Author: Marisol Murphy Ballantyne

Health Center News

Supporting Local Providers When Disaster Strikes

In fall 2017 a string of natural disasters, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, devastated Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the wake of these crises, NACHC spoke with health centers, primary care associations, and disaster aid organizations to discuss lessons learned and other takeaways from being in the eye of these …

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Beyond Borders – Responding to Disasters from Afar

The health center model is unique. Community Health Centers offer patients and the community a seat at the table through a board that’s majority—at least 51 percent— patients served by the health center. But it isn’t just the board that represents the local population, often times the health center’s staff does too. It’s this community-focused …

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Heroes at the Center – Managing the Emotional Well-being of Staff Impacted by Natural Disasters

For many, the onslaught of natural disasters during 2017 are still top of mind. Hurricanes pounded islands, floods washed away roads, and wildfires burned down homes. Mother Nature created emergency after emergency, and as many of us watched from afar, looking for opportunities to help, there were Community Health Centers on the ground working to …

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All Communication in Puerto Rico Collapsed

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico it left behind a massive trail of destruction. Whole homes were levied, roads were washed away by floods, the power grid and water table were completely incapacitated, and thousands of Puerto Ricans were displaced – putting many at risk for illness, injury and death. Despite communication and transportation challenges, …

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“It’s just really hitting me now.”

In early October 2017 more than a dozen wildfires broke out in the state of California. Burning simultaneously in eight different northern California counties, the event was called the Northern California Firestorm and burned 245,000 acres and forced 90,000 people from their homes. It also destroyed an estimated 8,900 structures including Santa Rosa Community Health …

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“All plans are good until you hear the first shot, and then everybody panics.”

Hurricane Maria was 2017’s 13th named storm system in the Atlantic Ocean and made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20th having already devastated many islands in the Caribbean. Maria proved to be one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history, destroying the island’s power grid, water supply, homes, and roads. A study released …

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Planning for the Next Disaster – Lessons for Primary Care Associations

A new project by NACHC highlights the challenges, lessons learned, and response by Community Health Centers, PCAs, and other non-profit organizations following the natural disasters in 2017. Listen to the following podcast to learn more.  With hurricane season upon us, Community Health Centers along the coast are likely braced for the worst.  More important, they …

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Engage at Every Age, Older Americans Month

We are always on the lookout for great stories and we stumbled on the one below from a NACHC member, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) just in time to mark Older Americans Month.   EBNHC operates a program called Neighborhood PACE, 1 of 121 PACE programs across the nation and the first in the Bay State.  It serves …

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Good Health is a Community Affair

Happy National Minority Health Month! The theme for #NMHM18, Partnering for Health Equity, highlights partnerships that help reduce health disparities.  As innovators in the health system, Community Health Centers often partner with local and national organizations to ensure patients have a clear pathway to health care.  These collaborations foster programs that address important health issues …

Health Center Advocacy

Community Health Centers: Fighting Health Inequality Everyday

Today many across the country will remember the enduring legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will celebrate all he stood for through acts of kindness and service. Many will remember the lines of his “I Have a Dream” from the 1963 March on Washington. And many today in the health care community are …