Author: Amy Simmons Farber

NACHC Events

The NACHC 2017 P&I is Here!

The NACHC 2017 Policy and Issues Forum is about to start and we could not be more excited.  More than 2,500 Community Health Center leaders from around the country have signed up to attend this national gathering, including a record number of consumers [see media advisory]. The policy conference began today with a panel discussion …

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Hot Off the Press from the Bipartisan Policy Center

There are a lot of good ideas floating around Washington, D.C., and one of the first places to look for them is the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the only think tank in town that takes the best ideas from both political parties and uses them to promote health, security and opportunity for everyone.  That is …

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Kentucky Health Center Clinician Honored as “Country Doctor of the Year”

It’s not often that health center clinicians who toil away in medically underserved communities are singled out for the spotlight but that’s exactly what happened to Van Breeding, MD, the Director of Clinical Affairs at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC). Dr. Breeding  could have gone anywhere after graduating and completing his residency at the University of …

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Affordability and Access to Care Still A Struggle in the U.S.

This study missed our radar when it was published last fall, but now we’re paying attention.  According to the Commonwealth Fund, paying medical bills is still a challenge for more than one-third of Americans.  Adults in the U.S. are more likely than those in 10 other countries to go without needed health care because of costs. One-third (33%) …

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Book Review: Out in the Rural, A Walk Back In Time

Few may realize the remarkable history behind the Civil Rights Movement and its role in launching Community Health Centers.  The narrative of how this happened is eloquently told in a new book, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty (the title is borrowed from a short film of the …

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New Studies On Quality of Care at Health Centers

New research published today in Health Affairs underscores the value of Community Health Centers and their longstanding partnership with Medicaid. Two studies focused on states that opted to expand the public insurance program under the Affordable Care Act and  provide clear links between the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid and improved care quality at health …

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Innovation and Partnerships Bloom in Rural America

What happens when two adversaries meet in health care? In Hazen and Beulah, North Dakota, where a Community Health Center and Critical Access hospital were vying for market share and staff, something extraordinary took place.  They decided to work together.   The two organizations, Sakakawea Medical Center and Coal County Community Health Center, realized that cooperation …

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NACHC Year Ender Round Up

The year 2016 started with NACHC’s efforts to reach out across multimedia channels and share the compelling success of Community Health Centers.  We began our podcast series to showcase how health centers innovate, save health care costs, attract bipartisan support and confront the emerging public health crises of our times.  The podcasts help listeners gain insight from the frontline perspective about how …

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Fighting Opioid Addiction: An Update

It’s been a while since we updated you on the activities related to fighting opioid addiction — a task Community Health Centers are taking on with vigor and innovation. First, with $500 million in hand to fight the opioid epidemic, White House officials are moving quickly to get that money flowing to the hardest-hit states—and …

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A Note about the Tennessee Wildfires

The call to help can come at the unlikeliest times, but that never stops a Community Health Center from stepping forward.  This was the case in eastern Tennessee, where last week a massive blaze forced thousands from their homes and claimed 14 lives.    Cherokee Health Systems, which cares for over 65,000 residents who live in the affected area, …