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



Ed Sessions, Keynote Speakers, The Latest on the CHI

CHI ProgramThe final program has gone to the printer and the Community Health Institute (CHI) & Expo is just around the corner! The national conference of health center leaders takes place in sunny San Diego.  This year’s theme, America’s Health Centers: Adding Value to the Healthcare Equation, emphasizes  health centers’ continued efforts to sustain and deliver on their successful track record while navigating an ever evolving healthcare environment.

The conference will be full of education sessions, that include a range of topics, such as clinical, management, and policy.  There are also opportunities to network with peers, hear from experts, and  learn the latest update from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Also, on the agenda will be Peer-to-Peer Networking Sessions. These 90 minute education sessions are designed to be interactive, small-group learning experiences where participants can exchange ideas and network on issues that are relevant to health centers. We are also bringing back the T3  (Timely Twenty-Minute Tips) sessions. These 20 minute trainings present quick and easy tips, ideas, and best practices that health centers can learn today to implement tomorrow.

Attendees will also get to hear from Keynote Speaker Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President and CEO. Under his stewardship,  Direct Relief has provided cash grants of more than $35 million and furnished more than $2 .2 billion essential medicines, equipment, and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and in all 50 state.  Direct Relief, which operates the largest nonprofit charitable medicines program,  has been a lifeline for health centers battered by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, deadline tornados and wildfires, providing them with grants,  medical supplies and other assistance.

Also speaking during a general session at the CHI will be Peter V. Long, Ph.D., President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. Dr. Long has served in leadership roles at both the Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment and has an extensive background in health policy working on issues affecting underserved communities at the state, national, and global levels.

And of course there is always the opportunity to win great prizes at the CHI. This year attendees can again enjoy a good game of “NACHCopoly” while networking with colleagues and exhibitors at the CHI Expo. Another way to win is to join the online conversation using the #NACHCchi14 hashtag. The more times you Tweet the better your chances to win an American Express gift card. You can also win by playing the UHC Solutions sponsored “Snap and Post” contest. Look for the magician photo cutout at the CHI reception, snap a photo with a friend and tweet it using the #NACHCchi14 hashtag.

Stay tuned for more information on the CHI! Haven’t registered yet? Register today! 

This Week in Community Health

What the Funding Cliff Means for Health Centers

Blogger Elizabeth Levy writes, “Diverting funds from Community Health Centers and local health departments takes money from prevention and will lead to more people having to rely on costly emergency services.”

For Better Treatment, Doctors and Patients Share the Decisions (NPR)

A new initiative at Mass General in Boston is focusing on making risk more understandable to patients in order to better involve them in the shared decision making.

Innovation in the Safety Net: Integrating Community Health Centers Through Accountable Care (The Commonwealth Fund)

According to a national survey, 28 percent of accountable care organizations (ACOs) have teamed up with Community Health Centers, an indication that these safety-net providers are viewed by ACOs as valuable partners. ACOs with Community Health Centers have greater experience implementing  reforms like care management programs, public reporting, and risk‐sharing, which may prove helpful in meeting ACOs’ goals of improving quality, cost performance, and population health.

The Wealth Gap is Growing, But Poor Women See One Improvement: Healthier Newborns (Washington Post)

Improved access to care is a factor in low-income pregnant women giving birth to healthier babies. According to the Post: “While other economic and health disparities have widened, giving way to huge national debates about inequality, pregnant women at the lowest rung of the nation’s economic ladder are bucking that trend. They have narrowed the gap with wealthier women in the health of their babies.”

ACA Creates Residencies for Doctors in South Florida Health Centers (Miami Herald)

The ACA established training grants for primary-care physicians to address the shortage of doctors nationwide. “The money given to CHI is part of a package of $83.4 million in grants nationwide to train new primary-care doctors in the coming year under the Teaching Health Center Program, which expands residency training for medical students in community-based settings. CHI and other organizations must apply for the grants every year.”

Loss of Funding Could Close Michigan Community Health Centers (Public News Service)

Nationally and statewide, community health centers are peering over the edge of a funding cliff, despite more than 700,000 Michiganders annually using their services.

NACHC Introduces New Outreach and Enrollment Webinar Series

A new, free webinar series—“Sign me up!” Navigating the Outreach and Enrollment Landscape—will focus on what we learned from the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, what to expect and prepare for in the next round of open enrollment, and the latest news, updates and information on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Kaiser Family Foundation Presents ACA Enrollment Efforts Web Briefing

At 1 p.m. ET on Monday, July 28, 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold an interactive web briefing to examine the experiences and lessons of four states — Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington.  Each state established state-based Marketplaces, expanded their Medicaid programs, and successfully enrolled eligible individuals into Medicaid and Marketplace coverage under the ACA.

National Health Center Week (NHCW)

NHCW is less than 3 Weeks Away! Enter your picture or video into the #NHCW2014 contests to show the world how your health center is a local engine for a healthier community!

Community Health Institute and Expo

Early bird registration for the NACHC Community Health Institute (CHI) and Expo ends next week (July 31, 2014). Register today! Not sure if you should attend? Check out the video below to learn more about the CHI.

“Sign Me Up!” NACHC introduces new Outreach and Enrollment webinar series

Open enrollment is just around the corner and Community Health Centers continue to be on the forefront of educating the uninsured about their options and signing them up for coverage. Following last year’s enrollment period, NACHC and its partners have worked with health center staff on the ground to explore lessons learned, best practices and strategies to assist with outreach and enrollment (O&E).

Picture1A new, free webinar series—“Sign me up!” Navigating the Outreach and Enrollment Landscape—will focus on what we learned from the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, what to expect and prepare for in the next round of open enrollment, and the latest news, updates and information on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Participants will hear from speakers who are O&E staff from both expansion and non-expansion states, and other federal officials.

The first webinar in the series is “Connecting Kids and Teens with Free and Low-cost Coverage” and will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST. Children and teens can enroll in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) all year round and this webinar will showcase the creative and innovative outreach efforts and strategies currently being deployed to get kids and teens signed up. Webinar attendees will also hear about leveraging the back-to-school season to reach their local community, as well as learn about free materials and resources available to help with outreach.

Featured speakers

Donna Cohen Ross
Director of Enrollment Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement
Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services

Colleen McCauley, RN, BSN, MPH
Health Policy Director
Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Liz Tansey
CHC Outreach and Enrollment Training Coordinator
Covering Kids and Families Project at the Colorado Community Health Network

Click here to register. Stay tuned to our blog and follow the #navigateOE on Twitter to hear more about future webinars in this series.