Washington, D.C. – The 2017 Policy and Issues Forum (P&I), hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will kick off tomorrow (March 29– April 1). More than 2,500 Community Health Center advocates from around the U.S. have registered to attend the conference. Attendees include clinicians, nurses, board members and consumers who will make the case to lawmakers about a primary health care funding cliff that that could trigger site closures and a loss of care to an estimated 9 million patients if Congress does not act before October 1st.
Community Health Centers are a health care solution that has been in place for over 50 years. They have earned broad bipartisan support because of their success in delivering both increased access to care and lower costs for taxpayers. They serve 25 million Americans (1 in 13 people) in some of America’s hardest-to-reach communities, where options for care are few or scarce. They not only deliver quality, affordable health care that helps patients avoid costly emergency rooms, they have also been called upon to confront the most vexing challenges facing our health care system: from caring for underserved veterans, to combatting the opioid epidemic, to stemming the outbreak of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, Florida or elsewhere.
The NACHC P&I will feature remarks by federal health officials and experts in the health care industry. For a complete listing of events please visit this link. You can also follow #nachcpi17 on Twitter.
Members of the press who wish to cover the NACHC P&I must register in advance. To learn more about NACHC’s press policies and guidelines, please visit this link.
WHAT: The 2017 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum
WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008
WHEN: March 29-April 1