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Critical Role of Health Centers Under the Spotlight

By Amy Simmons Farber

The demand for affordable, quality care, and the ability of Community Health Centers to deliver it,  makes news headlines yet again.  Let’s start with Milwaukee, WI, where the local Express Milwaukee.com notes that health centers are “a critical component of health care in Milwaukee and around the country… and take the pressure off of local and very expensive emergency rooms, where uninsured individuals or those without a primary care physician end up when they’re facing a health crisis.”   The article also notes that the economic stimulus funds have allowed  health centers around the state to continue to expand care and respond to the growth in demand by expanding their facilities and hiring clinical staff.  

 Growth in demand for health center services is also the story in Leesburg, VA, where the Loudoun Community Health Center is literally “bursting at the seams,” according to the Washington Post.    Luckily,  the health center received funding under the Affordable Care Act (see press release) that will go toward  building a new facility with 18 exam rooms, 10 dental care rooms, a full-service pharmacy and optometry, prenatal and mental health services.  That extra space will be critical for the center which has seen skyrocketing demand for services, particularly among the uninsured.  Earlier this year, we toured the Loudoun Community Health Center at its current operating site  on the third floor of Inova Loudoun Medical Center.  Check out the video of our visit and our interview with Kenyon.

And last but not least, New Jersey is also preparing to grow their reach under health reform. The New Jersey Primary Care Association will receive a $76,941 federal grant to gear up for an increase in patients expected as the federal health care reform expands access .Katherine Grant-Davis, CEO,  said in an interview with the daily NJ Biz  the funds will boost health center efforts “to get from A to B with health care reform, work force recruitment and retention, and improving information technology systems planning to help the centers increase their sites and their services.”