Congresswoman Doris Matsui Receives Community Health Defender Award During National Community Health Center Week Celebration

Cares Community Health Celebrates National Community Health Center Week, held August 10-16 to acknowledge the positive contributions of local health clinics.

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Community health centers change lives, improve health outcomes, and help make the delivery of health care more efficient.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

On Friday, August 8th, Cares Community Health celebrated the start of “National Community Health Center Week” with an event held at the Cares Community Health Center in Sacramento. During the event, the National Association of Community Health Centers recognized Congresswoman Doris Matsui with the “2014 Distinguished Community Health Defender Award” for her work in strengthening and expanding access to primary health care services.

National Community Health Center Week is held on August 10-16 to acknowledge the positive contributions of local health clinics. Speakers at the event included Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Chief Operating Officer of Sutter Medical Center Faraaz Yousuf, Sacramento City Council Member Steve Hansen, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the California Primary Care Association Doug Kim. The award was presented to Congresswoman Matsui by Doug Kim and Jim Ellsworth, Executive Director of the Capitol Health Network.

“National Community Health Center Week is an opportunity to recognize our region’s strong health care providers who have a long history of providing quality care. Community health centers change lives, improve health outcomes, and help make the delivery of health care more efficient,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “I am especially pleased that this event is taking place at Cares Community Health, who was recently designated a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, and has been making a dramatic difference in the health of our community for the past 25 years.”

Cares Community Health CEO Robert Kamrath also thanked Matsui for her service. “Over the years, we’ve received invaluable support from so many dedicated and talented people,” said Kamrath. “In particular, Congresswoman Matsui has always been in our corner. Few people have been so consistent and effective in their support of our cause. She truly deserves this award.”

This awards ceremony comes just two months after Cares Community Health celebrated both its certification as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike and its 25th year of service in Sacramento. FQHC Look-Alikes are health centers that qualify for enhanced reimbursement from Medicaid as well as the ability to purchase discounted prescription drugs through the 340 B Drug Pricing Program because of their work in underserved urban and rural communities.

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About Cares Community Health
Cares Community Health is a private, nonprofit community health center serving the greater Sacramento area. It incorporates a medical home model of care, including preventive care, routine checkups, immunizations and management of acute and chronic illnesses. Cares Community Health’s excellence has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration. For more information, visit http://www.carescommunityhealth.org or contact Janet Parker, Director of Strategy at Cares Community Health at (916) 914-6250.


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