Community Meeting for CHCC on Tuesday

There will be a community meeting held next Tuesday, April 27, 2010 from 1:30-3:00pm in the Civic Center Gibson Room.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide clear, specific information about the federal requirements for a community health center, including the structure and authority of the community board, as well as the expectations of a co-applicant arrangement.  This presentation by a HRSA consulting team will serve as a foundation upon which to build additional community discussions about the future of the Community Health Care Center, Inc. (CHCC).

The Community Health Care Center is a federally qualified health center that has operated as a division of the City-County Health Department since 1994.  The team from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-the Federal agency that funds the Health Center- will be on site the week of April 26th thru the 29th.  Health Officer and Executive Director, Alicia Thompson states: “We want to assure that all of the stakeholders in our community have a chance to hear the same information about federal requirements and ask clarifying questions, as well as make sure everyone hears the same message.” 

The main purpose of Tuesday’s meeting is to discuss alternative options for the future of the Health Center with community decision makers, community partners and stakeholders in the healthcare field.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore the feasibility and impact of different scenarios for the future of the CHCC.

 About the CHCC:

The CHCC focuses on providing high quality, cost-effective, comprehensive primary and preventive medical, dental and behavioral health care to individuals who would otherwise not be able to access care.  Patients who are not covered by public or private insurance are charged on a sliding fee scale, based on their income, which renders health care affordable to all patients.