The Hispanic Advocacy Center Excellence (HACE), a new iteration of NACHC’s Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE), is an initiative to institutionalize grassroots advocacy at health centers by engaging Hispanic patients and community members in advocacy and giving them a role in the health center movement. To begin, start by taking the pledge on behalf of your health center or primary care association. Then, follow the steps below to institutionalize advocacy at your health center and achieve ACE status. The first four steps will get you to Bronze level – step 5 will take you to Silver and step 6 to Gold. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
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Set your advocacy goals.
Incorporate advocacy as a standing agenda item at staff and board meetings.
Schedule a webinar with Shamaal Sheppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) to train advocacy champions at your organization on some health center advocacy basics.
Suggested: Train a minimum of five staff to be advocacy champions or at least one staff person per site your health center serves.
Suggested: use this booth at a minimum of one community event per year.
Host a National Health Center Week event incorporating advocacy outreach.
Organize an open house or community town hall incorporating advocacy outreach.
Leave a sign up form in waiting rooms and around the health center. (Scan and email completed forms to email@example.com.
Suggested: set an individual goal for advocate recruitment, at least 50 advocates a year, and check-in regularly with NACHC for updates.
Engage the local media.
Suggested: publish at least one letter to the editor or op-ed annually.
Partner with another community organization on advocacy and/or civic engagement.