When elected officials visit your Health Center they have the opportunity to see, first-hand, how your Health Center benefits the community and the constituents they serve.
- Call the elected official’s office and ask for the scheduler. Find a date that is convenient for a visit. Send a letter of invitation and confirmation from your Health Center’s Executive Director and/or Board Chair.
- Notify MPCA about the planned visit—email Colleen Healy at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form. MPCA can provide you with background information on the elected official and help you compile any statistics or information needed to illustrate your concerns.
- Start the visit with a meeting to introduce key Health Center staff and board members and have each explain their role in the operations of the center.
- Give the elected official a packet of reference information about your Health Center (e.g., number of patients served; number of staff/jobs created, employees and volunteers; economic benefits the Health Center creates for the local community; payor mix).
- After the initial meeting provide a tour of the facility. During the tour stress the important role and impact that the Health Center has on the health and well-being of the elected official’s constituents.
- If possible, have the elected official talk with patients of your Health Center. Ask them to convey the importance of the Health Center to them.
- Photograph the elected official’s visit and include a story about the visit in your Health Center’s newsletter or on its website. Send copies of the story to the elected official and MPCA’s Communications Manager, Alyssa Jones, at email@example.com. For local press coverage, coordinate with the legislator’s press secretary.
- Send a thank you note after the meeting and briefly restate your issue. Include any follow-up information that was promised.
- After the meeting, notify MPCA about the results of the meeting—email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.
Health Center Advocacy Resources
Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Health Center Advocacy Resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the Health Center Advocacy Resources webpage.
Need Help Extending An Invitation?
The following MPCA staff member is available to help invite your elected officials to your Health Center:
J. Ryan Grinnell, MPA
Government Affairs Manager