Washington State’s uneven and too often inequitable revenue structure imperiled low-income families across the state seeking access to affordable health care. The state’s system of Community Health Centers were ready to deliver, but they needed to ratchet up their influence and effectiveness in the annual state budget battles. The situation was exacerbated by lack of awareness — from state legislators to voters — of how lack of access to affordable care eventually inflicts pain and increases costs for everyone across the state. The Community Health Network tasked its team of consultants, including Daylight, to build a grassroots movement to increase funding for basic health care, lower Medicaid eligibility limits, and provide sustainability funding for Community Health Centers.
Solution and Outcome
Daylight worked with the Community Health Network team to turn what was an anemic advocacy effort into the most potent grassroots lobbying force of its time in Washington State — driven by nearly 40,000 citizen activists, many of whom had never been involved in political action. The project, Save Health Care in Washington (SHCW), is still active after more than 15 years. Daylight created and directed the first SHCW website (since been replaced), logo and branding, and a multi-year, multi-channel advertising and advocacy campaign — utilizing TV, direct mail, email, and social media. All printed materials were provided in multiple languages.
The “leaps and bounds” movement was made possible in many ways by an innovative qualitative voter research project, overseen by Daylight. Victories have included expanded coverage through Community Health Centers for children’s health, dental care, and behavioral health. Daylight continues to provide strategic consulting to Save Health Care in Washington.
- Messaging strategy and development
- Design, art direct, copywrite, develop, launch, maintain, and host website; infographic design
- Brand / logo design
- TV, print, display, packaging, apparel and email advertising
- Ongoing messaging and campaign framework
- Directed print materials translation
- Oversaw qualitative and quantitative voter research project
“Jamie is an excellent thought and strategy partner for anyone involved in politics and policy. He was key in helping us build and grow (by leaps and bounds) the largest grassroots health care movement in Washington over multiple years — Save Healthcare in Washington. He systematically helped us identify and understand our core activist base — low income patients — and also the intended audience for our messages — elected officials and the voting public.”
Rebecca Kavoussi, Former Political Director, Community Health Network of Washington; Vice President, Integrator Services Organization at xG Health Solutions