Introduction To CHC Advocacy- Staff Training Sample


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Introduction To CHC Advocacy- Staff Training Sample

  1. 1. Health Center Advocacy Getting Involved Amanda Pears National Association of Community Health Centers
  2. 2. The History of Community Health Centers: In the Beginning <ul><li>1965- Community members in Boston, Massachusetts and Mound Bayou, Mississippi recognize the unmet needs of the poor and underserved in their communities and work to establish the nations first two Community Health Centers (CHC’s). The original health centers were funded under demonstration authority by federal Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the lead agency in the War on Poverty efforts of the Johnson Administration. </li></ul><ul><li>1975- Recognizing the strength, value and success of Community Health Centers, the Health Center Program is officially established under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). The new program provides targeted funding to medically underserved/high impact areas; sets minimum service and consumer majority policy Board requirements. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Makes CHC’s Different <ul><li>Community Health Centers are owned and operated by their communities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Health Center Program is the only healthcare delivery system in the nation that maintains a 51% patient majority consumer board- to ensure the TRUE NEEDS of the community are being represented and cared for! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CHC’s will ALWAYS provide healthcare to anyone and everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. </li></ul><ul><li>CHC’s often provide multiple healthcare services from their sites in order to provide greatest access to care for all patients and ensure all healthcare needs are accounted for- one stop shopping for healthcare. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Advocacy? <ul><li>Giving voice on behalf of another. </li></ul><ul><li>Acting in support of a belief or policy. </li></ul><ul><li>The support of recommendation of a policy. </li></ul><ul><li>What Else?!? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making your voice heard. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standing up for what you believe in. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping others who don’t know how to make their voice heard. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting involved. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving back. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Why is Advocacy Important? <ul><li>If not you, then who else? </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare is for everyone! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the lights on- job security. </li></ul><ul><li>Who knows your community better than you? </li></ul><ul><li>STOP being a bi-stander. </li></ul><ul><li>The people we serve are in the greatest need but receive the least recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability- holding your decision makers accountable. </li></ul><ul><li>Working together- meeting the needs of the community. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Success of Advocacy Achievements and Success <ul><li>Health Center funding- New Jersey receives $45million+ annually because of health center advocacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded services and facilities, as well as benefits for health center employees- Health Centers all over the nation receive support and assistance for expansion, because of health center advocacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Serving more patients- HC’s across the nation are serving nearly 16 million patients from 5,000 sites, because of health center advocacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Saved Big Bird! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Health Center Advocacy What Can You Do? <ul><li>Action = Effective Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Effective advocacy has two requirements: Action and Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Empower Yourself Through Advocacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your level of commitment is directly related to your ability to make an impact. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You MUST demonstrate personal commitment to your issues if you expect to receive the support and commitment of your officials and community members. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Health Center Advocacy What Can You Do? <ul><li>Easy Steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commit to Advocacy- advocacy is not a spectator sport, get involved and stay involved. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay Informed- Ask for updates at staff and community meetings, read updates from NACHC, PCA and the Health Center. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calls and Emails- When you receive an action alert respond then and there. YOUR MESSAGE COUNTS! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell Others- How many people know how you’re involved with the health center and why it’s important? Tell others and ask them to get involved and support the Health Center. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend Health Center Events- Show your support in person and bring your friends! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Health Center Advocacy What Can You Do? <ul><li>Easy Steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6. Build Relationships- policymakers, community leaders, business owners, churches, other healthcare providers, one and all! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7. Vote Strong- Help with voter registration drives and vote for candidates who support the health center. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8. Make it Personal- Tell your story and ask others to share their story as well. Work with your HC Advocacy Coordinator/Advocacy Committee. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9. Show Appreciation- When someone shows support or gets involved with HC advocacy, say THANK YOU! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10. Believe to Succeed! </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Empowering Yourself Through Advocacy The Role of the Health Center Advocate <ul><li>You Are: </li></ul><ul><li>The Educator: educate others about what the health center does for its patients and for the community. </li></ul><ul><li>The Resource: When speaking to officials, community members, or anyone who is ‘new’ to the health center, offer yourself as a resource for information- someone they can call when they have a question, need clarification or help. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Empowering Yourself Through Advocacy The Role of the Health Center Advocate <ul><li>You Are: </li></ul><ul><li>The Constituent: Your voice and perspective counts! Remember that your officials represent you and your interests as a citizen- as well as everyone involved with the HC. </li></ul><ul><li>The Link: Provide officials, community members, and other organizations and businesses a link to the HC. Let people know how many patients are served at the HC. Invite them to the HC to meet with staff and patients, to understand the HC with their own eyes. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Empowering Yourself Through Advocacy The Role of the Health Center Advocate <ul><li>You Are: </li></ul><ul><li>The Expert: You may not have every number or figure, but when you speak about your own experiences YOU are an expert in your field! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personalize the issue, real accounts and testimonials can mean immeasurably more than numbers and figures. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid if you don’t have all the answers- It’s ALWAYS better to refer them to someone who has the right information than to give the wrong answer. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. “… The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” -Mohandas Gandhi