The CHroniCles Beat.

  • Integrating Oral Health in Primary Care: Community Health Centers Take the Lead
    February 25, 2019

    Photo: Dental Staff, courtesy of Kinston Community Health Center Inc. (North Carolina). 
    While maintaining good oral health is essential to overall health, ensuring access to dental and oral health services has long been challenging in the U.S., especially in medically underserved communities with multiple barriers to care.  Health care systems continue to grapple with meeting the gaps …

  • Caring for Veterans, Caring for Our Communities
    November 9, 2018

    Community Health Centers are the backbone of America’s safety net, and provide essential care to underserved, low-income communities in urban and rural areas throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. In 2017, more than 1,400 community health centers (CHCs) provided health care to nearly 28 million people. By mission and …

  • Community Health Centers: Identifying and Responding to Human Trafficking
    September 28, 2018

     “We are seeing these patients, period. We are taking care of these patients, period.” – Dr. Kimberly Chang
    Human trafficking is a global issue, as well a local one. Trafficking is, simply stated, a form of slavery, and it is a crime. Trafficking is complex; it entails “the exploitation of someone for the purpose of compelled …

  • Full Circle: Once a Peds Patient, Now a Doctor at Jericho Road
    May 22, 2018

    Dr. Ethan Gable was a patient at what was then known as Jericho Road Family Practice (JRFP) when he was a child.  Then a family practice located in upstate New York, JRFP served the area’s vulnerable refugees and underserved, low-income communities. Back then, he never entertained the idea that he himself would become a doctor. …

  • CHroniCles, the Community Health Center Story
    April 2, 2018

    RCHN CHF CHroniCles booth in the Expo Hall at the 2018 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum. (Image: RCHN CHF)
    Did you catch us at the 2018 NACHC Policy and Issues Forum? We were there showcasing  CHroniCles, an interactive multimedia website dedicated to documenting and recording the contributions that CHCs and PCAs across the country have made …

  • After Maria: Video from Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico (ASPPR)
    March 23, 2018

    A moving, inspirational video from the Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico screened at the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy and Issues Forum shows how community health centers in Puerto Rico rallied after Hurricanes Irma and Maria to restore and rebuild health care and essential services for their communities.

  • Health Center Resilience and Community Recovery in Puerto Rico
    March 22, 2018

    With the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria nearly coincident with this year’s National Association of Community Health Center’s Policy and Issues Forum, the closing session was devoted to learning about the crisis, and recognizing the essential role of Puerto Rico’s twenty  health center organizations in response and recovery. RCHN Community Health Foundation President and CEO …

  • Charles B. Wang & Health Department Collaborate On Smoking Cessation Efforts
    July 17, 2017

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the New York Chinese community and the rate of lung cancer deaths, which declined by 16.4% citywide, increased a staggering 70% among Chinese New Yorkers from 2000-2014.

  • Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty
    December 16, 2016

    In Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty, historian Dr. Thomas J. Ward Jr., professor and chair of the History Department at Spring Hill College (Mobile, Alabama) explores the origins of the community health center movement through the story of the Tufts-Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi.

  • CHCs respond to Zika Crisis In Puerto Rico
    October 2, 2016

    In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico a public health emergency.  There is much that experts don’t yet understand about Zika, but scientists do know that it is transmitted primarily through the bite of infected mosquitoes and can also be sexually transmitted. 

  • Bee Busy Wellness Center: Empowering Patients to be Active Partners in Their Care
    August 1, 2016

    How do you improve health outcomes in a complex, diverse city with a high-need population? One approach is found at Bee Busy Wellness Center, a community health center located in Southwest Houston, whose unorthodox birth was spurred by the unmet needs of an underserved community.

  • Confronting Infant Mortality in Erie County, Ohio
    June 28, 2016

    National studies rank birth defects, preterm births, low birth weight, maternal pregnancy complications, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and injuries such as suffocation as the leading causes of infant mortality. Erie County Community Health Center, part of the County Health Department, is working to confront this epidemic head on.

  • Tackling the Health Consequences of Homelessness, One Patient at a Time
    August 12, 2015

    Each year during National Health Center Week (NHCW) we celebrate the contributions of community health centers nationally in providing affordable, accessible, and effective high-quality care services. Care for Homeless, a community health center serving homeless New Yorkers, is one of several NYC CHCs at the forefront of offering healthcare and social services. 

  • “Who’s Counting on You to Stay Healthy” – Comprehensive Insurance Outreach and Enrollment in Maine
    January 26, 2015

    Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) and 18 member health centers have collaborated  to develop a comprehensive strategy focused on enrolling uninsured Maine residents in the ACA healthcare exchanges and MaineCare. 

  • Closing the Coverage Gap – On the Ground in Texas
    November 5, 2014

    While an estimated 1.85 million uninsured adult Texans would have been eligible for Medicaid under the ACA, the state has opted not to expand Medicaid, leaving an estimated 1.7 million without coverage.

  • ACA Outreach and enrollment in the Mississippi Delta – Increasing Access in a Non Medicaid Expansion State
    July 2, 2014

    By Nicole Rodriguez-Robbins
    Mississippi, a place with perhaps the greatest need for more investment in health care, is one of 24 states that are not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. To provide some context, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion intended to raise the income eligibility ceiling to 138% of the …

  • Phase One of ACA Implementation: RCHN-CHF Grantees Enroll Thousands
    June 11, 2014

    A new Outreach & Enrollment Initiative supports projects at Primary Care Associations and community health centers in five states. In the three month period between January 1st and March 31st of this year, RCHN CHF grantees have helped over 5,100 people enroll in health insurance plans.

  • A Peoples Movement: Massachusetts Community Health Centers’ Historic Fight for Access
    March 7, 2014

    Not too long ago, Nicole Rodriguez-Robbins  traveled up to Massachusetts to get a glimpse  of the continued evolution of CHCs.  Here’s her in-depth visit report with reflections on  the history of health center activism in Boston and environs and prospects for the future.

  • A Subway Tour and a Glimpse at Two CHCs in New York City
    November 6, 2013

    RCHN CHF project coordinator Nicole Rodriguez-Robbins loaded up her Metrocard and visited the Urban Health Plan  (Bronx, New York) and William F. Ryan Community Health Network (Manhattan) to see their new facilities and state-of-the art programs.

  • Advocating Healthcare Equity for LGBT Patients Through Compassionate and Culturally Competent Care
    May 29, 2013

    A new blog post discusses caring for transgender and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)  patient populations, an especially  under recognized and underserved population, and the trailblazing work of Transgender Program at Community Healthcare Network (Bronx, NY).