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Children take part in program for free dental care in New Britain

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NEW BRITAIN – Some kids without dental insurance had a reason to smile Monday.

The ‘Give Kids a Smile’ program in New Britain provides free oral health services to Connecticut children without dental insurance.

The Community Health Center has been involved in the program all month.

All children receive cleanings, exams, exams, fillings and much more.

“The kids come in and we enjoy treating them, and they have a great time.We take care of their dental needs and make sure to brush every night before you go to bed,” said Dr. Michael Mark.

This program has been in several towns this month including Hartford, New London and Norwalk.

On Friday, the program will be in Old Saybrook.

Weitzman ECHO Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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From Weitzman ECHO: With a mission of caring for underserved patients with complex conditions and chronic disease, Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute realizes the importance of connecting primary care providers and expert specialists to improve patient outcomes. Five years ago this week, Weitzman ECHO, a real-time videoconference platform, was launched to link providers and expert faculty, initially with a focus on managing Hepatitis C and HIV. Since then, the program has been expanded to cover conditions such as chronic pain, substance abuse, complex care management, pediatric and adolescent behavioral health, and healthcare for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

CHC Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Receives Full Accreditation

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From Community Health Center, Inc.: The postgraduate family nurse practitioner residency program at Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) has received its initial three-year accreditation from the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Program Consortium (NNPRFTC), an indication of the highest levels of programmatic rigor and best practices.

“This is an important milestone,” says Margaret Flinter, APRN, PhD., senior vice president and clinical director for CHC. “Full accreditation means that our postgraduate residency training program has been carefully reviewed by peers and leaders in the field and meets objective and rigorous standards. Our program is particularly focused on new nurse practitioners who are committed to practice careers as primary care providers and seek an additional year of training specific to that challenging role.”

“CHC has been a leader in providing excellent education and training for healthcare professionals, and we are delighted the quality of our nurse practitioner residency program is recognized by experts in the field,” says Mark Masselli, president and CEO of CHC.

The NNPRFTC was established as a non-profit organization in 2015 to develop an accreditation service for postgraduate training programs. CHC’s postgraduate nurse practitioner residency program is the second program in the country to be accredited by the NNPRFTC. The International Community Health Services nurse practitioner residency program in Seattle, Wash., was awarded full accreditation by the NNPRFTC earlier the same day.

“Our goal is to ensure that postgraduate training programs for nurse practitioners have the rigor and quality to support new nurse practitioners and those transitioning between specialties and provide the depth, breadth, and intensity of training they seek in preparing for new roles,” says Candice Rettie, PhD., executive director of NNPRFTC. “We are delighted to give our seal of approval to the CHC program.”

The accreditation process, which is voluntary, involves extensive analysis and documentation of the residency program’s operations. It also involves an on-site visit for verification and inspection of the program and its facilities by professionals with nationally recognized expertise in postgraduate training for nurse practitioners.

CHC established the nation’s first postgraduate nurse practitioner residency program in 2007.


News Releases

Delaware Department of Corrections Introduces Telehealth E-Consults via Connections Community SupportPrograms and CeCN

Program to increase access to specialty care for offender patients; lower healthcare and transportation costs

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Contact: Leslie Gianelli
Community Health Center, Inc.
(860) 918-7504 or [email protected]

Delaware Department of Corrections Introduces Telehealth E-Consults via Connections Community Support Programs and CeCN

Program to increase access to specialty care for offender patients; lower healthcare and transportation costs 

Middletown, Connecticut; October 4, 2016: A new telehealth program launched in Delaware this summer enables primary healthcare providers to receive advice from specialists without offender patients having to leave their correctional facility. Connections Community Support Programs has partnered with Community eConsult Network(CeCN) to implement the telehealth eConsults program, which is expected to increase access to specialty care, and save money in healthcare and transportation costs, resulting in better health outcomes for offenders.

Connections Community Support Program provides primary medical and behavioral health care for all individuals who are incarcerated in the unified correctional system operated by the Delaware Department of Correction. Through CeCN, providers working at correctional facilities can consult with specialists on individual offender patients electronically, submitting details about the case and photos if necessary for feedback.  However, Connections Community Support primary care providers have the final say on the offender patient’s treatment plan. 

“Finding specialists who are taking new patients is difficult in general, but finding specialists who accept new patients from the correctional system is especially hard,” says Delaware Department of Corrections Bureau Chief Marc Richman. “Since we are obligated to provide care of at least a community standard, we often end up sending offender patients long distances for treatment. With two correctional officers managing the transport, each transport is quite expensive.”

Data from previous CeCN programs in a community health setting shows that only 31 percent of e-consults necessitated a face-to-face visit with a specialist. The rest of the time, the primary care physician was able to handle treatment with the specialist’s guidance. Prior to implementing e-consults earlier this year, Delaware DOC performed 2500-2700 medical moves a year at a cost of $800,000 - $1,000,000. “Lowering that number will result in significant savings,” says Richman.

“The idea that drives CeCN is to move knowledge, not patients,” says Daren Anderson, Director of Community Health Center’s Weitzman Institute, which oversees CeCN. “It’s hard to imagine a setting where this idea makes more sense than the correctional system.”

“In vulnerable populations, we see that e-consults lead to more timely care and better health outcomes because the majority of the time, care can be delivered without the patient locating or scheduling a specialist,” says Kevin Massey, who oversees CeCN as Business and Product Develo

CHC Joins Stand Down to Support the State’s Veterans

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Contact: Leslie Gianelli

[email protected]

(860)-347-6971 x3080


CHC Joins Stand Down to Support the State’s Veterans
Free dental care and screenings provided during day-long event


MIDDLETOWN, Conn., September 26, 2016: Community Health Center, Inc. was one of the 70 or so agencies and organizations participating in Stand Down 2016 to aid the state’s veterans Friday. Its dental clinic and information booth were extremely popular. Hundreds of veterans and family members stopped by the CHC booth for information about the agency’s health care services for the medically underserved.

One veteran came to CHC’s dental clinic with a mission: “I’m here to get my smile back,” said the vet who served in Korea and Viet Nam. He needed a new set of dentures, to replace ones he accidentally threw out after wrapping them in a napkin and placing them on a lunch tray. “I used to smile all the time, and I miss that.”  He got an oral cancer screening, a cleaning, and a consultation for dentures, along with follow up appointments at a CHC dental site required to prepare the dentures.

He was one of 79 veterans screened for oral cancer and one of 65 who received dental treatment, which included fillings and extractions. Sixty-six veterans received dental cleanings.

CHC is a regular participant at the annual Stand Down event.  The care was provided by three dentists, four dental assistants and nine dental hygienists.

“This event is very special for us as care providers, because we know we are providing important care to people who really need it,” said Sheela Tummala, DDS, chief dental officer for CHC and one of the care providers at Stand Down.


About Community Health Center, Inc.
Since 1972, Community Health Center, Inc. has been one of the leading healthcare providers in the state of Connecticut, building a world-class primary healthcare system committed to caring for uninsured and underserved populations. CHC is focused on improving health outcomes for its more than 145,000 patients as well as building healthy communities. Recognized as both a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and a Primary Care Medical Home by The Joint Commission, CHC delivers service in more than 200 locations statewide, offering primary care in medical, dental and behavioral health services. For more information, visit www.chc1.com.

Community Health Center, Inc. Receives $330,502 for Quality Improvement

The grant is the largest of 15 awarded to Connecticut community health centers

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The Community Health Center, Inc., (CHC), received a $330,502 grant  from the Human Resources & Services Administration Friday in recognition of its excellence in providing high quality care to patients and to continue its quality improvement work.