The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) honored Kim Sibilsky, Executive Director of the Michigan Primary Care Association, with an induction into the NACHC Grassroots Hall of Fame this week.
Grassroots Hall of Fame members have made lasting contributions to ensuring the creation, survival and strength of community-based Health Centers and the Health Center Movement through their dedicated and tireless efforts over many years. NACHC presented Sibilsky with the Hall of Fame Award during the 38th Annual NACHC Policy and Issues Forum held March 20-23, 2013, in Washington, DC, an event attended by more than 2,000 Health Center leaders from across the country.
“Kim has been a passionate advocate on behalf of Health Centers, and the movement would not be what it is today without her dedication, skilled leadership and tireless energy,” said Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO of NACHC. “Kim has been on Capitol Hill many times carrying the Health Center message, and rallying public support and funding in her own state. We’re deeply appreciative of Kim’s commitment, hard work and leadership in advocacy.”
Sibilsky has over 30 years of experience working to improve access to health care for underserved populations in Michigan and the nation. With community development and finance experience, she began her career in the Health Center Movement as the executive director of a northern Michigan Health Center. She then worked with Michigan State University and six other universities and 32 underserved counties as center director of the Northern Michigan Area Health Education Center. Through the next 10 years she consulted nationally in health systems development and worked with the National Rural Health Association as deputy director for Policy and Programs. This vast experience in community health care led to her current position as Executive Director of the Michigan Primary Care Association, a statewide association representing Michigan Health Centers and other community-based providers.
Today, Michigan’s 35 Health Centers operate more than 220 health care delivery sites and care for over 600,000 state residents. They are part of the nationwide network of Health Centers that serve as health care homes for over 22 million people in more than 9,000 communities, providing quality, affordable medical, dental, and behavioral health care.
Each year America’s Health Centers save more than $1,200 per patient in total health care costs, and achieve $24 billion in annual savings from reduced emergency room visits and hospital stays. Michigan Health Centers save the state’s Medicaid program nearly $45 per member per month compared to individuals served in the Medicaid fee-for-service system.
With demand for Health Centers growing among the medically underserved and uninsured, local, state, and national support for initiatives that support and strengthen the health center mission is critical – now more than ever. The network of Health Center grassroots advocates, working in communities across the country to spread the message, help make this key support possible.
Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan since 1980. It is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan.
About the National Association of Community Health Centers
Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve over 22 million people through over 9,000 sites located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.