Community Health Centers and Clinics- Strength in Numbers!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I know it’s been awhile since we’ve visited this blog space, but I feel as if our comeback is quite timely!  We just updated our member health organization contact list to reflect the new sites our health centers have opened this past year, and it’s my pleasure to share it with you.  This new list is available for download.  As you scroll through the list, you’ll see we represent 11 non-profit community health organizations with a total of 41 sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 

Last week, my colleagues and I attended the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Annual Conference.  What an incredible experience!  This conference assembled community clinics and health center (CCHC) leadership, staff, and patients from all over California, representing over 800 sites.  This year’s theme: Boldly Moving Forward.

One day, as I walked through the conference’s crowded Exhibit Hall, I thought about how huge we are as an association.  I also thought about the upcoming election, and how as community health center and clinic advocates, we have so much at stake.

Both CPCA and our national association NACHC have been doing a fantastic job getting all of us on the same page about one of the most important practices in health care advocacy…registering our patients and community members to vote.  Encouraging people to vote is another impactful way community health centers empower patients to be advocates for not only their own health, but the health of their families and communities.  Imagine our strength in numbers!

 We all have to do our part.  October 22 is the registration deadline to be able to vote in the November election.  If you haven’t registered, or know someone who needs to, California now offers online voter registration.

One of our member health organizations, Ravenswood Family Health Center recently produced a video for NACHC’s National Health Center Week Video contest that highlights the importance of patient involvement and voting.  They’ve been more than doing their part, also offering voter registration in their clinic lobby.  Perhaps I’m a little biased, but I love this video.  Let me know what you think.  Enjoy!