Senator Heidi Heitkamp United States Senator for North Dakota

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May 27 2014

Heitkamp Receives Award for Work to Stand Up for Community Health Centers

Senator Tours New Minot Health Clinic, Which Aims to Help Provide More Care as Area's Population Grows

MINOT, N.D. U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today received the Distinguished Advocate Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers and toured the new health clinic in Minot.

Heitkamp was honored for her work in standing up for community health centers and continued support for safety net health programs. She reinforced the important role community health centers play in providing care in rural communities and for struggling families. As North Dakota’s population grows, the state’s health care system is feeling added pressure, highlighting the need of more health clinics, like the new Northland Community Health Center clinic in Minot.

“No family should ever have to worry about a sick child or elderly parent not getting access to needed care because they are far from a hospital or are struggling to afford medical care,” said Heitkamp. “Our community health centers provide critical resources for families across North Dakota so they can get medical service. Especially as the population continues to grow dramatically around Minot, making sure residents have access to care is important for all of us, and I’m proud of the work Northland Community Health Center is doing to help make that possible. Additionally, it’s an honor to be recognized for supporting these health centers, and I’m committed to continuing to strengthen and expand access to medical care for North Dakotans.”

Heitkamp has continued to push for needed investments in community health centers and make sure they have adequate funding and resources to continue to serve an increasing number of patients without compromising the quality of care. The health reform law made significant investments in the expansion and improvement of existing facilities and construction of new sites, like Northland Community Health Center in Minot.

North Dakota is home to five community health center organizations that have a total of 14 service sites throughout the state. In 2012, the state’s clinics served more than 30,000 patients, 30 percent of whom were 19 years old or younger.

The National Association of Community Health Distinguished Advocate Award recognizes leaders who understand the vital role community health centers play in communities and are committed to making sure they have the resources necessary to provide medical care for local citizens.

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