Right Care Action Week

Thank you for a fantastic Right Care Action Week!

From all of us on staff at the Right Care Alliance, a big thank you to everyone who organized and participated in Right Care Action Week this year! For more information on RCAW 2017, see the event recaps on our blog and the Right Care Action Week Report!

What is Right Care Action Week?

For one week in October — Right Care Action Week — people around the country join together and take action to show what our health care system should look like.

No matter your role in the health care system, be it a nurse, family member, public health student, physician, patient, community member, or something else, you can get involved and lead activities during Right Care Action Week.

RCAW 2017 – The High Cost of Health Care

Every year, more than 500,000 Americans go bankrupt because they cannot afford their medical bills. Even those with insurance report having to cut back on food, clothing, and other necessities to pay for health care. From surprise out-of-network costs to prescription drugs, Americans are paying out the nose for medical care – and we cannot afford it.

This year for Right Care Action Week, from October 15-21, we are uniting our communities to expose and protest the reasons behind high health care costs.

The week will culminate in a digital event on Friday, October 2oth, where we will share what we learned from the week, and outline next steps for action.



Hundreds of Right Care Alliance members across the country will be planning events to share their experiences with high health care costs, find other people who care, and identify solutions that we can do individually and collectively. These events are:

  • Right Care Café: Get together with friends, neighbors, and colleagues to talk about the costs of care, gather evidence of expensive costs, and talk about ideas of how we can make changes.
  • Listening Booth: Set up a table at a hospital, fair, farmer’s market or anywhere in the community to talk with people about their experiences with health care costs.
  • What Worries You? Pass out “What Worries You” cards in your hospital, classroom, community center, etc., that ask people to identify their biggest worries around health care costs.

And don’t forget about the digital event on Friday, October 20th, when RCA members from across the country will meet online to share what we learned from the week and reveal our plan for action!

Looking for events or collaborators in your city? Check out the map below to see all the RCAW events our members have organized so far!

To see all events organized by date, check out our Events List.

Sign up!

Ready to join hundreds of people across the country taking action for right care? Sign up now for RCAW using the interest form below:


Materials for all events

Right Care Cafe

Listening Booth

What Worries You?

Social media

Using social media is a great way to stay updated on RCAW events and get others involved! Here are some tools to help you be a RCAW social media wizard:

  • Twitter – Use the hashtag #RCAW17 and follow @RightCareNow to see what other members are doing and to join in the conversation. Other hashtags you can use include #RightCare and #PatientsOverProfits.
  • Facebook – Follow the Right Care Alliance on Facebook to see longer posts and threads.
  • Blog – Share our blog posts with friends and colleagues to get them excited about RCAW! We have a blog series featuring RCAW events and another exploring the drivers of high health care costs.
  • Images – You can download these images and share them on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to quickly and powerfully convey why we need to take action on high health care costs:




We are able to fund Right Care Action Week events.

  • Up to $75 for small events (15 people or less participating)
  • Up to $250 for big events (16 people or more participating)

If you are interested in funding, please indicate so on the sign-up form above. Download our Reimbursement Form.


We would like to thank our Right Care Action Week partners for supporting the events:

If you would like to be a Right Care Action Week partner, email rcaw@lowninstitute.org.

Read our 2016 RCAW report to learn about events from last year.

Questions? Contact us at rcaw@lowninstitute.org.

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