CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates Announces 2016 Health Center Champions

Sacramento, Calif. – CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates today announced its 2016 Health Center Champion awardees as part of its 2016 Day at the Capitol. Each April, more than 300 health center leaders, staff, and patients come to Sacramento to meet with their legislative representatives and discuss issues important to them. This year’s event focused on seven bills aimed at increasing patient access, improving health outcomes in their communities, and addressing the state’s primary care workforce shortage. 

“This year we honor our legislative champions that have played an important role in furthering the community health center movement through the legislation they have introduced this session,” said CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia. 

CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is a new 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that is committed to promoting healthy people and healthy communities by strengthening California’s system of community health centers. Individual health and community health are the foundation of what community health centers are today and what they strive to be tomorrow.

This year CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is honoring six legislators that have all proved to be true champions for community health centers and their patients. The 2016 Community Health Champions include:

  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)
  • Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles)
  • Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)
  • Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced)
  • Assemblymember Wood (D-Healdsburg)
  • Senator Holly Mitchel (D-Los Angeles) 


This year’s Champions will be honored at a reception held in their honor at the conclusion of the Day at the Capitol events.


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About CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates
CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that is dedicated to advancing the mission of community health centers through state and federal advocacy. CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates represents more than 1,100 community health centers that provide care to 1 in 7 Californians. CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates is an affiliate of the California Primary Care Association.