PCC welcomes four new Executive Members

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 21,000 members. Founded in Waterville, Maine, in 1978 as the National Rural Primary Care Association, in 1995 it added rural health clinics as its eighth constituency group.

NRHA’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. According to NRHA, family physicians comprise only 15% of the U.S. outpatient physician workforce nationwide, but they provide 42 percent of the care in rural areas. For this and other reasons, NRHA places a special emphasis on health inequities.

NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. 

Oak Street Health focuses on care of Medicare patients and seniors. Founded in 2012, the company is a network of value-based primary care centers - currently more than 100 across 19 states. Its website states: "With a mission of rebuilding healthcare as it should be, the company operates an innovative healthcare model focused on quality of care over volume of services and assumes the full financial risk of its patients." Oak Street Health is the only primary care network to carry the AARP name.
Oak Street Health provides patients with quality time with their clinician in person or via telehealth visits; a 24/7 patient support line; individualized, preventive care plans; and access to transportation to and from the center for eligible patients. Additional services, such as behavioral health care, social health support and Medicare education classes, are also offered to help older adults meet their unique needs in one convenient location.
The company’s headquarters are in Chicago.

Families USA, a national, non-partisan voice for healthcare consumers, is dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. Its work is driven by and centered around four pillars: value, equity, coverage and consumer experience. It views these focus areas as the cornerstones of America’s healthcare system.
Public policy analysis that is rooted in congressional and administration experience, movement-building advocacy and collaboration with partners are deep-rooted hallmarks of its work. Families USA advances its mission by combining policy expertise and partnerships with community, state and national leaders.
Families USA's ability to engage a broad network of stakeholders representing consumers, the healthcare sector and the business sector is the mark of its success, as is its history of working with leaders from both sides of the political aisle to tackle the healthcare problems facing the nation.
Families USA has deep, longstanding relationships with a diverse cadre of consumer leaders, advocates and partner organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Families USA works with a core of consumer leaders and grassroots activists in all 50 states. Families USA also has a rich history in building coalitions and executing campaigns with a range of national partners.

Penn Center for Community Health Workers

The Penn Center for Community Health Workers is a national center of excellence with the mission to advance health equity through effective, sustainable community health worker programs. We developed IMPaCT, a standardized, scalable program that leverages community health workers –trusted laypeople from local communities– to improve health. IMPaCT has been tested in three randomized controlled trials and improves chronic disease control, mental health and quality of care while reducing total hospital days by 65%. IMPaCT has a $2:1 annual return on investment to payers and has been delivered to over 10,000 high-risk patients in the Philadelphia region. In the last three years, IMPaCT has become the most widely disseminated community health worker program in the United States; it is being replicated by organizations across 18 different states including Veterans Health Administration, state Medicaid programs and integrated healthcare organizations.

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