Passage of health care reform in March 2010 – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – was only the first step in changing our health care system. Thousands of our neighbors, especially those in our most vulnerable rural communities, will now be able to access vital health care services and improve their lives. It’s time for all of us to turn the promise of these reforms into reality. The challenges we face in expanding services to meet new demand, modernizing facilities, recruiting and training a 21st century workforce, and improving health care outcomes, are daunting.
To do that, we need you to get involved and help transform your community into a vibrant, healthy one.
What You Can Do
Being an effective advocate for community health centers and the people they serve is simple. First, learn about the issues facing our communities. The Hawai‘i Primary Care Association provides a complete set of resources for advocates here on our website. You can also attend our annual conference held in October to learn all about issues facing our state and what we need to focus on during the legislative session.
Second, get involved. Write a letter to your legislator, or local newspaper, to help lend your voice to the thousands of others who want to create a better future for our state. Sign up to receive our newsletter, legislative reports, and updates, and take action when it’s needed.
Finally, spread the word. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about what we can all create and sustain together. Use your social networks – like Facebook and Twitter – to help get others involved. Together, we can all work toward creating a system of quality, affordable health care for everyone.
What We Do
The Hawai‘i Primary Care Association represents the interests of many different communities, often with many different needs. We present a unified voice to policymakers and the public for stronger, more effective advocacy.
Throughout the year, we work to inform and educate lawmakers and their key staff on issues of great urgency to community health centers and the populations they serve. We also actively participate in health care coalitions and partnerships to represent the needs of our members and to develop effective solutions to common problems facing our state’s health care system.
Finally, we work to build effective grassroots advocacy with individuals like you who care about their communities. Through our regular email updates, newsletter, and calls to action, we help to mobilize hundreds to create meaningful change and improve lives throughout our state.
We welcome your comments and suggestions for how we can all work together. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.