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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

New Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams is featured guest this week on nationally syndicated Conversations on Health Care

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Conversations on Health Care, syndicated nationally on the ReachMD Channel on iHeartRadio and the Public Radio Exchange, is pleased to welcome newly-named Apple COO Jeff Williams as our first guest of 2016.  The show, hosted by Community Health Center, Inc. CEO Mark Masselli and Senior VP Margaret Flinter, recently celebrated its 300th episode. Mr. Williams discusses Apple’s recent foray into the health care space with the recent launch of the Apple Watch, Apple HealthKit and Apple ResearchKit.

Dr. Wanda Montalvo Joins Community Health Center’s Weitzman Institute as Associate Director

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Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), Connecticut’s largest primary care provider for underserved populations, announces the appointment of Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN as Associate Director of the Weitzman Institute (WI). Dr. Montalvo will expand WI’s work promoting innovation in primary care through research, quality improvement, and training. 

Community Health Center, Inc. Appoints Chief Operations Officer

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Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), Connecticut’s largest primary care provider for underserved populations, today announced the appointment of Doreen Bentson as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Ms. Bentson brings to CHC more than 25 years of process improvement experience, most recently as Quality Leader for General Electric Company. In her new role, Bentson will be responsible for planning, developing, evaluating and overseeing the daily operations of the health center and ensuring an exceptional patient experience.