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Health Care Advocacy

By Mary Szecsey

Sonoma County Health Centers advocates for health care and public awareness of community health centers on national, state, county, and local levels. Sometimes our advocacy efforts require us to mobilize our volunteers to show support for health care issues that concern our patients and participate in annual health care events in a variety of ways.

Our local advocacy efforts have a need for volunteers to hold signs supporting community health centers for public awareness as a continuation of lobbying efforts at the state and national levels for healthcare reform during peaceful demonstrations.

The Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) is a coalition of health centers in Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, and Marin works with legislators, policy makers, health care providers, health plans, and many other stakeholders to define and shape policies that benefit the health of our communities and the people we serve.

We extend invitations from RCHC and their partners for public support to our volunteers. Through RCHC we have invited volunteers to participate in Candlelight vigils in Santa Rosa during Wednesday Night Market in courthouse square and other peaceful demonstrations.

At the state level we belong to the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), which represents community health centers throughout the state of California to our state legislature.

Every year we attend a “Day at the Capitol” with appointments with our state representatives to discuss issues involving community health centers. In some cases, such as the state budget cuts that wiped out funding for our dental programs, the CPCA asks us to mobilize supporters to come to Sacramento and show support at the state capitol in peaceful demonstrations.

On a national level we belong to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), which represents community health centers throughout the United States to the federal government.

Every year NACHC hosts a National Health Center Week the second week in August to promote public awareness of the contributions of community health centers. In 2017 this will be August 7th thru 13th.  Please sign up on our volunteer page and check the advocacy box if you are interested in this type of volunteer opportunity.

Protect Community Health by Taking Action Now!

California Health+ Advocates With a new President and Congress, healthcare laws in the United States are likely to change beginning in 2017, creating uncertainty for community health centers and their patients. The webpage link below is designed to provide you with the information you need to protect California’s Community Health Centers and their patients.

http://capca.nationbuilder.com/healthcare_2017

Save our Community Health Centers!

Sign up to defend Medicaid and federal Community Health Centers at http://saveourchcs.org/signup.cfm. This gets you signed up directly with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)  for future call-ins and action alerts.

Tell your story!

Have you been positively affected by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? Visit the website http://bit.ly/2111Wwfe to share your story!