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Making the Case for Primary Care Access:”What We Lack is a Strong Signal from Congress”

Greg Nycz, Executive Director of Family Health Center of Marshfield, has devoted his nearly 50-year career to ensuring that people in Wisconsin have access to decent health care,  especially vulnerable rural populations who, by his own description, will face growing barriers to accessing the health services they need for optimal health.  This week he was …

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Update on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19

We now have a name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus: COVID-19. The disease, which was first identified in the Wuhan province of China, was renamed by the World Health Organization, to avoid stigmatizing any geographical location, animal or individual with the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more …

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

As the month of January comes to a close, we’re thinking about women’s health and the value of preventive screenings and vaccinations. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and a Pap smear screening. According to the most recent data available …

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What We Know About the New Coronavirus

UPDATED (1/20/2020)_: The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak in China a public health emergency of international concern. NACHC is closely monitoring developments and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected …

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Reflections on Martin Luther King’s Legacy

The Community Health Center Movement stands on the shoulders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its leaders whose dreams ignited many different kinds of social change. Civil Rights leaders like Rosa Parks, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Dorothy Height, Jo Ann Robinson, the friend we lost – U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, and The …

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A Miracle in Missouri

In the “Show Me State” of Missouri, a Community Health Center in the city of St. Joseph showed everyone just how to pull off a miracle. With just $42,000 in their budget, and more than just a few skeptics who said there wasn’t enough money or time, the determined staff at Northwest Health Services opened a …

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Celebrating Nurses in 2020

When people ask me what my days were like as a Community Health Center nurse, I don’t have a short answer. Health center nurses often find themselves directly engaged in patient care — triaging, administering medications and immunizations and treating wounds, but also navigating patients via phone, calling pharmacies to troubleshoot medications, attending meetings, and …

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More Children are Uninsured

The fresh start of a new decade brings renewed interest in the growing numbers of uninsured children in our nation. Four million children are now uninsured, an increase of than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, according to the U.S. Census. The new numbers point to a new downward trend after a trajectory of coverage among …

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2019: Leaving Us Certain about Uncertainty

We turn the page on 2019 and plunge ahead to 2020 with a lot of unfinished work. A key task left unfinished as we approach a new decade is long-term and stable funding for Community Health Centers, now operating under a temporary measure through May 22nd. Even so, health centers are no less supported; indeed, …

Health Care News, Health Center Federal Policy

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Texas v. Azar

NACHC staffers Susan Sumrell and Bethany Hamilton contributed to this blog post. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Texas v. Azar, but what does it mean? On December 18, 2019, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate …