Health Center Advocacy at the 2012 Policy & Issues Forum

This blog post is part of an 8-week series leading up to the 2012 Policy & Issues Forum, March 21-25. The series is designed to complement the guide “Signing On: A Prescription for Success” by providing practical information for health center advocates beginning or continuing a petition/letter drive, with the goal of delivering petitions/letters to Members of Congress.

Did You Know: More than 2,000 health center advocates are going to Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 22, “Hill Day”, to advocate for Community Health Centers! These advocates will meet with Members of Congress and Congressional staff to talk about health centers’ FY2013 funding request and issues of importance to health centers and health center patients, including the Medicaid Program and currently unfunded health center grants.

Each year, health center advocates use Hill Day during the Policy & Issues Forum as an opportunity to meet with Congress in-person in D.C.

>>First time attending the Policy & Issues Forum? Check out “Advocate Logistics for the Policy & Issues Forum and D.C.” on page 6 of the guide “Signing On: A Prescription for Success” for tips on how to navigate Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, and packing suggestions.

If you are one of those health center advocates traveling to D.C. for NACHC’s 2012 Policy & Issues Forum (March 21-25), here is a list of conference sessions* you won’t want to miss:

Sessions to help you prepare for your meetings with Members of Congress

  • Opening General Session, Wednesday, March 21, 3:00-5:30pm, Marriott Ballroom — learn important talking points for your meetings with Members of Congress
  • Understanding Congress, Wednesday, March 21, 12:30-1:30pm, Thurgood Marshall West room — gain a better understanding of how the U.S. House and Senate work, and how to advocate effectively

Grassroots advocacy sessions

  • Voter Registration at Health Centers: Why and How You Should Do It, Wednesday, March 21, 1:45pm – 2:45pm, Thurgood Marshall West room
  • Grassroots Advocacy: Patient Petitions, Social Media, and Beyond, Friday, March 23, 3:00 – 4:30pm, Thurgood Marshall East room
  • Getting the Most Out of National Health Center Week: Event Planning, Sponsorships, and Public Relations, Saturday, March 24, 8:30am – 10:00am, Thurgood Marshall East room

*All of the conference sessions take place at the conference hotel, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, D.C.

Connect with the Campaign during the Policy & Issues Forum: As you attend advocacy sessions and go on Hill visits, post your conference stories and upload pictures on the Campaign For America’s Health Centers’ website. If you tweet, use the hashtag #pi12 to participate in the conference conversation on Twitter.

Safe travels; see you in D.C.!


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