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The Power of Creativity for Healing

NACHC has invested in a unique webinar series that shines a light on the ways art and creativity can enhance healing in the Community Health Center setting and recharge care teams. As our Senior Fellow Grace Wang, MD, MPH, FAAFP, says: “It’s important to give the part of our brain that’s overused an opportunity to rest.” …

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2023 Innovation Resolutions: Leveraging Existing Strengths to Innovate 

This post is part of NACHC’s monthly Innovation Blog Series hosted by NACHC’s Center for Community Health Innovation (CCHI).  As the new year starts, we are pushed to create resolutions that will make our lives different, better. But sometimes we forget that who we are is enough. That same mentality can be translated into our …

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Know a Potential Health Center Healer? Invite Them to Become a Hometown Scholar

NACHC’s Dr. Don Weaver with ATSU Hometown Scholars – all community healers and heroes   We have a shortage In May 2022, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released an advisory that put the healthcare workforce shortage in dire terms: “There is a projected shortage of more than 3 million essential health workers in the next five …

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Social Drivers vs. Social Determinants: Using Clear Terms

NACHC is adopting the term “social drivers of health” in lieu of “social determinants of health,” as it more accurately describes the ability policymakers, communities, and individuals have to affect change on the factors negatively impacting health and well-being.

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Getting Ready for the Year Ahead: Celebrating and Supporting Health Center Boards

Board meeting

Boards govern health centers and play an important role in establishing a center’s strategic direction in partnership with the CEO, approving key policies, and providing oversight in various areas such as finance and clinical quality.

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Sixteenth Street Meets Patient Needs with the Help of 340B

This post is part of NACHC’s 340B Blog Series. The 340B Drug Pricing Program is an essential source of support for Community Health Centers, allowing them to stretch increasingly scarce federal resources and reinvest in patient care. Learn more about 340B and read other blogs in the series. Elizabeth Linderbaum is NACHC’s Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs. Sixteenth …

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Q&A with Dr. John Hatch, Health Center Pioneer

Dr. John W. Hatch is a nationally known public health leader and pillar of the Community Health Center Movement. His life’s work has focused on creating a more equitable healthcare system for all, especially people marginalized by institutional and systemic racism.

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It’s Here! Medicaid Redeterminations – What’s Next?

(Photo Courtesy: Urban Health Plan in Bronx, NY) At the end of 2022, the federal spending package by Congress included a provision that uncoupled the Medicaid continuous enrollment with the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Medicaid continuous enrollment was a requirement put in place during the pandemic to prevent Medicaid beneficiaries from losing coverage during …

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A Year in Review on Climate Change and Environmental Health

2022 was a year marked with awareness and activism on climate change and environmental health. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II released their Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability last February, which stressed that climate events are becoming more prevalent and unpredictable with urgent need to …

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The Secret of Community Health Centers? They Deliver Superior Outcomes

By Robert L. Murry, PHD, MD, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer of NextGen Healthcare.  Community Health Centers—U.S. Health Care Done Right With so much talk about how the U.S. health care system is spending more but achieving poorer outcomes, it’s good to know there are some bright spots. Near the top of the list of U.S. healthcare gems are Community Health Centers—otherwise known as …