NACHC’s advocacy team is excited to announce the Outstanding Advocate for July 2014, Terry Langston, Development Officer for the Center for Family Health (CFH) in Michigan.
Terry joined the CFH staff in November 2013, where he put his 20-plus years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit leadership skills to work. In addition to his formal role as Development Officer, Terry does much of the public relations and social media work for the Center, helping to spread the word about the value of Community Health Centers, and CFH in particular, far and wide.
In March, he attended the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum (P&I) in Washington, DC and participated in the Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP). Held before the start of the conference, the ALP is a day-long, intensive advocacy workshop that teaches participants how to start or strengthen existing advocacy programs at their Health Centers.
Following the P&I, Terry returned to Michigan ready to ramp up CFH’s efforts on NACHC’s Access is the Answer campaign. After collecting over 500 signatures on the Access petition, he set to work on getting letters of support from community partners and local elected officials. His approach to this phase of the campaign was both strategic and deliberate; Terry tailored his message for each audience he approached, and was not only successful in securing more than 15 support letters, but also two resolutions on Access is the Answer from the City Council of Jackson, MI and the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Seeing the success of his efforts on the campaign and the buy-in from senior leadership at CFH, including the CEO and Board Chair, Terry turned his efforts toward establishing a patient advocate committee at the Center. The committee members, four of whom are CFH Board Members, will work directly with him on the creation and implementation of a strategy for further engaging local elected officials, additional community partners, and the community at large in Health Center advocacy. The wide support for making advocacy a priority that Terry enjoys plays a large part in the success of the program he has worked to get up and running.
Terry was recommended for the ALP by the Michigan Primary Care Association’s Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy, Dana Lawrence. “Through his creativity, can-do attitude, and engaging personality, Terry is doing a tremendous job at activating advocates. He is committed to the Health Center mission, and has been successful at garnering local support for the Center for Family Health, thus helping to raise the visibility of the Health Center Program in Michigan.”
Congratulations, Terry, on being our July 2014 Outstanding Advocate!
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