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The Impact of the Federal Funding Cliff on Community Health Centers
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When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 PM, Lunch available at 12:00 PM; Program begins at 12:30
Where: Baltimore Community Foundation's Levi Conference Room and Online via GoToMeeting
2 E. Read Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland  21202
United States
Contact: Elisabeth Hyleck
410-727-1205 x 1211

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Community Health Centers serve as the primary medical home for more than 27 million people in 9,800 rural and urban communities across America. Their community-directed and patient responsive model of care has provided accessible, quality health care to medically disadvantaged and underserved people – regardless of their ability to pay.

For more than 50 years, they have been federally-supported but because congress didn’t extend the Community Health Centers Fund (CHCF) by October 1, every community health center faces a 70% reduction in their federal funding at the beginning of their next budget period. With no fix, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that this funding loss will cause 9 million low-income Americans to lose access to health care and will lead to the closure of some 2,800 locations and elimination of more than 51,000 jobs in underserved communities. This funding cliff is already creating disruption at the center level.1

At this ABAG Health Funders Affinity Group program, funders will learn about:

  • The design and impact of health centers in Maryland and nationally;

  • The policies that most impact health centers;

  • The growing challenges communities face, such as the opioid epidemic, access to affordable food or housing, returning veterans, migrating populations from recent hurricanes, and how health centers can be part of the solutions to provide services; and

  • Ways that foundations could help to support efforts to improve the impact of health centers.

Our speakers will be Jason Patnosh, Associate Vice President, Partnership and Resource Development for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC); Alex Harris, Deputy Director for National Advocacy for NACHC; and Kevin Lindamood, president and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless.

This program is for members of ABAG, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, and Grantmakers in Health members only.

Remote participation is available - please specify on the registration form if you intend to participate via GoToMeeting. You will receive the log-in details prior to the event.

For in person attendees, lunch will be available at 12:00 PM courtesy of CareFirst. Program begins at 12:30 PM.


Program materials


1. Senate Bipartisan Letter Urges “Swift Resolution” to the Health Center Funding Cliff

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