A partnership that is expected to increase access to health care in underserved areas of Arkansas by 2021 was announced Thursday.
The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith and the Community Health Centers of Arkansas have jointly announced a partnership agreement for clinical rotations sites for fourth-year medical students and primary care-based residency opportunities for graduates. The mecical school’s inaugural class began in August.
Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state’s top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.
The winners will be announced at a special banquet Thursday at the Statehouse Convention Center inside the Wally Allen Ballroom. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 7 p.m.
Congratulations to Healthy Connections for being nominated in the non profit category.
WASHINGTON — An Arkansas community health advocate spoke at a rally on Capitol Hill last week, urging congressional support for community health centers.
Brigitte McDonald, a Corning resident and CEO of 1st Choice Healthcare, was joined by other advocates from across the country.
Congress got the message. Lawmakers included funding for community health centers in their two-year budget agreement, which was signed into law Friday by President Donald Trump.
McDonald met with members of the Arkansas congressional delegation earlier in the week and described them as “very supportive.”
Failure of Congress to approve ongoing funding for the centers had left the health care providers and their patients in limbo.
“Since we’ve had the four continuing resolutions, most of the health centers in Arkansas have either implemented a hiring freeze or [are] looking at that, losing staff because of the uncertainty. It’s definitely hard to recruit staff knowing that the funding cliff is there,” she said.
Republican U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro and French Hill of Little Rock had already signed a Feb. 2 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., highlighting the importance of providing “sustainable and reliable funding” for the centers.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) — If congress doesn’t agree upon a new federal budget, we could see 120 health care facilities in the natural state close their doors.
Executive Director of Mid Delta Health Systems Al Sliger, couldn’t imagine doing anything else for a living.
“When you get involved in it, and when you’re doing it, very few people leave,” Sliger said.
But he and his colleagues say nonprofit health care clinics like his in clarendon, Arkansas are in jeopardy, because right now, there’s no guarantee the thousands of facilities in the u-s, will get federal funding.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Thousands of uninsured Arkansans are currently in limbo, waiting to see if Congress approves funding for community health centers.
Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to approve a new budget to avoid another shutdown of the federal government.
The Federally Qualified Health Centers program was not renewed in October, and unless Congress acts, money for clinics will run out on April 1.
LaShannon Spencer, CEO of Community Health Center of Arkansas, was in Washington this week, lobbying lawmakers for funding.
“When you start thinking about the impact of the funding in the future and the patients, it’s critical because of potential hiring freezes, layoffs, staff, reducing hours, or actually closing, and a delay in expansion of health centers,” she states.