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Dr. Marilyn H. Gaston: Physician, Scientist, Public Health Crusader

Marilyn H. Gaston, MD

Dr. Marilyn H. Gaston learned about inequities in health care early in life. She went on to become a pediatrician, researcher, and to hold leadership positions including Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Health Center News, Uncategorized

African American Founders of the Community Health Center Movement

Community Health Centers sprang into existence more than five decades ago as part of a ripple effect of the Civil Rights Movement. Learn about a few of the many influential African American leaders who played major roles in the early days of the health center movement and have dedicated their lives to pursuing equitable health …


The Power of Creativity for Healing

NACHC has invested in a unique webinar series that shines a light on the ways art and creativity can enhance healing in the Community Health Center setting and recharge care teams. As our Senior Fellow Grace Wang, MD, MPH, FAAFP, says: “It’s important to give the part of our brain that’s overused an opportunity to rest.” …


2023 Innovation Resolutions: Leveraging Existing Strengths to Innovate 

This post is part of NACHC’s monthly Innovation Blog Series hosted by NACHC’s Center for Community Health Innovation (CCHI).  As the new year starts, we are pushed to create resolutions that will make our lives different, better. But sometimes we forget that who we are is enough. That same mentality can be translated into our …


Know a Potential Health Center Healer? Invite Them to Become a Hometown Scholar

NACHC’s Dr. Don Weaver with ATSU Hometown Scholars – all community healers and heroes   We have a shortage In May 2022, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released an advisory that put the healthcare workforce shortage in dire terms: “There is a projected shortage of more than 3 million essential health workers in the next five …

Health Care News, Social Determinants of Health, Uncategorized

Social Drivers vs. Social Determinants: Using Clear Terms

NACHC is adopting the term “social drivers of health” in lieu of “social determinants of health,” as it more accurately describes the ability policymakers, communities, and individuals have to affect change on the factors negatively impacting health and well-being.


Getting Ready for the Year Ahead: Celebrating and Supporting Health Center Boards

Board meeting

Boards govern health centers and play an important role in establishing a center’s strategic direction in partnership with the CEO, approving key policies, and providing oversight in various areas such as finance and clinical quality.


Sixteenth Street Meets Patient Needs with the Help of 340B

This post is part of NACHC’s 340B Blog Series. The 340B Drug Pricing Program is an essential source of support for Community Health Centers, allowing them to stretch increasingly scarce federal resources and reinvest in patient care. Learn more about 340B and read other blogs in the series. Elizabeth Linderbaum is NACHC’s Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs. Sixteenth …