2022 Policy & Issues Virtual Forum

Update from Michael Holmes, Chair, NACHC Board of Directors

2022 Policy & Issues Forum is now a Virtual Only Event

Dear Colleague,

We have heard from many of you about how the current Omicron variant is having a significant impact on health center operations and the networks and associations that support them. Health centers are responding by caring for patients affected with the virus, while also operating with a limited workforce as many are personally impacted. This adds to the ongoing fatigue and weariness that is the result of the nearly two-year pandemic. Despite these challenges, health centers continue to defy the odds and provide high-quality care.

While it is a critical time to convene and discuss the future direction of the health center movement and to inform policy makers of what health centers need to continue the work that they do, the safety of all participants is too important to jeopardize by coming together for the January Planning Meeting in Florida and the 2022 Policy & Issues Forum in DC. As a result, the NACHC Board has decided the following:

  1. Postpone the January meeting to a later date to be determined; and
  2. Shift the 2022 P&I Forum to an all-virtual platform. With that, the committee meetings will be re-scheduled to take place virtually between mid-February and early March. The NACHC Board will meet virtually later in March.

After careful consideration of all the factors, it is clear this is the right decision given the current state of the pandemic. This change does not diminish the importance of the goals of the January Planning Meeting or the P&I Forum and the essential nature of the advocacy that takes place during this time. We will continue our efforts to develop a clear vision for the future; the virtual P & I Forum will offer the same robust education program, which includes inspirational general sessions, timely educational sessions and updates from NACHC federal partners.

Congress is going to be deciding whether to commit billions of dollars to the health center program and the workforce programs that we all rely upon. We need Congress to continue to see the value in health centers and we cannot mistake past support for future results. The P&I Forum has always presented a critical opportunity to deliver a clear message about the value of health centers and what is needed to preserve, strengthen, and expand their work. This year is no different, and your participation is critical. Register here to join us virtually February 14-16, 2022.

The strength of our movement is unmatched and comes from continued advocacy and the joint efforts of all within the movement – health center board members and staff, NACHC, PCAs, and HCCNs. Just since December 2020, we have together secured $12 billion through a three-year reauthorization of the Community Health Center Fund, another $7.6 billion for health centers to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and billions more to train future clinicians. As difficult as this pandemic has been for health centers, the thought that it could have happened without these resources is unimaginable.

But we know that more work needs to be done. We could expand the number of services to the nearly 29 million patients that are currently served and expand into more communities. Doing so will yield a healthier population and advance our shared goal of making the health care system equitable for all. To do this, we need you to be with us moving forward – as participants in this P&I conference, as members of NACHC, and as committed advocates to the cause.

Sincerely,
Michael Holmes, Chair
NACHC Board

Below for your information, is a list of FAQs to address some of the basic questions you may have regarding the cancellation of the conference. If you have additional questions, please email conferences@nachc.org.

Which sessions will be made available virtually?
All previously scheduled education sessions and general sessions will be offered virtually during the Virtual Policy & Issues Forum February 14-16, 2022. The dates in the schedule have been modified given the elimination of Hill visits. Click here to register today.

Will paid in-person attendee registrations be refunded?
For those that have registered for in-person attendance, we will move your registration to the virtual conference, so you do not need to do anything. If you are unable to join virtually you may request to cancel and be refunded. Please send your request to conferences@nachc.org.

Will exhibitors be refunded for booth space?
NACHC will contact all exhibitors to offer additional information on refunds. Please look for an email from Amaia Stecker, Deputy Director, Exhibits & Sponsorships this week.

Will attendees and exhibitors be refunded for airline tickets?
NACHC is not responsible for attendee air travel accommodations. We encourage you to consult directly with your air carrier for information. Most airlines have relaxed cancellation policies and you may be able to change your ticket for a later date.

Will attendees and exhibitors be refunded for hotel costs?
We encourage all attendees to cancel their reservations now. Cancellations at this time should not incur any fees. Please do cancel your reservation as soon as possible.

Will the NACHC Board meeting and committee meetings still be held?
The committee meetings will be held virtually and rescheduled for mid-February to early March. Committee staff members will reach out to committee chairs to coordinate. The NACHC Board meeting will be re-scheduled for mid to late March.

This dynamic gathering draws thousands of Community Health Center professionals and leaders from around the country to focus on critical health care issues and hear from thought leaders and top health care officials in Washington. Health center advocates will also descend on the halls of Congress to fight for long-term and stable funding in the new decade. They bring with them a long history of bipartisan support based on significant achievement as the largest primary health care network in the U.S., now serving 29 million people nationwide.


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Attention Health Center Board Members: Tips for Maximizing the Education Component of the Policy & Issues Forum

The Policy & Issues Virtual Forum (P&I) draws health center leaders from around the country to focus on critical health care issues and to hear from thought leaders and top health care officials in Washington, DC. Health center board members may find the following suggestions helpful in considering which sessions to attend:

  1. Participate in “Board Member Boot Camp” on February 13, 2022 if you are a new health center board member or want a refresher of health center governance basics. Please note that a separate registration is required for this program (more information can be found here).
  2. Attend “General Sessions” that are designed for all types of conference participants.
  3. Attend sessions with a track-designation of “Health Center Governance” (including “Health Center Governance & Tackling Big Issues in the Health Center Landscape” discussed below).
  4. Participate in all advocacy-related events (e.g., “Be Ready to Head to the Hill” on February 15).
  5. Attend various sessions that tackle key issues in the healthcare and health center landscape – including telehealth, 340B, value-based care, among others – that impact overall health center strategy.

Board members are encouraged to consider attending the session titled, “Health Center Governance & Tackling Big Issues in the Health Center Landscape,” scheduled for February 14 at 2:00 pm Eastern time. This session is designed to help board members and health center staff that work with boards to think about how to address big issues and take important learnings back to your health center board to inform ongoing board education, health center strategy, and board oversight.

What do to AFTER your P&I Experience? Health center board members are encouraged to visit NACHC’s Health Center Governance web page to learn more about the over 50 tools and resources available to support them. Also, consider participating in NACHC’s Community Health Institute (CHI) & EXPO in August 2022 which features robust health center board programming.


Questions? Email conferences@nachc.com or call 301-347-0400.

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All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. NACHC will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

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