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Change is Good — And It’s Coming!

By Angie Stewart

Is your Community Health Center (CHC) prepared for change under the new health care reform law? As the dust settles in the wake of the passage of the new law, health centers need to prepare for all of the changes that will be taking place over the next five years.

A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ,  has already hit the ground running.  They’re helping to grow the pipeline of primary care providers for the future.   They’ve  partnered with NACHC  to create a  School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) and the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH).  Both initiatives are drawing  community-minded applicants with the character and passion to work at a health center.  You can read more on the NACHC Clinical web page and on the A.T. Still’s latest  news release.

Also,  Colorado  is gearing up with a little extra help from the Colorado Health Foundation (Colorado Health).  Grants  will help pay for a  wide range of must-haves, from construction to operating costs.  With this money, in tandem with health reform dollars, Colorado CHCs can absorb their share of the 20 million new patients expected nationwide.

The Michigan Primary Care Association is preparing for these dollars as well. Cherry Street Health Service’s executive director, Chris Shea asserts that the only way to double the number of people served in his area is to “start right now…and think and work more expansively than we ever have in the past.”

How is your Community Health Center preparing for change under the new health care reform law? Respond, and let us know.  Maybe we’ll write about it here!