Community Health Center (CHC) Funding Cliff… Please be an advocate for NorthLakes Community Clinic and others.
Thank you to the many community members who called and emailed Senators Baldwin and Johnson and Representative Duffy regarding the funding bill for Community Health Centers (such as NorthLakes Community Clinic), Children Health Insurance Program and National Health Service Corps (which provides tuition support or loan repayment assistance to health care providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care).
These programs ensure access to life saving and cost effective primary care and a strong health care workforce, especially in rural communities such as ours. We hope in the next few months we can rely on your continued support to create certainty with long term funding.
Your advocacy was effective! Both the House and Senate have passed a continuing resolution, or a short term patch that funds the federal government through January 19th, and provides short-term funding at the minimum necessary until March 2018. We are fortunate for the patch yet it is very, very far from anything that could be considered an ideal outcome.
When Congress returns, we will be working toward inclusion of a long-term. Congress must act in January to provide a minimum support of a two year extension. This will allow Community Health Centers to operate with certainty in providing access to quality health care for EVERYONE.
Thank you for your time and dedication to NorthLakes Community Clinic.
Thank you to the Washburn Lions Club.
Written by Madelaine Rekemeyer, Director of Development;
NorthLakes Community Clinic (Published 05/2017)
The Washburn Lions Club donated a generous gift of Scholastic books for NorthLakes Community Clinic’s childhood literacy programs; Reach Out and Read and Read Aloud With Your Kids.
“NorthLakes’ childhood literacy programs align with the Lions Club’s commitment to increase reading and literacy rates. My family always had books around since my mom is a third grade teacher in Washburn. She helped the Lions select the Scholastic books for a wide variety of ages and reading levels.” said Alan Seppa, President of Washburn Lions Club. “We know that NorthLakes Community Clinic reaches many young children and families of all financial means and some of these families are eligible for its sliding fee scale due to living within the federal poverty level. Many times, families go without “new” books. We hope our gift with the new books spark the next generation’s inspiration towards literacy, learning and education.”
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With that in mind… DID YOU KNOW…
One of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, community health centers started over 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:
- Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
- Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit
- Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent
- Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobs
- Reducing infant mortality rates
Community health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations, they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our nation.
NorthLakes Community Clinic currently has over 200 employees, and offers over 11 different services for our patients. We cared for over 16,800 patients in 2015.
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