A Message from NACHC on New Community Health Vote Tools
Community Health Vote Announces New Tools
for Voter Engagement at Health Centers
As more and more health centers are participating in our non-partisan Community Health Vote campaign, we will continue to roll out new tools and information to help and encourage staff and clients in this effort. If you have not already downloaded our Community Health Vote Toolkit, I encourage you to do that now. In addition to the toolkit, we are also now making available:
Online Voter Registration: We are excited to announce a new Community Health Vote tool that allows anyone to register to vote or update their voter registration online, while at the same time giving individuals the opportunity to sign up for Community Health Vote reminders via text or email. Individuals can also sign up as health center advocates through the same site. This new tool is now live at http://www.saveourchcs.org/register-to-vote.cfm. Any health center can use this tool to allow patients and staff to register, and you can even use it on your own health center website to track how many people your center helped register to vote. To receive a custom registration tool, email CHCVote@nachc.org.
Civic Engagement Videos: Tom Perez, J.D., M.P.P. (Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice) and Dr. H. Jack Geiger (co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights and Physicians for Social Responsibility, and one of the fathers of the Health Center Program) spoke passionately about voter registration as a responsibility for health centers during the 8th Annual Geiger Gibson Symposium at the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum in March. Whether or not you were able to attend this year's Policy & Issues Forum, you won't want to miss what they said. Click here to view the videos; we hope you will also share these videos with your colleagues to help inspire them to get involved in your health center's voter registration effort.
May 22 Tele-Forum: As a follow up to his remarks at the P&I, Dr. Geiger will be the guest for a NACHC Tele-Forum open to all health center advocates on Tuesday, May 22, at 2pm ET. Please plan to join us to hear from Dr. Geiger, along with Bob Brandon, President of the Fair Elections Legal Network, to learn more about the importance of non-profit, non-partisan voter registration, and to ask any questions you may have. To join the Tele-Forum, we'll call you! Just update your advocate profile to include a direct phone number in the Tele-Town Hall field.
As always, we welcome feedback – Let us know what kind of voter engagement activities your health center is offering or planning. How are you using the toolkit and other tools we are providing? What additional tools or resources do you need? Please send your feedback and questions to us at CHCVote@nachc.org.
Even if you haven’t started yet, there is still time for every health center to help dramatically increase voter participation in its community. Make it happen!
National Advocacy Director, NACHC
Posted on Mon, April 30, 2012
by Patricia Christensen