To build the movement for healthcare as a human right we are harnessing the power of our personal stories. Stories make the political issues personal and illustrate how the current system fails to guarantee healthcare for all of us. Regardless political ideology, no one wants to see friends and loved ones suffer due to healthcare costs.
What is "Canvassing"? Canvassing refers to going door-to-door in a neighborhood and having conversations about important issues with community members. It is an essential component of organizing. Canvassing in neighborhoods (both at the doors and in high traffic areas) is the most effective way to engage folks in our community about our work to win universal healthcare.
We are compiling the tools to you'll need to be successful. Below are materials to get started canvassing using the Health Care Rights and Access Survey. The survey is a powerful tool for engaging in people in conversations that invite them share their healthcare experiences.
The goal of canvassing is the engage *new* folks in our work by getting them to share their healthcare experiences and to take action for a healthcare system that works for all of us. We encourage you to employ these materials to reach people commonly excluded from access to health care, such as knocking doors in working class and low-income communities or free health/dental clinics.
Thank you for stepping up to build this movement in your community!
Health Care Rights and Access Survey (You will need several copies.)
Hand out - printable half page flier with basics about the New York Health Act and number for the NYS Senate Switchboard.
When you are done canvassing using the survey, please enter your results here.
Follow up with interested individuals about local events/actions in support of New York Health and universal healthcare that you are organizing.
Consider organizing a canvassing event, where you invite local activists and organizers to join you for a day of outreach.
How to Organize a Canvassing Event (adapted from DSA NYC materials)
We are continuously updating this page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or feedback. We would love your help improving these resources. Thank you to members of DSA, Metro Justice, andthe Southern Maine Workers Center for support developing the materials.