Author: Marisol Murphy Ballantyne

Health Center News

The Challenges to Providing Eqaul Health Care Access to All

Today’s guest blog post is by Susan West Levine, CEO of Lowell Community Health Center in Massachusetts.  This article originally appeared in the March/April’17 issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine, MVMag.net. Reprinted with permission from the publisher, 512 Media, Inc. Photo Credit: Kevin Harkins As CEO of Lowell Community Health Center (CHC), I am often asked just …

Health Center Advocacy

Introducing the Health Center Advocacy Network

Over the past three years the Health Center Advocacy Network has experienced unprecedented growth to encompass 100,000 individuals and counting. Thanks to this growing number of Advocates like you, who have not only joined the Campaign for America’s Health Centers, but have repeatedly raised your voice on behalf of Health Centers and their patients,  the …

Health Center News

Cultural Competency 101

Our guest blogger today is Gianna Ramos, a GE-National Medical Fellowship Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) Scholar. As a PCLP Scholar, Ramos had the opportunity to examine the challenges and rewards of working in primary care in Community Health Center. While working at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center in Nashville, TN, Ramos focused on the needs of adolescent patients.  Cultural competency has …

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Fighting Breast Cancer Among the Medically Underserved

Every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month we like to take a minute and focus on the important work health centers are doing to fight this disease, which claims the lives of thousands of women every year.  About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  In 2013 (the most …

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Going Green at NACHC

In an effort to reduce waste and save trees,  NACHC is implementing a going green initiative that will slowly phase in technology for accessing training materials. The first phase of the green initiative was implemented over the summer at NACHC training courses. Hard copies of presentation slides were not provided on-site at NACHC trainings and instead attendees were encouraged to download …

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D.C. Outreach and Enrollment Event Puts the Focus on Covering Kids

District of Columbia Community Health Center Unity Health Care recently received a visit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Education Secretary John B. King, Jr.  The two visited Unity’s school based health center on the historic Cardozo Education Campus, which is a combined middle and high school in the …

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Grants Will Boost Outreach and Enrollment to Uninsured

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has awarded nine short-term grants to support and promote innovative outreach and enrollment (O&E) efforts to uninsured populations. The Reaching Deep to Enroll and Retain Communities grants are supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and were awarded to primary care associations (PCA), health center controlled …

Health Center State Policy

Making Sense of State Policies & Dental Health

Our guest blog post today is by Hannah L. Maxey, PhD, MPH, RDH, Assistant Professor and Director of the Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy, Indiana University School of Medicine : Community Health Centers and the professionals working within these organizations are the backbone of the dental safety-net. As a dental hygienist who spent …

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Unique Partnership Supports New Moms

Did you know NACHC has a podcast? It’s relatively new but it’s just another tool we are using to better communicate the value and innovation that Community Health Centers offer. Our latest podcast is about a unique program at Family First Health in York, Pennsylvania that provides support to new moms from pregnancy until the child …

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Ten Health Centers Named 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions

Ten Community Health Centers have been named 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions for working with patients to achieve hypertension control rates at or above 70 percent. Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by bringing together communities, and public and private organizations to fight heart …