Welcome to our new blog!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Greetings!  It’s my pleasure to come to you with Community Health Partnership’s first blog entry.  Through this blog, we’ll be providing the latest in “Partnership” updates, and bringing you stories from our network of member community health centers and clinics in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.  In addition to these “news-y” features, we would like this blog to be a space for us (including you, the reader) to explore and discuss the many issues that come up when one believes that “health care is a right, not a privilege.”  Some of these issues include Health Care Reform  cultural and linguistic appropriateness in health care settings, Medi-Cal and Medicare.

We drew inspiration from our blog title, “Access to All” from our vision and mission statements. As a consortium of community health centers and clinics, we believe in and advocate for accessible health care services for all people, regardless of background or ability to pay.  The title “Access to All” also pays homage to the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) ACCESS for All America plan, a plan to reduce the ranks of our country’s medically disenfranchised by preserving, strengthening, and expanding health centers.  As open accessibility is a feature we particularly appreciate about the online format, we also aim for this blog to be a welcoming, jargon-free place where readers interested in health care issues affecting vulnerable populations can come to learn, comment, and discuss.

Thank you so much for visiting!  We look forward to all the conversations.

Grace-Sonia Melanio
Health Policy Specialist