Two More Advocates!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays! I hope you’re reading this from a comfy couch at home or somewhere pleasant on vacation. If you’re reading from your work station, don’t feel alone! It’s ok, because our Partnership office is open too. It feels good to be with my work family, though I’m missing two individuals in particular today- Joseph and Son. ..

The Three Es of E-Advocacy

Friday, December 16, 2011

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.” ..

Rethinking the Role of Social Media in FQHCs

Friday, November 18, 2011

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.   ..

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren: Community Health Advocate

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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.   ..

Bill ideas, anyone?

Friday, October 28, 2011

A few months ago, I got accepted as a fellow in the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI), a program of the Women’s Foundation of California that is dedicated to training women on how to do public policy work in the backdrop of our state’s capitol, Sacramento.  The training program draws from the “learn by doing” model, placing people in teams to develop and implement a policy advocacy project in an area or issue of interest.  Considering that Community Health Partnership’s mission  is to advocate for affordable and accessible health care for all, participating in the WPI is a golden opportunity to enhance my skills as a health policy specialist. ..