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RIHCA - Rhode Island Health Center Association

About the Rhode Island Health Center Association

Since, 1972, the Rhode Island Health Center Association has been the voice of community based primary care health programs. Focusing on Rhode Island’s Community Health Centers, the Association plays a vital role in educating federal state and local policymakers about issues relating to health care and the role of the community health centers in the health care continuum.

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Training & Technical Assistance

RIHCA works continually with health center executive directors and clinical leadership to identify targeted trainings and technical assistance to build health center capacity in operational and clinical areas.

These efforts support the health centers in providing and expanding services for those who need them most. Governance training for consumer members of health center board, risk management training for clinical leadership and staff and technical assistance in areas such as health center data reporting, succession planning and strategic planning are just some of the areas in which RIHCA provides assistance to our members.

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Public Policy

Policy decisions affect the ability of the community health centers to provide high-quality primary health care. The Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA) is committed to watching and influencing the local, state, and national policy that affects the community health centers.

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Clinical Quality

RIHCA is committed to supporting the efforts of Rhode Island community health centers in providing the highest quality of care to the patients they serve. RIHCA offers many support services, including training sessions and conferences, educational programs, and publications.

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Emergency Preparedness

RIHCA leads and facilitates the health centers’ Emergency Preparedness Team, which is comprised of key leadership/staff from across the health centers as well as representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI).

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Outreach and Enrollment Support Programs

Rhode Island Health Center Association manages the state’s Navigator Program under a contract with Health Source Rhode Island and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Every federally qualified health center and eleven community-based organizations throughout Rhode Island have Navigators ready to help connect Rhode Islanders to health insurance. In addition, Certified Application Counselors are located at several community organizations and are available to provide free and unbiased in-person enrollment assistance.

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Workforce Development

The Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA) provides resources to community health centers to strengthen the existing workforce and to build a committed workforce future.

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