News and Updates

Extending Thanks to Utah Members of Congress

29 March 2018
On March 15, 2018, leaders from CHC, Inc., Family Healthcare, Midtown, Mountainlands, Utah Partners for Health, and the Utah Navajo Health System traveled to Washington D.C. with AUCH’s Executive Director, Alan Pruhs, to meet with members of Utah’s congressional delegation. The goals of the visits were to discuss the incredible work of Health Centers in Utah and thank Utah’s delegation for their support of the Health Center Program. The visits were conducted in conjunction with…

Health Center Quality Certificates Awarded

27 March 2018
Health Center Quality Certificates As part of HRSA’s commitment to recognize health centers as quality leaders, HRSA recently delivered Health Center Quality certificates to the 47 National Quality Leaders and 393 Health Center Quality Leaders. This effort follows the August 2017 Quality Improvement Awards of nearly $105 million to 1,333 health centers to recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide, as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains. Learn more…

NACHC Statement Regarding Funding for Community Health Centers

13 February 2018
On behalf of the nation’s nearly 1400 health centers and the 27 million patients they serve, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) wants to express our sincere appreciation for the $7.8 billion dollars in federal grant funding for the Community Health Center program that was included in the bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress early this morning. We are especially appreciative that Congress recognized the growing value of health centers by including an…

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

03 January 2018
Each year about 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Two screening tests (Pap test and HPV test) can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early. More than 1.9 million patients received Pap tests at HRSA-funded health centers in 2016. Learn more about best practices for screening and preventing cervical cancer in these resources: View a recent HRSA webinar about Cancer Screening Promising Practices in Primary Care Associations Access the…

BIG NEWS: HRSA’s New Health Center Program Compliance Manual is Here!

11 December 2017
In August 2017, HRSA finally published its long-awaited Health Center Program Compliance Manual. This new Manual clearly spells out Health Center Program Requirements, and, by doing so, replaces several Policy Information Notices (PINs) and Program Assistance Letters (PALs). The Manual explains why each Program Requirement is legally required, what a Health Center has to do to meet the requirement, and where a Health Center has flexibility in areas related to the requirement. The information in…

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

07 November 2017
Focusing on Diabetes Prevention  A 2017 report from the CDC shows that: More than 30 million U.S. adults have diabetes, and 24% don't know they have it. About 84 million U.S. adults (more than a third) had prediabetes in 2015, and 88% didn't know. The CDC also reports that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%.…

AUCH Executive Director Recognized for Advocacy Work

30 October 2017
AUCH Exectiver Director, Alan Pruhs, was recognized at the CHAMPS Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, October 22 as the Outstanding Advocate of the Underserved for 2017.  Alan was recognized along with Eileen Flaherty, FNP for the Stanley J. Brasher Legacy Award; Linda Hughes for the Exceptional Board Leadership Award; Rebecca McCay for the Exceptional Administrative Leadership Award; David Pump for the Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award; and Ricardo Velasquez, MD for the Exceptional Clinical Leadership Award. Thank you to CHAMPS for…

A State of Addiction: Utah's Opioid Epidemic

06 December 2017
AUCH is proud to underwrite the Utah Public Radio Original (UPR) Series, "A State of Addiction: Utah's Opioid Epidemic." UPR journalists have been traveling around the state for several months learning how the opioid epidemic is affecting our state and local communities.  In this 13-part series, UPR explores the issue of opioids in Utah - hear people’s stories, dissect the complexities and explore possible solutions. New episodes air every week on Utah Public Radio. In…

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

12 September 2017
September is National Childhood Obesity Month – CDC September 2017 Childhood Obesity Is a Major Public Health Problem Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers. Children with obesity can be bullied and teased…

September is National Recovery Month

05 September 2017
September is National Recovery Month Prevention Works-Treatment is Effective-People Recover September is National Recovery Month, giving all of us the opportunity to celebrate those in recovery in our communities. Recovery month is intended to increase awareness and understanding of the pressing challenges of mental health and substance abuse issues. Over 23 million Americans are in long-term recovery. Public celebrations are planned for several locations in Utah, however, each of us can personally recognize and encourage…

Governor Herbert Declares August 13 - 19, 2017 Health Center Week in Utah

14 August 2017
Governor Gary Herbert issued a Declaration stating August 13 – 19, 2017 is Health Center Week in Utah. The week is part of a larger national campaign celebrating the work of Health Centers throughout the U.S. - with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades. In Utah, 13 Health Center organizations serve over 147,000 Utahns annually at 54 sites from…