As the year comes to a close, here at the Partnership, we’re already looking to 2012, and planning our communications and advocacy activities. As I’m trying to chart out the year ahead, I find myself reflecting upon our communication and advocacy efforts this past year. What are my lessons learned? What advice would I give to others? I then think back to the social media panel I participated in at NACHC’s Financial, Operations, Management, and Information Technology Conference in November. A few weeks ago, I gave a recap on the panel, and summarized the great advice my fellow community health center advocates shared for successful social media campaigns. I’m taking all of their suggestions to heart, as one of my resolutions is to be more active with my “e-advocacy.” ..
This week, I attended NACHC’s Financial, Operations Management, Information Technology Conference to speak at a social media panel titled “Rethinking the Role of Social Media in FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers).” The panel was initiated by Aldon Hynes, Social Media Manager for CHC, Inc., an FQHC in Connecticut, and the speakers included Aldon, myself, Pedro Toledo, Director of Community and Government Affairs at the Redwood Community Health Coalition, and Micah Clemens, Assistant Director of Communications at NACHC. As speakers, our goal was to share best practices with health centers about developing good social media campaigns. I learned quite a lot from my fellow panelists. ..
Last week, Community Health Partnership with one of our member health centers Gardner Family Health Network presented Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren with the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) Community Health Advocate Award. NACHC bestows this recognition upon members of Congress who have shown exceptional leadership in preserving, strengthening, and expanding access to America’s health centers. For those of us in Santa Clara Valley, it’s no secret that Representative Lofgren is a champion of community health centers. ..