In mid-March, KHCN member organization leaders were in Washington, DC to bring their perspectives to Members of Congress and thank them for their recent support of Community Health Centers during the difficult budgetary process. All Kentucky Representatives and Senators were visited by the group.
Moreover, Kentucky Health Center leaders were speakers at the conference. Stephanie Moore, CEO of White House Clinics, spoke during the session, Bring Your Passion: Tales from Health Center Leaders on Their Drive to Further the Health Center Movement. This session focused on how young leaders can continue the mission of high quality, cost effective, and culturally competent health care for all.
Bill Wagner, CEO of Family Health Centers, shared Kentucky information in the session titled, “State Medicaid Policy and Health Centers,” which provided the potential impact of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver on health center patients.
KHCN CEO Jennifer NeSmith joined Leisa Watkins of ARcare/KentuckyCare/MississippiCare, Kathleen Thompson of Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, and Brittany Arthur and Audri Lawrence of White House Clinics in sharing their journey to implement Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP) in their clinics and across the state. SMBP has improved hypertension control for health center patients in Kentucky as well as in the other participating states. YMCAs and Public Health Departments were partners in this project.
In addition, Whitney Allen, Coordinator of Community Development and Outreach for the Kentucky Primary Care Association, was awarded the NACHC Grassroots Advocacy MVP Award for her work in expanding grassroots advocacy efforts in Kentucky over the last year.