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Michigan Health Center Leader Gets the Spotlight for Reducing Unnecessary ER Visits

Patty Wagenhofer-Rucker wasn’t looking for any special recognition when she began her work as Integrated Health Director at Genesee Community Health Center in Flint, MI, but that’s what happened anyway.   Her work at the health center has reduced unnecessary hospital emergency room visits by 80 percent in the past three years, which caught the notice of …

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A Healer and Advocate in Colorado

It is unfortunate if you have lived on this planet without meeting  Virgilio Licona, MD.  Those of us who have been in the same room with Dr. Licona, as a patient, colleague, or audience to one of his thoughtful speeches about healthcare, well, we just feel grateful to have stood near his shadow.  Dr. Licona has made …

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Improving Oral Health At Home and Abroad

As part of our yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the health center movement we are spending the month of July taking a closer look at some of the faces in the health center world. Today our focus is on a healthcare hero located in rural North Carolina. Dr. Francis Serio of Greene County Health …

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Serving Health Centers Through Community HealthCorps

We’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Community Health Center Movement with a special focus on workforce throughout the month of July. Today we begin with a closer look at Community HealthCorps, the largest health-focused AmeriCorps program founded by NACHC  in 1995 with the mission of improving healthcare access and boosting the health center workforce.  Community HealthCorps …

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Where We Began and How Far We Have Come

To measure how far we have come we first have to look at where Community Health Centers started 50 years ago. It began with a cause, and then an opportunity.  The cause was lack of access to basic healthcare among the poor, and the opportunity was President Lyndon B. Johnson’s major War on Poverty initiatives in the mid 1960s. Doctors Jack Geiger …

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In Bridgeport a Humble Start with a Big Finish

In Connecticut nearly 40 years ago Optimus Health Care, Inc. (formally known as Bridgeport Community Health Center) was founded by a group of civic-minded individuals committed to the goal of starting a healthcare home in their neighborhood. It was not going to be easy.   The site was located in an apartment house where pigeons were roosting in …

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All Things Healthcare Update

We plan to continue blog postings about the 50th Anniversary for June focusing on the theme of “How Far We Have Come.” We will be looking at health centers that have made a long journey from humble beginnings, such as church basements, neighborhood storefronts or small trailers, into now dynamic health delivery systems showcasing what is possible in community health.  Telling …

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In Tennessee Changing the Image of Community Health Centers

When a health center gains notice for their work, we always try to pay it forward. That is why we are focusing this week on Tennessee, where a feature article in the Knoxville News Sentinel highlighted the work of Cherokee Health Systems and Indian Mountain Clinic in Jellico, TN (operated by Dayspring Family Health Center). …

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Connecting Veterans with Health Center Jobs

Community Health Centers serve more than 260,000 of America’s Veterans. Yet, did you know that they are also engaged as part of a joint initiative launched by the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to hire more Veterans, and to help returning servicemen and women transition into civilian life? Health centers …