As many of you have figured out, I’m passionate about highlighting the work provided by the federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), under the auspices of the Health Resources and Services Administration. For more than 45 years, FQHCs have provided comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations, with limited access to health care. And they’re way ahead of the curve in integrating medical, dental, and behavioral health care.
The work undertaken by FQHCs is monumental and cannot be done alone. It requires that health centers partner with other organizations to help them meet program requirements and improve performance. Through National Cooperative Agreements these organizations offer a variety of resources including webinars, newsletters, monographs, and trainings. These organizations are not always well known, and they deserve to be recognized. Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders; school-aged children; the homeless; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals; and farmworkers and migrant workers are many of the beneficiaries of these agreements.
In our new healthcare world, FQHCs and private healthcare practices have much to learn from each other. InnovaHealth Innovations is dedicated to communicating best practices wherever they are found. Our vision sees a United States where all patients have access to high quality health care and information on achieving wellness.