Section: Spotlight Articles, October/November 2017
Health Center Stars Honored with TPCA Awards of Excellence
The Tennessee Primary Care Association recently recognized several Community Health Center leaders with Awards of Excellence. The awards, named for early leaders in the statewide primary care movement, were presented at TPCA’s 2017 Annual Leadership Conference. This year's award recipients represented Rural Health Services Consortium, Rural Medical Services, Christ Community Health Services, and Faith Family Medical Center.

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HRSA Awards $200 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Tackle Mental Health and Fight the Opioid Overdose Crisis
(from HRSA)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded more than $200 million in September to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. In Tennessee, 21 organizations will share more than $3.5 million.

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Two Health Centers Honored for Innovative Approaches to Medication Therapy Management
(from Direct Relief)

BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) honored five of the nation’s 1,400 Community Health Centers with the Innovations in Care Award at the 2017 Community Health Institute and EXPO in San Diego. Two of the five honorees, Cherokee Health Systems and Neighborhood Health, are from Tennessee.

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From the CEO's Desk
For decades, health centers have drawn bipartisan support from U.S. presidents and lawmakers because of our record of success. Yet, such broad support may not be enough to ensure we can continue to serve people who need affordable primary care in the future. Right now, Tennessee health centers are threatened with a severe loss in funding, as are other health centers in nearly 10,000 communities nationwide. 

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