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CHC-backed program graduates first medical-assistants class

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The first class of medical assistants trained specifically to work as key members of primary care teams graduated last week from the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA), a new national training program developed by Community Health Center Inc. of Middletown and Salud Family Health Centers of Colorado.

The seven-month classroom, online and clinical training program trains students to be medical assistants (MAs) who help with primary care office tasks such as taking weight and blood pressure, using electronic records and choreographing patient visits with physicians. They are not nurses, but the position provides entry-level exposure to the medical profession and is a growing area in health care, said Leslie Gianelli, CHC spokeswoman.

CHC graduated four students last week and Salud six and the two plan to expand their NIMAA program to 10 or 12 more clinics across the U.S. who subscribe to their training model and curriculum, Gianelli said. Classes would begin in September and cost $6,000. NIMAA also plans a shorter, less expensive program to upgrade skills of existing medical assistants, starting in early 2018.

CHC and Salud started the program after finding new MAs often weren't fully prepared for team-based primary care and required additional training, so it began the higher-level NIMAA program allowing graduates to be ready to work on their first day, Gianelli said. CHC may hire some of the graduates, pending passing a required exam, but graduates are free to take their skills anywhere.

The Department of Labor anticipates more than 20 percent growth in the need for MAs over the next decade, said David Aylward, project lead for NIMAA.

Telemedicine with a twist at Weitzman Institute/Community Health Center in Meriden

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Doctors from across the country are benefiting from innovative patient-centered care approach at Community Health Center.

Doctors in 25 states tuning into Project Echo. They’re on a myriad of devices from laptops to smart phones.

Primary care physicians are connecting with specialty doctors through a sophisticated video conferencing system.

“We describe it as making geography irrelevant. You can put people together and connect them and it doesn’t matter where they are,” said Dr. Daren Anderson, Director of the Weitzman Institute at Community Health Center, transforming healthcare delivery.


Say ahhh

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Area families take advantage of free dental check-ups for their children through the Give Kids A Smile program at the Community Health Center in New London, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Give Kids A Smile Day was launched nationally in 2003 by the American Dental Association and annually helps to bring dental care to children in need. (Tim Cook/The Day)

News Releases

Sen. Chris Murphy Builds Support for Mental Healthcare Reform at Forum at Community Health Center, Inc.

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Sen. Chris Murphy made a strong case for his bill to reform mental healthcare Wednesday at a community forum attended by more than 100 representatives of state and community organizations at Community Health Center, Inc. in Middletown.

“Our nation’s mental health system is broken, and the family members and providers that I met with at
Community Health Center, Inc. are desperate for Congress to help fix it,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.
“Over the last year, I’ve heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from families across Connecticut and
worked with them to draft the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act. We’re finally on the cusp of
reforming our mental health system for the first time in a generation. I urge Senate leadership to take
action and bring this bill up for a vote as soon as Congress returns to Washington this fall.”

Mark Masselli, president and CEO of the Community Health Center, Inc., introduced Murphy, saying
“Connecticut residents have been watching Sen Murphy’s representation of us with a great deal of pride
and respect.” Murphy has been engaged in promoting collaboration on mental healthcare reform as an
issue that affects all American, Masselli said. “This forum is a great example of his work bringing us
together and getting us excited about reform.”