Author: Amy Simmons Farber

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It’s National Rural Health Day!

It’s National Rural Health Day and for Community Health Centers, that’s something to celebrate.  Nearly half (44 percent) of health centers are in rural communities, serving 8.5 million patients. The work that health centers do in rural communities defies the conventional wisdom that innovation and good ideas only happen in urban civilization. The Community Health Center …

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Fighting Food Insecurity: The Problem Solvers

Earlier this week NACHC issued a press release about our initiative to highlight Community Health Centers that are focused on fighting food insecurity in their local communities.  Many may not be aware that 14 percent of people in the United States (48 million) face food insecurity.  What does that mean exactly?  It means they struggle to find sufficient …

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NACHC Update: The California Fires and Health Centers

(The information in this blog post was compiled in collaboration with Emili LaBass, Sr. Program Coordinator of Health Center Operations, California Primary Care Association) NACHC has been monitoring the situation in Northern California, where a cluster of wildfires has burned for more than a week. The fires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes. Many …

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Hurricane Update: Relief Resources and FTCA for Volunteers

The ripple effects of hurricanes Irma and Harvey continue. Lack of power, fuel, running water, and food continue to pose a problem for residents and the many organizations and responders on the ground to help.  Health centers in the impacted areas are dispensing medicines, hygiene kits and other supplies, even from damaged or flooded sites.  Organizations like …

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The NACHC 2017 CHI Draws to a Close

The NACHC 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO is winding down in sunny San Diego. Despite a late night at the Uncorked and Uncapped Live party, education sessions started early at 8:30 am.  Attendees hastily finished their fill-in-the-blank poster scavenger hunt forms to win prizes.  And, speaking of the poster sessions,  there were over 70 poster presentations, …

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Update from the 2017 NACHC CHI in San Diego

Today’s General Session at the NACHC 2017 CHI and EXPO gave attendees a much needed dose of spiritual and musical nourishment. Internationally known graffiti artist and author Erik Wahl gave a special presentation that challenged health center leaders to live a new normal of disruption (referring to himself as a disruptive strategist). Wahl uses a multimedia experience to drive home his …

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The 2017 NACHC Community Health Institute & EXPO is Underway!

The NACHC 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO kicked off yesterday in San Diego and so far it’s been a whirlwind of activity.  The EXPO hall is open for business and already the crowds are meandering along the endless aisles of vendor booths. Scores of attendees have arrived to participate in committee meetings, pre-conference trainings, and …

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Michigan Health Center Leader Gets the Spotlight for Reducing Unnecessary ER Visits

Patty Wagenhofer-Rucker wasn’t looking for any special recognition when she began her work as Integrated Health Director at Genesee Community Health Center in Flint, MI, but that’s what happened anyway.   Her work at the health center has reduced unnecessary hospital emergency room visits by 80 percent in the past three years, which caught the notice of …

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A Prescription for College Humanities Under the Roof of a Boston Health Center

A Community Health Center may seem like an unlikely place to learn about the arts and humanities, but really, when you think about it, the notion is not so implausible. At Codman Square Health Center, located in the working class neighborhood of Dorchester in Boston, the focus is always on the whole health of a patient. To that end, if a health center patient requires a …

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Building the Primary Care Workforce of Tomorrow

The future of primary health care depends on educating and training the healers who will take care of us tomorrow. Building the pipeline of primary care providers at Community Health Centers is of particular concern because almost every health center is experiencing workforce challenges, whether it is recruiting staff or retaining it. A NACHC report released last year revealed that 95 …