Health care work force growth strategies were recently featured at a Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Dan Hawkins, Vice President for Policy at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) participated in a panel discussion about the challenges facing the health care work force on at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). The panel discussion was part of the Health Professions Diversity Leadership Summit, sponsored by the National Council of Centers of Excellence (NCCOE). The panel discussion comes amid rising concerns about the nation’s primary care work force, with a projected steep decline in the number of primary care physicians, and significant clinical vacancies reported at Community Health Centers around the country. Also participating in the panel discussion were representatives from the American Medical Student Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association. You can view Dan’s speech here.
In the spotlight: Several health centers got into the act on World AIDS Day (Dec 1). In Massachusetts, Lowell Community Health Center’s efforts to promote teen awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention was front and center in the local paper, The Lowell Sun. The health center helped organize a human red ribbon, comprised of members of the health center’s Teen Programming project and other local civic groups. Also, Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C. hosted a Press Conference and a Name Reading Ceremony– events that highlighted the unveiling of Unity’s HIV/AIDS Resource Guide, and HIV/AIDS Quilt. You can view their press release here. NACHC also issued a press statement to mark the event and used the day to renew the call to Congress to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act (authorization for the bill expired on September 30, 20. Health centers are doing exciting work in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and Care. For instance, in Tucson, Arizona, El Rio Santa Cruz Community Health Center will receive $2.5 million dollars from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide culturally competent HIV/AIDS mental health care services to minorities in Southern Arizona. Check out the press release here.