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Community Health Center receives training grant

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The Community Health Center, which operates clinics around the state including sites in New London and Groton, has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Health Resources Services Administration to help health centers around the country train health care professionals, the center announced Monday. 

CHC said the grant funds would be used to:

• Establish postgraduate training programs for nurse practitioners, postdoctoral clinical psychologists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners, doubling the number of health centers with residency programs.

• Train health center representatives who want to begin or advance training programs for health profession students. Currently, about 66 percent of health centers train students.

• Develop or enhance teaching agreements with academic institutions to improve their training programs.

• Implement practice transformation measures to help health care team members practice at the highest level and improve the functioning of the team.

The training and technical assistance will be provided through a series of webinars and learning collaborative sessions using live and recorded telehealth technology, CHC said.

“This grant will allow us to continue to help health centers address the near- and long-term shortage of health care providers by establishing their own post-graduate training programs and by advancing the use of team-based care,” said Margaret Flinter, senior vice president and clinical director of CHC, who is co-principal investigator on the grant with Kerry Bamrick, senior program administrator for the Weitzman Institute.

Telehealth Tackles Medicaid’s Challenges with eConsult Program

Profiled at the NETRC conference in UMass-Amherst, an eConsult program launched in Connecticut has proven that telehealth can cut Medicaid waste, improve access for the uninsured and make doctors more confident.

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 - A first-of-its-kind telehealth program launched in Connecticut two years ago is reducing unnecessary spending, improving care coordination for the hard-to-reach Medicaid population and making primary care doctors more confident in their abilities, simply by using online messaging to determine if specialist referrals are necessary.

The eConsult program developed by Community Health Center in 2015 is now being used in some nine states, from Maine to the Pacific Northwest, and has spawned a network of similar programs across the country. Its premise is simple: Give doctors an online resource to ask a few questions and perhaps get a little reassurance that they’re doing the right thing.

“This thing makes people happy,” says Darren Anderson, MD, CHC’s vice president and chief quality officer and director of the Weitzman Institute, a community-based research center founded to help Federally Qualified Health Centers improve primary care services for the underserved.

Community Health Center breaks ground for Knowledge, Technology office in Middletown

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By Cassandra Day, The Middletown Press

MIDDLETOWN >> The head of the Community Health Center said he’s often asked whether, when he founded the facility 45 years ago, he foresaw such a long legacy of patient service.

“Of course, what 20-year-old do you know that doesn’t think he can conquer the world?” joked CEO and founder Mark Masselli Monday during a groundbreaking for the new Knowledge and Technology Center at the facility’s future home on Grand Street.

At least 200 North End and other city residents, patients and local and state dignitaries joined for the ceremonial event on the dirt lot that sits kitty-corner from the CHC’s primary care peace & health building at 605 Main St.

The new three-story, 30,000-square-foot building will house information technology, telehealth, communications, human resources and other offices that comprise CHC’s statewide primary care network, according to the organization.
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News Releases

Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH, Receives National Outstanding Clinician Award

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Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) Chief Dental Officer Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH, was presented with the Outstanding Clinician Award at the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) annual conference. Dr. Tummala was recognized for her exceptional work as a practicing dentist, her advocacy for her patients, her commitment to research and her service as an educator.

NIMAA Appoints Elena Thomas Faulkner CEO

Denver Resident Takes Helm of Nation’s Most Innovative Medical Assistant Training Program

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The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Thomas Faulkner as its CEO. She joins NIMAA from Denver’s La Clinica Tepeyac, Inc. where she served as Chief Strategy Officer, and will be based in NIMAA’s Denver office. 

Community Health Center, Inc. Receives $510,000 to Combat the National Opioid Crisis

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Community Health Center, Inc. is pleased to announce the receipt of a $510,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services as part of its ongoing efforts to address the national opioid crisis.
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