CHCANYS 2024 Advocacy is IN-PERSON on March 4 in Albany, NY.

CHCANYS 2024 Advocacy Day

Join us in advocating for high quality, affordable primary and preventive care for all! #ValueCHCs #RaisetheRates

CHCANYS 2024 Advocacy Day is IN-PERSON on Monday, March 4, at the New York State Capitol.

On this exciting day, Community Health Centers, patients, friends, family, and allies across the state will descend upon the NYS Capitol to advocate to for CHC and patient priorities in the NYS budget. Given the financial strains CHCs are facing and questions surrounding the New York State budget, it is more vital than ever that we lift up our health centers, our communities, and our patients!

Join us and make our voices heard! It will be a day of impactful advocacy to positively shape our future for our health centers, communities, and patients across New York.

CHCANYS will kick off CHCANYS 2024 Advocacy day with a fantastic morning program featuring welcome remarks, insights from esteemed invited speakers, and the presentation of the Dr. Jack Geiger, Catherine Abate, and Dorothy Kartashevitch Awards!

The event will take place 10:00AM-12:15PM in New York State’s Capitol – Albany, NY at the Empire State Plaza Meeting Rooms 1-5. CHCANYS will provide a light breakfast available at 9:00AM and provide lunch available at 11:45AM.

*Please note that CHCs are to schedule their own meetings with elected officials for Advocacy Day. It is recommended to schedule meetings in the afternoon, after CHCANYS' 2024 Advocacy morning kick off.

For any questions, please reach out to Salman Munawar at

Advocacy Day Logistics
  • Date: Monday, March 4, 2024
  • Time: 10:00AM-12:15PM
  • Location: New York State Capitol, Albany, NY at the Empire State Plaza Meeting Rooms 1-5.
  • Refreshments: CHCANYS will provide a light breakfast available at 9:00AM and provide lunch available at 11:45AM.
  • Map of the NYS Capitol
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CHCANYS 2024 Advocacy Day Awards

Each year, CHCANYS honors Community Health Care Champions who are working to ensure access to high quality, affordable primary and preventive care for all with the presentation of the Dr. Jack Geiger, Catherine Abate, and Dorothy Kartashevitch Awards!

All awardees will be honored during CHCANYS Advocacy Day on March 4th, 2024, in Albany, NY.

2024 Awardees

Dr. Perry Pong – Dr. Jack Geiger Awardee

Dr. Pong is embarking on a new phase in his career as the Health Center’s Medical Director of Education & Learning, where he will tackle the challenge of expanding the pipeline of people pursuing careers in community health. Dr. Pong will continue to treat patients at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC), while helping to launch this new branch at the Health Center focused on clinical education.  “I am so proud of our staff who have taken lessons from their work here at CBWCHC to become nurses, doctors, social workers, dieticians, dentists, and other professionals,” said Dr. Pong. “That is truly giving back to the community.”

Dr. Perry Pong's contributions have not only shaped CBWCHC but have left a lasting positive impact on the wider community. During his tenure as CMO, Dr. Pong helped steer the Health Center’s growth and established it as a national leader in clinical quality metrics, bringing world-class care to more than 54,000 patients CBWCHC serves.  Under Dr. Pong's leadership, the Health Center administered more than 97,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, with a focus on elderly, non-English speaking, and medically vulnerable populations and demonstrating a commitment to equitable healthcare distribution.

Despite global challenges, Dr. Pong ensured CBWCHC maintained its commitment to clinical quality, consistently earning prestigious awards from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) throughout his tenure, including the “National Quality Leader” designation in diabetes health—making CBWCHC one of only six health centers nationwide and the only Health Center in New York state to earn this recognition in 2023.

Dr. Mark Josefski – Catherine Abate Awardee

Dr. Josefski , who is The Institute for Family Health’s Faculty Physician & Chair of Family Medicine, is one of those rare physicians who came home to practice in the town where he was born and raised.  He has worked at the Kingston Family Health Center in Ulster County since 1989, served as the Director of The Institute’s Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency for 10 years, volunteers with local community groups, and is an outstanding advocate for primary care, public health, and affordable health care for all, regularly meeting with State representatives to educate them about these concerns. 

In 2020, he received the Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award from the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. Through his work as a provider, as a teacher, and as a mentor and role model, Dr. Josefski has contributed tremendously to the health of the people of Ulster County.

Soraya Alvarez – Dorothy Kartashevitch Consumer Award Awardee

Since 2004, For twenty years, Ms. Soraya Alvarez described as a true ‘Bronxite’ has dedicated her time and commitment to serving on the Union Community Health Center Board of Trustees.  Her unwavering devotion to our patient community is seen daily in her volunteer efforts and one-on-one interactions, and in her words “If we don’t have patients, we don’t have a clinic.”  Board members like Ms. Alvarez are a true representation of our wonderfully multicultural and exquisitely diverse patient population.  It is through her innate understanding and attention to patient centric details that aids UCHC in keeping with our principal mission to serve the community with informed, innovative, and outcome-oriented healthcare services designed and delivered to improve the health of Bronx residents.

Click here to see previous awardees for the Dr. Geiger AwardCatherine Abate Award, and Dorothy Kartashevitch Award.

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