A Quarterly E-Newsletter, Summer 2014 Issue   Download a PDF

Message from the CEO

Allison Coleman, CEO

In addition to longer days and warmer weather, each summer provides us with two opportunities to recognize and reflect on the successes of the health center movement. National Health Center Week is just around the corner, and NACHC’s annual Community Health Institute (CHI) & EXPO will bring together 2,000 community health center managers, clinicians, employees, board members, and leaders. Capital Link is excited to participate in these important events.

This year’s National Health Center Week theme, “America's Health Centers - Local Engines for Healthier Communities,” recognizes that in addition to ensuring access to high quality, cost-effective, accessible care, health centers also serve as powerful drivers of the local economy. In this issue of Capital Ink, find the latest National Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) plus learn how health centers and PCAs have used this important tool. The results of our biennial National Capital Needs Assessment show that the dramatic increase in patient demand over the past several years has necessitated rapid growth in health center facilities. While this growth has a positive impact on the communities health centers serve, it also is increasingly challenging to meet capital needs.

The summer also brings NACHC’s annual CHI & EXPO on August 22-26, 2014. This year’s CHI focuses on the vast changes in the health care environment set in motion by ACA implementation in all areas of operations. Our presentation on the Massachusetts health reform experience, outlined in the article Is the Massachusetts Health Reform Experience a Window on the Future?, provides details on how the financial and operational trends of Massachusetts health centers may prepare health centers across the country for national health reform. We hope to see you at our presentations or in the Exhibit Hall at booth TT10.