Health Care Advocacy
West County Health Centers advocates for health care and public awareness of community health centers on national, state, county, and local levels. Sometimes our advocacy efforts require us to mobilize our volunteers to show support for health care issues that concern our patients and community. Our advocacy efforts include visits with legislators and policymakers, letter-writing campaigns, voter registration drives, letters-to-the editors, and community events.
The Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) is a coalition of health centers in Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, and Marin counties of which West County Health Centers is a member. RCHC works with legislators, policy makers, health care providers, health plans, and many other stakeholders to define and shape policies that benefit the health of our communities and the people we serve.
At the state level we belong to the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), which represents community health centers throughout the state of California to our state legislature.
On a national level we belong to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), which represents community health centers throughout the United States to the federal government.
Every year NACHC hosts a National Health Center Week the second week in August to promote public awareness of the contributions of community health centers. In 2019 National Health Center Week will be August 4th-10th. The NACHC encourages us to celebrate with special events such as health fairs, open houses, media events, receptions, and public forums all of which require volunteer support.
To learn more please contact:
Volunteer Programs Office
(707) 823-3204 ext. 6454