Advocacy groups, also known as interest groups, special interest groups, pressure groups, or public associations, are organizations that play a critical role in the development of political and social systems. In New York City, these groups are devoted to defending and promoting the fundamental principles and values presented in our most important civil documents. The New York State Association of County and City Health Officials (NYSACHO) is one such organization that works to advocate for the state at the national level. It does this by having 100% of New York State counties as members of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
NYSACHO also collaborates with the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) to develop legislative issues related to health. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NY is another advocacy group that works to promote government resources and policies that will help New York eradicate the racial wealth gap, protect affordable housing for low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents, and create pathways to meaningful economic opportunity for all. This organization centers the voices and experiences of community members to ensure equitable collaboration so that the change created is by and for the people of New York. Investments from New York City and New York State are essential for addressing the needs of LISC NY's community partners and the New Yorkers they serve.
NYSACHO also offers a variety of ways for people to get involved depending on their interests. In summary, advocacy groups are essential for the development of political and social systems in New York City. They strive to defend and promote fundamental principles and values presented in our most important civil documents. Organizations like NYSACHO and LISC NY are devoted to advocating for the state at the national level, promoting government resources, protecting affordable housing, creating pathways to economic opportunity, and offering ways for people to get involved.