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Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren: Community Health Advocate

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Last week, Community Health Partnership with one of our member health centers Gardner Family Health Network  presented Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren with the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) Community Health Advocate Award.  NACHC bestows this recognition upon members of Congress who have shown exceptional leadership in preserving, strengthening, and expanding access to America’s health centers.  For those of us in Santa Clara Valley, it’s no secret that Representative Lofgren is a champion of community health centers. 

Therefore, we thought it would be fitting for us to present her with the award at the site of Gardner’s future clinic, the Gardner Downtown Health Center.  The site holds special significance, as it will bring primary care services back to the downtown San Jose community, since the closing of the neighborhood’s only hospital in 2004.  Thanks to a partnership between Gardner and the County of Santa Clara, the health center will serve 3000 new patients when it opens in early 2012.

Community members, patient advocates, members of the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital, and other elected officials took the awards ceremony as an opportunity to thank the Congresswoman for supporting health centers, opposing cuts to  Medicaid and Medicare, and her commitment to preserving safety net programs.  Thought we would share our photos of the event with you: