Hispanic individuals represent nearly 35% of the Health Center population. The sheer size and growth rate of this population demands attention from policymakers and policy influencers alike. Additionally, Health Centers are in a unique position, being knowledgeable about communities they serve, to encourage and support their patients in efforts to be politically and civically active.
The Hispanic population is unique – many individuals are new or recent immigrants, and a significant proportion prefer Spanish to English. In consideration to some of the unique aspects of this community, including differing backgrounds and cultures, NACHC will work to build and grow advocacy programming that encourages participation among Hispanic communities in a linguistically and culturally competent way. The goal of the Hispanic Advocacy Project (HAP) is to engage the Hispanic community in supporting Health Centers in order to further the Health Center Movement through advocacy and increase the power and effectiveness of the voice of Health Center patients.
The four principle activities of the HAP work in conjunction to engage Hispanic communities around Health Centers in advocacy:
1. Conducting targeted grassroots advocacy development at Health Centers in geographically diverse areas with majority Hispanic population
NACHC works with individual health centers and primary care associations (PCAs) to pilot various resources and advocacy activities and garner best practices.
2. Growth of the Hispanic Advocacy Grassroots Action Network
NACHC regularly disseminates advocacy communications in Spanish via email and text message with culturally competent messaging in an effort to engage Spanish-speakers in health center advocacy. Individuals can sign up for these communications here. Health Centers and PCAs are encouraged to recruit new advocates to the Hispanic Advocacy Network and register them to receive these Spanish-language communications.
3. Access to a library of national resources and training development
NACHC develops materials including best practices, fliers, social media tools, and more that supports health center advocacy initiatives. These resources can be found on the Sea un Defensor section of the Health Center Advocacy Network. These resources include advocacy materials in Spanish for various campaigns and National Health Center Week. Finally, the NACHC advocacy team hosts at least quarterly Spanish-language advocacy trainings via webinars, NACHC conferences and at some PCA conferences, stream forums, and other venues.
4. Engagement of the HAP network
Participating HAP sites, PCAs, and other interested parties connect monthly via phone and in-person at some national conferences to share best practices, lessons learned, and feedback regarding engaging the Hispanic health center patient population in advocacy.