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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 – …

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A Food Desert in Ohio Welcomes a New Grocery Store, Thanks to a Community Health Center

If you want fresh foods on your table, open your own grocery store.  That is what happened in Franklinton, Ohio, on the West side of Columbus, in a community that struggled as a food desert until Lower Lights Christian Health Center opened the Jubilee Market and Cafe.  The health center started the nonprofit grocery store …

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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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A Potential Shutdown: How Did We Get Here and What Does it Mean?

How did we get here? As of Friday afternoon, Congress still hasn’t agreed upon a Continuing Resolution (CR) that can pass both Houses of Congress and prevent the federal government from shutting down. Thursday evening, the House passed a CR that would keep the government’s doors open through February 16th. The House-passed bill provides a …