NCCHCA Focal Point
In this Issue
NCCHCA Primary Care Conference Award Recipients
The NC Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Award Recipients
Office of Rural Health Award Recipients
NCCHCA 2016 Primary Care Conference Award Recipients
NCCHCA ASSOCIATION SERVICE AWARD
The North Carolina Department of Insurance has been a long-time supporter of NCCHCA, member health centers, and the populations that FQHCs serve. In particular, the Consumer Assistance Group of DOI, composed of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Health Insurance SMART NC, and the Consumer Services Division, have provided invaluable support to NCCHCA and its members. SHIIP has partnered with FQHCs across the state to train and certify staff as SHIIP counselors for many years, helping FQHCs provide comprehensive counseling about Medicare benefits to patients and community members. In 2015, SHIIP initiated a partnership with NCCHCA to implement a small grant program to encourage and enable more health centers to engage in Medicare counseling.
NCCHCA OUTSTANDING PROVIDER AWARD
In 1998 Dr. Donigan became the Dental Director at the Martin de Porres Dental Clinic in Topeka, Kansas while also operating his own dental practice. After stabilizing that clinic, he went on to direct the expansion of dental services at Flint Hills Community Health Center in Emporia, Kansas. While working at these clinics Dr. Donigan’s desire grew to further his public health education, completing his MPH in 2007 from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.
The Outreach & Enrollment program at Lincoln Community Health Center has created a model program powered by passionate and experienced staff that implement innovative outreach and community engagement tactics, as well as cultivate partnerships with community stakeholders, as well as their health center peers.
NCCHCA HEALTH CENTER ADVOCATE AWARD
Janel Lewis joined Stedman-Wade Health Services in August 2013 as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist and Certified Application Counselor. Since that time, she has helped patients and community members access new affordable health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. She has been a tireless advocate for those she helps—ensuring they are able to overcome challenges and access coverage and care.
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD NC FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE ROBERT J. GRECZYN JR. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Robert J. Greczyn Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award honors a health center professional excelling in service to his or her fellow North Carolinians. The recipient will be presented with a commissioned vase handcrafted by renowned North Carolina potter Ben Owen III along with a $25,000 unrestricted grant that will go toward advancing the work of their community health center.
OIC has successfully transitioned from a private medical office, rural clinic, FQHC look-alike to ultimately receiving full FQHC designation in June 2012. Reuben has guided the organization’s growth from 1 site to multiple locations with new services lines. Within 2 and half years, OIC was able to provide services such and dental, behavioral health, primary medical and pharmacy. Reuben’s vision for the future of public health is for everyone to have access to quality health care despite social determinants they may face.
THE DON LUCEY
SPIRIT OF FREE CLINICS AWARD
OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
William W. Massengill, Jr.
Benson Area Medical Center, Inc.
OUTSTANDING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Garland Bruce Williams, FNP-C
Black River Health Services, Inc.
OUTSTANDING BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR