MEDIA ADVISORY: America’s Health Centers to Convene in Washington, D.C., for National Conference

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Address Gathering  at 10:15 am Friday, March 16th

Washington, D.C. – The 2018 Policy and Issues Forum (P&I), hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will kick off tomorrow (March 14– 17th). Nearly 2,500 Community Health Center advocates from around the country – including senior executives, clinicians, board members and other health care representatives –are expected to attend.  Key areas of focus will be long-term funding, Medicaid policy trends, and health centers’ groundbreaking work to integrate primary care services with behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.

Health centers are a health care solution that has been in place for over 50 years. The program has earned broad bipartisan support because of its success in delivering both increased access to care and lower costs for taxpayers. They serve 27 million Americans (1 in 12 people) in some of America’s hardest-to-reach communities. Health centers 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, such as the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic.

The NACHC P&I will feature remarks by top federal health officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who will speak at the General Session on Friday, March 16th at 10:15 am.

For a detailed scheduled of events please visit this link.

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WHAT: The 2018 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum

WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008

WHEN: March 14-17th, 2018

Follow conference events and highlights on Twitter using the #NACHC18PI.

For questions please contact: Amy Simmons Farber, Communications Director, NACHC, 202 309 0338.