AHEC Day at the Capitol:  September 20, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! AHEC supporters from all across the state will gather in Madison on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 for a day to discuss health and education policy with their legislators. Training will be held in the morning, followed in the afternoon by individual meetings with hometown Representatives and Senators at their offices in the State Capitol building.

Announcement / save the date flyer - AHEC Day at the Capitol 2017



AHEC Day at the Capitol:  September 18, 2015

AHEC supporters from all across the state gathered in Madison on Friday, September 18 for a day to discuss health and education policy with their legislators. The policy briefings and training sessions were held at the Coopers Tavern in the morning, followed by individual meetings with hometown Representatives and Senators at their offices in the State Capitol building.

Recruitment flyer - Day at the Capitol 2015

Meeting agenda - Day at the Capitol 2015


FY15 Federal Budget

UPDATE 3/31/14

It is important to reach out to members of Congress now, as they submit their appropriations requests for the April 5, 2014, LHHS committee deadline. Ask your members of Congress to support funding for the AHEC program at $75 million.

BACKGROUND & ISSUE

The AHEC program was funded at $30.326 million for fiscal year 2014. The President released his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, a suggestive document to Congress, the first week of March, which did not provide funding for the AHEC program. Congress, as the legislative body that writes the federal funding bills, can provide funding for the AHEC program.

It is important for state advocacy leaders, program directors, and anyone affiliated with the AHEC program to reach out to members of Congress in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, to ask for continued support and funding for the AHEC program at $75 million, an increase that is demonstrated by a growing unmet need for primary care doctors in rural areas, and the use of the national network to carry out administrative priorities.

Reach out to your members of Congress and emphasize the value in supporting adequate funding for the Title VII AHEC program. The purpose of reaching out before April 5th is to ensure members of Congress are able to submit an appropriations request on behalf of the AHEC program.

U.S. House of Representatives

Action: You can identify your Representative by going to www.house.gov and entering your zip code in the top right corner.
Phone calls work best; however, please feel free to email your Representative’s healthcare staffer.

U.S. Senate

Action: You can identify your two Senators by going to www.senate.gov and selecting your state in the “Find Your Senators” box in the upper right hand corner of the webpage.
Phone calls work best
; however, please feel free to email your Senator’s healthcare staffer.

Tips for calling congressional offices

  1. Identify yourself as a constituent and ask to speak with the legislator’s Healthcare Legislative Assistant.

    i.e. My name is [your name] and I am a constituent from [your hometown, state].

  2. Tell the aide that you are calling on behalf of [your community/state AHEC]. Briefly talk about your experience with the AHEC program and the impact your AHEC has in the community/state. See below example for use when contacting your Representatives/Senators.

    i.e. As your office works on difficult deficit, budget, and appropriations issues I urge Representative/Senator [last name] to submit an appropriations request to fully fund the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program at $75 million in fiscal year 2015, as they have far reaching positive impacts for [your community/state]. A funding level of $75 million ensures that AHECs can continue to lead the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved, rural, and urban communities.

  3. Give the healthcare staffer your contact information and ask to be informed about the actions the legislator takes in response to your request.

  4. Follow up with the healthcare staffer and ask them if the Congress member submitted an appropriations request on behalf of the AHEC program.

Advocacy Resources

Wisconsin AHEC background -- 4-page PDF overview (Feb 2013)

AHEC State Funding Request - 2-page PDF (March 2013)

AHEC in Local Communities 1999-2012 - PDF version (updated March 11, 2013)
Note: this document is also available as an Excel spreadsheet upon request from the Program Office

Local Communities by Legislative District - master list PDF version (updated March 11, 2013)
Note: this document is also available as an Excel spreadsheet upon request from the Program Office

Additional Advocacy Resources
National AHEC Organization