August 2015 National REACH Coalition Newsletter
"Advancing Racial and Ethnic Health Equity"

Recognizing National Health Center Week 
August 9 - 15, 2015

Each year the second week in August is dedicated to celebrating the services and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers. While there are countless reasons to celebrate America’s Health Centers, among the most important and unique is their long success in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.

Throughout the month of August we encourage you to learn about and support the community health centers operating in your cities and towns.
NRC Mission:
To Increase the capacity of underserved racial and ethnic communities across the U.S. to achieve health equity.

About Us:
The National REACH Coalition (NRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that is committed to the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity among racial and ethnic minorities.

Please visit the NRC Website for more information.
This NRC Newsletter Edition Features Stories On:

Recognizing National Health Center Week

The Importance of Community Health Centers

National Immunization Awareness Month

Request for Publications

Join us during the month of August and take action for health equity with a generous donation to the National REACH Coalition Annual Fund.  Contribute to our dedicated efforts to promote, develop, and implement innovative health equity efforts in both urban and rural communities of color. 


The Importance of Community Health Centers 

It is clear that expanding the role of Community Health Centers would benefit millions and millions of people. It is also a good deal for all of America. The numbers speak for themselves.

Community Health Centers have actually improved health outcomes and lowered the costs of treating patients with chronic illnesses, and have compiled a remarkable record of achievement in providing care of superior quality, with exceptional cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Their costs of care rank among the lowest, and they reduce the need for more expensive emergency room, hospital in-patient and specialty care. Both the Institute of Medicine and the General Accountability Office have recognized Community Health Centers as effective models for reducing health disparities and for managing the care of people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and HIV; and the White House Office of Management and Budget has ranked them as one of the 10 most effective government programs. The American Academy of Family Physicians’ Robert Graham Center recently found that the total cost of care for health center patients is 41% lower annually than the total cost of care for individuals served by other providers. Community Health Centers serve as living proof that providing high-quality, continuous care to people and communities without adequate sources of health care improves health outcomes, narrows health disparities, and generates significant savings to the health care system – up to $18 billion last year alone â€“ while bringing much-needed economic benefits to the low income communities they serve. Once health centers reach the ACCESS goal of serving 30 million patients by 2015, the cost savings they generate for the health care system will double to $40 billion annually.

An expansion of Community Health Centers would quickly address the needs of the underserved and be a critical step in transforming the nation’s health delivery system. Health centers improve the health of the patients and communities they serve by providing cost-effective, primary and preventive health services that translate into reduced hospitalizations, lower use of emergency rooms, and fewer referrals to specialists, reducing overall health care spending and producing positive health care outcomes.

The growth of Community Health Centers today is pivotal in advancing health equity and for a healthier America and will eliminate  the number of uninsured and underserved people that continues to rise, and the quality of care received remains inadequate. 

National Immunization Awareness Month

Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases

For more resources on NIAM, click here!

Help Build Resources for Health Equity

NRC's website provides a resource center that includes publications, articles and reports highlighting the outcomes and achievements of community led initiatives addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, developed and implemented by network partners.

You can help us continue to build the NRC Resource Center by sharing your publications, white papers, and journal articles to highlight your work.
Please feel free to submit any publication, article or report to, to be uploaded to the website.

Are you a HELEN Member?

The Health Equity Leadership Exchange Network (HELEN) is a collaborative effort between the National REACH Coalition, Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

HELEN is a national network designed to support and strengthen health equity leadership and the exchange of ideas and information relative to the advancement of health equity in laws, policies, and programs. The HELEN forum connects health equity champions, provide timely and essential data that informs strategies and approaches at the local, state, regional and national level.

HELEN utilizes social media, webinars, conferences, and events to empower individuals, organizations and communities that play a significant role in the development of health equity laws, policies and programs.
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