From the CEO's Desk
Leaders at the local, state and national level joined communities in celebration of National Health Center Week 2017, August 13-19. This issue of Connections highlights some of these celebrations.

Community Health Centers are part of a national network that serves as the “family doctor” to more than 25 million Americans. The program started more than 50 years ago as a small but bold demonstration project to provide health care in medically underserved areas. Over the course of their existence, health centers have saved countless lives, reduced and prevented chronic disease in the most challenged of patients, and provided patients with affordable options for care other than a costly hospital emergency room.  Health centers have proven to be innovators in treating chronic disease and responding to national health crises, such as the opioid epidemic that kills 78 people in the U.S. every day.

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Spotlight Articles, August 2017
People & Places in the News, August 2017
TPCA & Beyond, August 2017
2017 Association Partners


TPCA Resources

Upcoming Events*

Click here to see the complete calendar of events

September 2017

Monday, September 4
TPCA Closed for Labor Day 

September 6-7
Preparing for Open Enrollment 5

Tuesday, September 12
TPCA Policy Committee Meeting
11 a.m.-noon

Wednesday, September 13
Executive Committee Meeting
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 19
CQCH Program Committee Meeting
10-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 21
EPSDT and Coding Webinar for Providers
10:30 a.m.-noon

October 2017
October 4-6
TPCA Annual Leadership Conference

Tuesday, October 17
CQCH Program Committee Meeting
10-11:30 a.m.

*all times Central unless otherwise noted

Visit TPCA's Resource Library

TPCA places recordings and handouts from our meetings, as well as other valuable information, in our online Resource Library. Simply choose your area of interest from a wide range of topics to find what’s most useful to you, your clinic and your patients.

Looking for Training and Continuing Education?

Be sure to visit TPCA's Partner-Sponsored Education Opportunities page for a listing of relevant, affordable and convenient educational offerings from our partners and affiliates.

Send Us Your News

We want to know what's going on at your health center. Please send your news and photos to Terri Woodmore at



This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant Number U58CS06816, State and Primary Care Associations. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. 
Tennessee Health Centers Receive More than $2 Million in Quality Awards



(from HRSA)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Aug. 15 that nearly $105 million has been awarded to 1,333 health centers in all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. In Tennessee, all 29 Federally Qualified Health Centers will share more than $2 million in funding. (Click here for a list of awards.

Health centers will use these funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve. This announcement came during Health Center Week, the annual celebration of the high-quality, affordable, primary care health centers have been providing for more than 50 years.

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TPCA Board of Directors Elects Two New Members



Congratulations to the newest members of the Tennessee Primary Care Association Board of Directors: Silas Tolan, executive director of ETSU College of Nursing Managed Health Centers, and Angel Moore, CEO of Erlanger SSDA Health Centers.
Tennessee Department of Health Electronic Case Reporting Measure



(from the Tennessee Department of Health)

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) will declare readiness for Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) in January 2018 under the Public Health Reporting Objective and begin accepting eCR in July of 2018 from pilot partners.

eCR is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from an electronic health record (EHR) to the public health agency’s disease surveillance system for review and action. eCR will allow healthcare providers the opportunity to report suspected cases to TDH for further investigation using an electronic health record (EHR) system rather than manually reporting on paper and waiting on lab test results to confirm a suspected case.

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