Capitol Hill Briefing

Community Health Centers Respond to the Nation’s Opioid and Addiction Epidemic

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is hosting a briefing/panel discussion on Capitol Hill to highlight the work of Community Health Centers in responding to the nation’s opioid crisis. Health center physicians from around the country will discuss their innovative efforts to address substance use disorders in medically underserved areas using technology, care integration, counseling, pain management services, and much more.  The discussion coincides with the release of an issue brief that describes the work health centers are doing on the ground to treat addiction among patients.

Community Health Centers serve 27 million people nationwide and are an important tool in the nation’s fight against opioid addiction. Drug overdose deaths and opioid-related deaths are on the rise.  On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Yet, health centers are on the front lines, providing needed care to people who would typically experience multiple barriers to getting substance abuse treatment because they are unable to afford it, cannot access it, or are concerned about the stigma of suffering from a substance use disorder.

WHAT: Capitol Hill Briefing, Health Centers Helping Patients Overcome Addiction

WHEN: Tuesday, March 13th, 10:30 am

WHERE: Capitol Visitors Center, SVC 212-10


Roderick  Seamster, MD, President & CEO, Watts Healthcare Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Evans, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center, Trenton, NJ

Daniel Miller, MD, Chief Medical Officer , Hudson River Healthcare, Inc., Tarrytown, NY

Kima Taylor, MD, MPH, Managing Principal, Anka Consulting, LLC

Members of the press are invited to attend. For question contact Amy Simmons Farber, Communications Director at, Tel: 202 309 0338, mobile.