2015 Health Briefing – Grant Barbosa
"Funding Community Health Centers to Reduce Costs and Protect Vulnerable Populations"
Moderated by CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Grant Barbosa
Community health centers play a vital role in the American health care system, serving as primary care for many of our most vulnerable populations, such as low-income and minority citizens. However, a significant portion of this funding expires at the end of the 2015 fiscal year. Community health centers will not be able to function without some level of financing, thus wreaking havoc on populations that already suffer health outcome disparities. In addition, community health centers have proven to be cost-effective and fruitful to the American economy. Given their economic impact, the question lies not in not whether community health centers should receive funding, but rather at what level should community health centers be funded. This briefing will explore the vital role that community health centers play in addition to the amount of funding they should receive.
Maite Arce, President & CEO,Hispanic Access Foundation
Maria Gomez, Founder / President and CEO of Mary's Center
Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer & Sr. Advisor for Special Populations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care
Abigail Pinkele, Deputy Director of Federal Affairs , National Association of Community Health Centers
The 2015 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.