From the Desk of Stephen J. Kerrigan

From the Desk of Stephen J. Kerrigan2019-10-01T16:01:23-05:00

Dear Colleagues:

On October 2, 2019, I will begin my fourth month as President and CEO of Kennedy CHC. Although I was well aware of the mission and good works of community health centers across our nation, I never realized the full scope of their impact until I joined the Kennedy CHC team.

For the past three months, I have had the opportunity to meet with leaders in the community health center movement locally and around the country. Through programs hosted by the Mass League of Community Health Centers and the National Association of Community Health Centers, I have learned more extensively about the challenges facing our long term sustainability.

Each year we have to advocate in Washington, DC to insure community health centers receive level funding at best despite the fact that we serve over 29 million people a year in more than 11,000 rural and urban communities across the U.S.

In Massachusetts alone, over one-million people received care at a community health center in 2017.

Even more amazing is that through an economic lens, Massachusetts’ community health centers provide an economic impact of over $2.6 billion, supporting over 18,000 direct and indirect jobs (FTEs) throughout the Commonwealth.

With statistics like these, I struggle to understand why community-based health care continues to lag behind the rest of our medical delivery system in regard to reimbursement rates from private and public insurers, and that as an industry we are not fully recognized for the value we bring to the communities we serve.

If we really believe in health care as a right and not a privilege, then we all need to step up and advocate for a proven model that makes health care affordable and accessible to everyone. I hope we can continue to count on you to support our mission and find ways to insure our sustainability for years to come.

Thank you.

Steve Kerrigan
President and CEO

Dear Colleagues:
Welcome to the first edition of Health Care Leadership in Action. As the new President and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, I plan to use this venue to keep you informed of the issues related to health care, including sharing opportunities for us to work together to insure access to health care for all.
Having worked for the father of community health centers, our late Senator, Ted Kennedy, I am more than familiar with the plight of underserved populations. Considered a right and not a privilege, our fight to insure quality, accessible and affordable health care must remain on the forefront of local, regional and national agendas.
My vision for the next year is to work with our colleagues across the Commonwealth and our nation to insure that policies and programs are implemented to guarantee the sustainability of community health centers going forward. With solid and strong financial support, we can work together to grow our community health centers locally so that we have the staff, the services and the programs necessary to achieve our mission of helping ALL people live healthier lives.
Thank you and I look forward to working with you.
Steve Kerrigan
President and CEO