SAVE THE DATE Many Faces of Community Health Conference 2017
The Many Faces of Community Healthy Conference will be held October 26-27, 2017. Join us to learn about the impact of health care reforms, ways to advance health equity, and how to apply best practices to the delivery of primary care to the disadvantaged. Check out our website for updates!
Coming up: UDS Training, December 2017
A Roadmap for Population Health Management: Getting Started with Social Determinants Data
More information can be found on the flyer. Click here to register.
New job posting at MNACHC, open until filled:
Director of Public Policy @ MN Association of Community Health Centers, Minneapolis (10-2017)
NHSC S2S Loan Repayment Application Cycle Opens in August
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least three years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. Sign up now to receive notice when the application opens. (Note: This is a correction to an earlier version of this article that incorrectly listed second-year dental students as eligible; only students in their final year of medical or dental school are eligible to apply.)
Learn more about Community Health Centers (CHCs)
Who are Minnesota's CHS (click here for list)? View the 4 videos MNACHC developed that highlight the ongoing need for access to health care and the role that Minnesota's community health centers play in addressing the need. Click on the links below to see the videos.
In the News The Clock Ran Out on CHC Funding
Patricia Ruiz de Somocucio of the American Cancer Society penned an opinion piece for the Star Tribune, asking the Minnesota delegation to rapidly reinstate federal funding of community health centers. Read
the full story here.
In the News Federal Health Care Funding for Uninsured and Low-income Children Set to Expire 9/30/2017
Closing in on the end of the federal fiscal year, community health centers
and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) faced going over a funding
cliff unless Congress took action to reauthorize funding. The Star Tribune's
Glenn Howatt wrote about the impacts to safety-net health care without this
crucial funding. Read
the full story here.
In the News How Congress Can Move Forward After Graham-Cassidy
The Star Tribune's editorial board highlighted the acute need for Congress to
reauthorize funding for community health centers and the Children's Health
Insurance Program (CHIP). Read
the full story here.
In the News Putting Community Back into Community Health
During National Health Center Week (August 13-19, 2017), the Duluth News Tribune ran an editorial written by Dayle Patterson of Lake Superior Community Health Center, reporting on the crucial role community health centers play in providing care to our most vulnerable populations across the country and in Minnesota. Read the full story here.
In the News Safety Net Clinics in Minnesota Face Loss of Federal Funds
In July 2017, Glenn Howatt of the Star Tribune wrote: "As Congress debates health care, $27 million in federal aid for state's rural and needy is in jeopardy. Cutbacks and closures could follow." Congress has until September 30, 2017 to act to extend this critical funding. Read the full story here.
In the News NorthPoint Staff Recipients of Delta Dental of MN Foundation's Community Health Spirit Award
Congratulations to NorthPoint's CHW Judith Garcia and dental hygienist Lesley Tuomi who received Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation's Ann K. Johnson-MN Community Health Spirit Award! Read the full story here.
In the News Hennepin Health's Outreach Efforts Improve Health While Saving Money
Hennepin Health, and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, a key partner in the program, made the news in Saturday’s StarTribune, with this article on improving health outcomes and reducing costs by assisting patients with housing and employment. Read the full story here.
In the News 150 ER Visits in a Year? Minnesota Officials Get Alerts About 'High-use' Patients
Dr. Kari Rabie, Medical Director at Native American Community Clinic, is quoted in a Star Tribune article about the Minnesota Restricted Recipient program. Read the full story here.
In the News Health Care for Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers: Caring for the Underserved
Kristi Halvarson, Executive Director of Community Health Service Inc., published an article in the Minnesota Physician about the care they are providing to the migrant and seasonal farmworker populations in their communities. Read the article in the November 2016 issue here.
In the News Using Data to Track Patients, Twin Cities Clinics Save Millions While Improving Care
The StarTribune's Glen Howatt published an article on how health centers in the
metro are using patient data to not only measure the quality of care they are
providing, but improve outcomes and save money. Read
the story here.
In the News MNACHC Members and Staff Featured in Minnesota Physician Magazine's "100 Influential Minnesota Health Care Leaders"
four years, the Minnesota Physician magazine names “100 Influential
Minnesota Health Care Leaders” based on nominations from the
publication’s readers. According to the publication, the list
represents “a cross section of the breadth
and depth of Minnesota’s health care delivery system, from clinical
care to health care policy to administration and management.” Among
those recognized include Rita Plourde, Dr. Patrick Rock, and Rhonda Degelau! See August 2016 issue here.
In the News Northpoint Health and Wellness Plans for Expansion
The StarTribune includes an article on the upcoming redevelopment
of the Plymouth/Penn intersection in north Minneapolis. Thor
Construction, the state’s largest minority-owned business, and Hennepin
County have partnered to
make this project possible, with Hennepin County contributing $67
million to fund a major expansion of NorthPoint’s campus. The project
also includes plans for a new 4-story building to house Thor
Construction’s headquarters, street-level retail space, and
a new parking deck. Read the article here.
project is expected to revitalize the corridor, bring new employment
opportunities to the neighborhood, and expand access to NorthPoint’s
services for the growing numbers of people seeking care. Read the story here.
In the News Lake Superior Community Health Center Celebrates Health Center Week
Dayle Patterson, CEO and Courtney Swalboski, HR Coordinator talk to WDIO News about their upcoming Health Center week celebration plans. See the story here.
In the News Former Health Center Patient Returns as Pharmacist
Kim Tran first encountered Community University Health Care Center as a small child in the early 1990s when her family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam. Her experiences at CUHCC inspired her to pursue a career in health care: she is now a PharmD and on staff at CUHCC. Many of you also heard her tell her story at the October 2015 Many Faces conference. Read her story here. For more health center news, visit our "News & Events" tab.
HRSA Site Visit Resources
Information on HRSA Site Visits for 2017 can be found on MNACHC's "Member Resources" page.
Community Health Center Job Openings in Minnesota FQHCs
Working at a Community Health Center" lists openings at MNACHC member clinics. Many of these community clinic jobs are eligible for federal and state loan repayment for health professionals.
National Health Service Corp - NHSC Students to Service Program Will Open in Fall of 2017
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical students (MD and DO) in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years or half time for at least 6 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. http://www.nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/studentstoserviceprogram/index.html