Case Studies Highlight Advocacy Work of Area Agencies
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Case Studies: Building Advocacy Capacity of Direct Service Organizations
In 2011, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the REACH Healthcare Foundation teamed up to support capacity building within the region’s health and human service organizations to develop advocacy knowledge and skills among their staffs, boards and clients. The technical assistance was designed specifically for direct service providers.
There is growing interest among direct service organizations in becoming more involved in “social change” activities such as policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and community engagement. Direct service organizations often have close connections with and understanding of the issues that affect their clients, but may need to grow internal capacity to make the connection between individual and systemic change.
Technical assistance for this project focused on advocacy that addresses root causes of issues that affect the health and well-being of low-income and underserved populations, and how to engage clients and other community stakeholders in social change efforts.