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.

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"

Every 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.  


The 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.






Interested in working at a Community Health Center?


MNACHC has job postings for FQHCs all around Minnesota!  Check out the job postings here.


National Health Service Corps


The National Health Service Corps is a great way to contribute to your community while receiving help in paying off your student loans.  Visit the NHSC website here for more information.


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