Every Health Center & Advocate Called on to Take Action in "Access is the Answer" Campaign
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Today the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) launched the new "Access is the Answer" campaign
during a national teleforum. The goal of the
campaign is to show every policymaker and every American that protecting
and investing in Health Centers is a solution to many of the most
difficult problems facing our health care system. It is critical that
every Health Center and every advocate participate in the "Access is the Answer" campaign by taking these three easy action steps:
1) Sign and circulate the Access is the Answer petition—this
is a continuation of the successful "Fix the Cliff" petition drive from
2013 and calls on Congress and the President to commit to preventing a
70% reduction in Health Center program funding that looms at the end of
Fiscal Year 2015. The first campaign goal is for every single Health
Center across the country to collect at least 500 signatures by the end of March 2014.
2) Every Health Center collect at least 5 support letters from your Local Elected Officials—visit the Local Elected Officials Letter page to access templates and report forms.
3) Every Health Center collect at least 10 support letters from Community Supporters,
such as your local hospital, chamber of commerce, civic groups,
churches and others—visit the Community Supporter Letter page to access
templates and report forms.
Both the petition and letters are addressed to Congress and the
President and send a critical message about the importance of supporting
Health Centers and showcase the outpouring of key support from the
entire community back home. If you were unable to listen to the February
11th live teleforum, click here
for a transcript and recording of the call. You can also watch a video
message from NACHC's Senior Vice President for Public Policy &
Research, Dan Hawkins, explaining the campaign and how YOU and YOUR
HEALTH CENTER can take action.