Advocacy – a tool for achieving policy and systemic change – is a key strategic priority of the RHC. Our advocacy efforts, which remain non-partisan, evidence-based, collaborative, and patient/person-centered, bolster our mission to improve access to health care, improve health outcomes, and eliminate health disparities.
Actions We Prioritize
- Take a firm position on policies that improve health outcomes and increase access to care
- Leverage other organizations to share and support advocacy issues
- Utilize data and patient/provider stories to elevate patient concerns
- Empower and educate advisory boards and patients with advocacy tools and trainings
- Strengthen relationships with elected officials and provide education
The RHC urges you to vote NO on Amendment 3 this election.
Amendment 3 would reverse fair mapping policies from Amendment 1 (“Clean Missouri”) – which Missourians voted for by a 2-1 margin in a 2018 ballot initiative.
Reversing Amendment 1 could put other ballot initiatives, like Medicaid expansion, at risk. We spent the last several months campaigning to expand a program that would improve health care access and the health outcomes of our state. The ballot measure for Medicaid expansion won when Missourians demanded change and voted in August. Passing Amendment 3 would establish a risky precedent, where ballot initiatives and the will of the people can be overturned.
Per the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), the 2020 Census is our chance to make sure our hard-earned tax dollars make their way back to Missouri. For every adult and every child that is not counted in the census, our state will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year. Money that can go into roads and bridges, hospitals and schools. Respond to the 2020 Census. Because Missouri counts and so do you.
The RHC endorses the Missouri Counts campaign and encourages all Missourians to respond to the 2020 Census.
How Can You Help?
Collectively design and align strategies with regional efforts.
Develop shared advocacy action steps with advisory boards and partners.
Educate advisory boards, the Commission, legislators, and the community on policy updates and action steps.
Leverage partner organizations to activate their own communities.
Advocate for specific policy changes at institutional, regional, state-wide, and federal levels.
Our Three Priority Areas
To learn more about the RHC’s Health Policy and Advocacy work, please contact Amanda Harris.