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Advocacy Challenge


About the Challenge

Community Health Centers across Iowa serve as a health home to over 184,000 patients every year. With the help of health center advocates, even more people can hear about the great work of CHCs. Join us in growing the Iowa Community Health Center advocacy network by joining in the 2017 Advocacy Challenge!

How it Works

Health Centers can complete a variety of tasks to earn points. The health center that earns the most points by October 1, 2017 will receive a grand prize and be recognized at the 2017 Iowa PCA Annual Conference.

Click here for the challenge rules.

How to Earn Points & Resources

Everything you need in order to complete the tasks can be accessed at the links below. If you have questions, please contact Katie Owens at or Erica Shannon at

10 points per advocate: Sign up staff, patients, partners, community members, etc. to become a health center advocate. Health centers will receive 10 points for every new advocate that enrolls beginning February 1st. Advocates must provide a phone number to receive text messages or an email and "opt-in" in order to earn points.

  • How to Sign Up Advocates
    • Website Link - share the link on social media, websites, emails, etc.
    • Sign Up Sheet - sign advocates up at your front desk, community events, etc. Send completed sheets to Katie Owens.
  • Tools and Resources - includes social media sample posts and images, sign up sheets, and a promotional flyer

10 points per social media post: Advocates are encouraged to use social media to engage with their legislators. The Iowa PCA will provide sample messages that can be tailored by advocates. Social media posts must include a tag for the Iowa Primary Care Association in order to receive points. Posts can be from individual advocates or health centers.

5/10/15/25 points per National Health Center Week event: Health centers will receive points for hosting National Health Center Week events based upon the type of event. NHCW events must be held between August 6 and August 26 in order to receive points.

  • 5 Points: Internal event for staff
  • 10 points: Internal event for patients
  • 15 Points: Small external event for community members
  • 25 points: Large external event for community members
  • Resources:

25 points per person attending Day on the Hill: Health centers will receive 25 points for each staff member, patient, etc. that attends the Day on the Hill on Tuesday, February 7. Please RSVP to Katie Owens if you will be attending that day.

50 points per Legislator Visit: Health centers are encourage to invite state and federal legislators to visit your health center throughout the year. Health centers will receive 50 points per visit. Please email Erica Shannon if you plan to host a legislator.

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