Category: Health Center Advocacy

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center News, NACHC Events

NACHC Kicks Off Virtual Policy & Issues Forum

This week hundreds of health center leaders from around the country are gathering virtually to assess the health care policy landscape. Usually the NACHC P & I is an in-person conference that takes place in the nation’s capitol. This year, however, COVID had other plans. Still, this socially distanced conference has attracted a slate of …

Health Center Advocacy, Uncategorized

A Reflection on Pride and the Health Center Movement

Jim Luisi in rainbow Pride t-shirt

By James Luisi, CEO, North End Waterfront Health, Immediate Past Chair, NACHC Board of Directors. While Pride became a celebration throughout the month of June, it started out as a protest. After New York City police raided the Stonewall Bar, a safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community, the patrons, who were mostly drag queens, decided …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center News

Carmela Castellano-Garcia: Shattering Glass Ceilings in a Fight for Social Justice

Ed. Note: For Women’s History Month, we’re profiling women who have played significant roles in the health center movement. Also view our profiles of Janie Geer, Dr. Marilyn H. Gaston and Jessie Collins Trice. For nearly 30 years, Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., has been committed to advancing equity in health care, with a focus on multicultural …

Health Care News, Health Center Advocacy, Uncategorized

Dr. Lula (L.C.) Dorsey: Civil Rights Activist and Health Center Pioneer

Dr. Lula (L.C.) Dorsey was a civil rights activist and a leading force at the first rural Community Health Center.

Health Care News, Health Center Advocacy

Celebrating Mothers Means Ensuring Access to Care

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenging situations across the country, changing the way patients get their care and exacerbating disparities in health care. Unequal access to health care and the wellbeing that comes with it is not new. Policies impacting access to care for marginalized populations result in health disparities–preventable differences in the burden …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center News

Making the Case for Primary Care Access:”What We Lack is a Strong Signal from Congress”

Greg Nycz, Executive Director of Family Health Center of Marshfield, has devoted his nearly 50-year career to ensuring that people in Wisconsin have access to decent health care,  especially vulnerable rural populations who, by his own description, will face growing barriers to accessing the health services they need for optimal health.  This week he was …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy, Health Center News

2019: Leaving Us Certain about Uncertainty

We turn the page on 2019 and plunge ahead to 2020 with a lot of unfinished work. A key task left unfinished as we approach a new decade is long-term and stable funding for Community Health Centers, now operating under a temporary measure through May 22nd. Even so, health centers are no less supported; indeed, …

Health Center Advocacy, NACHC Events

2018 NACHC P&I Hill Day

Today thousands of health center advocates stormed Capitol Hill to say “thank you” for fixing the Cliff, and to share stories of how our people-powered movement cares for 27 million patients nationwide. After all, we’ve got a lot to be excited about in the Health Center Movement. Last month’s budget deal provided an additional $600 …

Health Care News, Health Center Advocacy

A Potential Shutdown: How Did We Get Here and What Does it Mean?

How did we get here? As of Friday afternoon, Congress still hasn’t agreed upon a Continuing Resolution (CR) that can pass both Houses of Congress and prevent the federal government from shutting down. Thursday evening, the House passed a CR that would keep the government’s doors open through February 16th. The House-passed bill provides a …