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. Photos here
2017 Event Highlights
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.
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.
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!
Other Online Resources
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.
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.
- Health4All Campaign: Letter to the Editor
- The Alameda Health Consortium stands for the Health4All Campaign. Click here to read a letter to the editor our intern wrote to the Oakland Tribune and their parent website, Inside Bay Area, in response to MediCal expansion for undocumented children/youth.
- Meet our 2015 Dream Resource Center Interns
- During the months of June-August 2015, Michelle Lin and Katiuska Pimentel have been working on various projects relating to information on health resources for DACA/DAPA/ undocumented residents in Alameda County, including resource guidelines and an enrollment brochure. In addition, Katiuska and Michelle are responsible for putting together the 2015 Clinic Appreciation Award Video, creating alcohol consumption guideline educational material, and creating a storytelling template for future advocacy campaigns. They are also planning to produce outreach material from the stories of the undocumented and uninsured who receive medical coverage at our clinics.
- In the photo: 2015 AHC’s intern Katiuska Pimentel, La Clinica de la Raza CEO Jane Garcia, and AHC’s intern Michelle Lin
- Success for Community Health Centers Funding Advocacy Efforts!
- The President has signed into law the Medicare and CHIP Re-authorization Act of 2015. This law includes a 2-year extension of critical mandatory funding for Community Health Centers, as well as for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Click here to read more.
- 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.
- iAmerica Immigration Resource Fair, Alameda County, April 4, 2015: Working with the Alameda Labor Council, this event provided the community with immigration resources, AB 60 information, and health care enrollment assistance.