Make the Case for Health Centers

Take Action Now: Contact Your Members of Congress and Ask them to Act Immediately to Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff

  • Use Funding cliff calculator
    Produce a printable infographic demonstrating the funding cliff's potential impact on your health center.

  • Access the Medicaid Impact Statement 
    Generate a printable infographic demonstrating the impact of Medicaid at your health center.

Critical Action Steps on the Federal, State and Local Level to Make the Case for your Health Center

#1: Participate in National Health Center Week 

National Health Center Week takes place August 13-19, 2017. This year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities.” National Health Center Week is a week-long national observance to celebrate and showcase the health center model of care and raise awareness about the critically important role health centers play in America’s communities and to healthcare system as a whole. We encourage all health centers to plan events during National Health Center Week to celebrate the good work of your health center in the community, and equally important, educate elected officials about the important work of your health center and what is at stake for the Health Center Program without continued support and resources from policymakers. Take the following action steps to begin your participation in National Health Center Week:

A. Plan National Health Center Week Event(s) – Visit the National Health Center Week website to access tools and resources to help plan and host successful events

B. Invite your Members of Congress and all elected officials to visit your health center during National Health Center Week – take advantage of template invitations and resources on how to work with elected officials during national Health Center Week.

For more information on National Health Center Week visit.

#2: Engage your elected officials

A. Collect and share patient stories. Continue to show the value of community health centers by collecting stories from patients and sharing stories with elected officials at meetings.  Health centers should collect a minimum of five stories that represent the value of the health center to patients, the effect of loss of coverage for patients or how life has improved as a result of medical coverage and the health center for patients’ lives.

Share your story with us here.

Make sure to coordinate with your State Primary Care Association to collect and present stories to elected officials. 

Template_Orange.pngOne Pager: How to set up story collection at your health center

Template_Orange.pngEditable Postcard for sharing stories

 We also encourage you to share your story with elected officials on social media using #ValueCHCs.

Tweet_Orange.pngShare your story on Twitter.

Facebook_Orange.png Share your story on Facebook.


#3: Build Advocacy Capacity 

Now more than ever a strong and effective Health Center Advocacy Network is critical to maintaining key support and resources to continue the success of the Health Centers Program and to fulfill the health center mission. This include strong advocacy infrastructure, an engaged network of advocates, and a plan for advocacy action at the local health center level. We are asking all health centers to take the following steps to establish a culture of advocacy and help build advocacy capacity at the local level:

A. Create a health center advocacy plan that encompasses localized goals, priorities and metrics for success

B. Recruit at least 50 new advocates to continue building your health center advocate network and empower you community to stand up for your health center.

Use the resources below to enhance advocacy programming and recruitment at your health center:

Template Advocacy Work Plan

Sign up new advocates online

Hard copy advocate sign up form

Get active on social media

Post-election Information

Webinar_Recording_Orange.png Webinar Recording from 2.22.17


Presentation_or_PPT_orange.pngSlides from the 2.22.17 Policy & Advocacy Update

Webinar_Recording_Orange.pngWebinar Recording from 1.18.17

Presentation_or_PPT_orange.pngSlides from the 12.14.16 Policy & Advocacy Update

 Webinar_Recording_Orange.png Webinar Recording from 12.14.16

 Template_Orange.pngTalking Points-the value of health centers, funding and Medicaid

 Template_Orange.pngNACHC Memo: Post-election analysis and 2017 outlook


Health Center Info & Data

Fact_Sheet.pngAmerica’s Health Centers Fact Sheet

Get the latest information and statistics regarding the Health Centers Program.

Fact_Sheet.pngState-level Data, Fact Sheets and Maps 

Check out health center information specific to your state.

Fact_Sheet.pngHealth Center Congressional District Maps/Fact Sheets 

Visualize where health centers are located on a district level.

Fact_Sheet.pngA Sketch of Community Health Centers: Chartbook, August 2016

View graphs, charts, and more with federal health center data. 

Fact_Sheet.pngInfographic: Providing Quality Care, Producing Results


Advocacy Tools & Materials

Advocacy Centers of Excellence Program
Institutionalize advocacy at your health center by completing the steps in the ACE program.

Save_the_date_orange.png 2017 NACHC Congressional Calendar

Fact_Sheet_Orange.png New Member Guide

Template_Orange.pngTemplate Letter from State Legislators to Congress

Template_Orange.pngTemplate Letter from State Legislators to Governors

Health Center Funding Information

NEW: Funding cliff calculator
Produce a printable infographic demonstrating the funding cliff's potential impact on your health center.

Explainer Chart – Health Center Funding Cliff
Check out a visual representation of the cliff.

Infographic: Federal CHC investments in FY15 and FY16

Use this visual tool to demonstrate health centers' reach.

Explainer – mandatory vs. discretionary funding
Understand two important components of federal health center funding.

NACHC March 2016 Policy Paper – Investing in Community Health
Read NACHC's policy paper regarding the importance of sustainable federal funding for health centers.


Medicaid and Health Centers Information

NEW: Medicaid impact statement
Generate a printable infographic demonstrating the impact of Medicaid at your health center.

Health Centers and Medicaid Fact Sheet
Understand how health centers generate value for Medicaid.

FQHC Prospective Payment System One-Pager
Take a look at the basics of the unique PPS rate to health centers.

Partnership for Medicaid homepage
Explore information and resources from this national coalition NACHC participates in focused on preserving and improving the Medicaid program.


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