For Immediate Release
Amy Simmons Farber
Washington, D.C. – The 2016 Policy and Issues Forum (P & I), hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will kick off tomorrow (March 16 – 19th). The annual national conference, which draws thousands of health center advocates from around the U.S., comes as NACHC issues a new report revealing that almost all Community Health Centers (95 percent) are currently experiencing at least one clinical vacancy, and more than two-thirds (69 percent) are recruiting for at least one family physician. Health center professionals will 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.
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 and federal health officials. For a complete listing of events please visit this link.
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WHAT: The NACHC 2015 Policy & Issues Forum, the largest Washington gathering of Community Health Centers.
WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008
WHEN: March 16-19th
Members of the media must register in advance to attend [NACHC media policies and guidelines].