published on May 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

South Valley Congressman David G. Valadao is the recipient of the 2017 Health Champion Award by the Central Valley Health Network.

The organization, comprised of 13 community health centers designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers, announced the selection of Rep. Valadao, R-Hanford, on Thursday, citing his “leadership in promoting sensible healthcare policies and his continued support of community health centers.”

“In giving Congressman Valadao our champion’s award, the Central Valley Health Network is acknowledging his unfailing commitment to our mission of supporting a blanket of primary care for the people of the Central Valley,” Dr. Jonathan Porteus, the network’s board chairman, stated in a press release.

The health centers provide comprehensive primary health care services to low-income and medically underserved families, including people with and without health insurance.

CVHN also is one of the nation’s largest networks of migrant health centers serving rural, farm-working populations and their families.

“The role community health centers play in our healthcare system cannot be overstated, and we are incredibly fortunate to have the Central Valley Health Network and its members serving our communities.” Valadao said in a written statement.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have advocated on behalf of policies to increase access to healthcare for my constituents. It is an honor to receive this award today, and I look forward to continuing my work with the Central Valley Health Network as Congress considers potential healthcare reforms.”

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