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Community Health Center Leader Honored for Advocacy at National Conference

Feb 26, 2024 | Blog, Newsroom, Our Staff

From the National Association of Community Health Centers

BETHESDA, MD – The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has honored Lexy Eggert, Chief Development and Strategy Officer from Horizon Health Care, South Dakota with the Elizabeth K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award. The award recognizes advocates’ dedication and mobilization efforts to generate public and political support for the nation’s Community Health Centers. Eggert was presented the award during NACHC’s 2024 Policy and Issues Forum (P&I) in Washington, D.C. The annual conference draws thousands of health center leaders from around the country to gather and focus on strategies that expand access to affordable primary care services in underserved communities.

Eggert has worked for Horizon since 2015. She built a team committed to marketing the organization’s efforts to provide comprehensive, affordable medical, dental, and behavioral health care to patients throughout South Dakota. She was promoted to her current position as chief development and strategy officer in 2022. Her focus is to lead the organization’s strategic efforts, while working to develop partnerships with local entities to further Horizon’s mission of caring for our communities.

“In this economic environment, it is more important than ever that we fight even harder for health equity and ensure that everyone has access to vital primary healthcare services close to their home,” Wade Erickson, Horizon CEO, said. “Lexy has taken this to the next level with her efforts to build positive, and trusting relationships with community members, partners and decision makers that share that same passion for protecting the rural way of life as we do!”

Eggert is a 2023 NACHC Advocacy Leadership Program graduate and led Horizon’s efforts to achieve Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) recognition; making it the first health center in the Dakotas to be recognized. She was also recognized with the 2022 “Rising Star Award” in healthcare strategy and marketing by the Society of Healthcare Strategy & Market Development, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

Eggert is a Dakota University graduate and resides in Howard with her husband and daughter.

Health centers are the largest primary care network in the U.S., serving 31.5 million people at more than 1,400 sites nationwide. The network of health center grassroots advocates comprises doctors, nurses, CEOs, frontline staff, board members and patients who have dedicated themselves to advancing health equity in rural, urban, and frontier communities.


“We are thrilled to celebrate the largest class of grassroots advocacy awardees in NACHC history. These honorees consistently go above and beyond to foster a culture of advocacy within their organizations and the Community Health Center Movement,” said Dr. Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, President and CEO of NACHC. “Their efforts to inspire and mobilize others are essential to building hope in a future where residents in all communities nationwide have access to quality and affordable health care.”

Advocates are essential to the sustainability of Community Health Centers, which have saved countless lives since they were established nearly 60 years ago. Health centers depend on bipartisan support from Congress and are grateful for this decades-long partnership.

To join the Community Health Center Movement, sign up to advocate here.

Our Vision

NACHC is the leading innovative change agent collaborating with affiliates and partners to advance Community Health Centers as the foundation of an equitable health care system free from disparities and built on accessible, patient-governed, high-quality, integrated primary care.



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