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This Week in Community Health

What the Funding Cliff Means for Health Centers

Blogger Elizabeth Levy writes, “Diverting funds from Community Health Centers and local health departments takes money from prevention and will lead to more people having to rely on costly emergency services.”

For Better Treatment, Doctors and Patients Share the Decisions (NPR)

A new initiative at Mass General in Boston is focusing on making risk more understandable to patients in order to better involve them in the shared decision making.

Innovation in the Safety Net: Integrating Community Health Centers Through Accountable Care (The Commonwealth Fund)

According to a national survey, 28 percent of accountable care organizations (ACOs) have teamed up with Community Health Centers, an indication that these safety-net providers are viewed by ACOs as valuable partners. ACOs with Community Health Centers have greater experience implementing  reforms like care management programs, public reporting, and risk‐sharing, which may prove helpful in meeting ACOs’ goals of improving quality, cost performance, and population health.

The Wealth Gap is Growing, But Poor Women See One Improvement: Healthier Newborns (Washington Post)

Improved access to care is a factor in low-income pregnant women giving birth to healthier babies. According to the Post: “While other economic and health disparities have widened, giving way to huge national debates about inequality, pregnant women at the lowest rung of the nation’s economic ladder are bucking that trend. They have narrowed the gap with wealthier women in the health of their babies.”

ACA Creates Residencies for Doctors in South Florida Health Centers (Miami Herald)

The ACA established training grants for primary-care physicians to address the shortage of doctors nationwide. “The money given to CHI is part of a package of $83.4 million in grants nationwide to train new primary-care doctors in the coming year under the Teaching Health Center Program, which expands residency training for medical students in community-based settings. CHI and other organizations must apply for the grants every year.”

Loss of Funding Could Close Michigan Community Health Centers (Public News Service)

Nationally and statewide, community health centers are peering over the edge of a funding cliff, despite more than 700,000 Michiganders annually using their services.

NACHC Introduces New Outreach and Enrollment Webinar Series

A new, free webinar series—“Sign me up!” Navigating the Outreach and Enrollment Landscape—will focus on what we learned from the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, what to expect and prepare for in the next round of open enrollment, and the latest news, updates and information on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Kaiser Family Foundation Presents ACA Enrollment Efforts Web Briefing

At 1 p.m. ET on Monday, July 28, 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold an interactive web briefing to examine the experiences and lessons of four states — Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington.  Each state established state-based Marketplaces, expanded their Medicaid programs, and successfully enrolled eligible individuals into Medicaid and Marketplace coverage under the ACA.

National Health Center Week (NHCW)

NHCW is less than 3 Weeks Away! Enter your picture or video into the #NHCW2014 contests to show the world how your health center is a local engine for a healthier community!

Community Health Institute and Expo

Early bird registration for the NACHC Community Health Institute (CHI) and Expo ends next week (July 31, 2014). Register today! Not sure if you should attend? Check out the video below to learn more about the CHI.