Storytelling is a critical tool of advocacy. Amplify your health center story by joining in on these national celebrations. We encourage you to use the hashtag, #ValueCHCs, so we can follow along with your stories on social media. 

Advocacy Calendar 2021

January 2021

January 27: National Day of Action

February 2021

Black History Month

February 17: National Day of Action

March 2021

Women’s History Month

March 12: Advocacy Leadership Program

March 14: Board Member Boot Camp

March 15 – 18: NACHC Policy & Issues Forum

March 17: National Day of Action

April 2021

Minority Health Month 

April 5 – 11: Public Health Week

April 27: National Tell A Story Day

May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Older Americans Month

May 4: Congressional Management Foundation Webinar – Grassroots’ Return on Investment: Turning Advocacyinto $$$ for Your Network

May 6 – 12: Nurses Week

May 19: National Day of Action – Infrastructure 

June 2021

Pride Month

June 2: Congressional Management Foundation Webinar – Stay-cation Advocacy: Building Relationships Back Home

June 9 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST: Webinar – Advocacy Storytelling: Winning the Hearts, Minds, and VOTES of Lawmakers People have trouble remembering facts, but they never forget a good story. Effective advocacy appeals to the heart, the head, and political health of the legislator. Learn how to organize and present your stories exercising the tactics actors use. This presentation will include the seven key elements of public policy advocacy storytelling, and walks participants through an exercise to develop their own personal story to move the hearts, minds, and VOTES of lawmakers. Learn about the most effective methods for great advocacy storytelling from Seth Turner, Director of Citizen Engagement of the Congressional Management Foundation. Register herePlease share with board members and staff. This is a great opportunity to get some stories to compel Congress to make a long-term investment in CHCs!

June 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST: Post-Pandemic Advocacy Strategy Call

Register Here

June 30: Infrastructure Day of Action

July 2021

July 3 – 4: America’s Health Centers = America’s Promise Celebration

August 2021

National Immunization Awareness Month

August 8 – 14 – National Health Center Week

Find NHCW Graphics here! 

August 11: National Day of Action

August 22 – 24: NACHC Community Health Institute & EXPO

August 27: Advocacy Leadership Program

September 2021

National Recovery Month 

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)

September 1: Congressional Management Foundation Webinar – Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes of Congressional Decision Making

September 6: Labor Day – CHCs are Economic Engines

October 2021

National Dental Hygiene Month 

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)

November 2021

Diabetes Month 

November 11: Veterans Day

November 27: Small Business Saturday

December 2021

TBD: National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 14: Congressional Management Foundation Webinar – Using Research to Connect the Dots Between You and Your Lawmaker

December 17: ACE Applications Due

Advocacy Calendar 2020

June 2020

June 11 at 4 p.m. EST – Advocacy 101 Webinar: Building Lasting Relationships with Elected Officials

 Advocacy should not always feel like a crisis management tool. It is always important to mobilize your constituents to share their support of your health center. In this session, we will discuss the importance of having an advocacy plan and share some tips on developing your own plan. We will also discuss how to create a sustainable culture of advocacy at your health center because advocacy should be fun!

Click here to view a recording of the webinar. 

June 17 – National Day of Action

June 24 at 3:00 p.m. EST – National Health Center Week 2020 Planning Webinar

Join us for a National Health Center Week (NHCW) 2020 Planning Webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST. During this webinar, we will discuss this year’s theme, best practices for sponsorship, and go over event ideas on how to create space to celebrate your work during NHCW in the time of COVID-19.

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

June 30 – Deadline to submit a 4th of July Virtual Parade Photo

July 2020

July 4 – Virtual 4th of July Parade

America’s Health Centes = America’s Promise Annual Independence Day parades have always been a great way to make our presence known, and remind our neighbors that we are an important part of the community. This year, due to COVID-19 concerns, most parades have either been scaled down or cancelled. Please consider joining HCAdvocacy as we celebrate YOU with a virtual parade. Submit pictures of your staff and patients, consider adding posters declaring why you value community health centers (you can find posters here). The grassroots staff will be putting together a fun virtual parade video to post on-line on July 4th. Make sure to share the video and tag your members of Congress as well as state and local officials to help remind them that important to #ValueCHCs.

Click here to see the virtual parade video.

July 9 at 4 p.m. EST –  Advocacy 101 Webinar: Breaking Through the Noise

Presidential election years can be overwhelming at best and tend to push folks to stand firm on their respective side of the aisle. In this session, we will explore the Congressional calendars to help you find focus on times that are important for health centers and help define the rules for remaining bipartisan as a federally funded entity.

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

July 15 – National Day of Action

August 2020

August 6 at 4 p.m. EST – Advocacy 101 Webinar: Leveraging Social Media

This session will provide tools and ideas for health center advocates to engage social media influencers and build a larger audience platform for their messages. Attendees will learn how to reach broader audiences through compelling narrative storytelling.

Click here to view a recording of the webinar. 

August 9 – 15 – National Health Center Week

September 2020

September 16 – National Day of Action

September 22 – National Voter Registration Day

Click here for Voter Registration tools!

September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day(NVRD), a nonpartisan holiday celebrated by a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals across the country. NVRD is the perfect opportunity to get your staff ready to vote if they have not done so already. VotER has developed a sample email template you can use to encourage your staff, and partners to check their voter registration status!

 Step 1 – identify the best messenger. We recommend the email come from the most senior hospital member that has the ability to send staff-wide emails (ie. Office of the CEO, VP of Community Health, Office of Diversity).

Step 2 –  click on here to download an email template. The customizable template is ready to send.

Step 3 – send the email to staff on September 22 from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.

October 2020

October 14 – National Day of Action

November 2020

November 18 – National Day of Action

December 2020

UPDATED: December 09 – National Day of Action