National Rural Health Day Arkansas and the rest of the country are celebrating today, Thursday, November 20, as National Rural Health Day. National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related issues; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues. Plans call for National Rural Health Day to become an annual celebration on the third Thursday of each November. Rural communities have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured citizens. With many Community Health Centers located in rural areas, we join with NORSORH to celebrate National Rural Health Day! Read more National Rural Health Day

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Funds to Help Health Centers With to support Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment

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ARcare was one of 210 Community Health Centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to receive funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for establishing or expanding behavioral health services.

ARcare received $250,000 as part of the $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding for behavioral health services. These funds will provide services for nearly 440,000 people nationwide.

Arkansas Health Centers Awarded Funds for HIV/AIDS Care and Medications

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Three Community Health Centers in Arkansas recently received funds to provide core medical and support services to patients living with HIV/AIDS.

ARcare, East Arkansas Family Health Center and Jefferson Comprehensive Care System were awarded funds by the Health and Human Services through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The funds the Arkansas health centers received were part of the $188.2 million given to 351 organizations across the country under Part C Early Intervention Services of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Community Health Centers Facing Funding Cliff

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Community Health Centers in Arkansas and across the nation are facing a funding cliff in the coming months. This requires a sense of urgency, as Community Health Centers play a vital role in providing health care. 

Arkansas Community Health Centers Receive Funds for Extended Services

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The 12 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Arkansas will soon be able to offer more service, as they'll share in $2,770,535 in supplemental funding made available under the Affordable Care Act, as recently announced by the Health and Human Services (HHS).

The funds will help CHCs hire 35 new employees and serve an additional 9,432 patients, according to HHS. With the awards, CHCs will be able to stay open for longer hours or offer new services, such as oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center Receives Governor's Quality Award

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Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, Inc. (BMRHC) was one of 28 organizations to receive an award recently at the 20th annual Governor's Quality Awards ceremony in Little Rock.

BMRHC, which services Searcy, Van Buren, Madison, Newton, Carroll, Stone and Pope counties, received the Challenge Level Award, as did 14 other organizations. 

CHCA Joins Arkansans for Coverage

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Healthcare is no doubt an important issue for every Arkansan. Providing affordable, qualify healthcare is the driving force of Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA).

East Arkansas Family Health Center Receives $250K Award

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East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc. (EAFHC) was one of 147 health centers to be awarded Affordable Care Act funding to support patient-centered medical homs through new construction and facility renovations, as recently announced by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

In all, HHS announced $35.7 million in funding to be given to the health centers. EAFHC will receive $250,000 to go to its patient-centered medical homes efforts.