Last Friday, September 21st, Community Health Center leaders from around the country briefed Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Hill and Administration staff, and attendees of the CBC’s 42nd Annual Legislative Conference on access to primary care in their communities. Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) moderated the discussion and both he and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) delivered remarks lauding the health center model and their local health centers, as well as stressing the pivotal role health centers will play in meeting the ongoing and growing need for cost-effective, patient centered primary care. Staff from the Health and Human Services Office of Health Reform was also featured on the panel and spoke of the importance of health centers in implementing Medicaid expansions called for in the Affordable Care Act.
The speakers discussed health centers’ unique delivery model, recent and planned health center growth and expansion to meet local demand, and the role health center consumer boards play ensuring each health center provides high quality care tailored to their community. The briefing was a great success and attendees walked away with a feel for some of the incredible activities, partnerships, and growth taking place at health centers nationwide.
Health center panelists included:
- Henry Granger, Board Member, Greater Meridian Health Clinic, Meridian, MS; Board Member, Mississippi Primary Health Care Association
- Verona Greenland, CEO of Morris Heights Health Center, Bronx, NY
- Joyce Tapley, CEO of Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic, Dallas, TX
NACHC’s press release on the event is here.