Department of Health and Human Services awards over $50 Million for new health center sites

In December 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $50 million in funding for 75 health centers in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated State of Micronesia. Community Asset Builders provided technical assistance to Compass Health, Inc., and Douglas County Public Health Services Group, Inc. (dba Missouri Ozarks Community Health), funded in Missouri, and Rosa Clark Medical Clinic, Inc., funded in South Carolina.

“We expect this competitive New Access Point funding to provide health care to more than 240,000 additional patients, ” said Dr. Mary Wakefield,  Acting Deputy Secretary at HHS. “These new health center sites will contribute significantly to the health of families and communities across the nation.”

Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services. Health centers also often integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care services.

“For millions of Americans, including some of the most vulnerable individuals and families, health centers are the essential medical home where they find services that promote health and diagnose and treat disease and disability,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “One in 13 people nationwide rely on a HRSA-funded health center for their preventive and primary health care needs.”

Nearly 1,400 health centers operating over 9,800 sites provide care to more than 24 million people across the nation, in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. Today, health centers employ nearly 190,000 people.

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

CAB Assists Missouri Health Centers in Expanding Oral Health Services

HHS awards $156 million to health centers to expand oral health services. Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

A total of 20 awards were made to health centers in Missouri, amounting to $7,467,586 in funding through December 2017. Community Asset Builders provided technical assistance and grant writing expertise to 13 health centers (12 were awarded funding) and is pleased to congratulate all of Missouri’s awardees.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” said Secretary Burwell. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.”

Oral health problems can be a sign of illness elsewhere in the body. Additionally, lack of access to preventive and routine dental care for underserved populations can result in dental conditions requiring more costly emergency dental treatment.

“HRSA will continue to explore ways to further integrate oral health services within primary care settings, and increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae.

Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 9,800 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin; these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients. In 2014, health centers employed over 3,700 dentists, more than 1,600 dental hygienists, and over 7,400 dental assistants, technicians and aides. They served about 4.7 million dental patients and provided nearly 12 million oral health visits.

To view the list of the awardees, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/oralhealth/fy16awards.html

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

CAB Helps Bring Nearly $5 Million to Missouri Health Centers

HHS Awards over $260 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Build and Renovate Facilities to Serve More Patients – Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations.

Community Asset Builders provided resource development and grant writing assistance to five of the eight awardees: Community Health Center of Central Missouri, Family Health Center of Boone County, Missouri Ozarks Community Health (Douglas County Public Health Services Group), Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, and Northwest Health Services.

View more information on the awards, including a list of recipients.

Client Highlight – Week of April 25, 2016

In preparation for the 15th anniversary (July 2016) of Community Asset Builders, LLC (CAB), we will be featuring a past or present client each week.  Our first highlight is Katy Trail Community Health.

Regional Health Care Clinics, Inc. dba Katy Trail Community Health joined CAB as a community health center retainer client in 2005 and was rewarded with a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care, New Access Point (new start) award for Pettis County, Missouri in 2006. In years to come, CAB was able to secure new access points for Morgan and Saline Counties and wrote and secured $2.9 million in ARRA Facility Improvement Funding in 2009 for construction of Harbor Village in Benton County. Harbor Village houses the Area Agency on Aging program, known as Care Connection, Pathways Community Health and Katy Trail Community Health. The co-location of services improves access to care and promotes service integration. CAB also secured capital funding to purchase Katy on the Go, a mobile unit that provides mobile primary care and oral health services to schools in Katy Trail’s service area.

CAB also provides support to Katy Trail in completing HRSA, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Service Area Competition (SAC) applications for ongoing federal base funding for the health center. Past awards have also been secured from the Office of Rural Health Policy, including Network Planning funding, a Rural Health Outreach grant award, and a Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement grant award. CAB has also secured capital funding and service expansion grants to support health center growth and operations.

Katy Trail has benefited from an estimated 85% grant success rate, generating more than $17 million over 11 years, with a return of nearly $100 for every dollar invested. In addition to resource development and grant writing services, CAB conducts annual strategic planning with Katy Trail’s leadership and board of directors.

We are proud to be a partner in Katy Trail’s growing success!

www.katyhealth.org

 

CAB Presenting at Health Equity Conference

Doris Boeckman, co-founder of Community Asset Builders and MRHA Rides to Wellness Director, is presenting about Missouri Rides to Wellness and HealthTran for the panel presentation, Moving Towards Health Equity: Success and Challenges. Co-panelists include Nancy Kelley, Director for Expanding Coverage, Missouri Foundation for Health and Sara Gentry, Policy Director, Missouri Health Care for all.

The featured speaker for the event is Robert Murphy, MEd. Mr. Murphy currently leads Maryland’s discipline reform, dropout prevention, and alternative programs efforts at the Maryland State Department of Education. He has been instrumental in reducing Maryland’s number of suspensions by 50% over the last 8 years thus reducing Maryland’s dropouts over the past 7 years. He just completed developing the regulatory guidance for changes in Maryland’s Discipline regulations and the new State Code of Discipline Policy that was adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education in July of 2014. Mr. Murphy also has been named by the Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council.

The target audience for the conference is health care providers, public health professionals, health policy makers, community advocates, academic researchers, health departments, other governmental agencies, legislators, non-profit and for-profit organizations as and the business community with an interest in eliminating health disparities.

It is not too late to register! Conference fees are only $50. The conference is packed with information and learning objectives to help you 1) assess current efforts that address health disparities in Missouri and develop strategies to meet specific patient/client needs; and 2) identify strategies to build inclusive communities, schools and health care systems.

For more information or to register, follow this link: http://medicine.missouri.edu/cme/healthy-lives—healthy-communities.html

Meet Brian from HALO, Uganda!

brianBrian, one of the HALO scholarship recipients (scholarship provided by Community Asset Builders), is looking forward to starting the next step in pursuing his medical degree! School will begin in August and he can’t wait to get started.

“Of course I am excited! I keep getting closer and closer to my dream to be a medical doctor”

Brian graduated from Makerere home in December and will be spending the summer working at the HALO Learning Center in Uganda.

“My brothers are looking forward to seeing me again. I want to volunteer my time so that I can be close to them and help them study to have a chance to find their dreams like I do. I am so lucky to have this chance and I want them to be lucky too.”

As a member of a HALO home since 2003, Brian expressed that he is passionate about staying close to the homes and the kids he grew up with. His job will be to oversee the operations of the learning center while also running fun and educational programs for the kids to participate in on a weekly basis.

HALO is so excited that Brian will be serving as a role model for youth to look up to. He is truly succeeding in becoming a contributing member of his community by pursuing a career as a doctor while mentoring other youth to pursue their goals.

CAB is proud to be a sponsor of Brian’s education. Congratulations, Brian!

For a video and more information about HALO, click here. https://haloworldwide.org/halo-scholarship-fund/

We’ve Been Invited to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine!

1963h.8-obverse-400wHealthTran founders and Community Asset Builders’ principals, Doris Boeckman and Suzanne Alewine, have been invited to participate on a panel at The National Academies of Sciences, “Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation” workshop, to be held in Washington, DC June 6-7, 2016. The workshop objectives are to showcase models of transportation services that facilitate individuals’ access to health care providers, discuss data sources, information technology obstacles and solutions from (and across) the health care transportation perspectives, and to explore opportunities to ascertain the value of transportation services to improving health outcomes (e.g., through performance metrics to transportation providers, health system and payers. HealthTran and Missouri’s Rides to Wellness efforts will be showcased as part of Panel II: Examples of cross-sector collaboration to provide transportation services to vulnerable individuals in rural/small urban/suburban settings.

The link for the project and workshop registration is provided at http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/activities/publichealth/transitandhealthcare.aspx.

Doris Boeckman is the former Executive Director for the Missouri Public Transit Association (2006-2015) and Suzanne Alewine presently serves as Executive Director of the Missouri Rural Health Association. HealthTran was a joint collaboration between the associations in 2013 and funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health as a three-year pilot demonstration. For more information about HealthTran, view the videos at: http://www.morha.org/?page_id=46.

HHS Awards $1,732,957 to CAB Clients

HHSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2016
CAB, LLC Clients Awarded 5 of 7 Missouri FY2016 Substance Abuse Service Expansion Awards

 

 

Contact: Suzanne Alewine
(573) 632-2700
suzanne@cabllc.com

“Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states…to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations. “The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”*

Community Asset Builders is proud to have been the grant-writing partner for five (5) of the seven (7) Missouri awardees. CAB clients will receive $1,732,957 in grant funding and are in listed below in bold text:

Missouri Awardees:

ADVOCATES FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY INC SPRINGFIELD $406,250
AFFINIA HEALTHCARE SAINT LOUIS $325,000
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF CENTRAL MISSOURI LINN $406,250
COMPASS HEALTH, INC. CLINTON $324,300
MYRTLE HILLIARD DAVIS COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTERS, INC. SAINT LOUIS $271,048
NORTHWEST HEALTH SERVICES, INC. ST JOSEPH $324,409
PREFERRED FAMILY HEALTHCARE, INCORPORATED KIRKSVILLE $325,000

Microsoft PowerPoint - logo for shirts.v2If your organization would like to partner with Community Asset Builders on your next grant application please contact Lisa Huff at (573) 632-2700 or lisa@cabllc.com.

Special thanks to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s MoCAP Program for their on-going support of organizations seeking to bring federal grant funding to Missouri.

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*Read the complete HHS announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2016

Contact: HRSA Press Office
301-443-3376
media@hhs.gov
HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”

The abuse of and addiction to opioids, such as heroin and prescription pain medication, is a serious and increasing public health problem. Approximately 4.5 million people in the United States were non-medical prescription pain reliever users in 2013, and an estimated 289,000 were current heroin users. HHS also estimates the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain medications has nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and deaths related to heroin increased 39 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Administered by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), these awards to health centers across the country will increase the number of patients screened for substance use disorders and connected to treatment, increase the number of patients with access to MAT for opioid use and other substance use disorder treatment, and provide training and educational resources to help health professionals make informed prescribing decisions. This $94 million investment is expected to help awardees hire approximately 800 providers to treat nearly 124,000 new patients.

“Health centers treat some of the most at-risk patients in the country,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards position health centers to be at the forefront of the fight against opioid abuse in underserved communities.”

Research demonstrates that a whole-patient approach to treatment through a combination of medication and counseling and behavioral therapies is most successful in treating opioid use disorders. In 2014, over 1.3 million people received behavioral health services at health centers, This represents a 75 percent increase since 2008 and was made possible with support from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Recovery Act. Today’s funding builds upon and leverages these previous investments by providing support to health centers to improve and expand the delivery of MAT substance abuse services in an integrated primary care/behavioral health model with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Today, over 1,300 health centers operate approximately 9,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin; these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients. In 2014, health centers provided behavioral health services to more than 1.3 million patients, including those in need of substance abuse services.

“HRSA’s innovative investment in the delivery of medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders affirms the importance of behavioral health to overall health,” said Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Addressing the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Administration and the Department. The Department is focused on three key areas: improving opioid prescribing practices, increasing the use of naloxone, and increasing access to MAT. In addition, the President has made addressing the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic a top priority and issued a Presidential Memorandum last year on improving access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Today’s awards are an example of HHS taking every available step to expand access to MAT. Building on these efforts, the President’s Budget includes a $1.1 billion initiative to help ensure that all individuals with opioid use disorders who want treatment are able to access it.

To view a list of the award winners, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/substanceabuse/fy16awards.html

For more information on the Department’s key areas of focus to address the opioids crisis, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2015pres/03/20150326a.html

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

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Sources:
http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/11/hhs-awards-94-million-to-health-centers.html
http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/substanceabuse/2016awards/mo.html