Section: Spotlight Articles, February 2017
From the CEO's Desk
"Over the next two years, community health centers in our state will most likely reach new milestones in providing care to Tennesseans. As we approach 40 years as an Association, we will confront new challenges and set new goals, and we will continue to work together to continue improving access and outcomes for our patients and the communities we serve."

Those were the words of Phillip Tatum, chief executive officer of Three Rivers Community Health Group, as he stepped into his new role as president of the Tennessee Primary Care Association board of directors. Community Health Centers are committed to continuing to grow and serve our patients and communities. One of the most effective ways to achieve this vision for the future is by making our voices heard.

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CHCs Play a Critical Role in Caring for the Remaining Uninsured in the ACA Era
(from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)
Federally Qualified Health Centers -- commonly referred to as Community Health Centers (CHCs) -- serve as a safety net for people who did not gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including those immigrants not eligible for Medicaid or health insurance exchange coverage. ACA-driven changes in health insurance coverage, funding, and related policy have created new challenges for these safety net organizations.

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Health Care Advocates Recognized
Several state legislators and a longtime healthcare supporter have been recognized for their contributions with 2016 TPCA Awards of Excellence. Click the headline above to learn how TPCA honored Deputy Speaker of the House Steve McDaniel, State Senator Jeff Yarbro, State Representative Harold Love Jr., and attorney Irwin Venick.

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New TPCA Board President Shares His Vision
Phillip Tatum, CEO of Three Rivers Community Health Group, will serve as TPCA board president for 2017-2018. As he accepted the gavel from 2015-2016 President Willeen Hastings, CEO of Memphis Health Center, Tatum recognized Hastings for her leadership and shared his vision for the next two years:

“Over the next two years, community health centers in our state will most likely reach new milestones in providing care to Tennesseans. This growth is built on a firmly established foundation. As we approach 40 years as an association, we will confront new challenges and set new goals, and we will continue to work together to continue improving access and outcomes for our patients and the communities we serve."

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