BETHESDA, MD_ Health center leaders will testify before the Senate at two separate hearings on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023.
The first hearing, “A Crisis in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care: Closing Gaps in Access by Bringing Care and Prevention to Communities,” will be conducted by the Senate HELP Committee Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security at 10 a.m. Maria Celli, Psy.D, psychologist and deputy CEO of Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC) in Brockton, MA, will appear on a panel of experts. Celli’s areas of clinical work have focused on behavioral health-primary care integration and working with individuals who have experienced trauma. BNHC serves over 37,000 unique patients and conducted over 200,000 visits in 2022. Follow this link to view the hearing.
Later that day at 2:30 p.m., the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care will host a hearing entitled, “Improving Health Care Access in Rural Communities: Obstacles and Opportunities” Sara Rich, president and CEO of Choptank Community Health in Denton, MD, will testify on behalf of health centers. Follow this link to view the hearing.
Ms. Rich joined Choptank Community Health in 2007 as the vice president of community programs and eventually became senior vice president and COO in 2015. In 2017, she was appointed by the Choptank Community Health System Board of Directors as CEO. Prior to joining Choptank Community Health, Ms. Rich was the Associate Director for the National Center for Child Death Review, a program of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and previously a community health consultant with the Michigan Child Death Review Program.
About the National Association of Community Health Centers
Established in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the leading national voice for America’s Health Centers and as an advocate for health care access for the medically underserved and uninsured.