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The 2018 Midterm Elections: What We Know Now and What it Means for Health Centers in the Year Ahead

After one of the more highly anticipated elections in quite some time, we finally know what the political landscape will look like in 2019: Democrats  are taking back the House of Representatives and Republicans will maintain control in the Senate. Democrats will hold at least 231 seats in the House (a gain of 36 seats) …

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With New Guidance, Possible Changes to Health Insurance Marketplaces Loom

The Trump Administration recently issued new guidance that drastically changes the degree to which states can seek federal approval to make reforms to their health insurance marketplaces. Just as the country has entered the sixth open enrollment period, more changes to coverage options are likely to emerge in the near future as a result of …

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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 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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NHCW Health Center Hero Nominee: Martha Ayano

Nominee: Martha Ayano, NP Organization: Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Martha Ayano was nominated by Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC) Assistant Medical Director Dr. Joe Panerio-Langer and many of her colleagues at BNHC. Her nomination centers around her tireless work with the homeless population. Ayano, lovingly dubbed with the nickname “Martha Theresa,” is the sole provider at BNHC’s …

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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 …

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Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. An estimated 50% of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  That is why breaking down barriers to provide accessible, affordable, and community-based primary care for behavioral health is …

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Trump Administration Issues Final Rule on Association Health Plans

The Trump Administration issued a final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs), which was proposed earlier this year.  This is the first rule finalized after President Trump issued an Executive Order last year to “promote health care choice and competition” in the insurance market.  This final rule amends The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) …

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Transforming Care for Pregnant Moms and Babies

As a nurse midwife, Sharon Rising found that she often struggled to create a connection with her patients because the constraints of each  appointments made meaningful interaction difficult.   Yet she also knew as a health professional that such connection is necessary for providers to understand life events that can influence health of each patient – …