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Why the Climate Crisis Matters for Health Centers and What We Can Do About It

On August 9th, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released part of its latest assessment report. Global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C will be exceeded during the 21st century unless the world immediately institutes rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the next two decades.  Every additional 0.5°C of global warming causes increasing intensity and frequency of heatwaves and heavy precipitation …

Health Center News, Social Determinants of Health

Leveraging Partnerships to Fight COVID: Neighborhood Health

In the newest episode of our podcast, Health Centers on the Front Lines, we hear from Basim Khan, MD, Executive Director of Neighborhood Health, to get a sense of how he’s shifting his focus to ensure more underserved people are protected from the pandemic.

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Eviction Moratorium Set to Expire

The surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 could not come at a worse time. A federal moratorium on evictions that’s been in place as a public health measure expires this weekend (July 31)  renewing concerns about how to keep people safe in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings that could facilitate …

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Nurse Leader Shares Five Lessons on Breaking Down Barriers to Vaccination

Lesson One: No Wrong Door Mary’s Center’s vaccination program didn’t have an easy start. Like the community we serve, our team was fearful and struggling in the pandemic. Suddenly, there was a vaccine that offered promise to keep us safe, but people were confused and anxious about it. It fell to us to provide information—but …

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COVID’s Ravage Through Rural Georgia

The Delta Variant of the COVID-19 virus is generating a spike in infection rates and deaths across many states, a trend that the Centers for Disease Control is calling a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” With one of the lowest vaccination rates nationwide, Georgia is especially vulnerable. That brings us to Albany Area Primary Health Care …

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Audio-Only Telehealth is Crucial to Patient Health Beyond Pandemic

There is little doubt that the pandemic changed health care delivery. The question is for how long? Audio-only and virtual telehealth allowed Community Health Centers to treat many more vulnerable patients throughout the country during COVID, thanks to flexible federal and state policies that spurred the innovation. But unless lawmakers act to ensure these policies …

Health Center News, Social Determinants of Health

Where to Go for Staff and System Upgrades to Address LGBTQIA+ Health Concerns

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The idea of a welcoming health practice that can address the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ patients seems simple enough, but in reality, it requires a deep level of knowledge and skill. Ask yourself: If a patient comes to your health center asking for an HIV prevention plan with prophylaxis, are your clinicians trained to respond? …

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HHS Secretary Becerra Tours North Carolina Health Center

COVID-19 vaccinations and maternal health were on the mind of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who recently toured the Goodwill campus of the Charlotte Community Health Clinic (CCHC) in North Carolina, along with U.S. Rep Alma Adams, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and community health leaders. The importance of vaccinations …