Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association joins the country in mourning the passing of civil rights vanguard, Congressman John Lewis. We send our condolences to his family, friends and all others who mourn him during this difficult time. As a longtime advocate and friend of community health centers, Congressman Lewis spoke passionately about the health center program. He understood that community health centers, which were born out of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, have always expanded health care access while addressing social drivers of health for persons living in underserved communities. The work of civil rights leaders like Congressman Lewis has been crucial to growing the community health center movement and expanding access to the underserved over the past 5 decades. His determination to speak and advocate for those whose voices have often been diminished or silenced has impacted millions of lives and inspired countless other to continue the fight for social justice. The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association stands committed to continue the fight for accessible, affordable, and quality health care for all. Rest in peace, Congressman Lewis.


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