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Dental-coverage options studied
Emergency Departments are a “Costly Dental Destination.” Report from Pew Center on the States.
RIHCA opposes proposed dental cuts
2012 NHSC Loan Repayment Program Application Now Open!
Chad Brown Health Center Merges with Providence Community Health Centers
Why the Federally-funded Basic Health Program is the Right Choice for Rhode Island

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Providence Project Offers Health Care and Hope - For more than 40 years, Providence Community Health Centers has performed a vital role in this city by providing medical care to many of its poorest citizens. Some 20 percent of Providence residents use the health centers’ network of seven clinics for medical and dental services, relieving demand for charity care on the state’s nonprofit hospitals, said Merrill R. Thomas, the chief executive of the nonprofit organization, which was established in 1968.
Monday, November 22, 2010
$8 million in Affordable Care Act Funds to Help Develop and Modernize Community Health Centers - The Rhode Island Health Center Association is pleased at the announcement of funding from HRSA. The additional $75,000 grant announced Friday will help the Association provide technical assistance to our member health centers as they gear up for substantial expansion. This funding, as well as several funding opportunities for the individual health centers, come from the Affordable Care Act, in recognition that increased access to health insurance will require increased access to the type of high-quality low-cost primary health care that our nation’s network of community health centers provide. The association will be able to provide the health centers with training and technical assistance in the areas of community development, expansion planning, patient centered medical home development, meaningful use of health information technology and workforce development.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Policymakers Breakfast: National and local experts discussed ways to expand health insurance coverage to RI Medicaid-elgible population –National and local experts participated in panel discussions regarding possible programs and policies to expand health insurance coverage to new RI Medicaid-eligible populations. Panel speakers included: Rachel Klein (Families USA, Enroll America) • Elena Nicolella (Rhode Island Medicaid Director) • Stacey Davis (Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene) • Timothy Murphy (Beacon Health Strategies) • Jane Hayward (Rhode Island Health Center Association) • Mark Reynolds (Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island)
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The uninsured in Rhode Island today
Monday, November 15, 2010
Veterans Journal: Dental care for R.I. vets at Thundermist clinics –Dental care will be offered to veterans at the three Thundermist Health Center dental clinics through the combined efforts of Operation Stand Down, the Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Clinic and Thundermist Health Center.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tips for Using EHRs to Improve Quality of Care and Health Outcomes –As HRSA grantees and the safety net community implement electronic health record systems (EHR) one of the most important issues is how to use this health information technology as a tool for improving quality and patient outcomes. The presenters will illustrate and provide tips in how they use their EHRs and patient data from their EHR systems to provide better quality care to their safety net patients. Presenters include: Richard Kalish, M.D., MPH, Medical Director, Boston HealthNet; Ray Lavoie, Executive Director, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc; and Darlene Bainbirdge, D.D. Bainbridge and Associates Inc.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
East Bay Community Action Program Celebrates New Health Care Center –EBCAP held a forum Monday in celebration of their its health care facility, which will replace the old center at 19 Broadway. The larger, better equipped center will be located across from Newport's CCRI campus.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
State and local officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Tri-Town Community Action Agency Health Center - A Johnston medical clinic for the needy reopened Thursday, bigger and better than ever.State and local officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Tri-Town Community Action Agency Health Center. The facility provides health services to thousands of uninsured and underinsured families from four Rhode Island communities: Johnston, Smithfield, North Smithfield, and North Providence.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Candidates for Congress and Governor Discuss Health Care in Rhode Island– On October 14, 2010, the Rhode Island Health Center Association held its 2010 annual meeting and candidate forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI. At the meeting, a candidates’ forum hosted by political reporter Bill Rappleye focused on issues relating to health care and the community health centers in Rhode Island, particularly health reform implementation, the Medicaid program, and primary care.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
HHS announces a major new investment in community health centers– On Friday, October 8, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards of $727 million to 143 community health centers across the country to address pressing construction and renovation needs and expand access to quality health care. Two Rhode Island community health centers, Cranston Community Action Program and East Bay Community Action Program, received funding. Jane A. Hayward, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Helath Center Association said upon hearing the news: “We are thrilled that two of our community health centers were awarded grants to help with their construction needs. This is an important time of expansion for Rhode Island’s community health centers as we gear up for increased access to health insurance that will come in a few years because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
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Monday, September 20, 2010
WellOne welcomes two new providers to North Kingstown– WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care (formerly Northwest Community Health Care and Bayside Family Healthcare) welcomes Andrea Vali, MD, F.A.A.P. and Virginia Pierce, FNP to its North Kingstown location at 308 Callahan Road.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Jane A. Hayward: Brighter future for R.I. health care– On March 23, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. Six months later is a good time to reflect on this historic occasion. By now, many know the outlines of this landmark legislation. By 2014, many more Americans will have access to health insurance, and many will qualify for subsidies to help make health insurance more affordable. States will have the opportunity to create health-insurance exchanges that will serve as a health-insurance marketplace for small businesses and individuals without employer-sponsored health insurance. Access to insurance coverage will be guaranteed, and no one will be denied insurance based on a pre-existing condition.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010 - RIte Care and Rhode Island's Family Resource Counselor Program Highlighted as National Models
Rhode Island was proud to be one of three states highlighted in a video at Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge event on September 3, 2010.  Rhode Island's successful RIte Care health insurance program and our Family Resource Counselor program were both featured as models of community-based outreach and enrollment.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
RIHCA’s Family Resource Counselor Program recognized at Connecting Kids to Coverage press event– The Rhode Island Health Center Association's Family Resource Counselor Program received national recognition at Secretary Sebelius' Connecting Kids to Coverage press event last week.
Secretary Sebelius' statement
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Health Affairs Report: Who And Where Are The Children Yet To Enroll In Medicaid And The Children’s Health Insurance Program?
Monday, August 9, 2010
Community Health Centers Lead the Primary Care Revolution –The recently enacted Affordable Care Act ushers in a new era of U.S. health care. The Act launches a primary care revolution – reinventing the delivery system to emphasize prevention and primary care, and pushing the health care system to deliver more accessible, patient-centered, and comprehensive care. Community Health Centers are well positioned to transform this vision into reality, specifically by expanding access to high-quality, affordable primary and preventive care to millions, and by bringing needed health care professionals and stimulating economic activity in some of the nation’s most economically hard-pressed communities.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
One Year Later: Health Centers’ Accomplishments Under the Stimulus –The nation’s 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers, also known as Community Health Centers, are witnessing firsthand the nation’s worst economic crisis in decades. The newly unemployed and uninsured are among those turning to Community Health Centers in record numbers. In response to these increasing pressures, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) included a $2 billion investment in the nation's health centers to cover the costs of caring for these patients and the capital expenditures required to meet that need. This historic level of funding provided $500 million to expand services at every health center and to open 126 new sites across the nation. The remaining $1.5 billion was allocated for facility construction and renovation, equipment and the acquisition of health information technology.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Patients Gain Access To Health Center Care Thanks to Stimulus Funds –The recent economic downturn continues to have far-reaching consequences for the nation. The national unemployment rate has doubled over the past two years, triggering a ripple effect in the health care landscape.1 The number of uninsured and people living in poverty are on the rise, according the latest U.S. Census data.2 The nation’s 8,000 Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Center sites have witnessed firsthand the worst economic crisis in decades. People who have lost their health insurance along with their jobs are turning to health centers for care in increasing numbers.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Health Centers Will Save Billions Under Health Care Reform Act, Says Study –The recently enacted health care reform legislation provides an additional $11 billion in funding for community health centers, or CHCs, during the next five years, and, according to a new research brief, this will enable CHCs to double the number of people they serve by 2015. The cumulative effect should produce at least $180 billion in system-wide health care savings by 2019, say the brief's authors.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Jerald Fingerut: Data to understand R.I. health needs –Natural, technical and medical disasters may surprise us at any time. The recent “100-year” flood in Rhode Island is an example of a natural disaster that might have future individual and public-health implications. The public-health authorities in the state immediately recognized that, after the short-term needs of those affected by the flood were addressed, a potential for exacerbation of such chronic illnesses as asthma and acute illness caused by contaminated water or food might occur.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sebelius Announces New $250 Million Investment to Strengthen Primary Health Care Workforce – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a series of new investments worth $250 million to increase the number of health care providers and strengthen the primary care workforce.
Monday, June 14, 2010
WellOne Expanding Pascoag Medical Facility – WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care (formerly Northwest Community Health Care and Bayside Family Healthcare) directors and staff joined today with U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse as well as other local officials and invited guests to celebrate the groundbreaking of the medical facility expansion in Pascoag.
Thursday , June 3, 2010
East Bay Community Action given $1.6M to adopt Electronic Medical Records – East Bay Community Action Program has been awarded $1.57 million in federal stimulus money to adopt electronic medical records and upgrade its information technology systems, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Floods provide a test for EHR info management - Responding to the director of health’s request for information, the Rhode Island Health Center Controlled Network based at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care – which maintains a robust EHR application using a hosted model – entered into a collaborative effort with the department to provide a real-time, high-level monitoring of patient complaints that required a physician visit.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Health Centers Thank Congressman Langevin for his Support of Health Reform
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
What does Health reform mean to Community Health Centers? - With the passing of health reform, what does this mean for community health centers? The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) compiled a helpful one page overview of the key highlights of how health reform impacts community health centers.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Historic vote met with cheers and jeers in R.I - Rhode Islanders close to the health-care debate Monday greeted the passage of a federal health-care bill with celebration, wariness or scorn.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Rhode Island Community Health Centers Laud Historic Vote for Health Reform: Expanded Access to Health Care is Great News for Rhode Islanders - Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to increase access to health care for all Americans. The health reform package advanced by the House will extend affordable health care coverage to 32 million Americans.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
R.I. doctor’s efforts have increased number of free colonoscopies - If you don’t have health insurance, what are your chances of getting a colonoscopy? For years, uninsured patients have been able to get the colon-cancer screening test at Rhode Island Hospital for free. But that has required patience. The waiting time was 18 months. By then many of those on the waiting list had forgotten, moved or changed their phone numbers, and ended up not getting served after all.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Obama Administration Official Visits Rhode Island Community Health Center, Sees Health Information Technology in Actions On Monday, March 15th, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) visited Rhode Island to hear about local efforts to make our health care delivery system more efficient and responsive.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
WellOne expands nursing home services WellOne (formerly Northwest Community Health Care and Bayside Family Healthcare) announced today that it is the recipient of a $28,879 award to provide funding for the purchase of start-up dental equipment for a nursing home oral health project in partnership with CareLink, Inc..”
Monday, February 15, 2010
Community Health Centers Mark Progress at One-Year Stimulus Anniversary - Bethesda, MD_ People and communities are healthier thanks to the investment in America’s Health Centers from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the “economic stimulus.”
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Thundermist Health Cetner: 40 Years of Caring - Like Sesame Street and Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket, Rhode Island turns forty-years-old this year. "Forty Years of Caring" celebrates the patients, doctors, nurses and other professionals and volunteers who have built this model community health center into the essential organization that it is today.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Local Community Health Center (WellOne) Recognized for Behavioral Health Practices - WellOne (formerly Northwest Community Health Care) announced today that it is the recipient of a $25,000 BlueAngel Community Health Grant (BACHG) awarded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
Friday, November 15, 2009
Congressman Obey praises Thundermist - After a tour of Thundermist Health Center guided by President Maria Montanaro, Congressman David Obey, chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee praised it as an “especially innovative” facility.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention News E-Bulletin: October 2009 Edition
News, Articles, Upcoming Trainings and Events, and Helpful Resources
Monday, November 2, 2009
Northwest Community Health Care (WellOne) celebrates 100 years of serving Rhode Islanders - In celebration of a century of caring for local patients, Northwest Community Health Care directors and staff will join with honored guests on Friday, November 6th at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Mapleville for an evening of dinner and dancing. From its inception as an anti-Tuberculosis league with one nurse in a horse and buggy caring for Burrillville residents to nearly 100 employees today in three locations tending to 13,000+ patients in nine communities, Northwest has never wavered in its dedication to providing high quality health care, regardless of one’s ability to pay.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Rhode Island Community Health Center Association honors innovators and leaders in Rhode Island health care at annual meeting - The Rhode Island Health Center Association (RIHCA) celebrated innovators and leaders in Rhode Island health care and looked towards the possibility of national health reform at its annual meeting on Friday October 23, 2009. Dr. Jerald Fingerut, Medical Director at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc., received the Clinical Leadership Award in recognition of his exemplary clinical leadership of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Care providers and programs. Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher Koller received the John J. Cunningham M.D. Distinguished Citizen Award for his ongoing efforts to address insurance and health care costs. Dr. Joseph DiMase received the John H. Chafee Healthcare Leadership Award award for his success and leadership initiating the Screening Colonoscopies for Underserved Persons program, which provides colonoscopies for uninsured patients of community health centers and other partner health providers.
Monday, October 5, 2009
RI doctor joins peers for Rose Garden talk on health care - Dr. Nirali Bora of Providence was among the white-coated physicians from all 50 states who joined in the Rose Garden Monday morning for a brief pep talk by President Obama for overhauling the nation's medical system.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Community health centers will play key role in reforms - The expanded presence of community health centers is certain to help Rhode Islanders access health care in the coming years, regardless of whether Congress reforms the nation’s health-care system, the state’s health insurance commissioner said Wednesday. Commissioner Christopher F. Koller argues that any effective reform of the nation’s health-care system will encourage the special brand of comprehensive primary care that tends to happen in community health centers, where doctors, nurses and other providers often work in teams.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Community health centers expand to meet growing demand — An illness as old as the common cold afflicts Zunilda Munoz, a patient in the Tri-Town Community Action Agency’s newly expanded community health center.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Study Projects Community Health Center Expansion Would Save $212 Billion -A study released today reveals that if the nation’s network of Community Health Centers were expanded to accommodate an additional 20 million patients, the result would be $212 billion in savings for the health care system over a ten-year period.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Northwest Community Health Care: Expands access to quality dental care for western RI and announces new organization name - In conjunction with National Health Center week, Northwest Community Health Care directors and staff joined with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts as well as other local officials to celebrate the opening of their new dental facility in Foster, the only one in the area.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Whitehouse visits Thundermist to learn about innovative programs - Jim Sloan moved to South County about 10 months ago after his life hit a roadblock and a series of setbacks cost him his house, his business and eventually, his overall well being.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tri-Town receives major grant for health care - The health of Johnston’s poorest residents was in the spotlight last week as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse stopped by to talk to people about the need for attentive preventive care. A day after his visit, Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation announced a multi-million-dollar infusion of federal money into struggling community action programs; Johnston’s Tri-Town Community Action Agency will get $250,000.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Four Community Health Centers Receive Funding from Rhode Island Foundation's Fund for Healthy Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Foundation today announced the first round of grants from the Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island. Among the grantees were four community health centers: Providence Community Health Centers, Inc., Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc., Northwest Community Health Care and Tri-Town Community Action Program.
Monday, June 29, 2009
First Lady Tours a Health Center - First lady Michelle Obama visited a local health clinic in Washington on Tuesday in an effort to focus attention on preventable scourges such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure that disproportionately afflict African-American and Hispanic communities.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Rhode Island House budget: Funding for Dental Services - The spending plan maintains funding for dental services for 38,000 low-income parents enrolled in the RIte Care program and continues to pay for subsidized health insurance for 28 moderate-income pregnant women slated to lose coverage.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thundermist looking for new West Warwick home: - Located on Main Street at Curson Street, Thundermist Health Center is highly visible, centrally located, easy to get to, but cramped for space, according to President and CEO Maria Montanaro.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Community Health Centers and Congressional Delegation Announce Federal Stimulus Funding Plan: - The Rhode Island Health Center Association today announced how its member health centers plan to use funding released under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding falls into three categories: New Access Points, Increased Demand for Services and Capital Improvement Program. The state’s congressional leaders joined the association’s membership for the announcement.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
H1N1 virus update
Friday, May 1, 2009
How is the Primary Care Safety Net Faring in MA?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Important Health Reform Hearing Spotlights Health Centers: - The health care reform discussion continued in Washington Thursday, and once again, Community Health Centers figured prominently. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee took testimony today in a hearing called Primary Health Care Access Reform: Community Health Centers and the National Health Service Corps.
Thursday, April 20, 2009
Current care:
Benefits of electronic health information exchange and enrolling in current care.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Governor would cut dental coverage for 38,000 poor adults: - Ray Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Healthcare, says he's concerned that the dental care of the 3,500 adult clients his organization treats annually who are covered by Medicaid could be threatened should Governor Carrier’s Medicaid waiver be implemented in Rhode Island. Video by Frieda Squires. Source: