The National Partnership for the Health Care Safety Net is committed to improving vulnerable patients’ access to high-quality health care. We facilitate cooperation among local providers who care for the underserved. A critical part of our work is helping groups of providers navigate and adapt to the system-wide policy changes and accountability standards generated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
America’s Essential Hospitals, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and the Department of Health Policy and Management at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, with grant support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit and The East Bay Community Foundation, came together in 2013 to form this historic partnership.
We provide essential hospitals and community health centers high-quality, timely, and objective research and disseminate best practices. Specifically, the National Partnership for the Health Care Safety Net works to:
- Track the impact of the ACA on the safety net
- Identify and improve the intersections between policy and practice
- Examine how essential hospitals and health centers effectively collaborate to influence health policy
As part of these efforts, we work to translate the meaning of policies and regulations to providers on the ground. To date, we have convened local partnerships and provided technical assistance and evidence-based analysis to four communities: Atlanta, Denver, Richmond, and Cleveland.