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.
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
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.
- 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.