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Mid-Week Health Center News Roundup

By: Beau Boughamer

The earthquake in Haiti has dominated the headlines this week — don’t forget that you can still help — and so it’s been a couple of days since we’ve had the opportunity to take a look at health center making news.  Here’s a roundup of recent stories.

A Redding, California Record Searchlight blog notes that Shasta Community Health Center will soon install a solar panel structure over a parking lot.

It’s the new, new thing in parking lot design — building overhead structures mounted with solar panels that, incidentally, shade the cars in the parking lot, not a small consideration in places with summers like Redding’s…. Architect Ron Beyer said it’s essentially a basic steel building without the skin — but with some decorative additions to match the main clinic building — and was surprisingly cheap to build, though subsidies from Redding Electric Utility, which helped with the design, made a big difference.

Public News Service cited NACHC data in a story about rural health care options in Oregon.

About one in three Oregonians lives in a rural area, where access to medical care is limited, and the issue is also part of the health care reform debate in Congress. As the U.S. House and Senate try to hammer out a compromise, advocates for rural communities say parts of the legislation that would benefit small towns are likely to be approved. For instance, both bills include plans to encourage more physicians to leave the big city…. Both the House and Senate bills… would provide more funding for Community Health Centers. Oregon has 24 centers with about 180 clinics statewide.

The Citizen of Laconia, New Hampshire ran a letter to the editor by in support of health centers and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH).

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has secured $1,725,000 in funding for New Hampshire’s Community Health Centers as part of HR 3288 which recently passed the House. This money will be allocated to the Avis Goodwin Community Health Center in Dover, the Manchester Community Health Center, and the Bi-State Primary Care Association…. New Hampshire’s 14 CHCs provide care to over 106,000 needy people in New Hampshire (1 in 12) with 30 sites in 9 of New Hampshire’s 10 counties.