Spread the word
Your voice as a health center advocate is incredibly impactful, and so is your influence on your friends, family, colleagues, and community members. Use your voice to spread the word about the importance of advocacy and bring more and more individuals into the Health Center Movement.
Key Communications Resources
In-person Advocacy Recruitment
Is your health center participating in a health fair or community festival? Are you sharing information about your health center at a local church, club, or association meeting? Take along some information about the power of advocacy, and recruit additional advocates while you’re out in the community. Use our resources below to help you with your in-person recruitment efforts.
Online & Mobile Advocacy Engagement
Did you know 100% of the Senate and 97% of the House is active on Facebook or Twitter? The vast majority of Congressional staffers think that social media allows them to have more “meaningful interactions” with their constituents. Social media magnifies the collective voice of health centers and their patients. Our resources listed below will provide best practices for social media use, encourage others to advocate, and allow you to engage with us.
Social Media Campaigns
Join Health Center Advocates from across the country and post the reasons why you #ValueCHCs across social media. This is a great opportunity for the Health Center Advocacy Network to share the value of health centers with their Members of Congress. We encourage advocates to post images on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #ValueCHCs speaking to the ways in which you and your community #ValueCHCs – help us spread the word!
Share how your health center uniquely serves your community by using #MyHealthCenter on Facebook and Twitter. Does your health center provide special services or culturally competent care to your patient population? This is very important for your fellow health center advocates and Members of Congress to know. Here are some examples for inspiration below.
Other Social Media Resources
Text to Advocate
Tell others to text HCADVOCATE to 52886 to become an advocate.
Social Media Policies
Click here to download sample social media guidelines for health centers. You may also use the following resources curated by NACHC to coordinate social media for your health center:
Protecting Your (and Your Employer’s) Professional Reputation Online(Community Health Forum article)
My Patient Wants to Friend Me on Facebook! (Community Health Forum article)
Anything You Post Can, and May, Be Used Against You (Community Health Forum article)