Advocacy

Advocating for Our Communities

Called by our mission of living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope and fueled by our people we aim to:

  • Empower individuals to realize their health goals by delivering consumer-centric solutions.
  • Promote integrated, comprehensive strategies to reform care delivery and payment to improve health and reduce costs.
  • Lead transformational community movements to bring health and well-being within reach for everyone.

Our system is ready to partner with lawmakers on policies and legislation that makes these goals a reality.

Read our full 2020-2021 Advocacy Agenda

The Public Affairs team helps Adventist Health deliver on our mission, execute our strategy and achieve the goals we have established through advocacy, public policy and communication.

2021 Advocacy Statistics

* Includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers

2021 Policy Priorities

Promote Community Well-Being and Personal Well-Being
  • Ensure that Community Benefit regulations promote partnerships and incentivize hospitals to invest in community building activities.
  • Establish equity promoting strategies that reduce social disparities and result in better well-being for all.
  • Increase focus and funding on the social determinants of health with special emphasis on housing, employment, food security, education and transportation.
Advance Health Transformation and Cost-Effective Care
  • Payment Innovation/Delivery Reform: Promote integrated, comprehensive strategies to reform care delivery and payment to bring down the cost to health systems and improve the well-being of our communities.
  • Make permanent the telehealth waivers and flexibilities currently tied to the Public Health Emergency including hospital without walls.
Ensure Affordable Access and Coverage
  • Fair and adequate Medicaid and Medicare payments and coverage: Ensure payment policies that preserve coverage for our most vulnerable populations.
  • Protect the 340B drug savings program
  • Improve access to mental health: Integrate mental health into medical care while improving access in community-based settings by addressing barriers, workforce shortages and mental health parity.
  • Support policies that make care more affordable and accessible especially policies that focus on the uninsured and underinsured.
  • Improve workforce shortages.
Protect and Build the Rural Health Safety Net
  • Ensure the stability of rural hospitals and rural health clinics.
  • Support policies that expand rural broadband and make it more affordable.