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Community Health Centers Receive Quality Improvement Awards

Tuesday, August 25, 2020  
Posted by: OACHC
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Contact: Julie DiRossi-King, COO
August 25, 2020
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Community Health Centers Receive Quality Improvement Awards 

49 Ohio Community Health Centers receive funding to improve the quality and value of health care

(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Association of Community Health Centers applauds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarding over $117M in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,318 health centers across nearly all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia.

Forty-nine (49) Ohio Community Health Centers received Quality Improvement Awards. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), these awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.

“These quality improvement awards support health centers across the country in delivering care to nearly 30 million people, providing a convenient source of quality care that has grown even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “These awards help ensure that all patients who visit a HRSA-funded health center continue to receive the highest quality of care, including access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.”

In addition, HRSA announced National Quality Leaders, health centers that ranked in the top 1-2% in one or more key areas—behavioral health, diabetes health and heart health. OACHC is proud to announce of the 49 recipients across the country, Ohio is home to three (3) National Quality Leaders.

“We are extremely appreciative of the recognition from the Administration and HHS of the high-quality care Community Health Centers are providing,” said Julie DiRossi-King, Chief Operating Officer of OACHC.  “These awards highlight how Ohio Community Health Centers continue to be national leaders in providing comprehensive, accessible and quality care to our communities before, during, and will continue to provide after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Quality Improvement awards also recognize health center achievements in other areas, including improving cost-efficient care delivery while also increasing quality of care, reducing health disparities, increasing both the number of patients served and patients’ ability to access comprehensive services, advancing the use of health information technology, and achieving patient-centered medical home recognition.

To learn more on the Ohio recipients visit: 2020 Quality Improvement Awards.

About Ohio’s Community Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers and FQHC Look-Alikes, more commonly referred to as Community Health Centers (CHCs), are non-profit health care providers that deliver affordable, high-quality and comprehensive primary care to medically underserved populations, regardless of insurance status. CHCs provide integrated whole person care, oftentimes providing onsite dental, behavioral, pharmacy, vision and other needed supplemental services under one roof. While each is distinct, they share one common purpose: to provide primary health care services that are coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent and community directed.

About OACHC | www.ohiochc.org

OACHC is a not-for-profit professional association representing Ohio's Federally Qualified Health Centers. OACHC's Mission is to ensure access to high-quality affordable health care for all Ohioans through the growth and development of Ohio's Community Health Centers. OACHC represents Ohio's 56 Community Health Centers at 400+ locations, including multiple mobile units, in 71 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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