Get Active

What is advocacy?
Whether you know it or not, YOU are involved in advocacy everyday. Advocacy:

  • Asks something of others
  • Demands a change to benefit the lives of many
  • Creates a collective voice
  • Creates a space for public discussion
  • Offers solutions to problems

What is Grassroots Advocacy?
You and Me advocating for change because government policy affects:

  • Our lives
  • Patient lives
  • The services we can provide to our community

Grassroots advocacy brings people together to affect change through action. If your elected officials do not hear from you, we lose an opportunity to ensure that policies benefit Community Health Centers (CHCs) and their patients.

Why should I be involved?

You should become involved because:

  • You care about the health of yourself, family and community.
  • You care about what happens to your CHC.
  • Your legislators want to hear your concerns.
  • Your legislators can only make good policy decisions if they know what you think and how it affects you.

How can I become involved?
You can become involved in a few ways:

  1. Sign up to receive informational emails and action alerts from CCHN that will have an impact on your CHC and your health care. The sign up form can be found here.
  2. Respond to action alerts sent by CCHN on state issues and NACHC alerts on federal issues.

Other Resources: 

How a bill becomes a law
How to testify in front of a legislative committee
Legislative Dos and Don’ts
General rules for election activities for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations