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House Leaders Shift Focus to Health Centers and Primary Care

Shasta Community Health Center CEO Dean Germano shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (TX) before the start of the Health Subcommittee Hearing. As a deadline looms, House legislators have turned their attention towards an extension of critical funding for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, and Teaching Health Center program. Recently the …

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Rural Americans Struggle with Access to Care

Many rural Americans are struggling with access to health care, according to a new poll that National Public Radio has done with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The poll focused on everyday life in rural America, including economic security, but it was the findings on health …

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Medicaid Block Grant Plan Gains Momentum in Tennessee

Tennessee legislators have approved legislation to submit a Medicaid block grant plan to the Trump administration. The bill passed last week and now heads to the desk of Governor Bill Lee, who plans to sign it, according to published reports [see Politico story]. The state now has six months to build a formal waiver request …

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A Healer and Advocate in Colorado

It is unfortunate if you have lived on this planet without meeting  Virgilio Licona, MD.  Those of us who have been in the same room with Dr. Licona, as a patient, colleague, or audience to one of his thoughtful speeches about healthcare, well, we just feel grateful to have stood near his shadow.  Dr. Licona has made …

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Improving Oral Health At Home and Abroad

As part of our yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the health center movement we are spending the month of July taking a closer look at some of the faces in the health center world. Today our focus is on a healthcare hero located in rural North Carolina. Dr. Francis Serio of Greene County Health …

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Serving Health Centers Through Community HealthCorps

We’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Community Health Center Movement with a special focus on workforce throughout the month of July. Today we begin with a closer look at Community HealthCorps, the largest health-focused AmeriCorps program founded by NACHC  in 1995 with the mission of improving healthcare access and boosting the health center workforce.  Community HealthCorps …

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Where We Began and How Far We Have Come

To measure how far we have come we first have to look at where Community Health Centers started 50 years ago. It began with a cause, and then an opportunity.  The cause was lack of access to basic healthcare among the poor, and the opportunity was President Lyndon B. Johnson’s major War on Poverty initiatives in the mid 1960s. Doctors Jack Geiger …

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In Bridgeport a Humble Start with a Big Finish

In Connecticut nearly 40 years ago Optimus Health Care, Inc. (formally known as Bridgeport Community Health Center) was founded by a group of civic-minded individuals committed to the goal of starting a healthcare home in their neighborhood. It was not going to be easy.   The site was located in an apartment house where pigeons were roosting in …

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All Things Healthcare Update

We plan to continue blog postings about the 50th Anniversary for June focusing on the theme of “How Far We Have Come.” We will be looking at health centers that have made a long journey from humble beginnings, such as church basements, neighborhood storefronts or small trailers, into now dynamic health delivery systems showcasing what is possible in community health.  Telling …