Georgia Health Leader Honored at National Conference

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Bethesda, MD – The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has honored Dr. Michael Brooks, MBA, President and CEO of The Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc. (FHCGA) in Atlanta, GA, with the Health Innovation Award. The award honors health center leaders who exemplify excellence in health care innovation. It was presented at the 45th annual NACHC Community Health Institute & EXPO (CHI) in San Diego, CA, a national conference attended by nearly 2,000 community health leaders from across the country.

In his role as President & CEO, Dr. Brooks led The Family Health Centers of Georgia in becoming the first community health center in Georgia, and the second in the Southeast, to earn the Joint Commission accreditation as a Primary Care Medical Home. In 2013, FHCGA earned Joint Commission Level 3 NCQA certification. Under Brooks’ leadership, the organization established the first school-based health center for Fulton County Schools. Most recently, FHCGA became the first community health center in the 30-year history of Title X to receive federal funding ($23.4 million) to administer statewide family planning services. The Family Health Centers of Georgia provides health care services to more than 22,000 patients annually and generates more than 50,000 patient visits.

Dr. Brooks received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Brooks also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University, in Atlanta, GA.

In presenting the award, NACHC Board Chair Gary Wiltz, MD, noted Dr. Brooks’ many accomplishments in expanding care to the medically underserved while overseeing the health center’s growth, financial sustainability and impressive array of services. “Dr. Brooks continues to lead the organization in increasing access to affordable healthcare and in achieving positive health outcomes,” said Dr. Wiltz.

America’s health centers are local, non-profit, community-directed and federally supported organizations that provide quality health care to over 22 million people in more than 9,000 locations. One of the bright spots in America’s health care system, health centers have been in existence for nearly 50 years and have compiled a significant record of success by reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged communities. Health centers also generate $24 billion in annual health system savings by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the ER.

To find out more about the mission and accomplishments of health centers please visit www.nachc.org. You can also follow the NACHC CHI on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nachc. Look for the conference #NACHCchi14 hashtag.

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