NACHC mourns the loss of longtime friend and champion of the Health Center Movement, Congressman Elijah Cummings.
During his lifetime of public service, Congressman Cummings earned the reputation of a hardworking legislator who cared deeply about people and the nation he served. He fought tenaciously to protect the safety net for America’s low-income families, the uninsured and vulnerable. He further helped lead the charge for stable and sustained long-term funding for the Health Center Program as a sound investment needed to build stronger and healthier communities.
Recalling memories of his meetings with the Congressman, NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden stated: “He will be remembered as a man of integrity, wisdom, courage and dignity. He knew the problems of inner cities and there are few who could better express the needs of people struggling for jobs, health care, education, affordable housing, and the chance for a better life. The Congressman’s impassioned voice on the House floor helped remind lawmakers of the ‘other America’ that too many, today, prefer to neglect. Health centers are grateful for his leadership and support that made possible the growth of a community-based system of primary care to improve health and bring greater equity into the nation’s health delivery system.”
NACHC expresses its deepest sympathy to his wife, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and family and congressional staff. The NACHC family also remembers the words of Congressman Cummings at his last appearance before the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum in 2014. He said: “No one may ever say, ‘Thank You.’ You probably won’t even make the local supermarket tabloid, but remember this: You [Community Health Centers] change the trajectory of people’s destinies.”