Why I Joined the Community Health Center Movement

Community Health Center Board members were invited at the recent NACHC Policy and Issues Forum to share why they are part of the Community Health Center Movement, why they serve health centers. David Otabor is a Board Member of Carolina Health Centers in rural South Carolina. This is his story. Why do you serve on …

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Our ACE Health Centers: Advocacy Centers of Excellence

An Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) is recognized for creating a culture of advocacy within their organization to ensure policymakers at all levels of government commit to supporting the affordable, equitable, and innovative care that health centers provide.


Incubate Your Solution to Digital or Health Literacy and Improve Health Equity in Your Community – Apply by 3/27/23

This post is part of NACHC’s Innovation Blog Series. This series is hosted monthly by our Center for Community Health Innovation. There are good ideas everywhere in the Community Health Center Movement.   NACHC’s Center for Community Health Innovation was established to help equip health centers with the innovation tools, resources and inspiration necessary to bring these ideas …

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Day Two of the NACHC P&I: A Focus on Grassroots Advocacy

State delegations of Community Health Center advocates descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to educate lawmakers the value they bring to the U.S. health care system. They traveled to Washington, D.C. from around the country to attend the NACHC P & I. Attendees include clinicians, pharmacists, consumers, nurses, board members in addition to CEOs and anyone …


Homecoming: The NACHC Policy & Issues Forum is Democracy in Action

Thousands of Community Health Center advocates are finally gathering under one roof in Washington, D.C., for the 2023 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum. No lie — it feels like coming home again. The atmosphere is jubilant, and attendees are excited about making their voices heard. The last in-person NACHC Policy and Issues Forum was held …


Community Health Centers Get a Behavioral Health Boost Under Medicare

Here’s some good news for Community Health Centers: Congress passed a provision in the end of year spending package last December that expands the list of billable providers under Medicare to include more behavioral health practitioners, specifically marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) and mental health counselors. These providers will be able to bill Medicare Part …

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Senate Hearing on Value of Community Health Centers

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on March 2 focusing on how Community Health Centers save lives and dollars. Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a longtime champion of health centers, underscored in opening remarks that investing in primary care should be a key priority: “Our challenge right now …

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The Future of Integrated Mental Health Care

Access to mental health care is unfortunately limited due to the mental health clinician shortage, limited mental health access parity, fragmented mental health access, and social stigma. Innovations with urgent care and health centers have helped patients access a mental health provider in real time, with no referrals, no waitlists, and no appointments.