Tag: Health Center Movement

Health Care News

It’s National Rural Health Day!

It’s National Rural Health Day and for Community Health Centers, that’s something to celebrate.  Nearly half (44 percent) of health centers are in rural communities, serving 8.5 million patients. The work that health centers do in rural communities defies the conventional wisdom that innovation and good ideas only happen in urban civilization. The Community Health Center …

NACHC Events

The NACHC 2017 CHI Draws to a Close

The NACHC 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO is winding down in sunny San Diego. Despite a late night at the Uncorked and Uncapped Live party, education sessions started early at 8:30 am.  Attendees hastily finished their fill-in-the-blank poster scavenger hunt forms to win prizes.  And, speaking of the poster sessions,  there were over 70 poster presentations, …

NACHC Events

Update from the 2017 NACHC CHI in San Diego

Today’s General Session at the NACHC 2017 CHI and EXPO gave attendees a much needed dose of spiritual and musical nourishment. Internationally known graffiti artist and author Erik Wahl gave a special presentation that challenged health center leaders to live a new normal of disruption (referring to himself as a disruptive strategist). Wahl uses a multimedia experience to drive home his …

NACHC Events

The 2017 NACHC Community Health Institute & EXPO is Underway!

The NACHC 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO kicked off yesterday in San Diego and so far it’s been a whirlwind of activity.  The EXPO hall is open for business and already the crowds are meandering along the endless aisles of vendor booths. Scores of attendees have arrived to participate in committee meetings, pre-conference trainings, and …

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Calling All Young Professionals!

The excitement is building for the Young Professional Leadership Exchange Track at this year’s Community Health Institute (CHI)! With less than three weeks to go, the CHI is gearing up to be a well-attended conference in beautiful San Diego – home of the Padres and a very famous line from Anchorman. This year’s Young Professional programming …

NACHC Events

Health Center Leaders Honored at Agricultural Worker Health Conference

The NACHC 2017 Agricultural Worker Health Conference is underway in Savannah, GA.  Migrant heath centers currently serve nearly 1 million of the estimated 4 million agricultural workers in the country, and they are on course to boost up that number to 2 million patients served by year 2020. Today the focus of the conference was on the health …

Health Center News

Health Centers Have a Secret Weapon for Addressing Minority Health: Consumer Boards

National Minority Health Month 2017  is behind us but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out one particularly unique way Community Health Centers address minority health — through consumer-driven boards. By law, health center boards must be comprised of at least 51% consumers.  These are people who live in the community served by the health …

Health Center News

The Challenges to Providing Eqaul Health Care Access to All

Today’s guest blog post is by Susan West Levine, CEO of Lowell Community Health Center in Massachusetts.  This article originally appeared in the March/April’17 issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine, MVMag.net. Reprinted with permission from the publisher, 512 Media, Inc. Photo Credit: Kevin Harkins As CEO of Lowell Community Health Center (CHC), I am often asked just …

Health Center News

Book Review: Out in the Rural, A Walk Back In Time

Few may realize the remarkable history behind the Civil Rights Movement and its role in launching Community Health Centers.  The narrative of how this happened is eloquently told in a new book, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty (the title is borrowed from a short film of the …

Health Center Advocacy

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King: Small Great Things

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” During the Civil Rights Movement, the goal was to achieve one great ideal: equal rights. However, equality couldn’t be achieved without smaller, individual contributions from prominent leaders and lesser known advocates. Just because …