Bethesda, Md. – Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the Community Health Center Movement. She was presented the award at the 2016 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, D.C., an event attended by more than 2,000 Health Center leaders from around the country.
“She is one of our greatest advocates,” said NACHC Board Chair Ricardo Guzman during the award presentation. “Her passionate voice has resonated, reflecting her deep commitment to the medically underserved in our nation. At both state and national levels, she has made a compelling case for Community Health Centers, whether mobilizing the grassroots advocates, presenting testimony, or going head-on with lawmakers in the fight for funding.”
Sibilsky has over 36 years of experience in working to improve access to health care for underserved populations through optimization of community-based primary care. She leads the state association that represents 39 Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan providing comprehensive, affordable, accessible, quality primary health care for over 615,000 Michigan residents through more than 250 sites. In addition to program oversight, policy development and research,. Sibilsky has spearheaded efforts to improve access to care, build partnerships, expand systems and reduce health disparities for the residents of Michigan.
“I am beyond thrilled to be recognized for being able to do what I love,” said Sibilsky. “The work has always been challenging, exciting and never boring.” After receiving the award, Sibilsky noted “I truly am not done yet. I feel I have had success in my career, but what I know is that we are not truly a success as long as there are any people in any community who do not have the opportunities for success that I have and you have. So there is work left for me to do.”
“We are honored Kim was selected for this deserving award,” said Denise Crawford, MPCA Board Chair and CEO of Center for Family Health, Inc. “As the most prestigious NACHC award, Kim is a natural selection. We are fortunate to have had her dedicated leadership and guidance for the last 22 years with the Association. As a result, Michigan’s Health Centers shine brightly.”
More than 50 years ago, Health Centers started as a daring experiment in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty campaign, which led to the opening of the nation’s first Health Centers in Boston and the Mississippi Delta. Today, the pilot project has evolved into the largest and most successful primary health care system in the United States. Health Centers serve more than 24 million Americans (1 in 14 people) who live in more than 9,200 rural and urban communities. Health Centers also save the U.S. health care system more than $24 billion every year in reduced overall costs from preventable hospitalizations and avoidable emergency room visits. To learn more about the mission and accomplishments of Health Centers, visit www.nachc.org.
About National Association of Community Health Centers
Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve over 24 million people through over 9,200 sites located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
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, visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.