News and Updates

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…

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…