Section: Spotlight Articles, December 2017
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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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.
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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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.