VotER and Community Health Centers
VotER has been adapted to provide useful tools, resources, and best practices for community health centers across the country. Start right now by getting your site based and digital tools set up at your health center.
The Importance of Community Health Centers in Civic Engagement
Our nation’s community health centers provide care to many communities who traditionally do not turn out to vote in high numbers. One of the reasons that these
communities have been traditionally underrepresented may be that they have experienced barriers to voting. For too many Americans register to vote is an obstacle course and our nation’s community health centers can make it just one step easier for patients to have their voices heard.
In Partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers
NACHC has been at the forefront of civic engagement in the health sector for decades in an effort to encourage and assist America’s community health centers in developing and implementing programs that help get patients, family members, and staff ready to have their voices heard electorally. Vot-ER and NACHC are collaborating to make it easy for community health centers to get involved in civic engagement during National Health Center Week and year-round.
NACHC and Vot-ER have joined forces and below is best practices guide using the Vot-ER tools that can be accessed below.
The legal team at NACHC has created a FAQ page that answers the most commonly asked question about community health centers and civic engagement and that can be accessed below.
Get your NACHC Cling
NACHC has created a door cling to help promote voter registration at your site. Click below to place your order.
“Getting our patients registered to vote is so important just because a lot of our funding comes from decisions that our legislators make so we like to have a voice and make sure that our patients have a voice when it comes to voting.”– Nathan Holoway, Marketing Coordinator at El Rio Health (AZ)
“It didn’t take much more than us putting it into our system-it was very convenient [referring to digital program].”– Lily Williams, Outreach Coordinator at Desert Senita Community Health Center (AZ)
“We wanted to really educate our community members about the importance of voting and being involved in an environment that they are already used to and trust.”– Cody Poerio, Center Director at Family Practice and Counseling Network (PA)
“Community health centers are a trusted resource for their communities and can provide materials that people are more likely to look at.”– Jen Bauman, Outreach Manager at Berks Community Health Center (PA)
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