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Exploring the Role of a Patient Navigator: Breaking Down Barriers to Healthcare Access

Exploring the Role of a Patient Navigator: Breaking Down Barriers to Healthcare Access

May 3, 2019 By Erica Rose-Crawford

As you know, Community Health Centers make it their mission to serve every member of the community with the respect and dignity they deserve.  Oftentimes, healthcare services provided by health centers go well beyond the four walls of the clinic.   It takes a dedicated team effort to ensure that patients understand the information given to them by providers and the steps they should take to maintain healthy lives. I am proud ...

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Addressing Disparities in Healthcare: Recognizing the Importance of National Minority Health Month

Addressing Disparities in Healthcare: Recognizing the Importance of National Minority Health Month

Apr 1, 2019 By Nakeisha R. Cleveland

Disparities in health and health care not only affect the groups facing these disparities, but also limit the overall gains in quality of care and health for the broader population and result in unnecessary costs. Every person deserves the chance to be healthy, but some racial and ethnic groups have higher rates of certain conditions than others. There isn’t a single cause of these health disparities.  Many complex and connected ...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Onboarding New Health Center Staff

The Nuts and Bolts of Onboarding New Health Center Staff

Feb 4, 2019 By Yvette Merritt

Recruitment and retention is a continuous process for most organizations but in Community Health Centers it is a particular priority. Because we are such a mission-driven sector of the health care industry, it is essential that we put the RIGHT people in the RIGHT positions. Our staff has to be more than just “warm bodies” because we are delivering care to those most in need of our services. We must be judicious in ensuring that...

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A New Model of Dental Care for People Living with HIV in Louisiana

A New Model of Dental Care for People Living with HIV in Louisiana

Dec 4, 2018 By Timothy Young

HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART), now operating as Open Health Care Clinic, has been the contracted administrator of the Louisiana Health Insurance Program (HIP) since 2010. HIP is a federally-funded Ryan White Part B Program through the Office of Public Health’s STD/HIV Program (SHP).  Its purpose is to assist eligible patients with payments to insurance providers for health policy premiums, co-payments and deductibles as s...

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A Look to the Future:  Molding the Next Generation of Health Center Leaders

A Look to the Future: Molding the Next Generation of Health Center Leaders

Nov 8, 2018 By Ed "Tiger" Verdin

When I became Marketing Director for Teche Action Clinic, I was given the task of maintaining and building upon our health center’s brand.  After working on various projects with some of our community partners such as Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the LSU Health Sciences Center, and Fit, Fun & Fabulous, we turned our attention to a potential partnership with A.T. Still University. A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the fou...

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LPCA: A Valued Partner For Quality Care

LPCA: A Valued Partner For Quality Care

Oct 1, 2018 By Jamie Schlottman

As Louisiana’s largest Healthy Louisiana Medicaid plan with nearly 500,000 members and more than 20,000 healthcare providers across the state, the delivery of quality, accessible care is more than just our vision – it’s our mission. Partners like the Louisiana Primary Care Association are key to helping us ensure that all Louisiana residents – not just our members – have access to the care they need to build healthy ...

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