CHC Launches New Voting Tools to Increase Turnout and Improve Community Health

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To combat lower voter turnout and improve health equity, Community Health Charities adds voting resources to suite of online employee engagement tools

“Exercising your right to vote has a direct correlation to health equity and health outcomes,” said Kevin Clayton

With a little more than 70 days until the election, Community Health Charities (CHC) announced a new partnership with VoteAmerica to encourage nonpartisan civic engagement. The partnership aims to increase voter turnout, which is demonstrated to improve individual and community health.

“Exercising your right to vote has a direct correlation to health equity and health outcomes,” said Kevin Clayton, CHC board chair and vice president of diversity, inclusion and community engagement at the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It’s even more paramount this year. That’s why we’re committed to taking action to increase voter turnout by offering tools and raising awareness.”

Voting is an important part of CHC’s goal to create healthier communities and improve health equity. Voter participation is associated with better self-reported health, plus communities with high voting and active civic engagement have been tied to lower unemployment rates. Mental and physical health challenges and disabilities also tend to decrease voting, causing a “disability gap.” And in past years, influenza outbreaks have been proven to reduce voter turnout, which could be exponentially worse this year with even more individuals hesitant to vote in person due to coronavirus health and safety concerns.

To take action, individuals can visit CHC’s voting resources page to:
o    register to vote
o    request an absentee ballot to vote by mail
o    check your registration
o    find your local polling place
o    get reminders on early voting and ballot drop boxes
o    and more

“We mobilize more than 17 million employees every year,” said Thomas G. Bognanno, president and CEO of Community Health Charities. “It made sense to leverage that reach and advance community health by adding voting to our online employee engagement tools for our thousands of company, government and nonprofit partners.”

“VoteAmerica is honored to partner with Community Health Charities whose goal to address the barriers to good health aligns with our mission to break down barriers to voting because both empower people and communities and lead to improved health outcomes,” said Debra Cleaver, founder and CEO of VoteAmerica.

CHC’s full suite of customizable online employee engagement tools include virtual volunteering, employee engagement, health and wellbeing resources, one-time donation pages for holidays or disasters, online pledging, online charity fairs, employee assistance funds, and more than 50 tools and templates used by thousands of businesses nationwide.

For access to the full suite of online employee engagement tools, contact info@healthcharities.org.

About Community Health Charities
For more than 65 years, Community Health Charities (CHC) has been creating stronger, healthier communities. We build capacity for nonprofits by raising awareness, amplifying their message, and driving more funds and supporters to their cause; increase employee engagement and social impact for companies through giving, volunteering, health resources, engagement tools, community partnerships, and more; bring leaders together at the national, regional, and local levels to educate, elevate key issues, and improve overall social impact and community health; build community partnerships to harness collective efforts and coalitions; working together to tackle projects that improve community health and address root causes at scale. Visit https://healthcharities.org or @healthcharities.

About VoteAmerica
VoteAmerica is a nonpartisan, nonprofit voter engagement and turnout organization founded by a small team of elections and technology experts (including the founders of Vote.org and Vote.gov), who have come together to combat the chaos of the 2020 election cycle by helping people check their voter registration, register to vote, sign up to vote by mail, request their absentee ballots, find their polling locations, and contact their local election officials. We will also help drive record-shattering voter turnout through hyper-aggressive and targeted outreach to the millions of low and no-propensity voters who are generally neglected by partisan groups. Even amidst the forces of chaos in our voting systems, VoteAmerica’s mission is to provide access to trusted election information, open platform technology, and education programs to support and empower all voters to navigate the path to exercising their vote. Visit VoteAmerica.com or @VoteAmerica

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