CNECT: The Exclusive
GPO Partner of
CNECT is proud to serve as the exclusive group purchasing organization of NACHC Select, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).
Announced in December 2023, this collaborative partnership allows us to leverage combined resources, advocate together, and magnify our support for community health centers. By joining forces, we aim to advance the health center movement and support the clinical, operational, and financial goals of community health centers.
How the Partnership Works
The partnership allows CNECT’s health center members to directly support NACHC every time they purchase through our contracts. By enrolling in NACHC Select, our members permit a portion of the administrative fees collected on their purchases to fund NACHC’s advocacy initiatives, training programs, and other resources.
How to Enroll in the NACHC Select Program
All CNECT health center members are eligible to participate in the NACHC Select program. To register your interest, please complete the form here and a member of the CNECT team will send you the enrollment form.
Please note that there is no cost to enroll. Participating in the NACHC Select program will not impact the amount you save, and you do not have to be an active organizational member of NACHC to enroll with either CNECT or NACHC Select.
Press Release: NACHC Announces CNECT as GPO Partner for New LLC, NACHC Select
Bethesda, MD — Community health centers will have robust access to group purchasing services thanks to a partnership between the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and CNECT, which will serve as the exclusive group purchasing organization (GPO) of NACHC Select, a new wholly owned subsidiary of NACHC.
This is the first partnership for NACHC’s new company, NACHC Select, which will develop relationships with industry leaders to provide savings and other special offers for the high-quality products and services health centers need. Related revenue will be transparently reinvested into NACHC’s advocacy efforts, training and technical assistance, and other resources and programs to advance the health center movement.
CNECT, a wholly owned subsidiary of Health Center Partners of Southern California, is an industry-leading group purchasing organization that has been serving community health centers for more than 40 years. CNECT’s team of over 60 employees provides tailored supply chain services and solutions to enhance the financial strength of its members. CNECT members have access to more than 3,700 GPO contracts, including aggregated top-tier discounts, through more than 1,460 suppliers.
In its most recent fiscal year, CNECT’s health center members collectively saved more than $67 million on key contract categories alone – a figure that CNECT and NACHC will work in collaboration to grow.
“This is an exciting beginning and aligns with our commitment to help health centers across this country become the provider, employer, and partner of choice,” said Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, NACHC’s President and CEO. “NACHC believes community health centers are the most innovative, most diverse, most resilient part of our health system. Our strategic vision for NACHC Select is to build a world-class business development function that supports the largest primary care network in the nation in advancing health equity for all. Our partnership with CNECT will ensure the 300,000 clinicians and staff who deliver high-quality, affordable, transdisciplinary primary care to over 31.5 million patients at 15,000 sites receive discounted rates with trusted suppliers through a proven group purchasing organization.”
For CNECT, this partnership is about strengthening health centers by supporting their clinical, operational, and financial goals.
“As a leading group purchasing organization, CNECT is proud to partner with NACHC and align our resources and efforts in support of community health centers,” said Sparkle Barnes, President of CNECT. “At CNECT, we provide a broad range of solutions such as supply chain resiliency strategies, supplier diversity contracts, and procurement and inventory management solutions to drive member value. This collaboration strengthens our commitment to support health center efforts to reduce costs, expand services, and increase quality outcomes.”
There is no membership cost to join either NACHC Select or CNECT. Community health centers will enroll through a simple membership application process. A portion of the GPO administrative fees generated by NACHC Select member purchases will go directly to NACHC to help support health centers and the patients they serve. Active organizational membership in NACHC is not required to join NACHC Select or CNECT.
By aligning with private partners and the business sector, NACHC Select is committed to ensuring financial sustainability for health centers while creating opportunities for investment in health equity.
“As essential as health centers are to the nation’s health, the cost of doing business is increasingly challenging,” said Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, MS, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Urban Health Plan, Inc. (UHP), one of the largest community health center networks in New York State. “NACHC Select is an exciting opportunity to transform the primary care landscape and advance promising health solutions with innovative partners committed to our shared mission. We are excited to open our doors and partner with CNECT.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Established in 2023, NACHC Select is a wholly owned subsidiary of NACHC that develops relationships with industry leaders to provide savings and other special offers to health centers for the products and services they need and then reinvests related revenue back into NACHC’s advocacy efforts, training and technical assistance, and other resources and programs to advance the health center movement. A community health center that wants to benefit from group purchasing opportunities will need to complete NACHC Select and CNECT enrollment forms.