Community Health & Wellness Partners’ achievements highlighted in grant awards

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Community Health & Wellness Partners of Logan County, 4879 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty, has been named a recipient of three federal grants for the upcoming year awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

The local health organization, also with a location serving clients at the Indian Lake Community Health Center in the Aries Wellness Center, 8200 State Route 366, Suite 1, Russells Point, is one of 45 health centers in Ohio to be awarded the grants as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. A total of $3,582,514 was presented to the centers across the state. 

CHWPLC will receive a $10,500 Electronic Health Record Reporters award, recognizing organizations that employ EHRs to report on all clinical quality measures data for all of the health center’s patients.

A total of 30 EHR awards were presented in Ohio totaling $315,000.

In addition, the local health center was awarded a $16,585 Clinical Quality Improvers grant, highlighting notable improvement in one or more clinical quality measures between 2015 and 2016. Forty Clinical Quality Improvers grants were awarded in Ohio totaling $619,135.

The CHWPLC’s final award, a $5,250 Enhancing Access to Care, recognizes increasing the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2015 and 2016.

Twenty-two Enhancing Access to Care grants were presented in Ohio totaling $215,250. 

Health centers will use these funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve, Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator Dr. George Sigounas said in a release. 

“Today’s awards will help health centers to provide their communities with high quality, affordable primary care. Quality care remains a critical trait of the Health Center Program, especially because health centers are treating more patients than ever before.”

HRSA also released new data compiled from health centers through its Uniform Data System reporting, providing an update on the primary care services being provided to patients. 

In 2016, nearly 26 million people (approximately 1 in 12 U.S. residents) relied on a HRSA-funded health center for affordable, accessible primary health care including:

  • One in three people living in poverty;
  • One in ten U.S. children 17 years or younger;
  • One in six U.S. rural residents; and
  • More than 330,000 U.S. veterans.

For more than 50 years, health centers have delivered affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services to patients. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate more than 10,400 service delivery sites nationwide.