Grassroots Advocacy

What is Grassroots Advocacy?

Grassroots Advocates include Community Health Center (CHC) staff and patients, Primary Care Association staff, and community collaborators with similar missions and measures. The national and state healthcare environment is changing rapidly, with budget constraints, policy changes and program creation. As these changes occur, you have a choice to make — to sit by and let these changes happen or to act to make the CHC voice heard. Please contact the APCA Advocacy department to be a part of our active Grassroots Advocacy network.

How to Become Involved

Without the voices from across the state who share the APCA’s mission of advocacy and the passion to improve health care access for all Alaskans, the work started by the APCA Advocacy Team cannot be completed. Lawmakers want and need to know what their constituents want and need.

Lawmakers need to hear from people “in the field,” people who know all about how the “rubber meets the road” in their own communities. Whether you are a health center staff, a community member, a health center patient, or a local board member, you are an “expert” in the eyes of policy makers. Your story, your idea of what is important, matters.

Your quest for advocacy guidance and your commitment to the promotion of positive health policy will help ensure increased health care access for the uninsured, the underinsured, and for all Alaskans. Advocacy can actually be fun and invigorating at times, and yes, it can also be tough at times, too. Below you will find some general guidelines to guide you.

For additional information, or to address any questions or concerns If you have any specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the APCA Advocacy Team: Jon Zasada, Policy Integration Director, at

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