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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 …

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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 …

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The 2019 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum Kicks Off Today

We’re just a few hours into the 2019 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum (P&I) and already there’s been a frenzy of activity. Thousands of health center advocates have arrived and there’s a heightened buzz of excitement about making a fresh case to Capitol Hill lawmakers about the value of Community Health Centers. To get the …

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Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On this special day of remembrance for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we find ourselves also thinking about how Community Health Centers came into existence as part of a “ripple effect” from the Civil Rights Movement.  A group of civil rights activists descended upon rural Mississippi to register voters as part Freedom Summer.  What they …

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NACHC Launches Mental Health First Aid Programs with Americares

NACHC recently partnered with Americares to increase access to Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for health center employees across the country. The MHFA initiative could not come at a more critical time for health centers. Patient visits for behavioral health services, including mental health and substance use disorders, have grown by 83% since 2010. …

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Our Round Up of the Year 2018: Resilience

It has been a year of trials and tribulations for Community Health Centers but our theme for the year is “Resilience.” Health centers have more than five decades of experience confronting setbacks and threats and emerging stronger than ever.  The  pattern remains unbroken in 2018.  A brief funding cliff ushered in the New Year before …

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Same Day Billing Policies Affect Health Centers and Patients

Community Health Centers have a long-standing and proud tradition of providing patient-centered care.  That means a patient’s individual needs and health outcomes drive clinical decisions.  A key feature of how many health centers accomplish that task is through the integration of primary care and behavioral health.  Health check-ups in the exam room focus on both …

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Health Center Staff Join Forces to Tackle Active Shooter/Active Killer Scenarios

Active shooter situations often start and end quickly – generally about 10 to 15 minutes elapse between the start of an event and when law enforcement arrives. For this reason, mental and physical preparation are key. Earlier this month, NACHC partnered with Black Hawk Emergency Management Group, LLC, an organization specializing in disaster prevention and …

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Celebrating Healthy Meals During Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving holiday nearly upon us, cooking healthy meals is on our minds.  That brought us to Mary’s Center, a health center in Washington, D.C.  Mary’s Center is no ordinary health center.  The site we visited in the neighborhood of Fort Totten (one of 8 locations) opened just two years ago and operates a  …