The National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) has awarded Blake Hall, director of planning and development for Community Health of South Florida (CHI), the 2010 NACHC Elizabeth K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award. The late Elizabeth K. Cooke was a determined advocate for America’s Health Centers and health center patients. Her constant efforts set an example for all health center advocates to follow, which is why the NACHC Grassroots MVP Award is in her honor.
The award is given to individuals who go above and beyond in their efforts to ensure that their members of Congress actively support health centers and in work toward establishing and increasing advocacy at their health center or in their state last year.
Hall was presented with the award during this year’s 35th Annual NACHC Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, DC. More than 2,500 health leaders from across the country attended this event.
“Blake Hall has not only demonstrated outstanding leadership in making grassroots advocacy a priority for his health center, he has also made an enormous difference in garnering the support of elected officials in his state,” said Marc Wetherhorn, national advocacy director of NACHC, during the award ceremony conducted at the Newseum in downtown Washington. “He has helped set an example for health center grassroots advocacy and encouraged his colleagues to follow his model and make a difference.”
Hall is a graduate of the Johnson and Johnson UCLA Health Care Executive Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Georgia Southern University and an MBA from Clark Atlanta University.
Founded in 1970, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive healthcare for America’s medically underserved and uninsured.