Kaiser Family Foundation is a great website for in-depth information on key health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, health reform, global health, and the Affordable Care Act. For many, it is the “go-to” site for that information.
Pisgah Legal Services helps people apply for and obtain necessary health benefits including health insurance, Medicaid, and Health Choice for children. PLS also advocates for health care reform, and works with medical professionals to identify legal issues affecting patients’ health.
Get involved: Contact Brent McKnight at email@example.com or call (828) 253-0406.
The WNC Health Care Advocacy Coalition is a collection of individuals and representatives from diverse organizations dedicated to advocating for increased access to health care by discussing policy issues and taking action. This group is nonpartisan and 501(c)(3) friendly.
Get involved: All are welcome to join their monthly meetings to learn more about the group, health care related news and local events, and share knowledge to expand access to care. Email Amanda Stem at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NAMI Western Carolina is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental health issues. NAMI WC is an all volunteer organization whose members either live with mental health issues or care about people with mental health issues. Mental illness should not be an obstacle to a full, meaningful life. The purpose of NAMI WC is support, education, and advocacy.
Get involved: Paulette Heck, email@example.com or call (828) 505-7353.
WNC AIDS Project is “dedicated to preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS and promoting self-sufficiency in people living with HIV. WNCAP provides HIV-related client support, prevention, education and advocacy activities guided by the belief that all people are entitled to equal access to health care and disease prevention.”
Get involved: They identify several actions you can take on this webpage. For more information, contact Chris Winebrinner – Volunteer Coordinator at (828) 252-7489, ext. 315
Planned Parenthood’s local office is at 68 McDowell and provides services to women, men and teens for many health care needs. They offer a variety of ways you can support women’s health through this webpage on their website. Other ways you can support this organization’s effort to provide health care can be found on this page.
Get involved: Contact Community Field Organizer, Caitlan Wyatt. Her number is (864) 593-6168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.