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    In 2005 I hooked up with NACHC, the National Association of Community Health Centers. They were celebrating their 40th anniversary. In the beginning they were free clinics, run by aging hippees. Long hair hippee communist radical freak doctors with long grey hair falling down their backs in ponytails. They came up with ways of getting money without going through the government and  filling out 300 pages of grant proposal so maybe 3% of them could get funded.

    Some of their ideas were new markets tax credits where they set themselves up as private non profits and sold their tax exemptions to banks in return for forgiveness of loans, neighborhood synergy where they brought into being the concept of linkage for developers, and buying in bulk through regional primary care associations.

    Hospitals provided them access to diagnostics and volunteers to bring healthcare to under served areas.
    Now its pretty common to find them even in places other then Massachusetts and Austin, Texas.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 04:48:31 PM PDT

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