Section: People & Places in the News, August 2017
Chota Honored with Readers' Choice Awards
Chota Community Health Services was recently recognized with several 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, voted on by readers of the Advocate & Democrat. Chota received a total of 13 awards, including nine first place awards, two second place awards, and two third place awards.

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Chattanooga Celebrates Community Health Centers During Health Center Week
(from the Chattanooga Times Free Press)

There's no place like home, but for many vulnerable Americans, finding a medical home can be a struggle.

Community health centers formed more than 50 years ago to address this issue and offer preventative and primary care to those facing socioeconomic, geographic, linguistic and other barriers. Today, one in 12 people in the United States, nearly 26 million individuals, rely on federally funded health centers for care, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's website.

"We know that one of the biggest drivers for inequality is that people have different access to health care," Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said Monday during a speech at the Erlanger Community Health Center on Dodson Avenue.

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Bufwack Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award
Congratulations to Mary Bufwack, CEO of Neighhorhood Health, on being recognized with a 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The award was presented at NACHC’s annual Community Health Institute.
Rural Health Association of Tennessee Names New Executive Director
(from RHAT)

The board of directors of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT) recently announced the appointment Rebecca Bradley as executive director.  

Bradley was previously a partner with AES, LLC and served as vice president of Healthcare Consulting Services. She brings with her 14 years of health care and hospital association management experience. Bradley worked from 2004-2016 for the Louisiana Hospital Association to address community needs. During her tenure at the association, she also developed the Center for Rural Health Excellence through engaging rural health stakeholders statewide to leverage resources and strengthen Louisiana’s rural health safety net providers.

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National Health Center Week Across Tennessee
Community Health Centers throughout the state held events August 13-19 for National Health Center Week.

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