November/December 2007

New Advocacy Action Center Available to All Catholic Health Initiatives Employees


A new, online Advocacy Action Center, designed to make the collective voice of Catholic Health Initiatives heard in the nation’s capital, is up and running. This highly interactive feature will allow the entire Catholic Health Initiatives family — 65,000 employees strong — to participate in key advocacy efforts by communicating with legislators on top priority issues like health care reform and access to care. With hospitals and health care organizations in 19 states, Catholic Health Initiatives and its employees are represented by 38 senators and 41 representatives who make vital decisions that directly affect the organization. “That’s why we need to let these lawmakers know where we stand on important health care issues. We have an enormous opportunity to influence legislation in Washington,” said Marcia Desmond, director of public policy for Catholic Health Initiatives. “We also have a responsibility as a Catholic organization to serve as a voice for the poor, the alienated and the underserved. This new tool will help us to be much more effective.” The new Advocacy Action Center replaces a previous advocacy site that was limited to a small group of users. The new site does not require a user name or password for access. It is intuitive and easy to navigate, providing drafts of letters that can be personalized and sent electronically to lawmakers with the click of a button. Other features on the revamped site include everything from a list of federal agencies to an updated schedule of Congressional events. Among other highlights of the site, the Advocacy Action Center allows Catholic Health Initiatives employees to:
  • Type in your zip code to find your members of Congress
  • View Catholic Health Initiatives Advocacy Alerts
  • Send pre-drafted e-mails to your legislators, or customize your own
  • Join the Catholic Health Initiatives Advocacy Network and receive Alerts by email
  • Learn Capitol Hill basics
  • Get information on your representatives
  • Find out how your representatives voted on priority legislation
  • See if your representatives have co-sponsored a priority bill
  • Identify the candidates in elections
  • Register to vote
The Advocacy Action Center is located in the Advocacy section of the Catholic Health Initiatives Web site, www.catholichealthinitiatives.org. Links will be provided on Catholic Health Initiatives’ intranet, Inside CHI. For more information or assistance in using the Advocacy Action Center, contact Marcia Desmond, marciadesmond@catholichealth.net or 303-383-2610.