Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Grassroots Advocacy brings arguments for or against a specific issue directly to legislators and government officials. Government officials gain a deeper understanding of how issues affect the people of their district/state. An opportunity to influence decisions and be involved in a process for change.
What is Advocacy Day?
New York’s stated priority is to transform the health care system by providing access to high-quality, coordinated care through the integration of primary care and other community-based care; however, there has not been an equitable investment in the community-based health care sector to support this work.
Since 2014, 6% of the $2.8 billion allocated for healthcare transformation has gone to non-hospital community-based health care providers, including FQHCs. Community-based providers need access to resources to support transformation activities including integration of services, reimagined care coordination models in preparation for value based payment, modernization and expansion of facilities, and solidification of new and existing partnerships to address social determinations of health.
On Advocacy Day, New York health centers go to Albany to explain to our government officials the importance of health centers, what our mission is, and how we are working toward the same goal of transforming the health care system.
When is Advocacy Day?
Monday, March 6, 2017.
How can I advocate for health centers?
Even the people that support community health centers, but can’t attend in Albany have many options as to how to reach out to our elected officials and advocate!
Here are a few ways you could participate:
- Utilize social media
- Make an appointment to meet with local officials
- Advocate in groups
- Attend Town Hall meetings
- Write a letter
- Make a phone call
When speaking with elected officials, we have heard that making a phone call and an appointment to speak face-to-face are the most effective methods for advocating.
Using your voice and telling your story about how important community health centers are to you is what we need! Knowing how they have helped people in the community is what Advocacy Day is all about!
For more information about community health centers and Cornerstone Family Healthcare, please visit: www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org