Health Center News and Happenings

February 7, 2017
Few may realize the remarkable history behind the Civil Rights Movement and its role in launching Community Health Centers.  The narrative of how this happened is eloquently told in a new book, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty (the title is borrowed from a short film of the […]
February 6, 2017
Over the past three years the Health Center Advocacy Network has experienced unprecedented growth to encompass 100,000 individuals and counting. Thanks to this growing number of Advocates like you, who have not only joined the Campaign for America’s Health Centers, but have repeatedly raised your voice on behalf of Health Centers and their patients,  the […]
The Campaign For America’s Health Centers

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February 6, 2017

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Over the past three years the Health Center Advocacy Network has experienced unprecedented growth to encompass 100,000 individuals and counting. Thanks to this growing number of Advocates like you, who have not only joined the Campaign for America’s Health Centers, but have repeatedly raised your voice on behalf of Health Centers and their patients,  the power and effectiveness of our network has grown as well.

The effectiveness of our advocacy has been demonstrated time and time again with many of you helping lead the charge online  to increase support for the Health Center Program. Online advocacy engagement has also expanded the ability to serve more patients and to stave off regular challenges and threats. Much the same way patients are at the heart of each Health Center, you, our advocates, are at the heart of our network.

Now, as we face even more serious threats and even greater opportunities, we have to adapt and transform our advocacy efforts to meet them. Our goal will remain unchanged; continuing to encourage even more growth while effectively supporting and accommodating the needs of all of our Advocates. To make sure that we can continue to be leaders on behalf of America’s Health Centers, we will be transforming the Campaign for America’s Health Centers into a new – and we believe more effective – identity known as the Health Center Advocacy Network.

Key Information, Dates & Actions:

  • While the Campaign for America’s Health Centers umbrella has helped us grow to more than 100,000 advocates, we have come to a point where our efforts are larger than just a single campaign.
  • To be able to meet the unprecedented challenges and opportunities in today’s environment, we need to be easily recognized and able to respond in the online world where our power matters.
  • The new Health Center Advocacy Network website provides seamless social media sharing capabilities as well as updated advocacy tools. Most importantly, our new website will make it easier than ever for Advocates to take action - from any device with the click of a button.
  • On February 20, we will formally transition to the new hcadvocacy.org website. We will also hold a launch webinar on March 15 at 3PM ET. You can register for the webinar here. If you are attending the Policy & Issues Forum there will also be an opportunity to view, learn about and experience hcadvocacy.org during the conference.
  • ACTION ITEM: Show your support for the new Health Center Advocacy Network by adding our web badge to your website or social media page.

 

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We are excited to unveil this new and updated Health Center Advocacy Network – the action center and heart of our advocacy program. As part of the launch later this month we encourage advocates to visit our new state of the art website, join us in sharing and driving recognition of this updated appearance and identity across social media channels, and take advantage of enhanced opportunities to engage and ADVOCATE for America’s Health Centers and the patients they serve.

February 2, 2017

The NACHC Advocacy team is thrilled to introduce our Spring Intern, Andrea Seet!

Andrea is excited to have the opportunity to intern for NACHC for her spring semester of college. She is a third year at the University of California, Berkeley with a major in Public Health and minors in Education and Science and Math Education. She is excited to make the most of her experience at NACHC to learn about advocating for community health centers and how she can make a positive impact on the health of underserved communities in her future.

At UC Berkeley, Andrea has been a Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition Community Health committee member, a group that focuses on providing resources for the Berkeley community to improve their access to learning healthy practices for themselves and their families. She has also participated on a medical brigade in Lima, Peru, where she observed doctors, dentists, and gynecologists in addition to teaching children oral hygiene practices. Andrea is also a member of the Phi Chi pre-health fraternity and serves as the secretary for Circle K International, an organization focused on community service and professional development.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys traveling with her family and photographing the places she travels to.

Andrea can be reached via email at aseet@nachc.org.

Health Centers on the Hill

January 12, 2017
Early this morning, after a 7-hour marathon of votes on amendments, the U.S. Senate approved S.Con.Res 3, the Budget Resolution for the current federal fiscal year, FY2017, on a vote of 51-48. While Senate leadership referred to the bill as the “Obamacare Repeal Resolution,” it’s important for advocates to know that this bill itself does […]
January 3, 2017
By Michaela Keller, NACHC Federal Affairs Staff Now that the 115th Congress is underway, it is expected that Republicans will move ahead quickly to fulfill one of their top campaign promises – repeal of the Affordable Care Act. With a majority in both the House and Senate, Republicans are charting a course to send a […]
The Policy Shop

January 26, 2017
In the first few days of his Administration, President Trump issued several Executive Orders.  Of particular note for the health care system and health centers was his first Executive Order, Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.  We have heard from many health center advocates who want to […]
December 21, 2016
NACHC’s Regulatory Affairs Department has seen a lot of action over the last year, as the current Administration is wrapping up its remaining days in Washington, DC and has been working to propose and finalize a wide range of policy and administrative activities. Highlights have included: CMS: The final rule governing Medicaid Managed Care Plans: […]