The Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative is a unique, comprehensive, multi-faceted academic and research initiative focused on community health centers. The Collaborative’s academic home is the Department of Health Policy and Management at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
To initiate the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative, in 2007 the RCHN Community Health Foundation presented $2 million to Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (then known as the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services). The gift was then the largest ever received by the school. The purpose of the gift is to strengthen and expand the field of health center-oriented policy research. Specifically, the funds support the education and training of young scholars, sustain rich, cutting-edge national and community health policy research, and create opportunities for the dissemination of research focused on access, health equity, and the role of health centers. Two additional major gifts have provided for the expansion and continuation of the Collaborative’s singular work.
- 51. State Economic and Employment Losses If Community Health Center Funding Is Not Restored
December 4, 2017
A new report by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative addresses the state-level economic and employment consequences that could occur if the Community Health Center Fund, which expired on September 30, 2017, is not restored. Millions of patients served by community health centers may lose access to crucial health care and up to 161,000 jobs could be lost in communities across the nation.
- 50. Puerto Rico’s Community Health Centers: Struggling to Recover in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
November 1, 2017
A new report by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative details how Puerto Rico’s health centers, which serve one in 10 residents, are helping to address urgent and emerging health care needs, at a time when communication is limited and access to electricity and clean water remains scarce. The authors make an urgent case for federal aid to restore health center services.
- 49. What are the Possible Effects of Failing to Extend the Community Health Center Fund?
September 21, 2017
A new report by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative analyzes the potential risk to health centers and the communities they serve if Congress fails to renew the Community Health Center Fund, which is due to expire on …
- 48. Community Health Centers Reduce the Costs of Children’s Health Care
June 20, 2017
A new report by the Geiger Gibson/ RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative 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 t…
- 47. Projected Financial Losses Experienced by Community Health Centers under a Scenario of Major Cuts in Key Sources of Federal Funding: 2018-2022
April 18, 2017
A new report by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative 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. The authors estimate 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.
- 46. How Could Repealing Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Affect Community Health Centers and their Patients?
March 27, 2017
A new report by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative examines the impact on the nation’s community health centers of repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The authors find that health insurance reductions that target the poorest people and communities could translate into deep cuts in health center services nationwide.The report represents the first analysis of the potential effects of the types of health insurance losses contained in legislation now pending in Congress on comprehensive primary health care for medically underserved populations and communities.
- 45. Community Health Centers and Medicaid Payment Reform: Emerging Lessons from Medicaid Expansion States
October 11, 2016
A new report prepared by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative examines how health centers and state Medicaid programs in a number of Medicaid expansion states are working to reform Medicaid in order to promote efficiency and quality, and more actively integrate health centers into states’ broader payment reform efforts. These alternative payment approaches enable health centers to test new strategies to address the needs of their patients, while allowing state Medicaid programs to align health center payment strategies more closely with broader payment reform efforts. In 2015, health centers cared for one in five Medicaid beneficiaries nationally, making Inclusion of health centers in payment reform essential.
- 44. How are Migrant Health Centers and their Patients Faring Under the Affordable Care Act?
May 16, 2016
A new brief from the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative finds that patients who receive care at migrant health centers located in Medicaid expansion states are increasingly likely to have Medicaid.
- 43. “Puerto Rico’s Community Health Centers in a Time of Crisis”
December 14, 2015
A new brief from the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative finds that an extraordinary need for publicly subsidized health services amidst an unprecedented economic crisis is putting Puerto Rico’s community health centers in jeopardy. A higher proportion of Puerto Rico’s population – nearly 1 person in 10 – depends on community health centers for their care, as compared with 1 in 14 on the mainland. Yet with more than 75 percent of those served by Puerto Rico’s health centers covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or both, reimbursement rates far lower than stateside, no tax subsidies for private coverage, and 12 percent remaining uninsured, that care is at risk. An exodus of health professionals has served to deepen the crisis.
- 42. How Has the Affordable Care Act Benefitted Medically Underserved Communities: National Findings from the 2014 Community Health Centers Uniform Data System
August 18, 2015
A new brief from the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative examining newly-released data from the 2014 Uniform Data System (UDS) shows how the Affordable Care Act is changing insurance coverage and health care in the nation…
- 41. “Can Electronic Health Records Systems Support New Payment Methods for Health Centers”
April 13, 2015
A new study assesses the feasibility and usefulness of combining electronic health record (EHR) information with federal cost report data as the basis for developing or evaluating reimbursement rates for community health centers. The authors raise questions about how to quantify and reimburse the value of care associated with the community health center model.
- 40. “Teaching Health Centers: A Promising Approach for Building Primary Care Workforce for the 21st Century”
March 3, 2015
REVISED March 10, 2015 – The Teaching Health Center (THC) program was started in 2011 to increase the number of primary care residents and dentists trained in community-based settings, and to fill gaps left by the current system of graduate medical education.
- 39. Community Health Centers and Their Role for Patients Enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
February 23, 2015
Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers Closely Linked, Vulnerable to Cuts CHIP is central to health centers’ ability to ensure high quality, appropriate care.
- 38. Using Payment Reform Strategies to Strengthen Family Planning Services at Community Health Centers
January 7, 2015
New report describes how payment reform could improve family planning services offered by the nation’s community health centers.