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PTuA2 - Bright Spots and Lessons Learned from Leveraging Grassroots Organizing Principles to Mobilize Health Center Advocates

‐ Feb 13, 2024 2:45pm

The health center movement is strongly rooted in community advocacy and organizing, with health center advocates adapting strategies when health center funding was either threatened or there was an opportunity to expand it. The strength and reach of health center advocates throughout history is what has resulted in the evolution of the health center program to its present state. Given the current political uncertainties and societal conditions, health centers can navigate these challenging realities by revisiting this history and build upon the strategies to ensure that health center funding remains a priority with elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels.   In January 2023, NACHC recommitted its advocacy efforts to the historic roots of the health center movement by leveraging grassroots organizing strategies to tap into the collective power of advocates at health centers, primary care associations, and beyond. This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear from health center advocates that have participated in NACHC’s Grassroots Organizing Training. They will share how they’ve applied principles and strategies from grassroots organizing within advocacy efforts at health centers and primary care associations. Finally, this session will provide attendees an opportunity to share their current strategies, successes, and challenges as they outline their legislative and advocacy priorities for the year ahead.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how grassroots advocacy and grassroots organizing work together to mobilize health center advocates.
  • Identify resources and opportunities to equip health center advocates as they prepare for advocacy efforts.
  • Explore ways to integrate grassroots organizing strategies into your organization’s advocacy efforts.