For successful grassroots advocacy, start by organizing and setting up the groundwork so that the right supports are in place. Making advocacy a priority at your health center with clear roles and responsibilities will yield high rates of return. This toolkit serves as a resource to help educate Advocates about health centers and the basics of advocacy. Access the Advocacy Toolkit.
Grassroots Advocacy Action Center
OACHC utilizes an internet-based program to strengthen Community Health Center grassroots efforts and ensure your voice is as strong and loud as it can be with the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio’s Federal Congressional Delegation. It is our goal to increase awareness and educate our lawmakers on all the benefits of Ohio’s Community Health Centers, and we need YOU to make that a reality!
The Grassroots Advocacy Action Center allows OACHC to mobilize Health Center supporters to take political action by sending out (via email):
- “Call to Action” email alerts, asking you to call/email/write your elected officials as Health Center issues arise
- A weekly national legislative e-newsletter
- A monthly state legislative e-newsletter
Sign-up to be an Advocate
To sign-up Health Center staff, patients, board members, and other community supporters to become Health Center advocates please use one of the options below:
You can also download this form and return it to OACHC once completed -Click here
- By fax: 614.884.3108
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By mail: Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, 2109 Stella Court, Columbus, OH 43215
Advocacy trainings are designed to motivate and educate. You will learn the nuts and bolts of how to be a successful advocate for Ohio's Community Health Centers and the Community Health Center model.
During an advocacy training you will learn how to:
- Build your advocacy network
- Be a successful advocate during the legislative process
- Form an advocacy committee at your local health center
- Successfully communicate with elected officials, both in-person and utilizing written communications
Advocacy trainings are appropriate for many audiences, including Community Health Center Boards and Health Center staff. Trainings generally take about an hour and can be tailored to meet your individual group needs.
View the advocacy training webinar here.
The Campaign for America’s Health Centers
Check out The Campaign for America’s Health Centers! America’s Health Centers are special places, not just in the health care system, but in the fabric of the communities they serve. Community, Migrant, Homeless, and Public Housing Health Centers, also known as Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), are non-profit, providers of high-quality, affordable primary and preventive care serving low income and medically underserved communities. Every one of these organizations is a patient democracy, governed by a community board with a patient majority. Currently, 1,200 health centers deliver care through over 8,000 service delivery sites in every state and territory. Health centers save the health care system $24 billion annually in reduced emergency, hospital and specialty care costs.
The Campaign for America’s Health Centers is a project of The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a nonprofit organization formed by America’s health centers. Over the last 40 years NACHC has provided education, training, advocacy and technical support services to health centers and has worked to expand access to primary and preventive care to all people in need through the patient-centered, community-based health center model. Learn more about Health Centers at www.nachc.org.
For assistance and questions, contact Julie DiRossi-King - Chief Operations Officer, email@example.com or 614-884-3101.