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The Cliff is Fixed! Congress Passes Bipartisan Budget Package with Health Center Funding

Last week Congress passed a bipartisan spending package that included an additional two years of funding for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. To add to the good news, we’re also happy to report that health center funding will increase by $600 million …

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The State of the Union Marks a Critical Moment for Health Centers

Two Community Health Center leaders are headed to the nation’s capital Tuesday evening to attend the President’s State of the Union (SOTU) address to Congress. Long considered one of the highest honors a Member of Congress can bestow upon visitors to Washington, Lolita Lopez from Westside Family Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware, and Suzanne Lagarde from Fair …

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Fighting the Funding Cliff: One Veteran’s Story

We’ve been writing about the Community Health Center funding cliff.  The phrase alone would lead one to think that this is an issue about money, but it’s more about people and how the decisions made (or left unmade) by Congress can have a ripple effect.  That brings us to Kymberly Grafton, one of 300,000 veterans that …

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2017 Ends with a “Cliffhanger”

2017 brought forth a year of challenges for Community Health Centers that included natural disasters and a man-made one: a funding cliff. The funding cliff came as it was revealed that health centers now serve more people than ever at 27 million, or 1 in 12 Americans.  Leading up to the funding cliff deadline was uncertainty across the nation about the future of insurance …

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NACHC Partners with Colleges to Support Educational Opportunities for Health Center Workforce

Even before the expiration of the Community Health Centers Fund, workforce shortages posed a challenge for health centers. A 2016 NACHC survey found that almost all health centers were experiencing at least one clinical vacancy and more than two-thirds were recruiting for at least one family physician. To combat this problem, NACHC is working with …

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Controlling Hypertension in Health Centers

Nine health centers have been named 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions for working with patients to achieve hypertension (high blood pressure) control rates at or above 70 percent. We’ve now learned more information about the types of interventions the winning health centers used to improve hypertension rates. These include: Self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP), …

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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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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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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 …