Access All-Stars: ARIZONA


On an ongoing basis, the CFAHC blog will feature Access All-Stars from each state who exemplify stellar advocacy action and commitment to grassroots advocacy efforts as part of the Access is the Answer Campaign. This week, we learn about the excellent work of our All-Stars from the state of Arizona. The advocates listed below played a crucial role in the effort to fix the cliff by providing advocacy leadership in their communities and effectively communicating the value of Health Centers to lawmakers and beyond.

Arizona’s Access All-Stars:

North Country HealthCare ramped up efforts on Access is the Answer by far surpassing NACHC’s initial goal of 500 petition signatures, and collecting nearly 800 signatures from staff, patients, and other Health Center advocates! Each person who supported the petition and committed to Health Centers by signing helped make passage of HR 2 and continued funding for the next two years a reality!

Desert Senita Community Health Center consistently worked hard to engage their staff and collected letters from many of their employees that were then sent to Members of Congress, explaining the local impact the Health Center Funding Cliff would have had both on Desert Senita’s operations, as well as the lives of its employees. Telling the story of how the cliff would have negatively impacting local communities was a crucial part of getting the cliff fixed.

Marana Health Center engaged a third constituency in the Access is the Answer campaign: their Board of Directors. Marana’s board composed a letter to their Members of Congress asking them to take action. The letter highlighted the services provided by Marana to the community, detailed cost savings afforded by Health Centers to the entire health care system, and the impact the cliff would have had in terms of site closures and patients who would lose access to care. Health Centers are local economic engines, and as such, Members of Congress need to hear from those who govern and oversee our Health Centers!

Sun Life Family Health Center contributed to the Access is the Answer campaign by having their board sign a letter, collecting over 100 petition signatures, and took the campaign a step farther by reaching out to the community at large. Sun Life collected local support letters from other groups and organizations that spoke to the value the Health Center brings to the community, and not just in terms of direct services provided. Health Centers enrich communities and reinvest money into the local economy, and part of painting the picture of why Health Centers are a worthwhile investment and need continued funding is hearing from partners who work with Health Centers in a business capacity or are like-minded in terms of mission and can work together to build healthier communities.

It is worth noting that the four Health Centers highlighted above focused in on different Access is the Answer action items that they felt they could execute most successfully and that worked in their communities- the result was a variety of constituencies being successfully engaged across the state. The chorus of support in hearing from multiple stakeholders in the Health Center movement is what ultimately led to success in getting the cliff fixed for the next two years! Thank you North Country, Desert Senita, Marana, and Sun Life for your advocacy efforts!

Access All-Stars Blog: ARKANSAS


Each week, the CFAHC blog will feature Access All-Stars from each state who exemplify stellar advocacy action and commitment to grassroots advocacy efforts as part of the Access is the Answer Campaign. This week, we learn about the excellent work of our All-Stars from the state of Arkansas. The advocates listed below played a crucial role in the effort to fix the cliff by providing advocacy leadership in their communities and effectively communicating the value of Health Centers to lawmakers and beyond.

Arkansas’s Access All-Stars

CCKathy Grisham, CEO, and Tyler Clark, Community Development Director

Community Clinic

Springdale, AR

Community Clinic came out strong in the fight to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. Kathy made the commitment early on to participate in advocacy organization-wide and complete the steps of the Access is the Answer campaign. She also persistently communicated with her Members of Congress, including Senator John Boozman for whom she serves as a NACHC Key Contact, as well as other Members of Congress, including Senator Cotton and Representative Womack who attended NHCW events at Community Clinic, regarding the potential impact of the cliff on Community Clinic and the surrounding communities they serve. Tyler showed his dedication and passion for advocacy by engaging Community Clinic’s staff as well as patients in the Access is the Answer campaign. He made sure staff knew what was going on in DC and trained front desk staff to ask patients to sign the Access is the Answer petition at intake. Thanks to the dedication of Kathy and Tyler as well as the efforts of numerous other Community Clinic staff, board members, and patients, Community Clinic collected over 1,500 petition signatures and 25 local support letters. Thank you, Community Clinic, for your incredible and ongoing advocacy!

CabunCABUN Rural Health Services

Hampton, AR

CABUN Rural Health Services came out strong in the campaign to fix the cliff! The center, led by CEO Melanie Sheppard, collected over 850 Access is the Answer petition signatures and over 15 local support letters. To work on the Access is the Answer campaign, CABUN employees established an “Advocacy Committee” with the goal of reaching out to our employees, families, and patients for their support. The committee also circulated informational bulletins related to the health center funding cliff and encouraged patients to sign the Access is the Answer petition by explaining what the funding cliff would mean for each of CABUN’s 6 sites.  CABUN also consistently responded to NACHC’s request to send letters, sign petitions, and complete other advocacy actions and regularly reached out to their Members of Congress to voice their opinions and express the desire to support the continued funding for health centers. Thank you for your commitment to advocacy, CABUN!

East ARDr. Susan Ward-Jones, CEO

East Arkansas Family Health Center

West Memphis, AR

Susan’s continued advocacy has helped contribute to national advocacy success!


#NHCW15: Celebrating Farmworker Health Day

Guest Author: Steve Davis

Head shot

Steve Davis, Director of Farmworker Outreach at Greene County Health Care

Director of Farmworker Outreach at Greene County Health Care | Snow Hill, NC

This week during National Health Center Week, we honor and recognize all of the diverse communities and populations Health Centers across the country provide with high-quality, affordable, and culturally competent care. Today, in recognition of Farmworker Health Day, we are honoring the Migrant & Farmworker Health Center Grantees and the thousands of migrant and seasonal farmworkers cared for by health centers.

When I think of the outreach health centers provide in their communities, I think of the story by Loren Eisley.  A young boy was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When he came to each starfish, he would pick it up and throw it back into the ocean. People watched him with amusement. He had been doing this for some time when a man approached him and said, “Little boy, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!” The boy seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, he bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I m
ade a difference to that one!”

That is what we do as outreach workers. We work long, crazy hours, many times at night. We work on weekends, in the heat, and in the middle of no-where. And more times than not we feel overwhelmed. It seems like we are being pulled in a thousand different directions at mobile2once.  All of that doesn’t matter when we are able to help that one farmworker who wouldn’t have made it to the Greene County Health Care without our help or who wouldn’t have received their medicine if we didn’t deliver it to them. The long hours don’t matter when the health education we provide in their homes, in the hopes that they may be a little safer while working in the fields, is successful. These are just a few things we do as outreach workers and in caring for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker patients. If at the end of the day we were able to help just one farmworker, we have accomplished our goal.

Every year, Greene County Health Care serves more than 20,000 Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and their dependents.

Health Center Outreach workers wear many hats. They serve as health educators, case managers, transporters, interpreters, and medicationPicture 018 deliverers. They serve as a bridge between health centers and farmworker communities. However, one of the most important roles we play as outreach workers is to truly care about the farmworkers we serve.  Ultimately, we give a sense of belonging to a population that many times feels like they don’t belong.

Over the 18 years I have been the Director of the Farmworker Outreach Program, I have seen traumatic injuries, terrible illnesses, deaths related to accidents on the farm, and many heart attacks at the farmworker camps. However, within the farmworker community I have also seen many acts of strength, honesty, bravery, selflessness, giving without expecting anything in return, a sense of family even among those not related by blood, and a sense of honor and respect when they were being treated without respect.

I personally have learned from farmworkers the importance of family, religion, the many ways a person can be healed, and giving from your heart without expecting anything in return. Most of all, I have ALWAYS been welcomed and treated as family at every camp I have visited. I am proud to be considered family at many of these camps and even prouder to consider them my family as well.

Outreach workers are critical to the health center mission of creating healthier communities, particularly among the Seasonal and Migrant Farmworker population.  Not only are we providing health care services out GCHC logoin the camps, at churches, and in the fields, we are the ones that are forming a bond with the farmworkers. We let them know that they are not just welcomed at our health center but are also appreciated for the hard work they do to make sure we have fruits and vegetables on our tables. It is our job and responsibility to make sure they are treated with dignity, just like everyone else that walks in the health center’s doors.

Most importantly, no matter how many starfish we have picked up along the beach and hurled back in the ocean, we will keep going until there are none. Because every farmworker matters!


Celebrating Health Care for the Homeless Day: Stories Matter

Gary Cobb, Community Outreach Coordinator, Central City Concern

Gary Cobb, Community Outreach Coordinator, Central City Concern

Guest Author: Gary Cobb

Community Outreach Coordinator at Central City Concern | Portland, OR

This week during National Health Center Week, we honor and recognize all of the diverse communities and populations Health Centers across the country provide with high-quality, affordable, and culturally competent care. Today, in recognition of the care Health Centers provide to the Homeless population, we are honoring our Health Care for the Homeless Health Center Grantees and the thousands of health center patients currently experiencing homelessness.

Your story matters. My story matters. Our stories matter. My name is Gary Cobb and ICCC_Logo_Lg am the Community Outreach Coordinator for Central City Concern (CCC) which operates a community health center for people experiencing homelessness in Portland, Oregon. Part of my job as the Community Outreach Coordinator is to listen to people’s stories – stories of transformation and healing.  Taken as a whole, the individual stories collectively tell CCC’s organizational story. This organizational story is about a comprehensive system of integrated care that includes affordable supported housing, patient-centered primary care, employment, recovery, and community.

In addition to listening to stories, my job is to work with current and past patients to develop their stories to use in public testimony to influence policy and budgetary decisions. Successful storytelling promotes leadership, and this leadership role helps bring patients out of the darkness of isolation, despair, and active addiction. These stories get shared at different settings and stages ranging from federal, state, city, and county budget forums and hearings to individual meetings with policy makers and community focus groups. We have to go public with our stories. Our faces and stories humanize the services that health centers provide.

My own story at CCC begins in 2000 when I came to Hooper Detoxification Center to get help with a long-time heroin addiction. I was in pretty bad shape physically, mentally, and spiritually. After detox, I entered CCC’s Recovery Mentor Program, which houses and lends peer-led recovery support to folks as they engage in outpatient treatment services.  I received both primary and complimentary health care through CCC’s community health center.  Participants of the Recovery Mentor Program complete the program when they graduate treatment and meet other goals they’ve set with their Peer Mentors. The Recovery Mentor Program has seen 70% of participants find success.

My own personal goals were to learn daily how to live free of drugs and alcohol, mend severed family ties, repay owed taxes, and find work so I could make ends meet.  My housing situation progressed as I moved forward through my personal recovery process. I moved from transitional programmed housing into Permanent Supportive Housing within CCC. I started paying rent when I became employed – something I hadn’t done in a very long time. My first job at CCC was being a janitor at the Old Town Clinic, CCC’s federally qualified health center.  My employee benefits package included private health insurance, so I was no longer using precious safety net services such as Oregon’s Medicaid Program which had paid for my outpatient addictions treatment.

I was really starting to enjoy my life without alcohol, drugs and behaviors associated with it. It was during this time I started doing volunteer community organizing. I learned to tell my story and listen to others tell theirs.

DSCF1254I found my calling in this early experience in organizing and advocating for addictions treatment and recovery supportive housing. I enjoy it – it’s a powerful process, and it needs to be done. As time moved on my job roles changed a bit, but I kept my community organizer lens and hat on as well as my ears open. This was a valuable set of tools for my different jobs including my current role as Community Outreach Coordinator.  I currently report to CCC’s Public Policy Director and work with CCC’s Executive Leadership Team on prioritizing community organizing activities.

Staying in CCC recovery supportive housing helped in many different ways. I needed and wanted a safe, recovery supportive environment as I went through my process. As my personal recovery journey matured, so did my professional life.

The sum total of staying clean, working hard and my choice to be in recovery supportive housing opened up other doors for me, figuratively and literally.  In 2010, I became a first-time home owner. I run my house with the same spirit of recovery support and nurturing to myself as I learned and practiced in CCC’s recovery supportive housing.  I’m a good neighbor, and so are the many others who graduated treatment with me.

I do the work that I do and gather stories because it’s important. It’s important to the individuals telling them. It’s important for others to hear them. The stories I hear are made possible by the important services provided by CCC’s health centers, as well as its housing and employment programs. The stories I hear from people whose lives are being stabilized and mended by CCC’s community health center can be found all around us. Across the country, health centers are essential to improving the lives of people just like me. Each story of transformation shows that real people are at the heart of community health centers. Let’s listen to them.


Respectfully and in service,


Gary W. Cobb

Community Outreach Coordinator

Central City Concern

Portland, Oregon


Celebrating Public Housing Health Day: Why must we and why do we need to care for families in public housing?

Zoila Feldman

Zoila Feldman, Chief Expansion Officer at North End Waterfront Health

Guest Author: Zoila Torres Feldman, RN, MSc HP&M

Chief Expansion Officer at North End Waterfront Health | Boston, MA

During National Health Center Week, we honor and recognize all of the diverse communities and special populations Health Centers across the country provide with high-quality, affordable, and culturally competent care. Today, in recognition of Public Housing Health Day, we are honoring the thousands of residents of public housing that health centers serve.

Why must we and why do we need to care for families in public housing?

Not by choice but because of poverty the elderly, disabled, pregnant, teenagers, children, and adults who live in public housing face many health disparities and barriers. Just getting by is a challenge; many people living in public housing  have difficulty simply traveling throughout the city, walking and playing safely, and accessing affordable fresh produce. In fact, when it comes to getting a flu shot or other vaccines or just making an appointment to check on their diabetes or asthma, many residents of public housing have to change buses several times, and they often depend on the good will of church workers to take them to the ER.

Jim Luisi

Jim Luisi, CEO North End Waterfront Health

Community health centers such as North End Waterfront Health (NEW Health) understand that people living in public housing suffer from the same medical, oral, and behavioral illnesses that everyone else does, but we recognize that the environmental, emotional, educational, and employment barriers and challenges that many public housing families  face require thoughtful, compassionate, culturally and linguistically competent responses designed to cure disease, prevent maladies, and reach the state of good health that we all deserve.

NEW Health has served Boston’s neighborhood and continuous community for over forty years. Historically an early implementer, NEW Health achieved NCQA PCMH level-3 status in 2013 at our main site in the North End, and Joint Commission PCMH at our main site in 2012 and at a satellite site at Charlestown High School Health Center in 2015.

Charlestown, another Boston neighborhood, houses the largest public housing development in New England, where 4,500 of a total of 16,000 residents receive federal or state housing subsidy. NEW Health is working to open a satellite health center, NEW Health Charlestown,  in the heart of a the development  where we will implement a primary care/public health care model fashioned after successful federally funded public housing programs. A fully integrated primary care/behavioral health/oral health/ vision program, the NEW Health Charlestown initiative will be staffed by multilingual physicians, dentists, therapists, nurses, case managers, and community health workers. The services will be specific to the identified morbidity and mortality indicators of the two target census tracts including Opioid addiction, hepatitis C, Chlamydia, (the most rampant STI in Boston) and the perceived bio/psycho/social needs of the residents. Focused on prevention and wellness, NEW Health Charlestown will work with teenagers to implement violence prevention and conflict resolution initiatives.  Already implemented at the local high school, NEW Health Charlestown will expand its successful intervention with disabled girls aimed at helping them to recognize and respond to advances of sexual predators. Collaborating with the Tenants Association, the Housing Authority, the local Church, and The Kennedy Center (a social services and day care center program), NEW Health Charlestown has New Health Charlestown Logo hzbegun its outreach to enroll residents eligible for insurance coverage before even opening its doors.  We also provide health education and eligibility assessment and insurance enrollment at the Housing Authority, $2.00 food bags distribution every other week as well as at other agencies or resident’s sponsored events.

By offering services tailored to their unmet needs, NEW Health Charlestown will join public housing residents in their own efforts to solve community problems and create a healthy environment for children and families. There’s nothing more essential to the Health Center model or mission than listening to the voices of the community to design and deliver care to meet their own needs – and there is nothing more representative of NEW Health Charlestown commitment to the people of the public housing community in Charlestown.


Access All-Stars Blog: ALASKA

Each week, the CFAHC blog will feature Access All-Stars from each state who exemplify stellar advocacy action and commitment to grassroots advocacy efforts as part of the Access is the Answer Campaign. This week, we learn about the excellent work of our All-Stars from the state of Alaska. The advocates listed below played a crucial role in the effort to fix the cliff by providing advocacy leadership in their communities and effectively communicating the value of Health Centers to lawmakers and beyond.

Alaska’s Access All-Stars

Patrick Linton

Executive Director of Seward Community Health Center

Seward, AK

When Patrick heard about the Health Center Funding Cliff, he knew he had to act. Patrick began by sharing information on the potentially devastating 70% cut in federal funding that would have hit all Health Centers on October 1 of this year with his Board Members. From there, he worked to identify other key individuals at Seward whose voices would be impactful, and encouraged them to reach out to Congress and the community and carry the Health Center message. Patrick also personally sent messages to Members of Congress and state officials, sharing his story and the impact the cliff would have on his Health Center, and received a positive response—many agreeing to support continued funding for the Community Health Center Program. Recognizing the value of support from local elected officials, Patrick also leveraged his relationship with Seward’s Mayor, working to prep her before her trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Alaska’s Congressional delegation about the cliff. The bottom line: Patrick recognized the need to take action and effectively engaged a diverse set of voices and resources to help make the case for fixing the cliff and ongoing support for his health center.


Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska

Soldotna, AK

Staff at PCHSAK reached out to their Members of Congress throughout the spring to urge their support for Health Center funding through the passage of H.R. 2, the Medicaid and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. One of Peninsula’s Board Member, Ellen Adlam, who is particularly active and engaged with federal policy issues, made a point of constantly reminding folks at PCHSAK of the importance of advocating for Health Centers. Taking this effort a step further, Ellen went out in the community and to other CHCs to talk about the Health Center Funding Cliff and the value Health Centers add to the community, encouraging them to take action as well. Perhaps one of the most important pieces of the puzzle, and a common theme seen in Health Centers across the country that have robust advocacy programs, is support and buy-in from leadership. Monica Adams, Peninsula’s CEO, fully understood the importance of the Access is the Answer campaign and made advocacy around the funding cliff a top priority for the Health Center. PCHSAK is to be commended for their top down approach, their organizational commitment, and consistency in taking advocacy action – all of which yielded real results!

Wayne Linscott: July 2015 Outstanding Advocate

wayneNACHC’s advocacy team is excited to announce the Outstanding Advocate for July 2015, Wayne Linscott, Chief Administrative Officer at White House Clinics (WHC) in Richmond, Kentucky. Wayne has built a successful advocacy infrastructure at White House over the last few months to support the Access is the Answer campaign, with plans to continue building advocacy capacity at White House to ensure current and future patients continue to have access to the care and services they need!

Wayne joined WHC after graduate school in September 2006 as the Health Center’s first Development Coordinator, and- like so many Health Center employees- has worn many hats over the past nine years. In addition to new responsibilities following his promotion to CAO in March, Wayne is also primarily responsible for coordinating advocacy efforts on behalf of WHC’s eight sites. As a participant in the 2015 Advocacy Leadership Program, Wayne set a few “big, hairy advocacy goals” for himself and White House after the full-day ALP kick-off workshop at the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum this spring that have kept him busy!

After returning home from the conference, Wayne worked with White House’s CEO, Stephanie Moore, and Enabling Services Manager, Heidi Kurgat, to mobilize and engage fellow staff on the issue of the Health Center Funding Cliff—the 70% reduction in federal Health Center funding set to take effect on October 1 of this year if Congress didn’t act. They followed up each NACHC communication with their own blast for a personal touch, encouraging colleagues to call and email their Members of Congress and weigh in with the Health Center message—and it worked! An overwhelming majority of the calls and emails directed to Kentucky’s Congressional delegation around passage of H.R.2 (the legislation that included a two-year extension of Health Center funding) were placed/sent from WHC’s coverage area.

After the whirlwind advocacy push around the passage of H.R.2 subsided, Wayne continues to work to build a solid foundation and institutionalize advocacy at WHC, in order to have an effective system in place, ready for the next call to action. White House makes a point to discuss the latest advocacy efforts at each staff meeting, and is in the process of getting WHC’s Board of Directors engaged and involved in advocacy. Wayne is also working to identify “site champions” at each of WHC’s locations who will work with him to coordinate and organize advocacy activities among staff.

The results and success of White House’s advocacy efforts on Access is the Answer, driven by Wayne’s dedication and persistence, are unmistakable and show just how much impact one motivated person can make on a national campaign!

Thank you, Wayne, for your outstanding leadership and for all that you do to engage and motivate your fellow staff in advocacy— we look forward to seeing more great things happening at WHC!


Do you know an Outstanding Advocate who deserves this recognition? Let us know! Email Elizabeth Kwasnik at


Access All- Stars Blog: ALABAMA

As part of an ongoing effort to recognize Health Center Advocates across the country for their amazing work, NACHC’s advocacy team is excited to announce our “Access All-Stars” blog series. The purpose of the Access All- Stars Blog series is to recognize and appreciate advocates, from across the nation, who have gone above and beyond in actively engaging in the Access is the Answer Campaign.  

Each week, the CFAHC blog will feature Access All-Stars from each state who exemplify stellar advocacy action and commitment to grassroots advocacy efforts as part of the Access is the Answer Campaign. To kick off the series, we will learn about the excellent work of four All-Stars from the state of Alabama. The advocates listed below played a crucial role in the effort to fix the cliff by providing advocacy leadership in their communities and effectively communicating the value of Health Centers to lawmakers and beyond.

Alabama’s Access All-Stars

roweWayne Rowe
Chief Executive Officer of Quality of Life Health Services, Inc.
Gadsden, AL

As Health Center Advocates know, among the of the most important elements to effective advocacy is issue education and commitment to taking advocacy action. Mr. Rowe is a prime example of a CEOs that has actively engaged his staff and board members on the importance of Health Center advocacy for continued funding.  Recognizing the critical need to first educate and engage his staff, Mr. Rowe provided key education about the impact the funding cliff would have on Health Centers in Alabama and across the country. Armed with the knowledge and localized information about the potential impact of the funding cliff at their Health Center, Mr. Rowe’s staff were poised to step up as Health Center Advocates to spread the word to others in the community and with elected officials.

Deborah-Culpepper-thumbnailDebbie Culpepper
Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc.
Scottsboro, AL

Commitment, persistence, teamwork and telling the Health Center story – each of these tactics define the approach Ms. Culpepper chose to take in recent months earning her Advocacy All-Star status… Recognizing the critical need to meet with her Members of Congress in person to explain to potential impact of the funding cliff on her Health Center, Ms. Culpepper traveled to D.C. with three board members from Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc. to meet Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Richard Shelby, Congressmen Robert Aderholt, and Congressmen Mo Brooks. During the meetings, she and her team presented the potentially devastating effects that the primary care funding cliff would have on Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc. and the patients it serves. While she and her Board Members acted as the voice for the Health Center and community during their visit to DC, Ms. Culpepper wanted to make sure the patients back home had a direct line of communication as well.  To illustrate the needs of patients, Ms. Culpepper brought a video of a patient testimony as a “leave behind” for each Member of Congress she visited.  The video was very influential as 5 out of 7 House members voted in favor of H.R.2 which extended funding for Health Centers for two years.

john waits_0Dr. John Waits, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Faculty Physician of Cahaba Medical Care Foundation
Centreville, AL

One of the most unique and highly effective voices in the network of Health Center Advocates are those advocates that are both providers and administrators. For Cahaba Medical Care Foundation, Dr. Waits serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a practicing physician.  Cahaba Medical Care also happens to be both an FQHC, and a Teaching Health Center. As an advocate, Dr. Waits has been highly effective in putting in context the potential harm that the health center funding cliff would have on the clinical workforce especially in Alabama’s rural areas.

In addition, Dr. Waits was actively engaged in ALPHCA’s annual Legislative Day, acting as a powerful voice on behalf of Health Centers in Alabama and challenging state legislators to expand Medicaid.

charlesWhiteCharles White
Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.
Mobile, AL

Mr. White exemplifies what it is to be an Access All-Star.  Recognizing one of the golden rules to effective advocacy, Mr. White has been deliberate and masterful in building relationships with his elected officials, opinion leaders and community partners in his community. He was then able to leverage those relationships and work with his local representatives to support and secure funding for Health Centers.

To help build his relationships and provide personal understanding and connection to the Health Center, Mr. White frequently invites local, state, and national leaders to tour Franklin Primary Health Care, Inc. He is very aware that when it comes to advocating for Health Centers, there is nothing more powerful than having the opportunity to see the Health Center in person, to meet patients and staff, and see firsthand the potentially devastating effect the funding cliff would have on Health Centers locally. His consistent engagement with legislators raised the profile of Health Centers in his district and contributed to the passage of H.R. 2 providing extension of Health Center mandatory funding for an additional two years.


Access All-Stars, Alabama: Thank you for your commitment to Health Center Advocacy and for your active involvement in the Access is the Answer Campaign.

Kevin Mallouf: Defensor espectacular para junio 2015

Nuestro equipo está emocionado anunciar nuestro defensor espectacular para junio 2015, Kevin Mallouf, oficial de seguridad en Salud Family Health Centers en Colorado. Kevin ha usado su posición en Salud para aumentar la actividad de su centro de salud en la campaña Salud es la Solución.

Kevin empezó a trabajar en Salud en su sitio en Fort Collins después de haberse jubilado del mundo hace nueve años y mudarse a Colorado para estar cerca a su familia. Le interesó mucho la defensa después de aprender sobre el precipicio financiero que los centros de salud iban a experimentar. Él se dio cuenta de que una reducción de 70% al financiamiento de los centros de salud se estaba haciendo más cerca cada día. Fue un sentido de la urgencia que lo motivó a involucrarse.

Además de hacer dos llamadas a sus miembros del Congreso para expresar su apoyo para los centros de salud y animar a sus miembros a votar para H.R. 2, Kevin usó su posición como un oficial de seguridad para aumentar el apoyo comunitario para los centros de salud. En su posición, Kevin puede moverse por el centro de salud – no tiene que quedarse en un escritorio o detrás de un mostrador. Por eso, pudo recoger un gran número de firmas en la petición para Salud es la Solución. Kevin no habla español, pero explicó el precipicio financiero a sus colegas bilingües para que ellos pudieran recoger firmas de hispanohablantes. Dándose cuenta del potencial en involucrar a los pacientes en la defensa, él se puso en contacto con otros oficiales de seguridad en las otras ubicaciones de Salud y los animó a recoger firmas también. Para él, fue sencillo: “Ninguno de nosotros queríamos ver los centros de salud desaparecer, así que nos juntamos y  mandamos un mensaje. Estamos muy agradecidos que funcionó,” dijo Kevin.

Jennifer Morse, vicepresidente de desarrollo en Salud, dice esto de este defensor espectacular: “Kevin ha sido un defensor instrumental por su disposición y entusiasmo para involucrar a los pacientes mientras ellos esperaban sus citas y compartir como Salud recibe su financiamiento para asegurar que pueda ofrecer servicios a bajo costo en la comunidad. Como un oficial de seguridad, es móvil y puede caminar por la clínica e involucrar a sus colegas y los pacientes para animarlos a firmar la petición y responder a las alertas de NACHC, todo con una sonrisa feliz y verdadera convicción. Es un ‘rock star’ de la defensa. Gracias a sus esfuerzos, muchas personas participaron en la defensa que de otra manera no hubieran participado, y ayudó a los pacientes a entender que sus voces son críticas a asegurar la sostenibilidad y éxito del programa de los centros de salud. ¡Gracias, Kevin!”

¡Muchísimas gracias, Kevin, por todo su trabajo involucrando a los pacientes y sus colegas en la defensa! Usted también tendrá una oportunidad para participar en Salud es la Solución. Pronto compartiremos recursos y pasos de acción para el próximo fase de Salud es la Solución.

¿Conoce a un defensor espectacular que merece atención? Por favor, póngase en contacto con Elizabeth Kwasnik en