NACHC’s advocacy team is excited to announce the Outstanding Advocate for January 2016, Emily Fetterhoff, Director of Communications & Advocacy at HRHCare Community Health.
Since joining HRHCare more than five years ago, Emily has worn many hats at HRHCare. Prior to her current role in Communications, she held positions in Advocacy, Special Projects for the CEO, and Community Initiatives. She was introduced to Community Health Centers as an AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps volunteer, where she gained invaluable experience working directly with special populations including migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, new immigrants, people living in public housing, and people who are homeless. Emily has a wide range of experience in marketing and communications, business development support, outreach, event planning, program development & implementation, and patient engagement. She also worked on the health care reform campaign in 2009 with Health Care for America NOW. Emily studied Health Policy and Administration at the Pennsylvania State University and completed the Geiger-Gibson Fellowship in Community Health Policy and Leadership at George Washington University.
With such extensive experience in the health care world, it’s no wonder Emily is so passionate about the Health Center movement and a driving force behind HRHCare’s advocacy efforts.
During the advocacy push to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff, Emily and her colleague, Nick Cannell, created impactful videos to engage Health Center advocates to call on their Members of Congress to find a solution. Incredibly creative and at times lighthearted, the videos address the serious challenge Health Centers were facing, and do a great job of bringing the message home that access to health care through Health Centers is the answer. HRHCare’s innovative approach to advocacy
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Emily took her efforts a step further in recent months, drawing on her experience working with special populations; she and the HRHCare advocacy team have established an advocacy initiative to engage the Spanish-speaking population in HRHCare’s service area. A designated site as part of NACHC’s Hispanic Advocacy Project, HRHCare provides special programming and materials/support to Hispanic patients and community members in order to help them understand and engage with issues impacting Health Centers that need a patient voice. In the coming year, HRHCare will be launching an exciting new look for this program, an enhanced section on their website, and email subscription list to further engage with Spanish-speaking advocates.
HRHCare CEO, Anne Nolon, says of Emily: “She is an effective, dedicated, emerging leader who believes in our mission and is integral to our Health Center advocacy agenda. For HRHCare, this job is a big one because our geography is so extensive. We have 10 Senators and Representatives in Washington and 40 in the New York State Legislature and Emily carries out organizing our advocacy efforts working with NACHC and CHCANYS [Community Health Center Association of New York State] to coordinate our health center grassroots efforts. She does a tremendous job. We are so proud of her selection as January’s NACHC Advocate!”
Thank you, Emily, for all of your hard work and efforts to keep advocacy moving forward at HRHCare and beyond!
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