Okay! I definitely fell off of the face of the earth… well maybe just the face of Social Media. Got caught in a rut, and I need to break out of it. So, I am going to start a new PERSONAL initiative.
I am going to keep my eye out on articles that excite, aggravate, agree with, ruffle feathers, or are flat out interesting and give my reaction to them. I think it’ll be a good thing. Directions to help read – I will pick points from the article (in bold) and include my reaction (in italics). Then, I will include a summary call to action paragraph on what we can ALL do to react on Tuesdays!! So here is the first go at it…….
“It’s Not What Happened, It’s What Happens Next”
An article written by Marc Wetherhorn, Director of Advocacy at NACHC. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.–Winston Churchill I am not at all happy with the $600 million cut in Health Center funding that the Congress and President..” (Click here to read the entire article)
I agree 100% with everything Marc says in this article. (How is that for a first Reaction article?) But all of his points I agree with…
- “I am not happy with the $600 million cuts” – We can’t be happy with that at all. Sure we are fortunate that health care hopefully won’t be denied to the people who already receive it from health centers throughout the nation, but what about the PLENTY of other US citizens who need preventative primary care??
- “..it would indeed have been worse.” – We came together as a grassroots advocacy team. I never knew how many people could all be locked into ONE passion, and the NACHC team did a great job of keeping the message uniform throughout. We could all have given GREAT and passionate stories and arguments, but all of us resounding the same thing over and over is definitely the most effective!
- “Elections matter. Voting matters. Empowering our communities matters and we need to be doing that as well.” – This is our next step. VOTING. Get everyone to vote.
This is the next step for all FQHC advocates for sure. We need sign up EVERYONE in our immediate communities to vote. We need to sign up EVERYONE to be health center advocates. We brought A LOT of people together in the past two months to advocate during the budget debate. Now, we have to increase our numbers so that when the time comes again, we will be able to scream LOUDER!!