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NACHC Turns 50! The Mission Continues

In 2021, we celebrated the long and successful 50-year history of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  Founded in 1971 by like-minded health care providers and community activists, NACHC was created to protect and nurture the potential of a strong national voice dedicated to providing access to quality health care for medically underserved people and communities all across America.  We are proud that 50 years later our mission has not only survived but thrived.

To our leaders, members, staff, state/regional associations and networks, other public and private supporters, and all others who continue to work together through NACHC to fulfill the ongoing promise of quality health care for all – we say thank you!  

Webinar Series: Propelling Our Mission Forward in NACHC’s 50th Year 

Join NACHC for a series of monthly webinars exploring issues central to the health center movement. 

December Webinar: NACHC50 Years of Progress and Hopes for the Future

Over the past year, NACHC looked at many different areas where health centers have made impacts to the larger health care landscape. We heard how NACHC, and health centers can lead to health equity and civil rights, environmental justice, partnering with philanthropy, delivering care to veterans, building a strong workforce for the future, and of other impact areas. Whether it was leaders from the White House, Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, or other civil rights and national leaders, all came to these monthly webinars talking about the power of collaboration and partnership with NACHC.

In our final webinar, we turned the mirror internally and to the leaders taking us into the future. NACHC staff shared how they plan to play a role in the future of health centers and NACHC. This has been a year the health center movement will never forget – and a future that is looking better than ever for NACHC and community health centers.

Add your vision and commitment through our online form or video.

Watch the December webinar recording

Previous Webinars

Celebrating the Health Center Workforce

November webinar: A “fireside chat” discussion celebrating Community Health Center staff. Featuring U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Author of Care After COVID, Dr. Shantanu Nundy of Neighborhood Health, Chief Medical Officer, Accolade, Eboni Winford, PhD, MPH, Director of Research and Health Equity, Cherokee Health Systems.

Health Centers Honoring and Serving Veterans

October webinar: A discussion about how health centers and veterans come together in local community settings to pursue needed and specialized services.

Featured Speaker: Kameron L. Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP, Assistant Under Secretary of Health for Clinical Services & Chief Medical Officer, Veterans Health Administration

Health Center Speakers:
Rhonda D. Hauff, CEO, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (WA)

Shaunna Herrman, PA-C, Program Director/Certified Physician Assistant, Stedman-Wade Health Services, Inc. (NC)

Watch video.


Innovations and Collaborations to Impact Social Determinants of Health

September Webinar: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) have long affected the well-being of communities across the nation, including access to the most basic of human needs. In March 2020, these drivers were magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing millions of Americans become food insecure, unemployed, unstably housed, and dying at alarming rates – especially in neighborhoods historically impacted by structural racism.

Featuring Cameron Webb, MD, JD, Senior Policy Advisor for Equity,  White House COVID-19 Response Team  and:

Andrea Caracostis, MD, MPH, CEO - HOPE Clinic (TX)
Rashad A. Collins, COO - Charter Oak Health Center, Inc. (CT)
Antony Stately, PhD, CEO - Native American Community Clinic (MN)

Watch video.

Back to School, COVID-19, and the Value of School-Based Health Centers

August Webinar: During our August 2021 webinar we heard from experts about COVID-19 vaccination efforts and successful collaborations between government and community-based organizations to improve the wellbeing of the students and families. Watch video.

Health Centers Addressing Environmental Justice and Climate Change

July Webinar: How can health centers stand up for their communities in the face of climate change and an increasingly toxic environment? EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan and an expert panel discuss. Watch video.

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Care: A Historic Look at Health Centers’ Impact on LGBTQ+ Health

June Webinar:
National advocates and health center leaders discussed their organizations’ historic and continued efforts to assure quality, affordable, and accessible health care to all LGBTQ+ people in their communities. Watch video.

The Role of Philanthropy in Supporting Health Centers and the Communities They Serve

May Webinar: Building a Sustainable Movement — The Role of Philanthropy in Supporting Community Health Centers. Watch video.

Elevating an Equitable Health Care System: A Conversation with Civil Rights Leaders

April Webinar: Elevating an Equitable Health Care System – A Conversation with Civil Rights Leaders. Watch video

The Impact of Community Health Centers on Rural America

March Webinar: Tuesday, March 30. Watch video

America’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

February Webinar:  America’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan: A Discussion with Dr. Bechara Choucair, White House Vaccinations Coordinator. Watch video.

Photo Gallery: NACHC Through the Years

Policy and Issues Forum, 1977
North Carolina Delegation at the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum, 1978
Congressman John Lewis, Policy & Issues Forum, 2010