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Arkansas Community Health Centers Receive Funds for Extended Services

The 12 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Arkansas will soon be able to offer more service, as they'll share in $2,770,535 in supplemental funding made available under the Affordable Care Act, as recently announced by the Health and Human Services (HHS).

The funds will help CHCs hire 35 new employees and serve an additional 9,432 patients, according to HHS. With the awards, CHCs will be able to stay open for longer hours or offer new services, such as oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center Receives Governor's Quality Award

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, Inc. (BMRHC) was one of 28 organizations to receive an award recently at the 20th annual Governor's Quality Awards ceremony in Little Rock.

BMRHC, which services Searcy, Van Buren, Madison, Newton, Carroll, Stone and Pope counties, received the Challenge Level Award, as did 14 other organizations. 

CHCA Joins Arkansans for Coverage

Healthcare is no doubt an important issue for every Arkansan. Providing affordable, qualify healthcare is the driving force of Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA).

East Arkansas Family Health Center Receives $250K Award

East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc. (EAFHC) was one of 147 health centers to be awarded Affordable Care Act funding to support patient-centered medical homs through new construction and facility renovations, as recently announced by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

In all, HHS announced $35.7 million in funding to be given to the health centers. EAFHC will receive $250,000 to go to its patient-centered medical homes efforts.

Community Clinic Celebrates Expansion at Springdale Facility

Community Clinic's Springdale Family Practice Medical facility has grown.

An extra 7,000 square feet of space was added to the facility, as 18 exam rooms, two behavior health offices and lab services make up the new state-of-the art medical space. Community Clinic, which services Washington and Benton counties in northwest Arkansas, celebrated the expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 15. The ceremony also included a National Community health Center Week Mayoral Proclamation, and Tyson Foods, Inc. was honored for its financial contribution to the building expansion.

Community Health Centers of Arkansas Announces New CEO

Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA), the state’s Primary Care Association serving 12 health centers organizations and their 93 locations, has announced today the hiring of Mary Leath as its new Chief Executive Officer. Leath, who will begin her tenure at CHCA on Sept. 8, 2014, takes over after having served most recently as the Chief Operational Officer at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.

CHCA Annual Conference on the Horizon

Community Health Centers of Arkansas will hold its 2014 Annual Conference on November 13 at a location to be decided later in Little Rock, Arkansas.

This year's event is a one-day program, and planning is in the process! Be sure to stay tuned for more details.

Spots are open for exhibitors or sponsors. To take advantage of either, call Sandi Ganus at 501-374-8225 extension 102 or email sganus@chc-ar.org.

Beebe Has Hope for Private Option in 2015

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe was in the national news recently in regards to his feelings of the future of the Private Option.

An Associated Press news article told of the Governor speaking at the Delta Grassroots Caucus' recent conference in Little Rock. During that meeting, Beebe said he was "cautiously optimistic," according to the Associated Press story, that Arkansas would keep the Private Option in 2015.

We've got a new home!

Community Health Centers of Arkansas, Arkansas' Primary Care Association, has changed locations.

NACHC Report: Millions of Americans With Little or No Access to Primary Care

According to a report recently released by the National Association of Community Health Centers, there is a tremendous amount of Americans who have little or no access to primary care. In fact, studies show that some 62 million Americans fall into this category, even with the Affordable Care Act.
 
So, what is the reason?