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Health Centers Helping with ABCS in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Achieving the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022 will take a village.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s just-released Vital Signs report, there is still a lot of work to be done. Nearly 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart …

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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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Responding to a One-Two Punch – USVI One Year After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most devastating in recent history. Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean just weeks after Hurricane Irma had already devastated many of the same islands. Homes were leveled, power grids were destroyed, and thousands of people were displaced. Area health centers set plans in place so that they could …

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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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Honoring Health Center Heroes

We all know that it takes more than a village to care for the 28 million patients who rely on a health center for their care.  It takes a multitude of dedicated health care heroes. In fact, more than 224,000 people work at health centers, including care coordinators, clinicians, community health workers, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, …

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What Makes a Health Center Hero?

The theme of this year’s National Health Center Week, “Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America’s Health Care Heroes,” has got us thinking about all of the ways health centers and their staff go above and beyond to treat the more than 27 million patients they see each year. Did you know that health centers have …

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NHCW Health Center Hero Nominee: Molly McMahon

Nominee: Molly McMahon, LCSW  Organization: Greater Portland Health “Molly McMahon is a gifted clinician and a respected leader who is beloved and trusted by our most vulnerable patients,” writes Renee Fay-LeBlanc, Chief Medical Officer at Greater Portland Health. Whether she is meeting with a new Mainer who is processing severe trauma and torture, a person experiencing …

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NHCW Health Center Hero Nominee: Charles Shorter

Nominee: Charles Shorter Organization: Ryan Health  Charles Shorter is Executive Director of Ryan Health | Adair and Frederick Douglass, two health center sites of Ryan Health,  located in Harlem, NY. Charles has over 25 years of experience dedicated to health and social services, including sixteen years as a staff member of Ryan Health, nine of …