The report, “A Plan for Expanding Sustainable Community Health Centers in New York,” is a first-ever plan for building the State’s community health center system, and offers recommendations for health centers to increase their ability to serve hundreds of thousands more patients each year.
The report projects the gains in capacity that could result from enhancing productivity and improving recruitment and retention of health care providers. Based on extensive quantitative and qualitative analyses, the plan also identifies the geographic areas that have the greatest need and potential for sustainable growth, including “primary care deserts” where there are no federally qualified health centers.
At the event, panelists discussed highlights of the analysis and how New York can use the findings to expand the capacity of health centers to serve more patients. Speakers included:
Donna Frescatore, New York State Assistant Secretary for Health and Executive Director of the New York Health Benefit Exchange
Elizabeth Swain, President and CEO, CHCANYS
Beverly Grossman, Senior Policy Director, CHCANYS
James R. Knickman, President and CEO, NYSHealth
Linda S. Muller, President/CEO, Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc., and CHCANYS Board Chair
Gail Speedy, Executive Director, Universal Primary Care