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National Organizations

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. They are dedicated to “eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.” There are several federal and state advocacy campaigns, and there are several ways for an individual to get involved. Check out the Advocacy Partners section on the website.

Children’s Defense Fund
Since 1973, the Children's Defense Fund has focused on improving policies and programs for children. They are known for careful research on children’s survival, protection and development in all racial and income groups and for independent analyses of how federal and state policies affect children, their families and their communities. They have partnered with numerous organizations and worked with policy makers to build bipartisan support to enact laws that have helped millions of children fulfill their potential and escape poverty because they received the healthcare, child care, nurturing, proper nutrition and education they deserve.

Families U.S.A.
Families U.S.A. is a national consumer advocacy group. Since 1982, the organization has worked to promote high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans. Areas of interest include Children’s Health, Global Health, Health Equity, Long-term Services, Medicaid and Medicare, Private Insurance, and the Uninsured and Underinsured. The Resources for Consumers section provides materials for advocates, policy makers and, there is information specifically for consumers. They also provide materials that might be useful for advocates. More information

The Access Project
The mission of The Access Project is “to strengthen community action, promote social change, and improve health, especially for those who are most vulnerable.” They support the community leaders and initiatives, and are dedicated to strengthening the voice of the underserved in policy discussions that directly affect them.

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association’s volunteers recognize that improving the affordability, accessibility and adequacy of healthcare was critical to reaching the organization’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. At the heart of the association’s healthcare reform advocacy efforts were our You’re the Cure advocates. These efforts included advocates from across the United States who took part in the Hearts for Health Care campaign and carried the concerns of heart disease and stroke patients straight to Capitol Hill.

Organizations Serving Older Populations with Health Disparities

National Aging Pacific Center on Aging
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging began its work in 1979, when the specific needs of the aging Asian Pacific American population were recognized at the federal level. The Center serves as the nations leading advocacy organization committed to the dignity, well being, and quality of life of Asian Pacific Americans in their senior years. They advocate on behalf of the Asian Pacific aging community at the local, state, and national levels; educate seniors and the general public on the unique needs of their aging community; and, empower seniors and the aging network to meet the increasing challenges facing the Asian Pacific aging community.

National Caucus and Center on Black Aging
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging was established in October 1972. The Caucus existed as an advocacy group until 1973 when it received a grant from the Administration on Aging to conduct research, train personnel and serve as a technical resource. The Center addresses the needs of seniors in the areas of health, affordable housing and employment. Through their Health and Wellness program, they provide health education and promotion activities, the dissemination of and referral to resource materials and training and technical assistance. Additionally, they provide public awareness, community health promotion campaigns, technical assistance, and training programs, and distribute brochures, videos, and newsletters to African American elders.

National Hispanic Council on Aging
The National Hispanic Council on Aging is a constituency-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Hispanic/Latino elderly, their families, and their communities. The Council works both on a national policy level and on a local level. They also work to empower and bring together local communities to support Hispanic older adults and their families. The Council’s program priorities include: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Economic Security and Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, and Education and Housing. Now in its 28th year, the Council represents a network of community-based organizations across the continental U.S., the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

National Indian Council on Aging
The National Indian Council On Aging, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association that called for a national organization to advocate for improved, comprehensive health and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. Key objectives include: to improve communication and cooperation with community service providers and other aging organizations that represent and advocate for Native American Elders, provide information and technical assistance to improve healthcare for elders, network with the appropriate agencies to increase efficiency and effectiveness of services, and provide information, reports and expert testimony by Tribal Nations and the U.S. Congress.

National Health Care Reform Advocacy Groups

Health Access
See this page for a list of organizations that advocate for health care reform at the national level.

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