A Quarterly Resource Bulletin from Capital Link
Message from the CEO
Allison Coleman, CEO
2015 was certainly a roller coaster ride, with many highs and lows: we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the health center movement and fixed the Primary Care Cliff, while also weathering threats to the annual appropriation and attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Throughout the year, the health center family showed its resilience as we faced these hurdles together. What’s encouraging is the steadfast commitment to the health center mission and the many ways health centers are growing and improving to meet the needs of their communities.
As we begin 2016, Capital Link applauds the achievements of health centers and offers information that may help ongoing efforts to expand access to care and impact patients’ overall well-being. This issue contains a call for health centers to apply to participate in a new Healthy Futures Fund Readiness program, and highlights our new report exploring the relationship between financial, clinical and operational excellence at America’s health centers. We also provide new resources, including an updated infographic illustrating the growing economic impact of health centers nationwide.
We’d like to update you on a few staffing changes here at Capital Link and our lending affiliate, Community Health Center Capital Fund. Mary Ann Wayne, Director of Loan Programs at Capital Fund, will be retiring this spring. We’re grateful for her six years of hard work and dedication and wish her all the best in this next chapter in life. Brandon Boyle has joined us as Capital Fund’s new Director of Loan Programs, bringing strong CDFI and banking experience. We’d also like to welcome Muna Majekodunmi as Capital Link’s new Boston-based Staff Accountant, and Dale S. Johnson, who will join our California-based team in the spring as Consultant, Financial and Operations Improvement. We’re delighted to have them aboard.
As always, there’s also an update on the latest federal issues, health center highlights, and a list of upcoming trainings and presentations (we hope to see you at the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum—visit us at booth #217). Best wishes for a successful 2016!