CHCANYS Statewide Hybrid Advocacy Week - February 27 - March 6

CHCANYS' Statewide Hybrid Advocacy Week 2023

Invite colleagues, patients, friends, and family to join us in advocacy throughout the week of February 27 - March 6 to advance community health center and patient priorities in the New York State 2024 budget!

CHCANYS' Statewide Hybrid Advocacy Week 2023

Invite colleagues, patients, friends, and family to join us in advocacy throughout the week of February 27 - March 6 to advance community health center and patient priorities in the New York State 2024 budget! Below is a schedule of CHCANYS Statewide Advocacy Week, registration and details are forthcoming:

CHCANYS Statewide Advocacy Week - February 27 - March 6
Health centers should schedule their own virtual appointments with their State legislators throughout the week or in-person in the afternoon during our Albany Capitol Day on Monday, March 6. 

Advocacy Week Briefing - Wednesday, February 22 at 4:00-5:00PM

This briefing will walk health center advocates through everything they need to know for Advocacy Week including health center budget priorities and asks, talking points, advocacy materials, and meeting tips.

Patient Voices Panel - Monday, February 27 at 12:00-1:00PM 
VIRTUAL EVENT Click here to register
The Patient Voices Panel kicks off CHCANYS Advocacy Week with a panel of patient advocates sharing their community health center story! Monday’s program will also have the presentation of the Dorothy Kartashevich Award to a consumer board member. Invite all of your Legislative champions, local collaborators, community members, and staff to this event! 

Celebrating Our CHC Workforce - Friday, March 3 at 12:00-1:00PM 
VIRTUAL EVENT Click here to register
Celebrating Our CHC Workforce is an event appreciating our health center staff for their dedication to upholding the health center mission of ensuring that all New Yorkers are able to access high quality affordable primary and preventive care whenever they need it! This event will feature invited speakers and presentation of the Dr. Jack Geiger Award.

Capitol Day - Monday, March 6 at 10:00AM-12:00PM
Click here to register for Capitol Day
This week of advocacy will culminate in-person in Albany for Capitol Day! Capitol Day will be an in-person event featuring welcome remarks, invited speakers, and presentation of the Catherine Abate Award! The event will take place 10:00AM-12:00PM in the Empire State Plaza Meeting Rooms, with breakfast available starting at 8:30AM.

Following CHCANYS' in-person event is a rally to Save 340B in the Well at the Legislative Office Building at 1:00PM. Registration is not required for this event. 

For any questions, please reach out to Jane Ni, Policy Analyst, at


CHCANYS is accepting nominations for our Advocacy Week awards that will be presented throughout Advocacy Week. All nominations are being accepted now through February 8.

The Catherine Abate Memorial Award
CRITERIA: This award honors a visionary leader who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to protecting the rights and dignity of the underserved including women’s health. This award is open to any leader in public service, philanthropy, advocacy, or an exemplary FQHC staff person who embodies these ideals. The Catherine Abate Award that will be presented during our in-person Advocacy Day Program Monday, March 6.

The Dr. Jack Geiger Award
CRITERIA: This award was established to recognize a licensed provider in honor of Dr. Jack Geiger, who devoted his life's work to the problems of health, poverty and human rights. All providers - medical doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, doctors of osteopathy and nurse practitioners, registered nurses, behavioral health providers – are eligible. Click here to learn about Dr. Geiger. The Dr. Jack Geiger Award to be presented during this year’s Virtual Advocacy Week the afternoon of Friday, March 3.

The Dorothy Kartashevich Consumer Award
CRITERIA: This award will be given to a consumer board member who, for at least three years, has worked tirelessly on their center's behalf. This award recognizes that the backbone of the community health movement are the consumer-run boards that guide individual FQHCs. This award will be presented during the Patient Voices Panel on Monday, February 27. The awardee will also be invited to take part in CHCANYS’ Advocacy Week Virtual Patient Panel following the Award Recognition. 

Economic Impact Analysis

Again this year, CHCANYS is offering an economic impact analysis to all NYS CHCs.  The analysis is available without charge to CHCANYS organizational members.  Non-member CHCs should email for details.

As a reminder, the Economic Impact Analysis is an estimate of your health center’s contribution to the local economy in 2021, based on direct spending and local spending generated through vendors and employees.

To obtain your 2021 update, please send a request to our data team at and include:

  • Your total FTE employment (Table 5, line 34, column A) and total accrued costs (Table 8A, line 17, column C) from the 2021 UDS report, and
  • a statement authorizing CHCANYS to use this UDS information to develop an economic impact analysis.

If you have questions about the analysis, please contact Jim Welsh at (