Read the analysis: UCLA Latino Politics and Policy Initiative | UCR Center for Social Innovation
AltaMed Receives 'Project Innovation' Grant from NBC/Telemundo
AltaMed Health Services’ “My Vote. My Health./Mi Voto. Mi Salud.” program empowers Latinos and Millennials living in Los Angeles and Orange County to take an active role in political elections and the upcoming 2020 Census. The $75,000 Project Innovation grant will help AltaMed continue their voter education, empowerment and mobilization efforts of Latinos around critical electoral events and policy decisions.
Civic Engagement Events
Public Charge Town Hall
On April 18 AltaMed presented a town hall on the issue changes to the public charge. The evening featured a five-person expert panel on the social, legal and historical aspects of the proposed changes along with opening remarks by Congresswoman Judy Chu. Over 200 attendees were empowered to dispel current rumors on how the proposed changes would affect different members of the community.
Watch Telemundo's coverage below.
Funders Luncheon with Secretary of State Alex Padilla
On April 25 AltaMed hosted a luncheon to lay out its vision for extending its Civic Engagement model across California and the US. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, representatives from four leading funders including the Telemundo Project Innovation Foundation, researchers from UCLA and UCR, and representatives of AltaMed senior leadership attended.
Teen Connect 2019: Expand Your Universe
On May 18 AltaMed's Health Education program presented its annual Teen Connect event. AltaMed's Civic Engagement team spoke with more than 200 youth educating them on the importance of full participation in Census 2020, preregistering 16- and 17-year-olds to vote and recruiting volunteers for upcoming field campaigns.
AltaMed's Civic Engagement model mobilizes low-propensity voters to have their voices heard at the ballot box.
As noted by University of California Riverside's Center for Social Innovation -
A core initiative of AltaMed’s civic engagement efforts include a non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) campaign targeting low propensity Latino and Black voters in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The campaign included phone calls and in-person and door-to-door contacts, beginning September 4, 2018, continuing on weekends through election day. Drawing on best-practices in GOTV research and leveraging organization and community assets, AltaMed is spearheading a relational empowerment approach to inform, motivate, and mobilize patients and employees to protect access to their healthcare services through the power of their vote.
As part of this investment in the community, AltaMed reached out to over 1.1 million registered voters in Los Angeles and Orange counties, collecting commitments to vote in the November 2018 election from over 28,000 lowpropensity voters (ie. individuals whose voting record is inconsistent over the last four or five election cycles), as well as a commitment from over 22,000 of those voters to invite family members to vote in the same election. As further testament of the breadth of ties that AltaMed is cultivating in southern California, less than 15 percent of the total contacts made in the fall GOTV campaign involved AltaMed clients.
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