Community Health Center leaders descended today on Capitol Hill to reveal the health center formula for success in keeping communities healthy and saving tax payer dollars. The facts were neatly rolled out in a new issue brief, “Community Health Centers: A Local Prescription for Better Quality and Lower Costs.” The issue brief tells the story of the health center payoff and underscores how health centers are a proven solution of a nation searching for better returns in health care delivery. Only with continued investment can they double in capacity, nearly triple the savings they bring to the health care system, and accumulate two and a half times the amount of economic growth. This is not “cookie cutter” health care, but care that brings a team approach to fostering wellness with a targeted approach driven by a patient majority governing board. Health centers must be run by a 51 percent patient majority — imagine the difference you could make!
The Capitol Hill briefing was a kick off public event for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) 2011 Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. The national gathering attracts thousands of health center leaders from across the country. Tomorrow, on the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will address the gathering at a general session and talk about the expansion of health centers– a goal now set in motion as a key provision of the health reform law. Stay tuned for details.
*Photo: Rod Manifold, Executive Director, Central Virginia Health Services, Inc., Virginia, describes how his health center saves health care costs in rural Virginia.