P&I and the ALP workshop on March 16, attend four educational webinars throughout 2020 and complete an ALP Advocacy Project. The cost of the program is $150 (this does not include the conference registration fee). The program is limited to 50 participants, so make sure to sign up early.