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The team at the North Carolina Community Health Center Association is excited to share a video that gives viewers a first-hand look inside the day-to-day life of a North Carolina Community Health Center.

While the video tour does not visit every site in North Carolina, it represents the services provided by 42 Community Health Centers at over 300 site locations in 84 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. .

The Community Health Centers of North Carolina have been at the forefront of testing and now vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have continually to adapted to changing safety precautions and provided excellent primary care and other health services.

This video gives glimpses of what the physical offices of NC Community Health Centers look like, as well as discussions of services such as dental, behavioral health, medical, and pharmacy.

You can view the video tour below and here.

The following joint statement is endorsed by these organizations: AARP North Carolina, Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina, Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, Mutual Drug/CPESN, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, North Carolina Alliance of Public Health Agencies, North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs, North Carolina Association of Educators, North Carolina Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, NC Chamber, North Carolina Coalition on Aging, North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians, North Carolina Community Health Center Association, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Healthcare Association, North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association, North Carolina Medical Society, North Carolina Nurses Association, NC PACE Association, North Carolina Pediatric Society, North Carolina Public Health Association, Transitions LifeCare, YMCA of the Triangle

As North Carolina prepares for the coming flu season, organizations representing healthcare providers, hospitals, business owners, educators, and senior citizens — as well as community stakeholders — have joined together to issue this statement to promote the importance of getting a flu shot during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination against the flu for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine. Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection with the flu.

This year, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccination, considering the continued presence of the COVID-19 viral global pandemic that has already claimed more than 205,000 American lives. Widespread flu and COVID-19 at the same time could overwhelm our health care system, making it hard for people to get medical care they may need.

Millions of Americans get the flu each year. It is estimated that at least 39 million people became sick due to flu-related illness during the 2019-20 flu season, leading to more than 18 million medical visits, 410,000 hospitalizations, and at least 24,000 deaths. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths.

In addition to the human cost, the economic impact of the flu amounts to billions of dollars annually in lost work time and productivity, and increased health care costs. Getting a flu shot is important to reduce strain on the economy and the health care delivery system during the continued fight against COVID-19.

For those who get the flu, vaccination can also make illness milder, making is especially important for those at higher risk of more serious outcomes. This includes people over 65 years of age, children younger than 5, pregnant women and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In addition, we are learning that people can have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, making it even more important to lower the risk of serious illness with the flu.

While data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the percent of Americans getting flu vaccines has risen in recent years, many people still do not get vaccinated. During the 2018-19 flu season, CDC data shows just 45.3 percent of U.S. adults (ages 18 and older) and 62.6 percent of children (ages 6 months to 17 years) received the vaccine.

Getting a flu shot is especially important for people in communities with health disparities that have also been hit hard by COVID-19. It will be critical to promote and support flu vaccine initiatives serving these communities. The flu shot is low- or no-cost for many North Carolinians with commercial insurance. As always, all vaccines including influenza are fully covered by Medicaid and Medicare. Local health departments, community health centers and free clinics also offer no-cost flu shots to uninsured patients based on availability. So please, get a flu shot and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

As the school year resumes and flu season approaches, now is the time to get a flu vaccine. Doing so is an important precaution that provides a measure of relief to those who are vaccinated – it is one less thing to worry about during the time of COVID-19.

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, parents should check with their healthcare provider about getting their children caught up on any vaccinations they might have missed during the temporary stay-at-home order earlier this year.

We urge all North Carolinians to practice the following essential precautions to protect against the spread of flu, COVID-19, and other viruses:

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NCCHCA recognizes Mutual of America as a new vendor providing retirement plans and services for NCCHCA member health centers and their employees. With this announcement comes an additional benefit to your organization as a result of being an NCCHCA member.

All NCCHCA members are eligible for a waiver of the monthly Contract Charge and monthly Per Participant Charge that ordinarily apply to Mutual of America’s retirement plans. The savings gained from these waivers can be used to enhance programs or other benefits for your agency and employees.

If you looking to start a new retirement plan, Mutual of America’s representatives will take time to evaluate your organization’s objectives and help you to design a retirement plan that meets those objectives.

If you already offer an employee retirement plan, Mutual of America’s representatives can provide a thorough evaluation and review of your plan. For many organizations, this review process is a valuable tool that results in an increased awareness of the range of retirement plan products and services available.

We hope that you find the above information beneficial to your organization. Thank you for your continued support of the North Carolina Community Health Center Association as we seek to accomplish our mission to promote and support patient-governed community health care organizations and the populations they serve.

Sincerely,

Chris Shank

 

For more information about Mutual of America, please reach out to Michael Barefoot, Vendor Service Assistant, at barefootm@ncchca.org.

Raleigh, NC—The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) is pleased to announce its 2020 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities. Offerings include sponsorship and exhibitor packages throughout the year at each of NCCHCA’s four signature conferences that provide supporting organizations a networking and platform presence throughout the state with health center leadership, clinical staff, and partners.

2020 S&E Overview

 

NCCHCA S&E Overview 2020

CONTACT:      LaShun Huntley, Board Chair                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                           336-293-8728 Ext. 110                                            July 24, 2019

Raleigh, NC—The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment image of new interim CEO, Chris Shankof Crystal Shank, Vice President of Operations & Business Development, as the organization’s Interim CEO effective July 19, 2019. Prior to joining NCCHCA in 2017 as Vice President of Operations, Mrs. Shank was a Regional Administrator in the Duke Primary Care system where she led clinical operations, practice transformation, and quality improvement initiatives. Chris started her career in community health in Wilmington, NC working with underserved populations.

Ms. Shank follows Ben Money, who served the Association for 18 years – the last ten as President & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Money has been appointed Deputy Secretary of Health Services at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

LaShun Huntley, NCCHCA Board Chair, said “with Ben’s experiences and knowledge, we need an interim focused on building and continuing relationships which is one of Chris’s best characteristics.”

NCCHCA Resolution to Support Efforts to Curb Climate Change (approved by NCCHCA board on March 27, 2019)

WHEREAS, the mission of NCCHCA is to promote and support patient governed community health care organizations and the populations they serve; and

WHEREAS, scientific evidence for man-made causes of climate change has been overwhelmingly demonstrated 2 ; and

WHEREAS, the southeastern United States is currently experiencing increased coastal flooding, storm intensity, summer heat waves, poor air quality days in cities, wild fires, and vector-borne diseases; and

WHEREAS, recent Hurricanes Matthew (2016), Florence (2018) caused significant facility, operational losses and patient injury across North Carolina community health centers; and

WHEREAS, climate change threatens the fundamentals that sustain life and health—fresh water, food, clean air, shelter, and security endangering the health and sustainability of the communities we serve. 3

WHEREAS, low-income communities are disproportionately affected by the health impacts of climate change; and

WHEREAS, there are less than 30 years to make significant changes in human practices that contribute to green-house gases and global warming; and

WHEREAS, community health centers are authorized under the US Public Health Act, and are key primary care delivery sites within the US public health infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, the Health Center Program Statute: Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. §254b) subsection (b)(2) authorizes health centers to provide additional services necessary for the adequate support of primary health services including environmental health services, including- (i) the detection and alleviation of unhealthful conditions associated with (I) water supply; (II) chemical and pesticide exposures; (III) air quality; and

WHEREAS, health centers are trusted partners with our patients and community to improve the health of our service area; and

WHEREAS, On October 29, 2018 Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No.80 North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy; and

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT the NCCHCA Board of Directors hereby joins the public health community in calling upon local, state, and federal policy makers to adopt swift and effective legislation, considerate to the needs of low-income and vulnerable populations, to curb climate change.

We commit to:

  1. stewardship of our natural resources used in the operations of our facilities and services; and
  2. collaboration with federal, state, and local officials in identifying and implementing efforts to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change at the local level.

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