President's Perspective – We CARE We VOTE – Empowering and Educating Hospital Employees
(June 24, 2022) – It goes without saying 2022 has been a challenging year, and we hope it is equally obvious we are working as hard as ever to support you. As always, our support includes securing a brighter, healthier future, so we invite you to use our ready-made 2022 We CARE We VOTE campaign to mobilize your hospital's employees in this important election year.
We CARE We VOTE is a statewide initiative to empower and educate health care workers about voting during the 2022 elections. The campaign encourages hospital employees to participate in the 2022 elections to show elected officials and candidates that we care – for our patients, our communities, as well as our local and state economies.
2022 will be a critical election year because the individuals we elect will make important decisions concerning the future of health care and, ultimately, the future of Kansas hospitals. Leading up to the Kansas Primary Election on Aug. 2 and the General Election on Nov. 8, we encourage you to call on hospital employees, physicians, trustees, vendors and volunteers to join together to make the voice of the industry heard through the We CARE We VOTE campaign.
Together, Kansas hospital employees are more than 100,000 people strong. Your team is in a powerful position to make a difference with their votes and their voices as advocates for better health. The Kansas Hospital Association is here to support those efforts, and we encourage you to use the 2022 We CARE We VOTE advocacy toolkit to promote the importance of electing leaders who prioritize healthy Kansas populations and healthy Kansas economies.
A customizable version of the multimedia toolkit is available for download at WeCareWeVote.org. The toolkit includes:
- A pledge and order form to ensure your hospital has the resources you need
- A communication plan and checklist to roll out a campaign at your hospital (the plan and checklist include a campaign timeline for the 2022 Primary and General Elections)
- Guidelines for having nonpartisan conversations with patients and the general public (including guidance on what a 501(c)3 can and cannot do)
Resources for Staff Engagement
We hope you will use these materials to spread the word about building healthier Kansas communities. As always, if you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact KHA at (785) 233-7436.