Health center staff and board members see themselves as advocates on behalf of their health centers' patients. Yet health center organizations are prohibited from participating in political campaign activity or using federal grant dollars to support the costs of legislative advocacy. This information bulletin clarifies definitions and concepts related to legislative advocacy, organizational activity versus personal activity, use of federal and non-federal funds, federal cost principles, federal legislation, and permitted and non-permitted activities.
Important NACHC Library Content Note: This technical assistance resource was developed prior to the August 2017 release of the Health Center Compliance Manual by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). The BPHC Compliance Manual, issued August 2017, indicates where PINS, PALs and other program guidance are now superseded or subsumed by the BPHC Compliance Manual.
This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).