"16 Minutes" Informs Legislators and Business Leaders about Community Health
CONCORD, NH - At Bi-State Primary Care Association's Legislative and Business Breakfast held on Feb. 4 in Concord, 150 legislators and business leaders were treated to the video premiere of "16 Minutes: Open Doors to Health in New Hampshire." Through video tours of Community Health Centers (CHCs), patient and provider interviews, and informed reporting, Bi-State's video demonstrates in a "creative, credible, and entertaining" manner how an interdependent system supports the delivery of health care in underserved areas of the Granite State.
"Bi-State's "16 Minutes" video brought home again to me the value of Community Health Centers to our local and regional businesses," says Jim Roche, President, NH Business & Industry Association. "Listening to the doctor talking about treating the CEO of a large company as well as the hourly worker without health insurance who may face significant financial barriers to health care, I was reminded of the importance of Community Health Centers and the valuable health care services they provide to thousands of people in New Hampshire."
"Community Health Centers offer a solution to limited access to health care experienced by many working families and underinsured residents," noted Tess Stack Kuenning, executive director of Bi-State. Acceptance of all types of health insurance and a sliding fee scale based on income for the uninsured made it possible for more than 112,000 residents to receive health care services through NH's 16 CHCs last year.
The "16 Minutes: Open Doors to Health in New Hampshire" video can be viewed online at www.bistatepca.org.
Bi-State Primary Care Association, serving Vermont and New Hampshire, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c) 3 charitable organization working to improve access to health care services for people by developing effective health care policy, recruiting clinical providers, and providing training and technical assistance to communities and Community Health Centers.
With offices in New Hampshire and Vermont, Bi-State works with federal, state, and regional health policy organizations, foundations, and payers to develop strategies, policies, and programs that provide and support community-based primary health care services in medically underserved areas.