The 2017 Community Health Institute (CHI) and EXPO, hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), kicks off this week in San Diego, CA. 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 NACHC data show more people than ever depend on Community Health Centers for affordable primary care. Health centers now serve more than 27 million patients in rural and urban neighborhoods across America and the U.S. territories.
Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging patients, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured, they also produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and opioid addiction. Because of their long record of success in managing health care costs and reducing chronic disease, health centers also have a proud tradition of bipartisan support despite the contentious debate over health care reform.
A key focus of the national conference will be the future of Medicaid, and the looming “funding cliff” that health centers face as demand for services continues to grow. If not fixed by Congress before September 30th, the health center funding cliff will have a direct and immediate impact. Health center funding could be cut by as much as 70 percent, resulting in the loss of care for 9 million patients, according to federal estimates.
The NACHC CHI also features remarks from federal officials, health experts and key health centers leaders and an EXPO with nearly 150 exhibitors from the health care industry. To view the schedule of events please visit this link.
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 2017 Community Health Institute (CHI) and EXPO
WHERE: Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
WHEN: August 25-29, 2017
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