Advocacy Programs


Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) Program

NACHC’s Advocacy Center of Excellence, or ACE, Program supports and recognizes health centers that achieve specific measures of advocacy success and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advocacy by making it an organizational priority. ACEs collaborate with NACHC and their state Primary Care Associations regarding federal policy issues and critical state and local-level policy topics impacting health centers and their patients. There are three levels of ACE status: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each designation is valid for two years. There is a checklist of items a Health Center must complete to become an ACE.

The Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP) is a six-month education and skills-building program, offered twice a year. Community Health Centers encounter many challenges and opportunities on the federal, state, and local levels. We know advocate burnout is real, but Health Center advocacy has never been more important. The NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP) is a virtual skill-building program that provides extended training, resources/tools, and hands-on experience to emerging leaders as they build advocacy engagement within their Health Centers, PCAs, and communities.

The Social Media Advocacy Access is designed to be an easy-to-use, one-stop shop for Community Health Center graphics and messaging. Within the Google Drive, you can find graphics and messages by category ready to download and share on social media. Remember to tag your elected officials to remind them of the innovative ways you strengthen and support your community.