National Health Center Week, Aug. 7-13, has been celebrated for more than 30 years to recognize the services and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public-housing health centers. For 30 years, One Community Health has provided access to affordable, high-quality health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people.
While its existence has been made possible through a variety of committed people and organizations, advocacy plays a critical role in its local success.
“There’s no doubt that advocates at the local level have significant influence on our politicians even though they reside part of the year in Washington, D.C.,” said Dave Edwards, CEO of One Community Health.
“We are the local constituents they care about, after all. And what’s interesting is that in an increasingly fractured political climate, health centers have historically received bi-partisan support, which says a lot about the power of advocates who have passionately and effectively raised their voices to create awareness and understanding around the vital mission and services of health centers.”
To help grow the numbers of local Health Center advocates, One Community Health is announcing a new online link (through the National Association of Health Centers), whereby people can sign up to help at p2a.co/o3fIsZd.
Every advocate matters. Advocates will contribute to a greater goal — to increase advocacy nationally from 80,000 to 100,000 individuals this year.
“This goal is ambitious but very important,” Edwards said. “And so what we are looking for is real people who live in our back yard and will let their voice be heard.”