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Affordable Health Care Expands in Colorado

The hills are alive with music  and affordable health care in Colorado Springs, CO, where Peak Vista Community Health Centers hosted an Open House for the neighborhood surrounding its newest Family Health Center. The new health center site will expand services to more patients at a time when demand for affordable health care services continues …

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Have You Been Voterized and Immunized?

Remember the NACHC Community Health Vote Campaign we told you about? The effort to “voterize” health center patients is already taking shape in South Dakota. The state’s 34 health centers are launching an effort to get unregistered voters on the rolls. Check out this article about the effort in the local paper, The Argus Leader.  …

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Going the Distance to Save Lives

A volunteer team of surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, technicians, and speech/language/hearing experts head to Honduras for a weeklong mission to provide free medical services. The medical volunteers will provide life-saving surgeries for children at a local hospital in Tela. As one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere (second only to Haiti), the region’s …

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The Advocacy Spirit Thrives in the Big Apple

Kudos to National Community Health Advocate of the Month for April: Lorraine Leong, who is the Director of Community Relations and Advocacy at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center in New York City. Lorraine joined the Ryan family two years ago with an unmatched passion for grassroots advocacy (plus like many New Yorkers she …

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Universal Coverage versus Access to Primary Care

The New York Times examines the state of primary care infrastructure (“In Massachusetts, Universal Coverage Strains Care”) and puts into focus a “widening gap between the supply of primary care physicians and the demand for their services.” The article notes that in Massachusetts, where a landmark law was passed requiring residents to have health insurance …

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NACHC Launches Community Health Vote Campaign

NACHC has launched a groundbreaking Community Health Vote campaign to encourage and assist America’s Health Centers in developing and implementing programs to educate their patients and their families about public policy issues that impact them. The goal of the campaign is to boost health centers’ ability to initiate positive changes in and around communities where …

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Tap Water Is the Source of a Salmonella Outbreak in Southern Colorado

When doctors at Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. (VWHS) in southern Colorado began to see patients with salmonella symptoms earlier this month they knew something was wrong. They immediately notified the Alamosa County Nursing Service and sent samples to the lab for testing. Health officials tracked the problem to the water system in Alamosa, a town …

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Demand on New Jersey Health Centers Makes News

The New Jersey Star-Ledger recently featured Community Health Centers in an article about rising patient demand (“Influx of patients stretch thin centers for underserved” Sunday, March 23, 2008). A string of hospital closures in the past 18 months have health centers reporting a large influx of patients.  You can read the article here.

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Creating an Effective and Swift Disaster Response

Through out their forty plus history, health centers have proven themselves as able and nimble responders to disasters.  Now in partnership with California-based Direct Relief International, NACHC is is building on a proven strategy that combines the resources and response of Direct Relief, with Community Health Center networks on the ground.  In the aftermath of  …

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The Imagen Foundation Honors Los Angeles Health Center Leader

Gloria Rodriguez, CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles,  is being honored by the Imagen Foundation for her extraordinary contributions to the community, along with six other Latina women.  The ceremony takes place in Washington as part of a celebration of Women’s History Month.  The Imagen Foundation is co-hosting the event with Honorary …