MPHCA and its network of Community Health Centers join in celebrating Family Health Care Clinic’s milestone of 40 years this past October!
Family Health Care Clinic (FHCC) begin providing services in 1977. Since then the organization has expanded to include Pediatrics, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Internal Medicine, Nutrition and General Dentistry Services. FHCC is one of 5 FQHCs located in the Jackson metropolitan area.

FHCC operates 25 health center sites and is headquartered in Pearl, Mississippi. Family Health Care Clinic is estimated to generate $20 million in annual revenues to the local economy, and employs approximately 180 total employees across all locations.

Dr. Gray, CEO makes comment regarding then and now.

"Looking back over the years and where we are today, I can only see more challenges ahead of us than behind us.  I see communities that have become accustomed to good health care as community health centers have lead the way and challenge in providing quality, accessible, and affordable health care. As health care workers we should be mindful of where, when and why it all started while at the same time continuing to make it better for our patients.  The challenge ahead is recognizing that we must work to survive and strive for our patients so that history will not repeat itself. We are America’s health care conscious."
Mark Your Calendar - HRSA All-Program Webcast Nov. 30
The HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) will host an all-programs webcast to provide updates on the latest information on health center program funding, policy decisions, BPHC initiatives and more. To join the webcast on Nov. 30, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, click here . Questions can be sent in advance by November 27 th to bphcta@hrsa.gov
Upcoming Trainings
340b Summit: Strategy and Compliance
November 30, 2017 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Homes Community College
340B New Health Center Site Registration Deadline Dec. 8
As previously announced, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has extended the standard registration periods for new health center sites that seek to register to participate in 340B. The registration period for non-health center provider types expired Oct. 15 for Jan. 1, 2018 eligibility. However, health centers have until Dec. 8, 2017 to register new sites for January 1 eligibility. To register a site, contact Apexus at this email or call 1-888-340-2787. Note that a site must be listed as "active" in EHB in order to be registered.
Strategies for Recruiting - Osteopathic - Approved for 2.5 HR (General) Credits
HR Workgroup
December 6, 2017, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, MSU Cavs Center, Canton, MS
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.
Sliding Fee Policies Under the new HRSA Compliance Guidelines - Webinar
December 13, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
U.S. DEFINITION OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE HAS CHANGED According to the MS

Effective November 2017, two leading heart organizations changed the definition of what it means to have high blood pressure.
Because of this change, the number of Americans with high blood pressure jumped from 32 percent to 46 percent. Doctors at the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology now classify anyone with a blood pressure reading of 130 over 80 as having high blood pressure. Before, the cutoffs for high blood pressure had been a top number of 140 and a lower number of 90.
New blood pressure treatment guidelines that will change the way high blood pressure is diagnosed and managed in America.

State Department of Health, more than 700,000 Mississippi adults have high blood pressure (hypertension). In 2016, Community Health Centers report 213,434 visits of patients with hypertension and a total of 27% of patients seen at CHCs statewide. This will certainly reflect higher future percentages, given this change.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Mississippi received a public shout out for our advocacy efforts at the PCA/HCCN conference
#1 of all PCAs in the country. 
Let's continuing demonstrating our commitment to advocacy by becoming ACE Health Centers
What is an Advocacy Center of Excellence?

An Advocacy Center of Excellence, or ACE, is a Health Center that has achieved certain measures of advocacy success and demonstrated ongoing commitment to advocacy by making it an organizational priority. In addition to creating a true culture of advocacy at the Health Center, including operationalizing advocacy practices and creating supporting infrastructure, ACEs are actively engaged and involved with NACHC and federal policy issues, as well as their state Primary Care Association and key state-level policy issues impacting Health Centers and their patients. There are three levels of ACE status- Bronze, Silver, and Gold- each designation is valid for two years. Here is a checklist of items a Health Center must complete in order to become an ACE.

Please contact Desiree Stinson for more information.