Allan Nichols, the chief executive officer at Mainline Health Systems, is the recipient of the Jack Geiger Vision Award, an award presented to a person who has contributed to Jack Geiger’s vision for the community health center in a meaningful way.
Jack Geiger initiated the community health center model in the United States which targeted the roots of poverty by combining resources of local communities with federal funds to establish neighborhood clinics in both rural and urban areas around America. It was a formula that not only empowered communities to establish and direct health services at the local level via consumer-majority governing boards, but also generated compelling proof that affordable and accessible healthcare produced compounding benefits, according to the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Nichols received the award on September 21 at the Community Health Centers of Arkansas’ annual convention in Little Rock.
“Allan is a great leader who is very passionate about serving every population in South Arkansas,” said LaShannon Spencer, CEO of the Community Health Centers of Arkansas. “He is truly a servant leader and believes everyone should have access to healthcare. He is a visionary when it comes to healthcare and is a voice for those who are voiceless. He always thinks with patients in mind.”
Nichols said he was very humbled to win the award. “I work with an amazing group of people that make me look a lot better than I am,” he said. “I also have a great family that is very supportive of me at home. I have the best job that there is; I get to do God’s work every day and get paid for it.”