I recently came across this article about Peekskill, NY resident Rev. Jeannette Phillips, who recently had an FQHC site named in her honor. Hudson River Healthcare, one of the largest and most successful FQHCs in the northeast, serves the Hudson River Valley (where I grew up) near New York City.
My good friend of 30 years, CEO Anne Nolan, is an innovator and a tireless advocate of those in need. Anne is one of a handful of mentors that inspired me to champion the quest to improve the health of America’s Agricultural workers by joining the board of the National Center for Farmworker Health.
A few years back Anne put together Honoring the Hands, an ambitious project which produced a film and website documenting the efforts of those who serve the people that feed America. I was particularly humbled that (along with FQHC Associates Principal John Ruiz) they chose to interview me for the project.
The achievements of champions such as Anne serve to remind the rest of us that in addition to being a crucial component of the business of providing health care, community health centers are part of a 50-year old movement. We are proud of our role in building the infrastructure and developing the leaders that will serve us for the next 50 years.