Screen_Shot_2017-08-11_at_21.27.49.pngTo 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. 


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. One-on-one canvassing is the most effective way to engage folks in our community about our work to win universal healthcare.

We are organizing outreach teams for one-on-one health care conversation throughout New York State. Sign up here for Outreach Canvassing.

Below are the tools and materials you will need to get started canvassing using the Health Care Rights and Access Survey. The survey is a powerful tool for engaging in people in conversations and invite them share their healthcare experiences.

The goal of canvassing is the engage *new* folks in our work by listening to their healthcare experiences and inviting them 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! Sign up to be an Outreach Canvasser.



Health Care Rights and Access Survey (You will need several copies!)

Sample canvassing script


Hand out - printable half page flier with basics about the New York Health Act and number for the NYS Senate Switchboard. 

Spanish Materials:

Guión de encuesta para campaña de puerta a puerta (script)

Encuesta para el acceso y los derechos del seguro médico


When you are done canvassing using the survey, please enter your results here


Consider organizing an outreach canvassing event, where you invite local activists and organizers to join you for a day of outreach using the Health Access Survey Tool. 

How to Organize a Canvassing Event (adapted from DSA NYC materials)

We are continuously updating this page. Email with questions or feedback. We would love your help improving these resources. Thank you to members of DSA, Metro Justice, and the Southern Maine Workers' Center for support developing materials.