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Data Collection & Processing: The Oil That Keeps Our Community Health Center Network Running

Data Collection & Processing: The Oil That Keeps Our Community Health Center Network Running

Sep 4, 2019 By Michael Rivers

“Data" is a word that permeates everything we do these days. Our phones and TVs, advertisements we see, work we do, and cars we drive all use and produce data.  With our nearly unfettered access to all the world’s knowledge, history, and news, data is the hallmark of our current Information Age. The 20th century’s discoveries, innovations, growth, and wars were fueled by a powerful raw material: crude oil.  ...

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Here We Go Again: Using the Power of Advocacy to Avoid Another Health Center Funding Cliff

Here We Go Again: Using the Power of Advocacy to Avoid Another Health Center Funding Cliff

Aug 1, 2019 By Ryan Sinitiere

We are only days away from the start of National Health Center Week 2019!   I speak on behalf of the entire team here at the Louisiana Primary Care Association when I tell you that we are so proud to work on behalf of Louisiana’s Community Health Centers. National Health Center Week is an annual celebration that allows us to focus on YOU, the men and women who passionately provide healthcare services to 426,000 of our family...

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Louisiana's Health Center Controlled Network: Bridging the Healthcare Technology Gap

Louisiana's Health Center Controlled Network: Bridging the Healthcare Technology Gap

Jul 2, 2019 By Brandi Bourgeois

E-communications, patient portals, secure emails, value-based care, referrals, telemedicine, and the list goes on and on! These are just a few of the words that are a common part of the 2019 lexicon within our Community Health Centers. Technology changes at a mind-boggling speed!  Just to put this into perspective: Apple released their first iPhone in January of 2007 and has created 18 additional iPhone versions since then to keep up with...

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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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