Hang on to your hats because National Health Center Week 2016 (NHCW) is off and running. There are nearly 1,400 events scheduled across the country, including visits by 75 Members of Congress to health centers in their districts. The host of events kicked off earlier this week with a NACHC Teleforum with health center advocates, featuring remarks by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Acting Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration Jim Macrae [see NACHC press release].
Even more exciting is that some elected officials are not just touring health centers and talking about them, they are also writing about them. Check out this op-ed published by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. Support for National Health Center Week reaches all the way up to the White House with a Presidential Proclamation from President Barack Obama. NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden also weighed in about NHCW with this post on The Pulse blog by the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.
Each day of NHCW is devoted to a special focus of health centers. Today, we are recognizing the health centers that provide health care to 1.5 million public housing patients. To learn more visit the CFAHC Blog to hear from Kristine Gonnella, Director of Technical Assistance and Consultation at Community Health Partners for Sustainability. You can also check out her podcast and blog post discussing how Public Housing Health Centers are innovators in community health – how they work to provide high-quality, accessible health care for residents of public housing communities.
Stay tuned to this blog for more news about #NHCW16!