Written by Lynn Williams, NACHC Regional Field Representative
NACHC is training Advocacy Masters, the honor designated to health center advocates who complete the Advocacy Leadership Program (ALP). Last March, advocates gathered for a day
long session at the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum to begin their training. Today ALP graduates – Advocacy Masters- now use skills they developed during the program back home at their health center.
A New Kind of Training: Cultivating Advocacy Leaders in Every Community, a feature article in the Fall/Winter issue of Community Health Forum® Magazine, describes how the ALP is working for health centers and participants alike. It is bringing all levels of health center leaders, marketing, outreach and other staff together with board members for intensive training. One benefit: ALP participants were able to bring home Flip Cams, produce videos and use them for advocacy strategies in the communities they serve.
Stan Chavis, a Board Member at Franklin Primary Health Center in Mobile, Alabama and graduate of the ALP, taped his health center’s National Health Center Week golf tournament and showcased sponsors, golfers and staff. He links to the video in emails when he asks people to become advocates. See Stan’s video here:
Follow-up webinars and a final project prepared ALP graduates to take advocacy in their health center to the next level. Many produced videos as a final project and NACHC has posted a playlist of them on YouTube.
The Advocacy Leadership Program will be offered again at the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum, March 21 – 25, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Click here for full program details. Space is limited but open to all health center advocates and new PCA staff members this session. Every organization needs a super-advocate leading the way. Could you become an Advocacy Master?