Health Center News and Happenings

May 22, 2017
                        The NACHC 2017 Agricultural Worker Health Conference is underway in Savannah, GA.  Migrant heath centers currently serve nearly 1 million of the estimated 4 million agricultural workers in the country, and they are on course to boost up that number to 2 million patients served by […]
May 16, 2017
The death rate for African Americans declined from 1999 to 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s good news, but African Americans are still more likely than white Americans to die at a young age. Although African Americans are living longer, their life expectancy is still four years less than that […]
The Campaign For America’s Health Centers

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May 23, 2017

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National Health Center Week is a great time to spread the word about your health center. athenahealth has already started getting the word out by creating an outstanding video that explains why their staff and leadership #valueCHCs. 

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April 28, 2017

Our most favorite time of the year is almost here – National Health Center Week is around the corner!! Have you started planning for National Health Center Week (NHCW) yet? This year’s celebration will be held August 13-19, and it will be here before you know it! This year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: The Key to Healthier Communities.” We encourage Health Centers and Advocates to use the theme to help build your events and remember; it’s never too early to start planning your events and celebrations! To help with planning and to make sure you have all the resources you’ll need to host a successful event this year, the NACHC advocacy team has some exciting news and updates to share:

nhcw.jpgCheck out the New NHCW website: We recently launched a new and improved NHCW website! The web address is the same,, but advocates will notice a brand new look and feel. In addition, we have transitioned all the wonderful NHCW resources, tools, and templates to the new site- easily accessed with the click of a button! We also want to highlight a couple of features of the site we don’t want you to miss:

Annual NHCW kick-off webinar: This year, we will be hosting our annual NHCW kick-off webinar on Wednesday, May 10 at 3PM Eastern. Join the advocacy team and Health Center colleagues for information on event ideas, best practices for hosting successful events, how to find and leverage partners and sponsors, as well as where and how you can buy and customize NHCW swag. Click here to RSVP for the kick-off webinar (you’ll receive the login information in a separate email closer to the webinar date).

Photo & video contest webinar: This year we will once again host the annual NHCW Photo Contest – sponsored by Pfizer RxPathways, and Video Contest - sponsored by Athena Health. We encourage all Health Centers to participate and make contest submissions for a chance to win! Join us on Wednesday, July 19 at 3PM Eastern for a contest-specific webinar, where you’ll get information about when, where, and how to send us your photos and videos, a review of contest rules and guidelines, and hear from Health Center peers who will share their tips for winning submissions. Click here to RSVP for the contest webinar.

As always, the NACHC Advocacy Team is here to help with any questions or support you need as you begin planning for NHCW. If you are looking for NHCW tools or resources you don’t see on the website – send us an email, we’d love to work with you to get you the support you need! We are looking forward to working with each of you to put on another successful and record-breaking NHCW—happy planning!

If you have any questions about the new site, webinars, or tools and resources, please email

Health Centers on the Hill

May 24, 2017
By NACHC Federal Affairs Staff On Tuesday, President Trump released his FY18 budget proposal, which reflects the administration’s priorities for federal spending in the upcoming fiscal year. The President’s budget is a blueprint for national priorities, which is then submitted to Congress. Ultimately, it will be Congress that makes the final budget decisions during the […]
May 8, 2017
It’s been quite the week for health care here in Washington. The American Health Care Act, House Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was first declared dead then subsequently brought back from the depths before passing in the House last Thursday. In a little more than a week, the political […]
The Policy Shop

May 4, 2017
By now many of you have heard of the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), born out of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that went into effect this year.   The QPP completely revamps the way Medicare pays its providers and is made up of two tracks, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System […]
April 18, 2017
On April 13, 2017 CMS issued its final rule designed to make the ACA Marketplaces more appealing to insurers.  Under this final rule, starting for the 2018 plan year: The annual Open Enrollment Period will be shortened from 3 months to 6 weeks States will have full authority to determine if an insurer’s network has […]