NACHC Gets Ready for Back to School

Employees at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) got into the back-to-school spirit recently by donating school supplies to the Building Hope Inc. school supplies drive. NACHC’s Community Service Committee (CSC) collected, donated, and sorted backpacks, crayons, color pencils, binders and much more for the organization.  The effort was led by CSC Chair and Founder Sanetra Mitchell, NACHC’s Accounts Payable Manager.

This latest effort was not the first time Mitchell and her colleagues on CSC have successfully organized service drives.  They have also collected coats and blankets for the homeless during the cold winter months, collected Christmas gifts for the local pediatric center, and served up Thanksgiving dinner to the needy.  During a NACHC conference in New Orleans,  CSC also organized busloads of employees to St. Bernard Parish to help rebuild homes flooded after Hurricane Katrina.

CSC has many projects lined up for the coming months.  They are planning to collect baby supplies for  a local health center’s patients, as well as  start winter coat drive for children.  There is also a toiletry drive in the works for a local homeless shelter.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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The 2014 CHI App will Enhance Your Conference Experince!

photo 1photo 2The new and improved mobile application for the 2014 Community Health Institute and Expo is officially available for download via the Apple and Google App stores. The app makes following #NACHCchi14 on Twitter, registering for education sessions, and creating your own personal calendar of workshops is as easy as pushing a button.

Instructions on how to download this free app for Android, Apple, and Blackberry users are as follows:

 

 

How to locate and download the App for the Google Play Store:

Locate:

1. Launch the Google Play Store

2. Search the Event name NACHC CHI 2014 (partial search supplies better results)

3. Tap the event App icon/listing

Download:

1. Tap the Install button

2. Enter Google ID Password and click OK

3. Tap the Accept & Download button

4. App begins downloading and displays on your phone

 

How to locate and download the App for Apple:

Locate:

1. Launch the App Store

2. Search the Event name NACHC CHI 2014 (partial search supplies better results)

3. Tap the event App icon/listing

Download:

1. Tap the Free button (changes to ‘Install App’)

2. Tap Install App

3. Enter Apple ID Password and click OK

4. App begins downloading and displays on your phone

See you in San Diego!

National Health Center Week Day 4

Day four of National Health Center Week 2014 was capped off by very uplifting remarks by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  Burwell spoke during yesterday’s NACHC Teleforum and was joined by health center leaders, and NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden. In her remarks Secretary Burwell noted that she  hears a constant refrain about how important health centers are in the U.S. delivery system. Calling health centers “game changers” Burwell also noted that one in 15 Americans now use health centers as their primary care medical home. She added:

“It is my sincere hope that as we work together we will make every week National Health Center Week in terms of what it means to the American people.  Thank you for everything you are doing to get patients covered. You are the anchors of both access and quality on an everyday basis.”

Mary Wakefield, PhD, Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration, also praised the work of health centers in providing quality care while simultaneously taking on new responsibilities, such as connecting patients and communities with affordable coverage options. She noted that more than six million people have learned about insurance options and enrolled thanks to their work.  Even while helping to reduce the ranks of the uninsured health centers have continued to meet or exceed national average clinical quality measures and are offering new services.  Most important, Wakefield said that 54 percent of health centers have at least one site recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Wakefield saved her most eloquent remarks for last, closing with the following observation:

“I think a few years from now when the history is written about how the United States opened its doors to health care services in this country for more of its citizens, and how we here in the United States did the incredibly hard work of building a health care system that was accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of their zip code, or regardless of the balance in their bank account or regardless of the status of their health.  I think when generations from now look back at what needed to be accomplished, and then what was accomplished, it is clear that your work will be recognized as having been absolutely central to these achievements.”

The teleforum call was one of 1,500 events taking place across the country. Stay tuned to this blog for more developments.

Exciting Start to National Health Center Week

Im Attending NHCW square1 2014It’s the Monday of National Health Center Week 2014 (NHCW) and so much has happened already we hardly know where to begin.  The excitement started early this morning at the White House where President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation marking this week as NHCW.   Our favorite quote:

“What started as an experiment to expand the promise of health security today delivers quality care across America — at prices people can afford, with the dignity and respect they deserve. This week, we recognize the importance of health centers and the critical support they provide to communities that need it most. Let us celebrate the progress health centers have helped us achieve and build on this foundation as we work to expand access to affordable care.”

And how could it be NHCW without unveiling new facts and figures to help make the case about the value of health centers?  NACHC has released new infographics and data showing how health centers generate a “ripple effect” of economic benefits as well as improved public health while serving 23 million patients or one in 15 people living in the United States.  Health center leaders can also help spread the word on social media with cool new badges highlighting the facts.

Stay tuned for more reports about NHCW and don’t forget to follow the #NHCW2014 hashtag to join the conversation and hear what others are saying.

This Week in Community Health

Community Health Centers in Lubbock Kickoff Statewide Health Center Funding Cliff Campaign (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

Executive Director and General Counsel for the Texas Association of Community Health Centers Joe Camacho highlights the looming health center funding cliff.  He notes, “Some of the funding ends and health centers face about a 40 percent cut. Health centers face an enormous challenge over the next 18 months to continue to serve the millions of patients we serve statewide.”

National Health Center Week is upon on us!

The stories about #NHCW2014 are pouring in! Check out the news section of the National Health Center Week website to see if a story has been written about your event and be sure to send any additional coverage to us using this form.

Ed Sessions, Keynote Speakers, the Latest on the CHI

The Community Health Institute & Expo is quickly approaching. Here’s the latest on why you should attend, speakers and learning opportunities offered at the CHI.  Register today! #NACHCchi14