Raleigh, NC — Recently, HHS and HRSA announced over $3 Million in Quality Improvement awards to North Carolina’s Community Health Centers. Thirty-seven health centers in our state received this important recognition. Of particular note, HHS recognized Kintegra Health, formerly known as Gaston Family Health Services, as a National Quality Leader, an honor granted to only the top 1-2% of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the country. “I am proud and excited for Kintegra that they achieved this in the midst of rebranding and going through other changes—all while maintaining quality that puts them in the top 2% of CHCs nationwide,” said Chris Shank, CEO and President of NCCHCA. “Kintegra Health has pioneered programming that truly focuses on whole-person care, fully embracing behavioral health alongside medical. It is a deep honor and privilege to be recognized for our efforts, and we look forward to continuing to serve our communities with a commitment to providing quality services,” said Erin Myer, Director of Behavioral Health at Kintegra.
Thirty-one FQHCs in the state were recognized for their Patient Centered Medical Home status, and 15 were recognized for their important work reducing health disparities. North Carolina’s Community Health Centers have successfully maintained and improved care quality despite the challenges of COVID-19. As key community partners in testing and education about the pandemic, Community Health Center leaders know that they serve the state’s most vulnerable patients, many of whom are more likely to suffer from debilitating effects of COVID19. Therefore, North Carolina’s FQHCs will continue providing high-quality primary care services, reducing the effects of chronic conditions, and keeping our communities safe and healthy from the pandemic.
The full list of awards can be viewed at https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/qualityimprovement/states/NC.html.
About the North Carolina Community Health Association
The North Carolina Community Health Center Association serves as the collective voice for North Carolina’s 42 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Look-alikes (LAs)—aka Community Health Centers (CHCs). Our members offer a patient-governed, patient-centered health care home that integrates high quality medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and enabling services without regard to a person’s ability to pay.