Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP)

Community Health Centers simultaneously encounter various challenges and opportunities on the federal, state, and local levels.  Health Center Advocacy has never been more important. The NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program is designed to prepare Health Center and primary care association (PCA) staff, board members, patients, and other Advocates with the knowledge and tools to be grassroots advocacy leaders in their health centers and communities. Join the passionate, intelligent, committed and fun community of Advocates!


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The ALP program will begin with half-day virtual training at both NACHC’s Policy and Issues Forum and NACHC’s Community Health Institute & Expo.  The program will continue for a six-month period following the conference to continue advocacy training and skill-building virtually.


The cost of the program is $25 (this does not include the conference registration fee). The program is limited to 40 participants, so make sure to sign up early.

  1. One intensive half-day workshop which will cover Health Center Advocacy 101 including the legal dos and don’ts of Health Center Advocacy. Participants will have the opportunity to network with their peers and build other skills.
  2. Four monthly educational webinars that cover additional advocacy topics of interest. NACHC advocacy staff takes requests for these topics from ALP Participants, but potential topics include Health Center Funding 101, Using Social Media for Health Center Advocacy, Using Pictures and Videos for Health Center Advocacy, Voter Registration & Civic Engagement, Congress 101, Developing Relationships with Members of Congress, Advocacy Communications 101, Developing Health Center Advocacy Plans, and more.
  3. One ALP Advocacy Project and an informal project presentation to other ALP Participants during one of two webinars held at the end of the “semester.” Learn more about the ALP Advocacy Project in the section below.


ALP participants who remain engaged throughout the course of the program and who complete the ALP Advocacy Project will receive a certificate of completion from NACHC and earn the title “Master of Advocacy”.

Any Health Center staff, Board Members, or patients as well as PCA staff who have not previously participated in the program are eligible. We recommend that ALP participants be someone who can dedicate time to organizing advocacy efforts in order to help foster a culture of advocacy within your health center.

Interested in how the 2021 ALP Spring Cohort will be doing?