In 2016, the National Association of Community Health Centers launched the Advocacy Center of Excellence. The program incorporates advocacy as an element of overall operational excellence, including clear goals, quality measures, and recognition for achieving excellence. This new initiative establishes a standardized frame-work that makes it easy for Health Centers to build a solid foundation of advocacy and demonstrate commitment to advocacy as a true organizational priority.
What is an Advocacy Center of Excellence?
An Advocacy Center of Excellence, or ACE, is any Health Center that has achieved certain measures of advocacy success and demonstrated ongoing commitment to advocacy by making it an organizational priority. ACEs are not only actively engaged and involved with NACHC and federal policy issues, but also with their stateâ€™s PCA and any key state-level policy issues impacting Health Centers and their patients. There are three levels of ACE status- Bronze, Silver, and Gold- and the designation is valid two one years. There is a checklist of items a Health Center must complete before becoming an ACE.
Download a flyer on the ACE Program here.