The 2016 Policy and Issues Forum (P & I), hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), kicked off its annual national conference Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The conference draws thousands of health center advocates from around the U.S. Health center professionals use this forum to dialogue on key policy issues such as workforce building, population health and continuing efforts to meet the demand for primary care while reducing healthcare costs. Among the Nebraska delegation made up of CEO’s and board leaders is Charles Drew Health Center, Inc., Chief Executive Officer, Kenny D. McMorris, MPA, CHCEF and CDHC Board Chairman, Chris Rodgers. As a part of the three-day conference, the Nebraska delegation met with Nebraska Congressman Brad Ashford.
More than fifty years ago health centers began as a daring experiment in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty campaign, which led to the opening of the nation’s first health centers in Boston and the Mississippi Delta. Today, that pilot project has evolved into the largest primary healthcare system in the United States. Health centers serve more than 24 million Americans (1 in 14 people) who live in more than 9,200 rural and urban communities. Health centers also save the U.S. healthcare system more than $24 billion every year in reduced overall costs from preventable hospitalizations and avoidable emergency room visits.
The NACHC P & I will feature remarks by experts in the healthcare industry andfederal health officials.