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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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08 Feb
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CHCA Launches new commercials

Tuesday, February 7, CHCA launched a new video series during the Fox/CW special program, “Arkansas Hidden History: Honoring Black History.” The segments feature real clinicians, physicians, patients, nurses, etc. from community health centers in Arkansas. They will promote awareness about what community health centers do by featuring real people in real communities. Additional segments will air on Saturday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 25 at 4 p.m. – stay tuned to catch one of our new videos from the series on your television!

In case you missed it or don’t have a television or cable – enjoy this video from the series featuring Kajuandria, a nurse practitioner from East Arkansas Family Health Center!

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25 Aug
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Community Health Centers Receive Funding for HIV/AIDS Services

Three community health centers in Arkansas recently received grant awards totaling more than $1 million to help improve healthcare and support services for patients living with HIV/AIDS.

Two of those community health centers – East Arkansas Family Health Center and Jefferson Comprehensive Care System – are members of Community Health Centers of Arkansas, the state’s primary care association. Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, which is headquartered in Pine Bluff, received $633,941, while East Arkansas Family Health Center – headquarted in West Memphis – received $284,415 in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services funding.

“The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays an instrumental role in the United States’ public health response to HIV,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a news release. “These grants will ensure that Americans living with HIV/AIDS will have lifesaving access to the care and treatment needed for optimal health outcomes.”

Also according to the news release, the Health Resources and Services Administration oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides a cohesive system of care that includes primary medical care, drug assistance, education and training, and a number of other essential support services. The program reaches over 50 percent of people living with diagnosed HIV infection in the United States.

Under Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, approximately $186.6 million was awarded across the country to 346 local, community-based organizations to provide core medical and support services to people living with HIV. Additionally, 48 organizations were awarded approximately $4.3 million in Part C Capacity Development grants.

ARcare, another community health center in the state – which has a home office in Augusta – received $274,837.

Click here for a complete list of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Grant Award recipients.

Community Health Centers of Arkansas is a member organization of federally qualified health centers in 53 counties across Arkansas that strives to provide primary care to all Arkansans. To learn more about community health centers in Arkansas and to find one near you, click here.

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08 Apr
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East Arkansas Family Health Center Forms Partnerships to Help Patients Get Proper Vaccinations

East Arkansas Family Health Center (EAFHC), one of Community Health Centers of Arkansas’ 11 member organizations across the state, has recently formed a partnership with the Arkansas chapter of American College of Physicians and Walgreens to help increase flu shots and other immunizations among adults in Arkansas as part of the ACP’s I Raise the Rates initiative.

This partnership came about during National Influenza Vaccination Week, and by joining the I Raise the Rates program, EAFHC will make sure that all of their adult patients receive recommended vaccines.

“Our patients deserve to be protected from the flu, pneumonia, shingles and other vaccine-preventable illnesses,” said Dr. Susan Ward-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of EAFHC. “We are proud to work with the ACP to help our patients.”

Walgreens has donated 600 influenza vouchers that can be redeemed at any of its pharmacy locations in Arkansas to assist participating physicians in vaccinating patients who may not be able to afford a flu shot.

“The donation from Walgreens will really help my physician colleagues participating in the I Raise the Rates program to protect all of their patients from the flu and keep them healthy,” said Dr. Omar Atiq, Governor of the ACP Arkansas organization and oncologist from Pine Bluffs. “Many people do not realize the risk posed by the flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, especially to older individuals and patients with heart disease, emphysema, and cancer. Vaccines can help prevent illness, pain, hospitalizations, and death from the flu, pneumonia, shingles and others.”

I Raise the Rates is a multi-state program, supported by Pfizer, Inc., that helps physicians and their health care teams increase immunizations among their patients. ACP physicians and other health care providers across Arkansas, along with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, are working on this program. Over the next year, health care providers throughout Arkansas will receive training on immunizations, implement programs in their offices and institutions, and communicate with employers, health insurers, and the public about the importance of adult immunizations. To learn more about I Raise the Rates: Arkansas or to join the campaign, please contact Dr. Atiq at otatiq@gmail.com.

EAFHC has been dedicated for 40 years to providing high quality health care to all in the communities it serves. With six primary care clinics, EAFHC provides primary care to the residents of Crittenden, Poinsett, Mississippi, and Phillips counties. For more information, visit www.eafhc.org.

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