U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to Receive Community Health Champion Award in Detroit on August 18
Monday, August 17, 2015
Lansing, MI, August 17, 2015 – Throughout the month of August, Health Centers across the nation plan events and community outreach to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers. This year, Health Centers celebrate 50 years of providing quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care in the U.S.
Last week, during National Health Center Week (August 9 – 15), Michigan Health Centers hosted over 100 events to celebrate Health Center successes with the communities they serve through holding health fairs, symposiums, meet and greets and visits by Members of Congress and their staff. The weeklong national celebration comes on the heels of new data that shows Health Centers now serve over 24 million people (or one in 14 Americans) through over 9,200 delivery sites throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.
In recognition of her Health Center support and leadership, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will receive the National Association for Community Health Centers 2015 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award on August 18 at 1 pm ET at the Thea Bowman Community Health Center in Detroit. Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Primary Care Association, the voice and membership association for Michigan’s Health Centers will present the award to Kim Corbin, Sen. Stabenow’s Legislative Counsel. Sen. Stabenow is unable to attend the event due to a prior commitment. While at the Health Center, Ms. Corbin will go on a tour of the Advantage Health Center site.
“Every year, August brings the celebration and recognition of Health Centers and during this time, raising awareness of Health Centers is a key focus. Reaching out to thank our Members of Congress, who have provided their unyielding support of the Health Center mission and accomplishments is important,” stated Sibilsky. “We are especially grateful for the efforts of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), whose leadership helped Health Centers avert a massive funding cliff that would have resulted in the loss of health care services in Michigan.”
Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to 266 Health Centers in 46 states, five of which are located in Michigan. Eight Michigan Health Centers received ACA funding earlier this year. With $9 million in ACA funding granted in Michigan in 2015, it is projected Michigan Health Centers will increase access to health care services for nearly 53,000 additional Michiganders. Today, Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 Michiganders through more than 250 delivery sites.
“It is an honor to partner with the Michigan Primary Care Association as their Health Centers provide quality, affordable health care to families who do not have access to basic medical services,” said Senator Stabenow. “Because of their work, moms and dads have the peace of mind of knowing they can take their children to a doctor and get them the health care they need. I will continue to do everything I can to make sure these Health Centers have the resources they need to continue to providing affordable health care."
One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, Health Centers started 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:
• Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities
• Reducing infant mortality rates
• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
• Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
About Community Health Centers
To address the widespread lack of access to basic health care, community health centers serve over 24 million people at more than 9,200 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. Health Centers depend in large part on public financial help and need a unified voice and common source for research, information, training and advocacy. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) organized in 1971. To learn more, please visit www.healthcenterweek.org or www.nachc.org or follow #NHCW on Twitter.
About Michigan Primary Care Association
For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.