Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP)

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 work to build advocacy engagement within their Health Centers, PCAs, and communities.


Our Fall 2022 ALP Cohort is full. The next cohorot will be launching in Spring 2023.

Email Sarah Francois at with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions: 


  1. NACHC hosts two virtual ALP cohorts each year (Spring and Fall). Each six-month cohort consists of:
    1. One intensive half-day virtual kickoff workshop that covers Health Center Advocacy 101 topics and opportunities for peer networking.
    2. Monthly educational webinars that highlight additional advocacy topics of interest, such as:
      • Health Center Funding 101
      • Developing Advocacy Action Plans
      • Using Social Media for Advocacy
      • Voter Registration & Engagement
      • Building Relationships with Congressional Staff, and more!
  2. Each ALP participant will informally present a final advocacy project at the end of the “semester”.
  3. ALP participants who remain engaged throughout the course of the program and complete a final advocacy project will receive a certificate from NACHC and earn the title “Master of Advocacy”!



  1. Anyone with a connection to the Health Center movement who has not previously participated in ALP is eligible, including:
    • Health Center or PCA staff
    • Board Members
    • Patients
  2. Advocacy does not have to be your full-time job, but we recommend that each ALP participant be someone who can dedicate time to organizing efforts that help foster a culture of advocacy within your organization.


    1. The Fall 2022 ALP Cohort will begin with a virtual half-day workshop on October 7, 2022.
      • The program will continue virtually for a six-month period following the kickoff. Please ensure you are able to participate for the full course.
    2. If you are interested in joining our next ALP cohort, register here.
    3. The cost of the program is $25.
    4. Each cohort is limited to 40 participants, so be sure to sign-up early!