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A Quarterly Resource Bulletin from Capital Link

Fall 2015 Issue     Download a PDF

Message from the CEO

Allison Coleman, CEO

The results of our latest National Capital Needs Assessment, described in this issue, show that the health center sector continued to grow dramatically, serving almost 22 million patients in 2013, an increase of 4.6 million patients since 2008. Given the recent release of 2014 UDS data, this growth continues unabated, with health centers adding an additional 1 million patients in 2014.  Health centers are striving to increase capacity to meet patient demand, and are also seeking ways to offer enhanced services through collaborations designed to address the social determinants of health.

Like health centers, Capital Link is expanding our capacity to meet evolving needs. In our fiscal year ending June 30th, we worked with 232 health centers, 41 PCAs, 16 CDFIs, and 29 other organizations including foundations, consortia, NACHC, and HRSA. We’ve also added to our repertoire of health center services, including performance analytics and strategic growth planning. This level of activity means Capital Link needs to grow and re-focus our efforts, so I’m delighted to announce some new staffing changes.

Susan Petrie, on staff since 2005, was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for overseeing all program and administrative areas at Capital Link. Mark Lurtz, on staff since 2000, transitioned to Director of Partnership Development, prioritizing building and managing relationships with our major partners, including HRSA, NACHC, PCAs, and others. We also are pleased to welcome Jonathan Chapman in the new role of Director of CHC Advisory Services. A former Capital Link project consultant who became the Executive Director of the Louisiana Primary Care Association in 2011, Jonathan is returning to lead our team of consultants and manage Capital Link’s health center advisory services work. I am excited about what these changes will bring to our organization!

Along with findings from our National Capital Needs Assessment, this issue features new performance benchmarking resources, federal updates, health center highlights, and upcoming events and webinars. I hope you find it helpful.