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Advocacy Leadership Program

Advocacy Leadership Program

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!

 

Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program participants must register for and attend the full Policy & Issues Forum.

 

Tuesday, March 16, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

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The Grassroots Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP) is an extended skills-building program that will begin during the 2020 Policy & Issues Forum on March 16, 2020 and continue through September 2020. It is designed to provide intensive training and hands-on experience in all aspects of Community Health Center Advocacy.

 

Email grassroots@nachc.org with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How can I participate in ALP?

If you’re interested in ALP you can register here. Those interested in participating must commit to attending P&I and the ALP workshop on March 16, attend four educational webinars throughout 2020 and complete an ALP Advocacy Project.

 

The cost of the program is $150 (this does not include the conference registration fee). The program is limited to 50 participants, so make sure to sign up early.

What does ALP involve?

  1. One intensive half-day workshop in Washington, DC during 2020 Policy & Issues Forum (the ALP kick-off workshop will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The workshop 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 additional advocacy educational sessions offered to all P&I registrants. These educational sessions will occur throughout the course of the P&I and will cover additional topics to those addressed during ALP kick-off.
  3. 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.
  4. One ALP Advocacy Project and an informal project presentation to other ALP Participants during one of two webinars held in September. 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”.

Who Should Participate in ALP?

  1. 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.
  2. Participants must attend NACHC’s P&I conference in March.

*No more than two individuals per organization may participate in the ALP in a given year.*