Health Center News

“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 …

Health Center News

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 …

Health Center News

“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 …

Health Center News

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 …

Health Center State Policy

Washington Health Centers Implement New Payment Model

  This post was written by NACHC Summer Intern Madeleline Cole.  Last year, Washington became the second state in the country to implement a capitated Alternative Payment Methodology (APM), a forward-thinking payment model that removes the tie between payment and face-to-face visits and allows health centers greater flexibility in the care and services they provide. …

Health Care News

A Boost for the Primary Care Workforce Pipeline

We are pumped that A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona‘s (ATSU-SOMA’s) work to foster the primary care workforce of tomorrow has been recognized. The university has received a $1,999,650 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) [view press release here]. The funding, which will be …

NACHC Events

NACHC CHI Dispatch from Orlando

The NACHC CHI was off to a running start shortly after the crack of dawn in Florida today.  The continental breakfast in the EXPO Hall was served at 7:30 am and thereafter a flurry of education sessions on wide-ranging topics, from Patient Centered Medical Home recognition to the health impact of human trafficking, took place …

NACHC Events

The 2018 NACHC CHI is Underway in Orlando!

If one walks around the expansive halls of the Hyatt Regency in Orlando the buzz and excitement is palpable. Committee meetings have been gaveled and policy directions in key areas, such as Medicaid, appropriations, substance use, Medicare and 340B have been discussed and mapped out. Health center leaders are rolling up their sleeves and doing …

NACHC Events

Young or Young at Heart: Check Out the YP Track at the 2018 CHI

The Young Professionals Leadership Exchange (YPLE) is gearing up for the 2018 Community Health Institute (informally known as C-H-I or CHI (pronounced like chai tea)), beginning this weekend in Orlando. This year’s CHI will once again feature a Young Professionals track, which will kick-off with the YPLE Reception on Sunday, August 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in …

Health Center News

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, …