Currently, health centers provide comprehensive care to almost 30 million patients at 11,000 service delivery sites in every state and territory.

The primary purpose of the Health Center Advocacy Network is to support and advance the Community Health Center Movement and address the needs of the patients and communities served by health centers. HCAdvocacy.org provides access to best practices in order to establish advocacy infrastructure, training, information, tools, guidance, and general advocacy support. They welcome and offer these advocacy resources to serve two primary goals; to ensure sustained growth, consistent action, and responsiveness across the Health Center Advocacy Network and to support health centers in securing resources in order to thrive and care for all those in need in our communities through advocacy. The Health Center Advocacy Network is led and organized by The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a nonprofit organization formed by Community Health Centers.

Email your Members of Congress

29 million patients count on our care. Contact your Members of Congress TODAY to ensure Community Health Centers remain a congressional priority.


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Write a Letter

Write a letter to the Editor or an Op-ed for a local or national news outlet.

Community Health Centers are not only medical clinics, but so much more.  They are consumer-driven and patient-centered medical homes, local economic engines, and trusted community partners. They form the backbone of America’s health care safety net and play a critical role in improving health outcomes, lowering costs, and ensuring access to high-quality, integrated care. By mission and statute, the health center model requires that health centers locate in areas of greatest need and are led by representatives of the population they serve. In doing so, health centers reach people facing the greatest difficulty accessing or affording health care services, who are at greater risk of unnecessary hospitalizations or costly health complications. At health centers, everyone is guaranteed access to timely care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. All health centers offer a comprehensive and integrated set of primary care services, including medical care, behavioral health, dental, vision, and case management, among other services, depending on the needs of the community. Thanks to continued bipartisan support from federal and state policymakers, health centers currently serve 28 million patients – or 1 in every 12 people – in every state, territory, and the District of Columbia.1 At the same time, they eliminate waste and excess costs, saving the entire health care system more than $24 billion annually.2 This graphical brief highlights the fundamental reasons why health centers have grown into America’s largest primary care network and, in doing so, have become vital health service providers for local, regional, and national health systems – and most importantly, for the millions of patients they serve.


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Gold Advocacy Center of Excellence

Rural Health Services (RHS) has been named a Gold Advocacy Center of Excellence. Achieving this award makes RHS one of 66 health centers that also claim this award across the nation. By becoming an ACE, Rural Health Services is committed to integrating advocacy into our organization’s mission and operation to ensure our health center, the patients we serve, and the community have a voice in critical policy decisions.

An Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) is a Community Health Center focused on promoting advocacy efforts to secure support from policymakers for affordable, equitable, and innovative healthcare. ACE levels (bronze, silver, and gold) signify the degree of engagement and commitment to prioritizing advocacy within the organization. RHS, as an ACE, collaborates with national and local health associations to address federal and local policy issues affecting the health center and its patients.

Earning Gold ACE (Advocacy Center of Excellence) status signifies the highest level of dedication and prioritization of advocacy within a health center. Achieving this status places the organization among an elite group that sets an example for others striving for advocacy excellence. This accomplishment reflects the hard work and commitment of the staff and supportive leadership, whic

h are crucial components for a successful advocacy program. This effort not only strengthens the Health Center Movement but also contributes to greater national success.