Author: Amy Simmons Farber

Health Care News

Veterans Get More Options for Care

As a result of the MISSION Act signed into law last year with bipartisan support, the Veterans Administration has established the Veterans Community Care Program, which will offer veterans expanded care options from non-VA providers including Community Health Centers. Under the new program, veterans facing a wait of 20 days or more, or who must …

Health Center News

$100 Million Telehealth Initiative Unveiled at VA Health Center

High-tech innovation can happen in the unlikeliest places. Take, for instance, Laurel Fork, Virginia, where the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), visited Tri-Area Community Health Center to unveil a $100 million telehealth initiative. Commissioner Brendan Carr said the Connected Care Pilot Program will support telehealth for low-income Americans across the country, including those living …

Health Center News

Health Center Leader Recognized for Efforts after California Wildfire

Every once in a while we like to shine a light on a health center leader who demonstrates resilience when confronted with a challenge. One such person is Gabriela Bernal-Leroi, Chief Operating Officer for Santa Rosa Community Health (SRCH). In the fall of 2017, a massive wildfire ravaged Northern California, forcing 90,000 people from their …

Health Care News

Rural Americans Struggle with Access to Care

Many rural Americans are struggling with access to health care, according to a new poll that National Public Radio has done with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The poll focused on everyday life in rural America, including economic security, but it was the findings on health …

Health Care News

Addressing America’s Maternal Health Crisis

Today’s guest blog post is by NACHC intern Eskedar Girmash. We asked NACHC staff to describe their mothers. Responses included: brave, strong, kind, funny, selfless, young spirited, and loving. Mothers are an integral part of our lives and we’re excited to celebrate them this coming Sunday. Along with the observance of Mother’s Day, we would …

Health Center State Policy

Medicaid Block Grant Plan Gains Momentum in Tennessee

Tennessee legislators have approved legislation to submit a Medicaid block grant plan to the Trump administration. The bill passed last week and now heads to the desk of Governor Bill Lee, who plans to sign it, according to published reports [see Politico story]. The state now has six months to build a formal waiver request …

Health Center News

Thoughts on National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (April 7-13th) has us ruminating about the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges and bring about positive change in the lives of others. It could be said that Community Health Centers sprang into existence thanks to the spirit and energy of dedicated volunteers and activists. More than 50 years ago …

Health Center News

National Rural Health Day & The Providers

With National Rural Health Day upon us, it is fitting that we talk about the providers in rural areas who work hard to deliver care in communities where there is a higher incidence of chronic disease.  Nearly half — 44 percent — of Community Health Centers are located in rural areas. In many cases, these …

NACHC Events

Notes From The NACHC P & I Federal Update

It was a great day for attendees at today’s NACHC General Session.  George Sigounas, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a funding opportunity of $200 million for health centers to boost access to high-quality integrated behavioral health services, including prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including …