Congressman Bobby Scott Receives Distinguished Community Health Champion Award

Top Award Honors Lawmaker Who Championed Investment in Primary Care, Community Health Centers


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott was presented a  2016 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award  by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  The award recognizes select Members of Congress who have championed wider access to primary care and whose initiatives and leadership have served to sustain and strengthen public investment in Community Health Centers. The award was presented by a Virginia delegation of community health leaders who convened in Washington, D.C., for the 2016 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum, a national conference that is the largest gathering of Community Health Center professionals.

“Congressman Scott has been a longstanding friend to Virginia health centers and our state Association, and a true supporter of the community-driven primary care health model,” said R. Neal Graham, CEO of Virginia Community Healthcare Association. We are delighted that Congressman Scott has been recognized for his continued commitment to helping assure access to primary care for all Virginians.”
Better-Health-Lower-Costs-By-the-Numbers-NEWOne of the bright spots in America’s healthcare system, community health centers started more than 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Virginia’s Community Health Centers (CHCs) are an integral part of Virginia’s Health Safety Net. Virginia CHCs have compiled a significant record of success including:

  • Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities
  • Logging over 1 million total patient encounters
  • Providing primary care services to more than 114,300 uninsured Virginians
  • Producing more than $378.2 M in total economic output, with more than 2,500 full and part-time jobs generated as a result of health centers’ economic impact
  • Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and nonessential visits to the emergency room




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