Author: Amy Simmons Farber

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Hurricane Michael and Health Centers

We want to bring you up to date on what we know so far about Community Health Centers that were in the path of Hurricane Michael.  Conditions on the ground in and around the disaster zone have made it challenging to get information about recovery from the storm, which five days ago cut a destructive …

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is always a busy month for Community Health Centers as they ramp up efforts to reach out to America’s underserved and promote the importance of breast cancer screenings for early detection of breast cancer.    In 2015, the latest year for which incidence data are available, 242,476 new cases of breast cancer were reported among …

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The Surgeon General’s Report on Opioids

A few developments worth highlighting in our nation’s ongoing war against opioid use disorder.  The U.S. Surgeon General has released a report, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids.”  Among other things, the report calls for a cultural shift in the way we talk about the public health crisis and recommends actions …

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A Few Words About October

What a difference a year makes.  On this exact day 1 year ago the primary care funding cliff took effect and Community Health Centers were launched into uncertainty.  Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF), opening the door to crippling service interruptions for patients and confusion in health systems across …

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Update on Health Centers In the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

NACHC has been closely following the developments in the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Florence and we are still patching together field reports from various sources.  Widespread flooding is still being reported in North and South Carolina, making transportation and emergency medical aid difficult.  Continued flooding is expected through the week. According to a dispatch from …

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A Boost for the Primary Care Workforce Pipeline

We are pumped that A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona‘s (ATSU-SOMA’s) work to foster the primary care workforce of tomorrow has been recognized. The university has received a $1,999,650 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) [view press release here]. The funding, which will be …

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NACHC CHI Dispatch from Orlando

The NACHC CHI was off to a running start shortly after the crack of dawn in Florida today.  The continental breakfast in the EXPO Hall was served at 7:30 am and thereafter a flurry of education sessions on wide-ranging topics, from Patient Centered Medical Home recognition to the health impact of human trafficking, took place …

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The 2018 NACHC CHI is Underway in Orlando!

If one walks around the expansive halls of the Hyatt Regency in Orlando the buzz and excitement is palpable. Committee meetings have been gaveled and policy directions in key areas, such as Medicaid, appropriations, substance use, Medicare and 340B have been discussed and mapped out. Health center leaders are rolling up their sleeves and doing …

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NHCW Health Care Hero Nominee: Katie Steele

Nominee: Katie Steele Organization: Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers Katie Steele is the Pharmacy Manager and Clinical Pharmacist at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers at one of their locations in Newberg, Oregon. She arrived at the clinic at a time when it was forced to shut down their 340B pharmacy, a move which deeply impacted their patient …

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Tools for Building a Health Center Workforce

We regularly invite writers to share ideas and topics helpful to the health center community.  Today’s guest blog post is by Shannen Camarena, Marketing Coordinator, UST Community Health Centers nationwide face common challenges like recruiting and retaining workforce.  According to a NACHC report, 95 percent of all health centers have a clinical staff vacancy and …