America’s Health Centers to Convene in Chicago for National Conference

Innovation and Health Care Transformation a Key Focus for Health Center Leaders

August 28-30Chicago, ILWashington, D.C. –The 2016 Community Health Institute (CHI) and EXPO, hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will kick off next week (August 28th – 30th). The annual national conference, which draws thousands of health center clinicians, nurses, CEOs, board members and advocates from around the U.S., comes as new data show that more than 25 million people, or 1 in 13 Americans, depend on health centers for their care. In the last year alone health centers have added 1.5 million new patients, including 100 new centers, and experienced a six percent growth in veterans receiving care.  As health centers continue to build their capacity, they are also focusing on illness prevention through addressing the social determinants of health, integrating oral and behavioral health services, and responding to public health threats, such as the Zika virus and the nationwide epidemic of addiction.

The conference will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (for a detailed list of speakers and events please visit this link) and nearly 140 exhibiters at the EXPO exhibition hall.

Members of the press who wish to cover this event must register in advance by emailing Amy Simmons Farber, NACHC Communications Director.

WHAT: The NACHC 2016 Community Health Institute (CHI) and EXPO

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

WHEN: August 28-30, 2016

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About Community Health Centers: To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, Community Health Centers serve over 25 million people at more than 9,200 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was organized in 1971.