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Report Shows Growing Demand for Primary Care in U.S.

By Micah Clemens

This morning the National Association of Community Health Centers unveiled a report on the growing unmet need for primary health care in the United States in a Capitol Hill briefing. The bipartisan audience received the first copies of the new report released in advance of NACHC’s Policy & Issues Forum, which convenes in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.

Dan Hawkins speaking at the briefing, with Sip Mouden seated to the left

The report, entitled Health Wanted: The State of Unmet Need for Primary Care in the America, was introduced by a panel of health center leaders who are struggling to meet the rising demand for primary care in their communities.

They were:

  • Sip Mouden, CEO of Community Health Centers of Arkansas, which oversees 12 health centers with 75 sites in Arkansas. Mouden described how in her state many of the poorest and medically underserved counties have no health centers despite the great need.
  • Nancy Sink, CEO of Family Health Care of Northwest Ohio in Van Wert.   Ms. Sink’s look-alike health center (which does not receive federal funding) is struggling to meet community needs while waiting for over a year-and-a-half for their application to be approved.  A near-complete lack of dental care options for the uninsured in her area is also a troubling problem, especially for children.
  • Dr. Allen Bennett, President and CEO of Park West Health Systems, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland.