Florida CHAIN (Community Health Action Information Network) is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care. We fulfill the critical role of building the capacities for and linking consumer, community and service organizations with health care advocacy. We provide policy education, collaborative networking, training, and communications and organizing tools to the public, allied partners, media, and policy makers.
Florida CHAIN was launched in 1999 to build common purpose and action among diverse groups on issues of health care access. Our priorities include promoting access to health care for those who are uninsured, underinsured, and supported by government programs.
- People will have unrestricted access to health care.
- People will actively shape their world through civic participation.
- Health programs will be designed around people with their participation.
- Health care systems will be accountable.
What We Do
We educate the public, policy makers and partner organizations about policies impacting access to health coverage through community forums, awareness campaigns, workshops, press conferences, and storytelling.
We organize individuals and partner organizations to take collective action to protect and expand access to health care through activities such as public hearings, visits, and calls to lawmakers.
We build leadership by empowering those most affected by the existing health care structure to tell their stories in order to impact change.
We communicate with the media and serve as the “go to” organization on health access issues in Florida.
We report on decisions made by state and federal agencies that impact access to health care for Floridians.
We rally business and government leaders to speak out about health policy issues that expand coverage for Floridians.
The Affordable Care Act: Ensuring that Floridians benefit from new protections and coverage opportunities provided in the federal health reform law.
Health Care Budget: Advocating for a strong health care safety net to prevent anyone from falling through the cracks.
Medicaid: Leading the charge to strengthen and improve the system for low income Floridians.
Children’s Health: Ensuring Florida’s children get — and keep — the health care they need.