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Resources by Topic: Federally Qualified Health Centers

Examining the Cost Effectiveness of Teaching Health Centers
Examines areas where the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program can produce savings, focusing on physician spending for patient encounters during and after residency training and patient Medicaid and Medicare insurance coverage. Identifies the location of THCGME programs and highlights program outcomes, including the percent of graduates who work in rural and underserved areas and practice primary care.
Author(s): Candice Chen, Leighton Ku, Marsha Regenstein, Fitzhugh Mullan
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management, RCHN Community Health Foundation
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Case Studies of 6 Safety Net Organizations That Integrate Oral and Mental/Behavioral Health With Primary Care Services
Features an analysis of 6 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) integrating oral health and behavioral health with primary care across the country. Features one rural example.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): M. Langelier, S. Surdu, N. Goodwin
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Addressing Rural Workforce Shortages and Healthcare Disparities: An Annotated Bibliography
Report designed to inform policy discussions and future publications concerning healthcare disparities and outcomes, the distribution of physicians in rural areas, and the graduate medical education system financing. Also includes sections on rural hospital closures, social determinants of health, and healthcare safety net facilities. Constructed from a literature review, expert-recommended articles, and a search of white and grey literature.
Author(s): Dara Khatib, Alison Huffstetler, Andrew Bazemore
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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Community Health Center Chartbook, 2019
Features graphs, figures, and maps to document services provided by health centers, characteristics of the patients served, and progress made in improving access to healthcare, including in rural areas. Reports on health centers' financial health, workforce status, economic impact, challenges to meeting the demand for healthcare needs, and more. Includes statistics on telehealth service offerings with breakdowns by urban or rural status.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Access to Care: Health Centers and Providers in Underserved Communities
Recording of a January 29, 2019 Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on the importance of community health centers and National Health Service Corps providers in helping to address issues of access to primary care for rural and urban underserved communities.
Additional links: Andrea Anderson Testimony, Dennis Freeman, Cherokee Health Systems Testimony, John B. Waits, Cahaba Medical Care FQHC Testimony
Date: 01/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Strengthening Healthcare Along the Gulf Coast: The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program's Primary Care Capacity Project
Reports on the Primary Care Capacity Project, which expanded primary care access to Gulf Coast counties through community health centers as part of the Deepwater Horizon settlement. Addresses initiatives targeting expanded access for rural areas, a pilot Community-Centered Health Home (CCHH) model intended to address social determinants of health through community collaborations, and more.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Louisiana Public Health Institute
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Rural Eye Healthcare: Optometrist Explains the Benefits of the Medical Model of Optometry
A rural optometrist from a California Federally Qualified Health Center discusses the connection between vision and overall health and the health benefits that optometric care brings to rural patients. Also discusses additional community health training optometry graduates may consider, such as an Indian Health Service residency program for optometrists.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Eye Health Needs: Preserving the Eyesight of Rural and Underserved Populations
Explains the importance of vision care in health and describes how rural vision care can be improved to increase quality of life and prevent disability in rural patients. Features a rural Federally Qualified Health Center that has added eye care to its services and a vision van that provides care in underserved communities.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in New Jersey
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Rhode Island
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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