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Board Member Advocacy Certificate (BMAC)

Program is currently on hold

What is the Board Member Advocacy Certificate (BMAC)?

BMAC is a program designed to help educate and engage board members on advocacy and policy issues. Much like the Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) Program, BMAC consists of a checklist of advocacy-related programming a participant must complete in order to be eligible for the certificate. Board members can and should be powerful and effective advocates for their Health Centers, and this program is intended to help connect them to information and best practices that they can use to create a culture of advocacy at their organization.


Check out the flyer on BMAC for more information!


Miss the BMAC launch webinar? Click to view the recording and download a copy of the slides.

Who is eligible/should participate?

All Health Center Board Members are eligible to complete the Board Member Advocacy Certificate. Board Members do NOT have to be NACHC individual OR organizational members to participate; this program is open to everyone.


Click here to download a flyer on the BMAC Program!

Download a copy of the checklist/application

Click here for a hard copy of the BMAC checklist.

Click here for an online version of the BMAC checklist.

All required programming must be completed within an 18-month period.

Upcoming Programming

Due to a shortage of staff, the BMAC Program is on hold indefinitely. We hope to have this and other programs back up and running soon!

Access Past Programming

Click here for Advcocacy Leadership: The Board’s Role in Leading & Planning Advocacy (November 2017)

Click here for Board Member Advocacy 101 (April 2018)

Click here for NHCW 2018 Kick-Off (May 2018)

Click here for Overview of NACHC’s Board Member Programming (July 2018)

Frequently Asked Questions

I participated in a webinar/conference session on this list a few months ago (before I was officially working toward BMAC). Does that count?

Any activities completed on or after January 1, 2017 count toward completion of the certificate.

What if I can’t attend all three NACHC conferences listed, but attend my state’s primary care association conference instead?

Attending an advocacy session at your primary care association’s annual conference can be substituted for attendance/participation at any (one) NACHC conference.

My state’s primary care association doesn’t hold an annual conference. How do I complete that item on the checklist?

NACHC is aware that there are states whose PCAs do not organize an annual conference. NACHC will work with the PCA to provide some form of advocacy training for all advocates in that state, including board members who want to complete BMAC.

I read/heard that a board member completing BMAC makes my Health Center eligible for Gold ACE status, is that true?

Completion of BMAC alone does not make a Health Center eligible for Gold ACE status. All Bronze and Silver items, as well as the other Gold items, must be completed in order for a Health Center to be approved as a Gold ACE. However, if a board member has completed BMAC, their Health Center does NOT also have to complete the ALP participation requirement; Gold status requires EITHER ALP or BMAC participation.

Does my Health Center have to be a NACHC member in order for me to complete BMAC?


Does my Health Center have to be (or in the process of becoming) an Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) in order to complete BMAC?