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 graduated from SUNY Geneseo with degrees in International Relations, French, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. After spending a year abroad she volunteered during 2014-2015 as an AmeriCorps in the HRHCare Outreach Office in Riverhead, New York. As an AmeriCorps, Katie served the farmworker community on the East End of LI by providing medical interpretation, transportation, patient case management, and teaching ESL and Citizenship classes. Katie is now putting her trilingual talents and interest in social justice and civic action to the test by coordinating events such as the Days of Health and developing the HRHCare Advocacy Campaign.

1 in 9 New Yorkers are served by a community health center. Check out this NYS FACT SHEET to learn more!

1 in 7 NYC residents utilize a community health center, as shown in this NYC FACT SHEET


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