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A Quarterly E-Newsletter, Winter 2014 Issue   Download a PDF

Message from the CEO

Allison Coleman, CEO

It goes without saying that 2013 was a challenging one for health centers. Change and uncertainty were the watch words for 2013, given doubts about Medicaid expansion; federal budget negotiations and the government shutdown; ACA outreach and enrollment; payment reform and the myriad day-to-day hurdles health centers regularly face. What’s amazing is the resilience of the health center mission and the many ways health centers are growing to meet the needs of their communities, with enhanced services and expanded facilities.

As we begin 2014, Capital Link celebrates the achievements of health centers and offers information that may help ongoing efforts to expand access to care and impact patients’ overall well-being. The article Health Centers: Building a Bridge between Primary Care and Mental Health Care describes programs and funding sources supportive of the integration of behavioral health services into health centers. We also provide tools for measuring community and economic impact through our enhanced Statewide Economic Impact Analysis and Community Asset Mapping.

Finally, we offer our thanks to the over 300 health centers who participated in our National Capital Needs Assessment and give an update on the analysis. We also provide information about resources relevant to health centers, including a federal update, training opportunities, upcoming presentations, and research reports. As always, we hope this information helps you succeed.