Joe Kennedy, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate visited Community Health Programs on Monday, Aug. 3 and met with CHP leadership to learn about the health center’s role in Berkshire County, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“CHP doesn’t endorse political candidates, but we welcome visits and discussions with any elected official who is in a position to advocate for the needs of CHP and its patients — along with community health centers around the country,” said CHP’s CEO Lia Spiliotes.
Kennedy listened and asked questions as Spiliotes, Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Wilkinson and Family Services Director Michelle Derr highlighted key issues CHP: the need for expanded broadband infrastructure to support patients’ use of telemedicine, which has spiked during COVID-19; barriers to care posed by inadequate transportation for residents needing in-person health care, and the importance of improved reimbursement for behavioral health care services.
Kennedy visited CHP’s medical offices and its Family Services facilities. Joining were CHP board members Christopher Phillips, president, and Brian Drake, vice president, along with Eugene Dellea, president of Fairview Hospital.