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2018 Advocacy

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Day at the Capitol

Health center providers, patients and staff joined Alameda Health Consortium to advocate for laws that matter most to us. In an energizing Day at the Capitol, our visits with lawmakers benefited from fantastic advocates from Community Health Center Network’s Care Neighborhood and Axis Community Health, Asian Health Services, La Clínica de La Raza, LifeLong Medical Care, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. and West Oakland Health. We thank the staff and legislators who took time to discuss ensuring and expanding access to primary care, mental health services and care coordination to benefit the patients in our communities.

Advocates Take to Capitol Hill

On March 15, Consortium member health centers joined thousands of health center advocates on Capitol Hill to say “thank you” to Members of Congress for fixing the health center funding Cliff and to share stories of how our people-powered movement cares for 27 million patients nationwide. In visits to Representatives Barbara Lee, Eric Swalwell and Ro Khanna, advocates discussed long-term funding for health centers and the urgent need to defend Medicaid and immigrant patients. They shared story after story that showcased the broad range of clinical expertise and specialties at health centers that keep our patients healthy, and save the health system money.  Launching a new event this year, the five Bay Area Regional Consortia representing more than 900,000 patients hosted a morning event on Capitol Hill for advocates and congressional staff and members. We had much to celebrate, including our joint power to mobilize advocates with our policymaker partners and other allies.

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Advocates Take to Capitol Hill

On March 15, Consortium member health centers joined thousands of health center advocates on Capitol Hill to say “thank you” to Members of Congress for fixing the health center funding Cliff and to share stories of how our people-powered movement cares for 27 million patients nationwide. In visits to Representatives Barbara Lee, Eric Swalwell and Ro Khanna, advocates discussed long-term funding for health centers and the urgent need to defend Medicaid and immigrant patients. They shared story after story that showcased the broad range of clinical expertise and specialties at health centers that keep our patients healthy, and save the health system money.  Launching a new event this year, the five Bay Area Regional Consortia representing more than 900,000 patients hosted a morning event on Capitol Hill for advocates and congressional staff and members. We had much to celebrate, including our joint power to mobilize advocates with our policymaker partners and other allies.

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Red Alert Day

On February 6, we joined health centers across the country in wearing red to support health centers on #RedAlert4CHCs day of action.  Congress had still not acted on its commitment to fund our health centers which provide medical, dental and behavioral health services to 1 out of every 6 Medicaid recipients in our nation. The day of action came three days before the next opportunity to reauthorize funding to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. On February 9th, Congress re-authorized a two-year extension of funding!

2017 Event Highlights

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Defending Affordable Care

How might people in the East Bay be affected by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act? Watch this video from ALL IN Alameda County to find out. “No one should have to worry about not having enough money to be well,” says one health center patient from LifeLong Medical Care.  We couldn’t agree more.  Thanks to persistent, loud advocacy by health center supporters, multiple attempts to repeal the bill in 2017 failed. But, we must remain vigilant in the face of future attempts to cut health care, including Medi-Cal benefits, from those who need it most.

Day at the Capitol 2017

The Alameda Health Consortium led a successful Day at the Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 3rd with dynamic participation and moving stories from community health centers. Our delegation made a clear impression on lawmakers.  After leaving their offices, the Consortium received requests from lawmaker staff for additional information. The 35-member team of health center leaders, physicians, board members and staff, including community health workers – representing all eight health centers in the Consortium – look forward to carrying their energy forward as we continue to stay loud in the face of uncertainty.   In each visit delegates urged lawmakers to consider bills to improve care coordination and access to substance abuse and specialty mental health services. They also pointed out budget threats to the health care workforce, Newly Qualified Immigrant coverage, and pharmacy payment (340B).  Finally, they led frank discussions about the need to defend federal attacks on health care and on our immigrant patients.  With advocates committed to their patients and to the mission of providing healthcare for all, we can tackle the challenges ahead.   View more photos from the day here.

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Day at the Capitol 2017

The Alameda Health Consortium led a successful Day at the Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 3rd with dynamic participation and moving stories from community health centers. Our delegation made a clear impression on lawmakers.  After leaving their offices, the Consortium received requests from lawmaker staff for additional information. The 35-member team of health center leaders, physicians, board members and staff, including community health workers – representing all eight health centers in the Consortium – look forward to carrying their energy forward as we continue to stay loud in the face of uncertainty.   In each visit delegates urged lawmakers to consider bills to improve care coordination and access to substance abuse and specialty mental health services. They also pointed out budget threats to the health care workforce, Newly Qualified Immigrant coverage, and pharmacy payment (340B).  Finally, they led frank discussions about the need to defend federal attacks on health care and on our immigrant patients.  With advocates committed to their patients and to the mission of providing healthcare for all, we can tackle the challenges ahead.   View more photos from the day here.

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Celebrating ACA

On March 23rd, the 7th Anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, Alameda Health Consortium coordinated lunchtime events at 55 health center sites across the East Bay to congratulate community health center staff for their critical contribution to building healthy communities. Several elected officials, and representatives from 9 others, went to the various sites to thank the more than 1,500 staff gathered at the simultaneous noontime events to share how Medi-Cal expansion under the ACA has boosted their ability to serve people in their neighborhoods who would otherwise have gone without care.

February 18 Town Halls

As members of Congress were home in their districts during winter recess, communities around the country gathered to voice their concerns, hopes and solutions for the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Here in the East Bay, Alameda Health Consortium (AHC) worked with the offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan and Congressman Eric Swalwell to host two dynamic and well-attended “Save ACA” events on February 18, part of a nationwide day of action.

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February 18 Town Halls

As members of Congress were home in their districts during winter recess, communities around the country gathered to voice their concerns, hopes and solutions for the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Here in the East Bay, Alameda Health Consortium (AHC) worked with the offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan and Congressman Eric Swalwell to host two dynamic and well-attended “Save ACA” events on February 18, part of a nationwide day of action.

Alameda Health Consortium 2016 Event Highlights

Voter Registration and Education, 2016

Alameda Health Consortium member health centers are helping to register their communities to vote. We join other health centers, community organizations and health agencies to provide voter education opportunities and other resources. A healthy community votes!

Election Key Dates

Voter Registration Deadline  Monday, October 24, 2016

Vote by Mail Period Begins  Monday, October 10, 2016

Last Day to Request Mail-In Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.

Election Day  Tuesday, November 8

Register online here

Election Key Dates

Voter Registration Deadline  Monday, October 24, 2016

Vote by Mail Period Begins  Monday, October 10, 2016

Last Day to Request Mail-In Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.

Election Day  Tuesday, November 8

Register online here

Other Online Resources

Community Health Votes

Nonprofit Votes

National Council of La Raza

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) MyHealthVotes

NAACP Voter Empowerment toolkit

Voter’s Edge – for information on what’s on your ballot

Voto Latino – Media campaigns aimed at Latinos engaged in democracy. See their VoterPal app to learn how to register friends.

California Primary Care Association (CPCA), Day at the Capitol, Sacramento, April 20, 2016

This event allows physicians, clinicians, directors, patients and health center advocates to engage in dialogue with legislators and legislative staff about budget and legislative priorities impacting community clinics and health centers.

California Primary Care Association (CPCA), Day at the Capitol, Sacramento, April 20, 2016

This event allows physicians, clinicians, directors, patients and health center advocates to engage in dialogue with legislators and legislative staff about budget and legislative priorities impacting community clinics and health centers.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy & Issues Forum

Washington D.C., March 17-19, 2016: This event focused on the latest in state and federal government policies affecting Community Health Centers and health care for millions of Americans.

  • California Endowment Campaigns
    • Get Covered/ Asegúrate: A big part of being healthy is having access to preventative care. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, The California Endowment saw an opportunity for millions of Californians to gain access to health coverage. So far, over 2 million Californians enrolled into Medi-Cal. Click here to learn more.
    • Health Happens with Prevention Campaign: The Endowment helped support more than 2 million Californians to enroll into Medi-Cal, however, millions are still uninsured  and the California Endowment continues to educate and enroll Californians into health care coverage. Click here to read more.                                                5