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Good Health is a Community Affair

Happy National Minority Health Month! The theme for #NMHM18, Partnering for Health Equity, highlights partnerships that help reduce health disparities.  As innovators in the health system, Community Health Centers often partner with local and national organizations to ensure patients have a clear pathway to health care.  These collaborations foster programs that address important health issues …

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Congress Finds Agreement on FY18 Funding

Congress has passed a $1.3 trillion FY18 spending package that will provide dedicated and reliable funding for the federal government through September 30, 2018. The legislation was signed into law by the President earlier today. The bill provides $654.6 billion for defense and national security, and $589.5 billion for investments in critical priorities such as education, health care, …

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Rising to the Challenge of Fighting a Nationwide Addiction Epidemic

Too often we hear about the ravages of substance abuse disorders, such as opioid addiction, and not enough about the innovations in health care to treat it — not as a problem but as a chronic illness that requires a thoughtful treatment strategy.  Drug overdose deaths and opioid-related deaths are on the rise.  On average, …

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Update: Open Enrollment and Health Centers

Health center and state and regional primary care association (PCA) leaders recently met at NACHC’s headquarters to discuss the most recent health insurance open enrollment period. Though open enrollment ended in mid-December in many parts of the country, it should be noted that several states kept enrollment open way into January and those impacted by the recent …

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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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Reaching Health Center Hypertension Patients Hiding in Plain Sight

We know the facts: High blood pressure (or hypertension) can lead to cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. But what may be surprising is the number of people in the United States who have high blood pressure and are both unaware of it and untreated for it – 11.5 million. Most of these …

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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 …