Three Arkansas Health Centers receive over $1.7 million in federal grants for New Access Points

On Wednesday, June 20, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new grant awards to 219 health centers, including three in Arkansas. Arkansas health centers will use these grants to open new locations and to hire additional health care providers.

ARcare, headquartered in Augusta, received $441,595 to open a location in Melbourne.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, in Marshall, received $379,167 to open a location in Yellville.

East Arkansas Family Health Center, in West Memphis, received $900,079 to open a location in Helena/West Helena.

New York Times article highlights Medicaid and health care access in Arkansas

New York Times reporter Robert Pear recently visited Arkansas to learn about how the expansion of Medicaid would impact the state. The expansion of Medicaid would have a large impact on the state as current eligibility criteria for adults are strict and chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes are widespread. Mr. Pear visited with a number of state officials and leaders, including CHCA CEO Sip Mouden and ARcare CEO Dr. Steven Collier. Mr. Pear also toured ARcare facilities in England and CABUN facilities in Hampton.

ARcare's Jonesboro South Location Achieves NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition

CHCA congratulates ARcare and their Jonesboro South location for achieving Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Level 3 is the highest level of recognition awarded. The Joensboro South health center scored a 97 out of a possible 100 points on their application.

Five Arkansas Health Centers Receive Komen Grants

Recently, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate handed out 23 grants totaling over $1.25 million to Arkansas organizations. This year marks the 18th for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer.

12 Arkansas Community Health Center locations to receive funding, participate in a program to improve care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced recently that 500 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), including 12 Arkansas locations, have been selected for the FQHC Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project from over 800 applicants.  The 500 community health centers in 44 States across the country will receive approximately $42 million over three years to improve the coordination and quality of care they deliver to people with Medicare and other patients.  The initiative is designed to evaluate the impact of the advanced primary care practice model, al

Find a Local National Health Center Week Event

National Health Center Week (August 8-14, 2010) provides a variety of opportunities to visit a local Community Health Center and learn more about the Health Center movement in Arkansas. See the following list of events happening around the state this year and find one near you.

Monday, August 9

CHCA National Health Center Week Press Conference
Rotunda, Arkansas State Capitol
11:00 am
Phone: 501-374-8225

Tuesday, August 10

A Culture Inspired: CHCA 2010 Annual Conference in Review

U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln stated, “Community Health Centers are a critical component of what is right and good about health care reform,” during her address to CHCA Annual Conference attendees. Craig Kennedy, Associate VP of Federal and State Affairs for NACHC, expressed his feelings that Community Health Centers are not simply the best model of care for the poor and uninsured, but are the best model of care for all primary health care. These sentiments pervaded this year’s conference. The conference theme, “Inspiring a Culture of Excellence: Innovation, Leadership, Quality,” aimed to prepare the Arkansas CHC staff members, board members, and partners in attendance for the landscape change of health care reform implementation. Over 200 attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors participated in this year’s conference.

White River Rural Health Center, Inc. Recognized by ONC for Health IT Efforts

White River Rural Health Center, Inc. was recently featured on the website for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in an article highlighting the success that White River Rural Health Center has achieved in deploying health information technology throughout their programs and facilities.

You can read the article here.

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