Representative Sánchez is given prestigious Champion Award by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
BOSTON—The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers presented State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Boston), House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, the Community Health Center Champion Award today. This award is given to those who demonstrate leadership in advancing community health center issues and priorities.
“Community health centers are models for a better way to care for patients,” Chairman Sánchez said. “They offer patient-centered, culturally appropriate care in the neighborhoods where people live and work.”
Community health centers serve over 850,000 patients in the Commonwealth and the 49 centers operate out of more than 284 sites. Community health centers play an essential role in Massachusetts’ health care safety net and both state and federal efforts to control costs, eliminate health disparities, and expand access to quality health care.
This legislative session, Chairman Sánchez filed House Bill 2051, An Act to increase access to immunizations, which would allow primary care providers to delegate administration of immunizations to certified medical assistants. This measure would allow primary care providers, especially those in community health centers, to better meet the demand for immunizations.
Committee on Health Care Financing Director, Timothy O’Neill, was also awarded the League’s Supporter Award for legislative staff.