What is Advocacy & Why Do We Advocate?

Advocacy = Raising your Voice about issues that matter to You
When you speak about what your community health center means to you, you are an advocate. Here at HRHCare Advocacy we believe that your opinion matters.
That’s why HRHCare Advocacy is working to connect you with resources to Raise Your Voice.
Did you know that HRHCare is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)? This means each year we receive grant money from the government. The National & State Budgets are essential to us because they affect the services that HRHCare can offer.
For example, public programs like Medicaid pay HRHCare for the health care services we provide to our patients. Without this funding, HRHCare could not offer services to people who are most in need.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees funding for FQHCs as essential.
That’s where you come in.
When you raise your voice, you let your elected officials know that HRHCare and Community Health Centers matter.
HRHCare Advocacy will give you the tools and information you need to empower your community and become active in the decisions that impact your health, your neighborhoods, and your life. Together, we can find solutions that work.

Meet the Team


Anne Kauffman Nolon has provided vision and leadership to HRHCare Community Health as CEO for nearly 40 years. She is responsible for guiding the growth and development of one of the largest community health center systems in New York State from a single primary care site in Peekskill to a network of twenty-eight directly-operated Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Hudson Valley and Long Island; an additional eight health centers through sub-recipient agreements; a mobile health center van; and a regional migrant voucher program serving an 11-county agricultural region in southeastern New York State. Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, she has implemented broad goals that have culminated in a staff of over 1,200 serving more than 175,000 patients throughout the network. Mrs. Nolon was named a Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor in Community Health Policy at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services where she focused on health care policy for improving access to care for migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and was also appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health for four years. She has been a member of the CHCANYS Board of Directors since the organization’s inception and now serves as Chair of the Fundraising Committee. Among her many awards and honors, she was inducted into the NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Hall of Fame in 2015. Mrs. Nolon received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Planning from the Pennsylvania State University.


Hope Glassberg is the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Affairs at HRHCare. In this role, she supports the senior executive team by leading organizational strategic direction and positioning, along with local, state and federal government relations and advocacy. Prior to HRHCare, Hope was the Director of Public Policy for Montefiore Health System, helping to guide the organization’s response to federal and state policies and government-based alternative payment models. She also served as the Special Assistant to the Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. Earlier in her career, Hope worked on a national project to implement specialized programs for justice-involved populations with mental illnesses and as a reporter and freelance writer for publications including Dow Jones Newswires, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.


Katie Comando is the Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy at HRHCare, managing local, federal, and state-level interactions with elected officials throughout our 16+ county region (just south of the NYS Capitol region, throughout the Hudson Valley, the five boroughs, and all of Long Island) that includes seventeen Members of Congress, twenty-eight NYS Senators, thirty-five NYS Assembly Members, and dozens of local elected officials. Katie’s particular area of expertise is Long Island, where she previously served as an AmeriCorps working to coordinate outreach events with a team of healthcare workers, and to provide direct care services to agricultural workers and their family members. Prior to her role as Director, Katie worked as the Northeast Regional Migrant Health Coordinator, a Project Manager, and Special Assistant to the CEO for Advocacy and Communications. During her time at HRHCare, Katie has received the Advocacy All Star Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), her 2016 proposal for integrating ‘grassroots’ and ‘grasstops’ advocacy across HRHCare’s network received national recognition, and she helped to secure the highest level status (Gold) for HRHCare in NACHC’s Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) program – the first Community Health Center in NYS to receive such accolades. Katie is a trained Advocate through the Advocacy Institute and the NACHC Advocacy Leadership Program.


James Shuford is Project Manager of Migrant Health.  In addition to supporting HRHCare’s farmworker healthcare programming, James also works with the Community Health Center Association of New York State in building a collaborative workgroup of organizations providing farmworker healthcare services throughout New York State.  James also advocates nationally for farmworker health as a member of the AgAccess 2020 taskforce, and has presented to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health.  In addition to his work increasing access to care for agricultural workers, he also works with the HRHCare Advocacy team to organize events with elected officials in the Hudson Valley, and is a trained Advocate through the Advocacy Institute. James received his master’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY.


Stephen Williams is the Director of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) and Corporate Culture, and the Privacy Officer for Brightpoint Health, a member of HRHCare. In addition, Stephen works as part of the advocacy team by collaborating with elected state and local officials who represent Brightpoint Health’s geographic footprint. In his varied roles, Stephen brings together the patient experience, the role of staff in delivering care to patients, and federal, state and local regulations to inform a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare environment. Prior to his tenure at Brightpoint Health, Stephen worked for an HIV housing organization in St. Louis, MO that provided emergency and long-term housing to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish Literature and a master’s degree in Public Administration, focusing on program development and evaluation. Originally from Iowa, Stephen has lived in New York City since 2012.

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