Next Up: National Petition and Letter Drive

Next Up: National Petition and Letter Drive

With a successful one day Call-In effort complete, we simply can’t rest. We have to move right into the next element of our campaign - We are asking EVERY health center to collect petition signatures and patient letters over the next few weeks with a goal of hand delivering messages from hundreds of thousands of people to Members of Congress while they are at home during the week of November 7th-11th 

The November Petition and Letter Drive has four parts:

  1. Begin Collecting Petitions Signatures & Patient Letters IMMEDIATELY: access template petitions and patient letters from the Campaign for America’s Health Center’s website to customize to your health center and community. We understand that many health centers have been actively collecting signatures and letters since the Campaign began over the summer – ALL THE BETTER! Tally what have collected so far and add to your materials in the coming weeks so that all materials can be given to your Member of Congress during “Presentation Week”.
  2. Schedule an In Person Meeting With Your Representative During Presentation Week – November 7th-11th: We have timed this national coordinated Presentation Week to coincide with the House Congressional recess so that health centers would have the best chance possible of scheduling in person meetings with their Representatives. Schedule your meeting with your Congressman and their staff so you can HAND DELIVER all the signed petitions and patient letters you collect and show your Member of Congress in a very concrete way how much the community supports YOUR health center. Once you’ve scheduled your meeting LET US KNOW by emailing us at grassroots@nachc.com.
  3. Alert the Media Send a Press Release & Letters to the Editor about Your Efforts: We want the whole community to know what’s at stake for health centers and how many people have signed on in support!  NACHC will soon be posting Presentation Week Media Templates to the Campaign website so that your health center can prepare and send press materials about your efforts for the November Petition and Letter Drive.  Press materials should include information about how many signatures and patient letters you have been able to collect and your plans to hand deliver your materials to your Congressman during the November Presentation Week. Also, coordinate at your health center to submit Letters to the Editor to your local paper to let the community know what’s at stake for the Health Centers Program and the patients you serve in the community.
  4. Send Tallies and COPIES of Your Petitions & Patient Letters to NACHC: NACHC will be tracking the total number of signatures and patient letters collected nationally and by state. Send us copies of your materials and TALLIES of what you’ve collected for our national tracking efforts. You can send email copies to grassroots@nachc.com or hard copies to: ATTN: Amanda Pears Kelly, NACHC, 1400 Eye St, NW, Suite 910, Washington D.C. 20005