Author: Erica Addison

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Honoring Health Center Heroes

We all know that it takes more than a village to care for the 28 million patients who rely on a health center for their care.  It takes a multitude of dedicated health care heroes. In fact, more than 224,000 people work at health centers, including care coordinators, clinicians, community health workers, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, …

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What Makes a Health Center Hero?

The theme of this year’s National Health Center Week, “Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes,” has got us thinking about all of the ways health centers and their staff go above and beyond to treat the more than 27 million patients they see each year. Did you know that health centers have …

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Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a month-long observance to bring awareness to the importance of oral health for children and adults. When Janelle Jehn was a dental therapy student at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, her instructors strongly encouraged the class to serve pediatric patients in the community where the need was …

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Fighting Food Insecurity: Hunger as a Health Problem

More than 50 years ago, Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a co-founder of the Community Health Center Movement, helped create a food co-op program in Mound Bayou, Mississippi.  Part of his mission was to ensure people would both have access to food and be invested in their own food security. Despite this early effort, food insecurity – difficulty …

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California Health Center Dispatches Mobile Medical Units in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Health centers are used to lending a helping hand – both as a source of primary health care to people in their communities and wherever else they’re needed in times of emergency. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Clinica Sierra Vista (CSV), in Bakersfield, CA, stayed true to that mission.  The health center dispatched two 44-foot-long …

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Health Centers Have a Secret Weapon for Addressing Minority Health: Consumer Boards

National Minority Health Month 2017  is behind us but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out one particularly unique way Community Health Centers address minority health — through consumer-driven boards. By law, health center boards must be comprised of at least 51% consumers.  These are people who live in the community served by the health …

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Wanted: Young Professional Health Center Leaders

If you’ve been to any NACHC events in recent years, you’ve probably heard leadership talk about the importance of training the next generation of health center leaders. I’m still fairly new here, but I know I have. This year, with the introduction of the new Young Professional Leadership Exchange (YP) track at the 2016 Community …

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Postcard from Rhode Island — A Community Approach to Target Victims of Domestic Violence

Every so often we hear about health centers collaborating with other organizations to solve a problem.  In a previous blog post we wrote about efforts by health centers and Boston to respond to victims of trauma.   Now, in Rhode Island, we learned about a similar collaboration, only this time it is to reach out to victims of domestic violence.  Thanks to a …

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Fighting Breast Cancer in the Crescent City

Just like Open Door Medical Family Medical Centers, which we featured in a recent blog post, EXCELth Primary Care Network, in New Orleans, is working to increase the city’s breast cancer screening rates and address the unequal burden of breast cancer within the community thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Football League (NFL) …

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Transforming Clinical Practice

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that the federal agency is awarding $685 million to 39 healthcare collaborative networks to help them improve quality of care, increase patient access to information, and reduce costs at their institutions under the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. “Supporting doctors and other health care professionals change the …