NACHC Statement on the Results of the 2016 Elections

Our country has just concluded an historic election – the outcome of which challenges all Americans to work together and solve some of our nation’s hardest problems – no matter on which side of the political aisle we individually stand.

To that end, America’s Health Centers congratulate newly-elected President Donald Trump for his victory in a hard fought race, as well as the many men and women across the country who have successfully campaigned to serve in public office at the local, state, and national levels. Our doctors, nurses, community boards and others who work and volunteer at Health Centers in communities all over the country stand ready to make health care work for everyone.

We are proud that Health Centers have served for decades as an example of true bipartisanship – recognized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers as an innovative and local solution that brings health and wellness to their communities, generates billions of dollars in savings to the health care system each year, and identifies and addresses emerging public health threats such as the spread of the Zika virus, the nationwide opioid addiction problem and the lead contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Our 25 million Health Center patients, including 305,000 veterans, live in rural and urban communities all over America. They are neighbors, friends, and families, and they have urged their local, state and national policymakers to not only ensure that Health Centers remain in their communties, but also to bring services to more people in need.

We wish much success to the incoming Administration and lawmakers in serving the American people and we pledge to work hard with them to build a stronger and healthier America – a goal we can all agree on.