Who We Are and What We Do

California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Advocates is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization dedicated to advancing the mission of community health centers through state and federal advocacy. CPCA Advocates (Advocates) is the advocacy affiliate of the California Primary Care Association and advocates on behalf of 1,302 community health centers that provide care to 7.8+ million patients – that’s 1 in 5 Californians. We are the statewide advocacy arm for community health center and focus on grassroots advocacy, education, public affairs, lobbying, and candidate engagement to uplift the health center voice. CPCA Advocates was formerly known as CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, which was founded in 2016 as a 501(c)(4) organization to allow for the flexibility and capacity to engage in political activity and fight for community health centers and the communities they serve. The organization was renamed and rebranded in 2023 to allow for better alignment with the community health center mission.


CPCA Advocates is committed to supporting policies that strengthen health centers and the health care delivery system as a whole, ultimately improving patients’ physical, mental, and family wellbeing. 


CPCA Advocates believes that every Californian is entitled to comprehensive healthcare coverage and timely access. This includes maintaining a strong Medicaid program and removing barriers for vulnerable populations, addressing the social determinants of health, supporting all patients’ ability to access culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care, and ensuring expanded access to care.

A History of Advocacy

Community health centers have a proud and storied history of advocacy. Since their founding in 1960s during the Civil Right and social justice movement, health center leaders have marched for equality, fought for social justice, and have been leading community activists. It’s always been clear to health centers that if they want to deliver on the promise of health, it is up to them to advocate for the health of their patients and their communities. Community health centers have a mission to serve everyone who walks through the doors, regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance status. Community health centers understand people. They fit people's lifestyles. They care for whole families. They reflect communities. They put patients at the center. They deliver quality care. They want individuals, families, children, communities, and societies to be well. Health centers embraced that notion more than twenty years ago when they formed the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and unified behind a single statewide voice for health centers. CPCA Advocates builds on that legacy and takes a bold step into the future with an organization whose sole purpose is to advocate for community health centers and help them advance their mission through advocacy, legislation, lobbying, and meaningful engagement with elected officials and candidates running for office.  

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