(June 19, 2020) – This year has been a challenge, to say the least. Our attention has been understandably focused on these challenges and the daily river of information they create. As such, it has been easy to forget that the road to the 2020 elections is narrowing. As Kansas voters begin to think about candidates, including who will work to protect the health of Kansans and the hospitals that serve them will take on an even more crucial role. Among those voters, of course, are tens of thousands of Kansas hospital employees.
We CARE We VOTE is a statewide initiative to empower and educate health care workers about what is at stake for health care in Kansas. The campaign encourages hospital employees to vote in 2020 to show elected officials and candidates that we care – for our patients, our communities, and our local and state economies.
As you know, the 2020 elections will be critical because the leaders we elect will make important decisions concerning the future of health care – and, ultimately, the future of Kansas hospitals. 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 2020 We CARE We VOTE advocacy toolkit to promote the importance of electing leaders who prioritize healthy Kansas populations and healthy Kansas economies. A customizable multimedia toolkit is available for download. The toolkit includes numerous resources you can use leading up to the Kansas Primary Election on Aug. 4 and the General Election on Nov. 3.
New this year, we have collaborated with VotER to connect KHA members to resources that offer patients, visitors and staff the chance to register to vote while they wait. VotER, is easy, voluntary and nonpartisan. Individuals only need a phone to access VotER and can either get connected by scanning a QR code (included in this paragraph) or by texting a number listed on available posters. KHA is pleased to offer this resource to our members and their communities to help insure that those most concerned about healthcare issues are registered to vote.
We encourage our members to use the 2020 We CARE We VOTE advocacy toolkit and the VotER materials at your hospital to promote the importance of voting and electing leaders who prioritize healthy Kansas populations and healthy Kansas economies. As always, if you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact KHA at (785) 233-7436.