Tag: Prevention and Public Health

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Celebrating World AIDS Day, One Partner at a Time

Health centers are no strangers to forging partnerships with other organizations.  There are health center partnerships with hospitals, health departments, universities, chambers of commerce, and local businesses.  These collaborations are key to assuring good patient health outcomes, not to mention boosting their quality of life and overall care.  HIV prevention and treatment is no different. The number of health center patients living with …

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President Trump Declares the Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency

By Connor Williams, NACHC Intern After a long wait and much speculation, President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a Public Health Emergency. By way of background, Public Health Emergencies allow for special grants and contracts to be made, as well as special Public Health Emergency Funds to be accessed by states in response to a health …

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Fighting Food Insecurity: Hunger as a Health Problem

More than 50 years ago, Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a co-founder of the Community Health Center Movement, helped create a food co-op program in Mound Bayou, Mississippi.  Part of his mission was to ensure people would both have access to food and be invested in their own food security. Despite this early effort, food insecurity – difficulty …

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Fighting Food Insecurity: The Problem Solvers

Earlier this week NACHC issued a press release about our initiative to highlight Community Health Centers that are focused on fighting food insecurity in their local communities.  Many may not be aware that 14 percent of people in the United States (48 million) face food insecurity.  What does that mean exactly?  It means they struggle to find sufficient …

Health Care News, Social Determinants of Health

African American Death Rate Drops 25 Percent

The death rate for African Americans declined from 1999 to 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s good news, but African Americans are still more likely than white Americans to die at a young age. Although African Americans are living longer, their life expectancy is still four years less than that …

Health Center News

Brighter Smiles in South Florida Thanks to a New Mobile Dental Van

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) unveiled its new state-of-the-art mobile dental unit by cutting the ribbon on the trailer in front of its corporate headquarters — and it is a beauty! The new dental trailer features three operatories that will allow dental teams to do cleanings and other basic preventative services along with …

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Health Centers Have a Secret Weapon for Addressing Minority Health: Consumer Boards

National Minority Health Month 2017  is behind us but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out one particularly unique way Community Health Centers address minority health — through consumer-driven boards. By law, health center boards must be comprised of at least 51% consumers.  These are people who live in the community served by the health …

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Under One Roof a One Stop Shop for HIV/AIDS Patients in Nashville

Good ideas are happening in Nashville at My House. By My House we mean a collaboration project between Neighborhood Health, Nashville CARES and Street Works. Neighborhood Health is a Community Health Center that not only has provided excellent care for over 40 years, but they are also always trying to figure out better ways to deliver care. My House …

Health Center Federal Policy, Uncategorized

“Johanns Amendment” Defeated!

by Krystal E. Knight, MPH Congress is back in session this week, and one of the Senate’s first actions upon returning was the vote on the Johanns amendment to the Small Business Jobs & Credit Act. The Senate voted on Tuesday, and the amendment was defeated by a vote of 46-52. In a previous post …

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National Public Health Week

Next week is National Public Health Week (April 2-8) a time to focus on addressing the unique needs of the nation’s most vulnerable populations during public health threats. This is a weeklong campaign NACHC is proud to sponsor, given that America’s health centers have played a critical role in protecting public health during disasters. A …