Leagues of Community Health Center advocates went to Capitol Hill today to press for long-term and stabilized funding, and blow up Twitter with an abundance of posts about their visits. Advocates wore the color blue to identify themselves amid the throngs (a lot of other groups were advocating on the Hill today as well) and came armed with data and fact sheets. It was a long day of walking and meeting with Members of Congress and staff, and making the case for the value of the health center model of care. The reward at the end of the day was coming back to the P & I for a reception, the centerpiece of which is about recognizing the grassroots advocates. Grassroots advocates are the backbone of the Health Center Movement, and every year we honor the standouts who work diligently to press the case for affordable care and community health. This year’s awards presentation focused on the advocates who helped secure action to end the funding cliff crisis in 2018. The awardees are:
Grassroots Advocacy Hall of Fame
Roland Gertz, MD, CEO, Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Inc., TX
Michael Holmes, CEO, Cook Area Health Services, Minnesota
Louise McCarthy, President & CEO, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, CA
Roberta “Bobbi” Ryder, President & CEO (retired) National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc., TX
Edward “Trip” Shannon, Chief Development Officer, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, NY
Grace Wang, MD, International Community Health Services, WA
NACHC Grassroots Advocacy Elizabeth K. Cooke MVP Award
J. Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman, Director of Operations, InterCare Community Health Network, MI
Fatima Groom, Policy and Public Relations Manager, Sunrise Community Health, CO
Andrea Morales-Williams, Communications & Marketing Manager, CommWell Health, NC
Aaron Todd, Chief Strategy Officer, Iowa Primary Care Association, IO
Christopher Vann, VP of Development/Chief Development Officer, CommWell Health, NC
Lupe Vela, Jr., Community Service Manager, Community Health Development, Inc., TX
We are grateful to this distinguished group of advocates and their tireless work on behalf of health centers.
Stay tuned tomorrow as we bring you the latest from the General Session and the federal update.
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