Family HealthCare Network President & CEO Heads to Washington, DC for Honor in Community Health Advocacy

Visalia, CA – Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) President & CEO Kerry Hydash will head to Washington, DC on March 17, 2016 where she will be honored by The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) with the NACHC Grassroots MPV Award. The award recognizes the dedication and energetic efforts by advocates to generate public and political support for the strength and expansion of America’s Health Centers. Hydash will be presented the MVP award at the Annual NACHC Policy and Issues Forum at the nation’s capital – the largest gath­er­ing of com­mu­nity health center leaders in the nation.

Meeting with and engaging local Members of Congress in the organization’s advocacy campaign, FHCN President & CEO Kerry Hydash played a key role garnering local and statewide support for historic passing of the H.R.2 bill in 2015. In April of 2015, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 2 – a bill that includes mandatory funding for the Health Centers Program, and protects access to health services for the 23 million people in the U.S. who depend on their care.

FHCN’s advocacy team also rallied the local community’s support by collecting “Access is the Answer Petition Signatures.” FHCN’s advocacy efforts led to more than 16,000 petition signatures collected locally – a figure achieved by only one other health center in the U.S., and the most in California.

The NACHC Grassroots MVP Award is named in honor of the late Elizabeth K. (Betsey) Cooke whose constant effort and unflagging persistence as an advocate for America’s Health Centers and Health Center patients set an example for all Health Center Advocates to follow.

About Family HealthCare Network:

Family HealthCare Network is a private nonprofit organization that operates 20 sites, 16 of which are federally qualified health centers located throughout Tulare and Kings Counties. Our mission is to provide quality health care to everyone in the communities we serve. With more than 160 medical and dental providers in our network, we provide access to a wide range of coordinated health services. FHCN also offers pharmacy services, free transportation, and extended evening and weekend hours. FHCN is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and is dually recognized by The Joint Commission with its Gold Seal of Approval® for Patient Quality and Safety and as a Patient Centered Primary Medical Home.

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