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Acknowledgement and Action: How Lowell Community Health Center Is Tackling Racism

By Sheila Och, Chief Engagement & Equity Officer; Clare Gunther, Chief Advancement & Communications Officer. Lowell’s employee Equity Advisory Committee also reviewed this blog. To mark our 50th anniversary two years ago, Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) installed a timeline in the lobby of our building, a renovated textile mill building in downtown Lowell, …

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NACHC Raises Concerns About Funding Uncertainty in Pandemic Fight

Community Health Centers recently marked the one year milestone of vaccinating and protecting populations from COVID. With now 21 million vaccines administered, and a documented success of fewer deaths and infections in places where there is a health center, another challenge looms: financial uncertainty. With pandemic federal funding winding down, NACHC is tracking how health …

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Expanding Oral Health Care with Dental Therapists

With more than 61 million people living in areas of the United States designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (Dental HPSAs), it’s important to shine a light on an emerging dental care team provider that is helping community health centers expand access to dental care, the dental therapist. Oral Health in America (NIH 2021) provided …

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All Roads Lead to Equity: CMS Innovation Center Partners with Health Centers for Value-Based Care

By Jerin Philip and Ryan Smith, NACHC staff Recently the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) invited NACHC to speak on recruiting health centers in value-based care (VBC) models. After announcing a new initiative to advance health equity, CMMI kicked off the expert panel with NACHC’s SVP of Public Health Priorities, Ben Money, who described the unique …

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Why Protecting 340B Matters

The 340B Drug Pricing Program makes it possible for Community Health Center patients to afford life-saving medications and is an an essential source of support for health centers to stretch increasingly scarce federal resources and reinvest in patient care. Over the course of the past few years, while health centers have been fighting COVID-19, the program …

Health Center Federal Policy, NACHC Events, Uncategorized

Speakers Offer Insights, Gratitude and Inspiration at the 2022 P & I Forum

One of the unexpected bonuses of the NACHC P & I is that is that it gives health center advocates a bit of a strategy reset as they gather and connect, share greetings over the chat and reflect beyond the struggles of day. The second day of P&I focused on prepping advocates in a Policy …

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NACHC Kicks Off Virtual Policy & Issues Forum

This week hundreds of health center leaders from around the country are gathering virtually to assess the health care policy landscape. Usually the NACHC P & I is an in-person conference that takes place in the nation’s capitol. This year, however, COVID had other plans. Still, this socially distanced conference has attracted a slate of …