News and Updates

Health Centers Ready for Open Enrollment in Marketplace Insurance

18 November 2014
A survey from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) revealed that Community Health Centers are ready for the next Open Enrollment period, which began on November 15th. Nearly ninety-seven percent (97.2%) of respondents said that they felt ready for Open Enrollment, having prepared by training staff, fostering community partnerships, and planning "in reach" to existing patients. In Utah, the statewide network of "enrollment assistors" - Take Care Utah - includes Certified Application Counselors…

HRSA Awards $51.3M For Behavioral Health Treatment

06 November 2014
HRSA awards $51.3 Million in Affordable Care Act Funding to Support Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment This year, more than 400 Health Centers nationwide have received HHS funding to add or expand access to mental health and substance abuse services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., today announced $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 210 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and…

CDC Ebola Update

05 November 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The attached document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. CDC has updated its interim guidance for monitoring and movement of persons…

ACA Health Center FY15 O&E Awards Announced

28 October 2014
In September 2014, HRSA announced that organizations receiving Health Center Program operational funds that did not receive outreach and enrollment supplemental funding in FY 2013 were eligible to apply for FY 2015 Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance supplemental funding. The grant requires that health centers establish “services designed to assist health center patients in establishing eligibility for and gaining access to Federal, State, and local programs that provide or financially support the provision of medical, social, housing, educational, or other related…

UNHS Awarded Prestigious BD Grant

23 October 2014
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities is a multi-year initiative that expands access and improves care for underserved and vulnerable populations. The initiative, funded by BD, a medical technology company, and implemented together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers, provides awards to clinics and Community Health Centers delivering innovative models of care. Utah Navajo Health System is one of seven healthcare organizations throughout the United States to receive the Helping Build Healthy Communities™ grant. Michael Jensen, the CEO…

Utah's Health Centers on the Front Lines of Breast Cancer Prevention

23 October 2014
Utah's Health Centers on the Front Lines of Breast Cancer Prevention Local Community Health Centers Offer Screenings and Education Salt Lake City, UT - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to honor Utah mothers, sisters, and daughters, Utah’s 13 Health Centers are reaching out to the communities they serve to offer affordable mammograms and bring awareness to the need for regular screenings. According to the Utah Department of Health, since 1994, the percentage of…

HHS Secretary Announces $840M Initiative to Improve Patient Care + Lower Costs

23 October 2014
HHS Secretary Announces $840 Million Initiative to Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs New initiative will support networks that help doctors access information and improve health outcomes Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced an initiative that will fund successful applicants who work directly with medical providers to rethink and redesign their practices, moving from systems driven by quantity of care to ones focused on patients’ health outcomes, and coordinated health care…

CHCs Developing Greater Industry Niche with Help from ACA

15 October 2014
The Leavitt Partners, a health care intelligence business, has released a report highlighting the growth of Community Health Centers across the country since 2000. According to the report, Health Centers are no longer seen as the safety-net option for care, but as useful, valuable providers of primary healthcare, in large part due to the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Recent years have seen the growth of Health Centers in phsyical sites,…

4th Street Medical Director Honored by YWCA

14 October 2014
Six Utah women from various fields were honored during the YWCA’s Leader Luncheon at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Friday September 26th. Of these honorees was Christina Gallop, Medical Director at the Fourth Street Clinic in downtown SLC, a medical home to over 4,000 homeless men, women, and children with 25,000 medical, mental health, substance abuse, dental, and case management visits annually. Dr. Gallop, who received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Medicine/Health, epitomizes…

Medicaid Expansion Candlelight Vigil This Saturday

13 October 2014
Across the nation there are 23 states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs to their gap populations. Utah is one of the non-expansion states, with over 45,000 Utahns currently living with no access to affordable healthcare coverage. These Utahns earn too little to qualify for help on healthcare.gov, yet earn too much money or otherwise don’t qualify for our current Medicaid program. On Saturday, October 18th, 2014 supporters of Medicaid expansion in over a…

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…