NEW Critical Action Steps on the Federal, State and Local Level to Make the Case for your Health Center
#1: Engage your elected officials
Federal and Senate steps regarding AHCA
A. Email your Senators regarding the AHCA – Health Center Advocates can and should send a message to their US Senators expressing concerns and priorities relative to ongoing work on the AHCA. Click here to email.
B. Health centers should coordinate and work with State/Regional Primary Care Associations to add your Health Centers name to two statewide American Health Care Act (AHCA) Concerns & Priorities Letters. One letter will be addressed to U.S. Senators and the second will be address to the Governor.
C. Submit a Letter to the Editor or Opinion Editorial voicing impacts and concerns relative to the AHCA. Deliver the health center message locally by sharing your concerns and priorities relative to Senate work on the AHCA in your local media.
State and local action steps
D. AHCA Concerns & Priorities Letters: Health Centers may also consider signing and sending their own individual AHCA Concerns & Priorities Letter to State Legislators, County Officials and Mayors to inform your elected officials of the potential impacts of the currently proposed AHCA as well as health center priorities as Congress considers systemic health reform.
E. Coordinate with your PCA to set up in person meetings with your Governor. The best way to make your voice heard as an advocate is to stay engaged with your elected officials. Coordinate with the State/Regional Primary Care Association to set up meetings with your Governor to discuss Medicaid, funding and other issues pertinent to the Health Center Program. Health centers should work with S/R PCAs to ensure their messaging is consistent with state and local priorities.
F. 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.
We also encourage you to share your story with elected officials on social media using #ValueCHCs.
Share your story on Twitter.
Share your story on Facebook.
#2: 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. www.healthcenterweek.org.
#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:
Get the latest information and statistics regarding the Health Centers Program.
Check out health center information specific to your state.
Visualize where health centers are located on a district level.
View graphs, charts, and more with federal health center data.
Advocacy Tools & Materials
Advocacy Centers of Excellence Program
Institutionalize advocacy at your health center by completing the steps in the ACE program.
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.
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.
- Partnership for Medicaid - Statement on Per-Capita Allotment Proposal
- Partnership for Medicaid – Threats to Medicaid policy brief