News and Updates

NHSC Expands the Primary Care Workforce in Communities That Need Them Most

09 October 2014
National Health Service Corps expands the primary care workforce in communities that need them most Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that because of to the Affordable Care Act, $283 million has been invested in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in fiscal year 2014 to increase access to primary care services in communities that need it most.  Today, more than 9,200 Corps clinicians are providing care to approximately 9.7 million…

Ebola: What is Happening Now?

02 October 2014
The National Association of Community Health Centers has posted a blog with available resources and message points to assist Health Centers in keeping informed on developments with CDC and to help centers communicate with media about what they are doing to prepare.  Some organizations have prepared internal statements just in case or are referring media to public health departments. However you choose to communicate during these developments, be sure to develop a plan and message so…

2014 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge

01 October 2014
Million Hearts is an initiative that brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge recognizes clinicians, practices, and health systems that achieve blood pressure control for greater than 70% of their patients with hypertension. The deadline to apply to is Wednesday, October 10, 2014, 11:59pm, ET. Questions about the Challenge should be directed to millionhearts@cdc.gov with…

Promise Zone Designation Funding

01 October 2014
The Department of Housing and Urban Development invites eligible applicants to apply for a Promise Zone designation. In Promise Zones, the federal government will partner with and invest in communities to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime to ensure that all communities continue to share in the country’s economic growth. Applications are due by Friday, November 21, 2014, 5:00pm, ET in Max.gov. Three webcasts geared to…

$22.1M to Improve Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas

26 September 2014
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, announced more than $22 million to support healthcare in rural areas, including funds that will provide resources and expertise for telehealth solutions, improve emergency medical services, and help communities build networks of care. Through grant programs administered by the Office of Rural Health Policy, located within HRSA, the awards went out to more than 100 rural communities in 42 states. “Rural communities have…

Healthy Utah Proponents Must Now Convince Legislature

22 September 2014
Tapping federal Medicaid Expansion dollars to help insure more of Utah’s most vulnerable residents seems like a no-brainer to Dr. David Patton. “The goal of covering the uninsured has been a Utah goal since 2005,” said Patton, Utah Department of Health Executive Director since 2011. Healthy Utah Plan is Govenor Gary Herbert’s answer to the Medicaid Expansion portion of the federal Affordable Care Act, Patton told a group gathered for a Q & A session…

Family Healthcare Hosts Healthy Utah Media Forum in St. George

22 September 2014
Family Healthcare, St. George-based non-profit healthcare provider, St. George recently hosted Dr. David Patton, Ecexutive Director of the Utah Department of Health, for a media forum regarding the Governor's proposed Health Utah plan. Nancy Neff, CEO of Family Healthcare said offices like hers engage in a lot of preventive healthcare; but while providers like Family Healthcare can be of assistance to some individuals, they are not able to give specialty care, such as surgery or long-term hospital stays. Those…

'15 NHSC Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle Now Open

17 September 2014
The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (Students to Service) application cycle is now open!  Eligibility is open to medical students (allopathic or osteopathic) in their final year of school who are planning to pursue a career in primary care, and are committed to working in underserved communities with limited access to care. Students to Service award recipients receive up to $120,000 tax free for three years of full-time service or…

Medicaid Expansion Would Help Midtown CHC, Utah Health Centers

15 September 2014
Midtown Community Health Center's central clinic in Ogden turns away about 15 people each day because it runs out of time slots for appointments. The Governor's Healthy Utah plan could help solve this problem. According to Midtown's Executive Director, Lisa Nichols, at least 40 perfect of their patient population would qualify for insurance under Medicaid Expansion. If Midtown were able to convert these patients Medicaid, it would allow them to use their grants and donations…

Utah Awarded Nearly $3M to Expand Health Center Services

12 September 2014
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today nearly $3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 12 Health Centers in Utah to expand primary care services.  Across the country, $295 million was awarded to 1,195 Health Centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. The funds will enable Health Centers to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services by hiring an estimated…

Lt. Governor Cox Explains Healthy Utah Plan at Davis County Forum

11 September 2014
Last week, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and Dr. David Patton, the Director of the Utah Department of Health, toured Midtown Community Health Center before outlining the governor's Health Utah plan at a forum for Davis County health professionals. Cox explained how the plan would cover those in the "uninsured gap" with vouchers for private insurance and would require those individuals to either be employed or engaged in work training, a requirement currently being protested by…