From the CEO's Desk
Kathy Wood-Dobbins, CEOThe close of 2017 is a good time to reflect on the ways Tennessee’s Community Health Centers and the Tennessee Primary Care Association have forged ahead toward the mission of improving access to health care for all Tennesseans. Today, Tennessee CHCs serve almost 400,000 Tennesseans, providing 1.3 million patient visits. Many Tennesseans rely on a Community Health Center as their health care home. Health centers are expanding and integrating their services by providing dental services to more than 40,000 patients and behavioral health services to 42,000 patients.

The Tennessee Primary Care Association also has grown, bringing value to health centers through its leadership, advocacy, and support. It is a point of pride for me that every Community Health Center in Tennessee renews its membership in TPCA year after year. I am also proud of the accomplishments of the talented TPCA staff in the areas of health policy and advocacy, clinical, oral health, training and education, technical assistance, technology support, and member services. Our 2017 Annual Report provides additional details about these accomplishments.

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



TPCA Resources

Click here to see the complete calendar of events

December 2017

December 25 - January 1
TPCA Closed for the Holidays

January 2018

Tuesday, January 9
Quality Improvement Clinical Measures - Colorectal Cancer Screening Workgroup Meeting 
11-11:30 a.m.

Quality Improvement Clinical Measures - Diabetes Workgroup Meeting
11:30 a.m.-noon 

Wednesday, January 10
i2i Users Group
1-1:30 p.m. 

Tuesday January 16
CQCH Program Committee Meeting
10-11:30 a.m.  

Quality Improvement Workgroup Meeting
1-1:30 p.m.  

February 2018

Tuesday, February 20
CQCH Program Committee Meeting
10-11:30 a.m. 

Quality Improvement Workgroup Meeting
1-1:30 p.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.

Post Your Position in TPCA's Career Center

The TPCA Career Center is an online resource connecting member health centers and prospective candidates. The Career Center is designed to be an easy and accessible tool where members can post executive, clinical, administrative, and other openings at no cost.

Designated staff can post job openings by logging into their account on TPCA’s website. If you need assistance, contact Raymond Mitchell.

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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. 
Leaders Honored with Awards of Excellence at 2017 President’s Dinner



Several individuals were honored with TPCA Awards of Excellence at the 2017 President’s Dinner. The awards, which recognize commitment to the health center movement, were presented Jennifer Williams of Lifespan Health; Holly Fletcher, formerly with the Tennessean; and Anne Carr of Smith Harris & Carr.

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Tennessee Department of Health Reportable Diseases Guidance for 2018



The Tennessee Department of Health has updated the reportable diseases, reporting guidance, and reporting form for 2018. The update includes the following:

Additional information regarding the reportable diseases and reporting is available on the Reportable Diseases website.
HRSA Releases Updated FAQs for Award Recipients



What is a Prior Approval Request, and why would I use it?

Whom do I contact with questions about programmatic issues, program terms or conditions on the Notice of Award (NOA), the Federal Financial Report (FFR) and/or the Tangible Personal Property reporting requirements?

I need to return funds. How do I do it?

Find answers to these questions and many more in the  updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for HRSA Award Recipients. The FAQs are designed specifically for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) award recipients and are based on the most common questions received daily by HRSA grants specialists and program officers.