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NACHC Turns 50! The Mission Continues

This year we celebrate 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. 

October Webinar: Health Centers Honoring and Serving Veterans

October 26 | 2-3 pm ET

Join NACHC in celebrating health centers’ long service to our military veterans, the veterans who are our patients, our co-workers, and our Board leaders. With Veterans Day approaching, we pause to reflect on the creative and responsive ways health centers and veterans come together in local community settings to pursue needed and specialized services and the access they have earned and deserve.

Previous Webinars


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: COVID and the Impact of Community Health Centers on Rural America, 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
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