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12 Dec
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Future of Franklin: Nonprofit to Transform Elementary School into Health Care Complex

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Many believe the closure of Franklin Elementary hurt their Little Rock neighborhood, but a nonprofit plans to use the empty building to heal it.

Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA) bought the school to transform it into a health care complex.

“This particular model that we’ve created does not exist here, where everything is housed up under one,” said CEO LaShannon Spencer.

Franklin was one of four schools the Little Rock School District shut down at the end of the last school year to cut operating expenses.

In fall 2018, the four-wing building will open as a one-stop shop for primary, dental and vision care.

Spencer said neighborhood organizations like Forever Care could house its claims and call center there, while colleges and universities could offer training and certification opportunities.

“We’re looking at public-private partnerships to help address and eliminate health disparities in Franklin but also the surrounding communities,” she said. “There are facilities not too far from here that do offer health care services free of charge or on a sliding scale, but we’re truly looking to build upon that and to foster those collaborative relationships.”

Spencer also plans to create a community advisory board.

“Where community members will truly have a say in what goes on here within the facility,” she said. “This building, it’s the anchor of the community.”

That’s why CHCA doesn’t plan to change much. The basketball courts, a historical bench, even the Franklin Elementary crest will stay.

“It’s been here for a very, very long time,” said Jessie Smith. “I did raise my children here. I lived here for 32 years.”

Smith was a substitute teacher and bus driver for the school. She hoped her grandchildren would go there.

“I just hate to see that that school is closed down,” she said. “That kind of hurt the community.”

But upon hearing it would become a health care complex, Smith’s spirits lifted, believing that kind of change could do her old neighborhood good.

“It progresses when you put something in action for the progression,” she said.

CHCA will move its headquarters to the new site in the spring.

 

Full Story and Link: http://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/future-of-franklin-nonprofit-to-transform-elementary-school-into-health-care-complex/879572923

 

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05 Dec
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Health Providers Fight Domestic Violence with Pilot Program

Health Care Providers Fight Domestic Violence with Pilot Program

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28 Nov
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Facing “hard decisions” health centers plead for restored funding

The Hill – 

Community health centers are scrambling to make contingency plans as they anxiously wait to see if Congress will renew billions of dollars in federal funding that expired on Sept. 30.

Often situated in medically underserved areas, the health centers provide care to some 26 million of the nation’s most vulnerable people. They’re required to take any patient who seeks care, regardless of whether they can pay.

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28 Nov
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States preparing for children’s health insurance program to run out of funding report

The Hill – by Julian Manchester

Nearly a dozen states are readying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides insurance to low-income children, to run out of funding, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Five states are at risk of running out of funding for their individual programs by late December, according to the report. Other states reportedly have enough money to keep their programs afloat for a few more months at least.
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16 Nov
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Community Health – Creating A Healthy Arkansas- Fall 2017

The second edition of Community Health – Creating A Healthy Arkansas is now available.

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30 Oct
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Bipartisan Lawmakers urge health center funding re authorization

Bipartisan Lawmakers urge health center funding re authorization
– The Hill

“A bipartisan group of more than 150 lawmakers is calling for Congress to reauthorize critical funding for community health centers, which care for some of the nation’s most vulnerable patients.

A noncontroversial part of ObamaCare was the creation of a special trust fund for community health centers, which serve more than 25 million people regardless of their ability to pay for their medical services. The money accounts for 70 percent of federal grant funding for community health centers, and the dollars — reauthorized in 2015 — expired at the end of September.”

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30 Oct
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CHCA CEO LaShannon Spencer honored with Museum of Discovery “Spark!” Award

“Spark! Igniting a Passion for Science, Technology and Math” is the Museum of Discovery’s signature fundraising event. Our interactive museum is the perfect venue for energizing our guests about the same things that energize our 150,000-plus annual visitors every day. Spark! is a unique event – no sit-down dinner, no speeches, just a lot of hands-on science, great food and drinks and small-but-premium live and silent auctions. At Spark! we recognize Arkansans who have had successful careers in fields that required the intensive study of science, technology and math. The event also features “Spark! Attractions,” led by companies and individuals who demonstrate their expertise in science- and technology-related activities. All proceeds directly support the Museum of Discovery’s statewide educational programs.

LaShannon Spencer “always wanted to be a news anchor. … I didn’t think about math, nor science, nor technology.” Until her physician, Dr. Orman Simmons with Cornerstone Clinic for Women, told her, ‘LaShannon, you need to think about medical school. … And as I grew older I understood the significance of why math and science are important. They are part of our everyday experience. Math and science help students understand healthcare careers. That’s what happened to me. Orman Simmons was that inspiration. I remember him praying a prayer, ‘Let this child go into health care.’ That was in the late 1980s or early 1990s, and because of him, I started thinking about health care as a career. When I was getting my undergraduate degree, I started looking at this from a policy perspective. I had access to quality healthcare, but so many didn’t.” That led to a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care policy and then another master’s in health care administration. LaShannon has completed all the course work for her PhD in public health from UNLV, a long journey that also took her to Henderson, Nev., then to southern California before returning to her home state to become CEO of the Community Health Centers of Arkansas.

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16 Oct
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Deep in Trump Country, a Big Stake in Health Care

It’s not every day that Mountain Home, Arkansas is featured in a story from The New York Times. Read more about the health care crisis, and how slashing Medicare/Medicaid funds would impact small town America.

Medical care is the job engine in an area that strongly backed President Trump, and the cloud over the Affordable Care Act has left residents uneasy.

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29 Sep
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CHCA CEO LaShanoon Spencer visits with Roby Brock of Talk Business & Politics

LaShannon Spencer 10.6.17

LaShannon Spencer, CEO of Community Health Centers of Arkansas, discusses the impact of Congressional inaction on health care budgeting.

Posted by Talk Business & Politics-Statewide on Friday, October 6, 2017

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13 Aug
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CHCA launches a new quarterly magazine

Click here to read the latest e-issue of Community Health magazine. The quarterly publication, published by the Community Health Centers of Arkansas, is intended to inform readers of news pertaining to our 11 member health centers and to provide useful information on health care topics and trends.

In summer 2017 issue, we bring you the stories of five community health center visionaries who have championed our cause in various ways. We also take a look at what community health centers are. There is a Q&A with Erma Hillard of the Open Hands Clinic, a column by dietician Pixie King on dealing with a pre-diabetes diagnosis and more.

 

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