Community Health Centers (CHCs) from across the nation gathered this week in Washington, D.C. to encourage congressional support for federal funding.

The push was part of the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Policy & Issues Forum. There are 1,400 community health centers across the United States, providing critical health care to more than 31 million people. Many do not have alternatives for health care due to economic and geographic hardships, and are among the country’s most vulnerable populations. Federal funding for CHCs ends March 8.

Staff from Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC) were joined by colleagues from across the commonwealth and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to stress the importance of federal support for health centers. GLFHC met with Congresswoman Lori Trahan on this important topic, as well as staff members from the offices of Congresswoman Katherine Clark, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey.