Press Releases.

  • Health Center Services at Risk if Congress Fails to Renew Funding
    September 21, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK (September 21, 2017)—If Congress does not renew a critical fund for community health centers before September 30, these safety net providers could lose 70 percent of their federal grant funding by 2018. As a result 9 million people could lose access to health care, according to a report produced by researchers at the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). The new report also predicts that cutting funds to community health centers would lead to site closures, a loss of 51,000 health care jobs and an economic downturn in communities located throughout the U.S.

  • With Community Health Center Fund Expiration Looming, Health Center Services at Risk Nationwide
    September 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK (September 14, 2017)—If Congress fails to renew a critical fund for community health centers, which is due to expire at the end of the current federal fiscal year on September 30, these safety net providers stand to lose 70 percent of their federal grant funding by 2018.  As a result, an estimated 9 million people could lose access to health care, according to a new infographic produced by researchers at the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH).

  • Community Health Centers Lower Cost of Children’s Health Care by 35%
    June 20, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK (June 20, 2017)—Compared to doctor offices and other providers, community health centers lower the cost of children’s primary care by approximately  35 percent, according to an analysis published by researchers at the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). Many children served by these health centers are poor and entitled to unusually broad coverage with no cost sharing through Medicaid’s early and periodic screening diagnosis and treatment (EPSDT) benefit. But despite the comprehensive range of services community health centers offer, children who receive the majority of their care at health centers incur substantially lower average annual costs than those who receive care in other settings.  The analysis is the first to show that community health centers (CHCs) provide care for children at a significant savings. This study builds on previous research, which showed that community health centers reduce overall medical costs for adults while providing comprehensive, high-quality care. The new study suggests that health centers provide the same kind of high-value care when it comes to pediatrics.

  • RCHN CHF Announces Major Gift to Milken Institute School of Public Health to Support Geiger Gibson Program
    May 9, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, NY (May 9, 2017) – A new three-year gift from the RCHN Community Health Foundation (RCHN CHF), of more than $1 million, will support the Geiger Gibson Program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at George Washington University. The latest gift represents a continuation of the Foundation’s multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to the Program, a unique academic training and research initiative in the Department of Health Policy and Management. The new gift brings the total awarded by RCHN CHF to the School to more than $5 million to build on and enhance the ongoing, multi-faceted program activities.

  • New Report Forecasts Major Shortfall in Community Health Center Revenues if Congress Repeals Medicaid Expansion, Reduces Marketplace Subsidies and Fails to Renew Health Centers Fund
    April 18, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK (April 18, 2017)—A new report estimates that community health centers would face a $48 billion shortfall in total revenues between 2018 and 2022 if Congress moves to repeal some key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and separately fails to renew the Health Centers Fund before it is set to expire in September 2017. This report is the first to look at the economic impact on health centers of major changes in federal programs that fund health care for low-income and medically underserved people.

  • Geiger Gibson Program Recognizes 15 Emerging Leaders
    April 10, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, NY (April 10, 2017) – Each year, the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) honors young professionals currently working in the field of community health. Community health centers and primary care associations nominate dedicated young public health professionals who exemplify the mission and vision of Drs. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, pioneers for community health and human rights.   Emerging Leaders from all over the country were selected from a competitive pool of applicants and recognized at an award ceremony during the National Association of Community Health Centers 2017 Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, DC

  • How Could Repealing Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Affect Community Health Centers and their Patients?
    March 27, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK (March 27, 2017)—Repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, combined with a failure to renew critical funding streams, would result in catastrophic funding losses for community health centers–forcing these safety net providers to cut back on services, lay off staff or shut down clinical sites, according to a report published today. The report represents the first analysis of the potential effects on medically underserved communities of the types of health insurance losses contained in legislation now pending in Congress

  • HEALTH REFORM REPEAL COULD CAUSE 3 MILLION PEOPLE TO LOSE JOBS AND TRIGGER BROAD ECONOMIC DISRUPTION
    January 5, 2017

    A new study , from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund, finds that repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could lead to significant economic disruption and substantial job losses in every state. In 2019 alone, 2.6 million people could lose their jobs. These losses could rise to nearly 3 million positions in health care and other sectors by the year 2021, says this first-of-its-kind study. The report was supported by a combination of funds from The Commonwealth Fund, the Geiger Gibson/ RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative and the Milken Institute SPH.

  • Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty
    November 17, 2016

    In his new book Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty, published by Oxford University Press, Thomas J. Ward Jr.  chronicles and celebrates the history of the nation’s first rural community health center in the Mississippi delta. RCHN Community Health Foundation provided grant support for the project in conjunction with other funders and is a co-sponsor of the launch event along with the National Association of Community Health Centers. The event is also sponsored by the Geiger Gibson Program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, which helped support the research on which the book is based.

  • Community Health Centers: Caring for Our Nation’s Veterans
    November 10, 2016

    New data show that the number of veterans served by community health centers has increased by 43 percent in less than 10 years, and that nearly 9 in 10 health centers serve veterans.

  • Community Health Centers and Medicaid Payment Reform: Emerging Lessons from Medicaid Expansion States
    October 11, 2016

    New Collaborative report on Medicaid payment reform and CHCs highlights lessons learned in five expansion states.

  • ACA Coverage at Migrant Health Centers
    May 16, 2016

    Patients who receive care at migrant health centers located in Medicaid expansion states are increasingly likely to have Medicaid, according to a report by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

  • Geiger Gibson Program Recognizes 15 Emerging Leaders at the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy and Issues Forum
    March 24, 2016

    Geiger Gibson Program Recognizes 15 Emerging Leaders at the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy and Issues Forum

  • Puerto Rico’s Community Health Centers Face Bleak Future Under the Weight of Economic Downturn, Deficient Funding
    December 14, 2015

    An  extraordinary need for publicly subsidized health services amidst an unprecedented economic crisis is putting Puerto Rico’s federally funded community health centers in jeopardy, according to a new report.

  • Community Health Centers in the Era of Health Reform: Initial National Findings from the 2014 Uniform Data System
    August 18, 2015

    Findings of a  new report issued by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative show that between 2013 and 2014, the total number of patients served at community health centers increased by over 1.1 million.

  • Patient Experiences With Family Planning in Community Health Centers
    July 28, 2015

    Findings of a  new report issued by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health signal a clear unmet need for more comprehensive family planning services at community health centers.

  • New Strategies to Improve Community Health Launched in 5 States
    July 15, 2015

    As community health centers strive to develop strong population health management capacities, the RCHN Community Health Foundation is investing in six projects to improve systems of care and the health outcomes of vulnerable populations.

  • CHCs and Medicaid at 50: An Enduring Relationship Key to Health System Transformation
    July 7, 2015

    A new commentary in the July issue of HEALTH AFFAIRS explores the relationship between CHCs and the Medicaid program.

  • Community Health Center Data Capture Incomplete in Electronic Health Record Systems, Potentially Affecting Reimbursement
    April 13, 2015

    A new study by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative raises fundamental questions about how to quantify and reimburse the value of care associated with the community health center model.

  • Geiger Gibson Program Recognizes Eight Emerging Leaders at the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy and Issues Forum
    March 23, 2015

    Eight winners designated as  2015 Emerging Leaders. Award recipients were recognized at the annual meeting of the National Association of Community Health Centers on March 21, 2015 in Washington, DC.