February 2020

In this issue...

NCAFCC Summit & Member Meeting
CEO Connection
A Message from Your Board Chair
Director of Quality & Clinical Support
Deputy Director
News from NAFC
Announcements & Funding Opportunities

Quick Links
Brent Lammers, Executive Director
Lauren Kratky, Co-Director

Deborah Cull, Co-Director
NCAFCC SUMMIT and Member Meeting 2020
April 30 - May 1
Brookstown Inn

New in 2020 is our first Summit for all staff and board members. This replaces our Leadership Retreat in the fall but will follow a similar format. One change you'll notice right away is Thursday will be the full day and Friday will wrap up by noon so you can be on the road back home.

The summit will also include the member meeting with a financial report along with an election of board members and awards.

One reason for the change is so our big meeting is not as close to the NAFC Charit able Health Care Symposium that is in October. With many people from North Carolina attending the Symposium in 2019, we want to better accommodate schedules so you can attend again this year.

More information to follow but mark your calendars for April 30 - May 1.

Special registration fee. As you recall, the registration fee has been $250 in past years. This year in partnership with Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC program we are able to reduced the registration fee to only $50 and $25 for others who attend from your clinic.
Presenting Sponsor
CEO Connection
Randy Jordan, CEO

Do We Count?
In my role at NCAFCC, I’m always trying to get the inspiring and excellent work of our Member clinics before state policymakers, funders and other members of the health and social care networks in North Carolina. To some, we are viewed as North Carolina’s best kept secret when we share with them our outstanding health outcomes data or the broad scope of our work for the uninsured across the state. Believe me, our numbers, statistics and health data are quite compelling when they are on display. However, to those who’ve never heard anything or very little about our important work, it sometimes seems like we are not counted among the state’s healthcare assets. In 2020, we hope to change that and here’s a few examples of how.
While it’s a little early to share the details, we are exploring an exciting new opportunity with one of our state’s well-known insurers to promote health access in rural North Carolina. The plans include a communication strategy that will make many more people aware of our work. As an example, in the newsletter you will find a link to a recent televised interview on Triad Today which highlights the work of free and charitable clinics in the Piedmont area. We are also launching a new free and charitable podcast. We’re looking for a catchy name for the podcast, like “Free Style” or “Care Free” and welcome your suggestions. We’re also exploring ways to automate our annual data collection process to make it easier for all involved to report out on your amazing work. We want our free and charitable numbers to count in 2020. It should be exciting!
A Message from Your Board Chair
April Cook
Lake Norman Community Health Clinic

We are on the way to your clinic! Your board of directors have been meeting over the past six months discussing WHO we are, WHAT is our purpose, and HOW do we engage our membership and funders to explore new efficiencies, collaborations and support that will increase our return on investment to all our donors while branding us in a manner that shows strength and confidence in the safety net market.

Wow, that is a mouthful! We are excited and we hope you will be too. In the next few weeks, expect a call from a board member to set up a meeting. We need your feedback! It is important for us to know what you want from this association. What are we doing well? Do you feel there is value in being a member? What could we be doing that would be a game changer for you? Because this plan is exciting and different, we need your feedback now to make sure your thoughts and needs are included in our plan.

This strategic plan will be presented at “The Summit” on April 30 and May 1. There is a lot to roll out and discuss. No more do we want you to say,” If you have seen one clinic, then you have seen one clinic”. Our plan will include a form of “Systemness”, along with a new vision, without you losing your own uniqueness. We need you more than ever. Free clinics are not just about providing access anymore. A lot is expected from us by funders. Let’s be in charge of our own destiny. So please, mark your calendars. We have made the cost very affordable for this meeting; $50 for the first person and $25 for any additional people that you would like to bring. We highly suggest that you bring a board member and a clinical staff person if possible.

Be ready! A board member will be in touch soon to meet with you. As for “The Summit”, come with an open mind and be prepared for a paradigm shift that will hopefully yield more services for your patients, support for your clinic, and an increased presence to our funders that we are a dominant leader in the safety net realm. As always, thank you for the work and passion that you give every day in serving those that need us the most! 
Quality and Clinical Support Updates
Cindy Jones, Director of Quality & Clinical Support

Cindy's update will return in March.

Download the report to share with your staff, board, volunteers and community leaders.
Healthy Neighbors
Mark Scheerer
Deputy Director

Healthy neighbors is more than a phrase; it's what you do in your clinics day in and day out by helping your community neighbors with their health care needs. Healthy Neighbors is our brand from western North Carolina to eastern North Carolina. Branding the association is important as we seek funding and advocate for free and charitable clinics in North Carolina. We want to be seen as a cohesive organization so the public, legislators and donors (local and statewide) notice us and what clinics do to keep their neighbors healthy. Over the next few months, you'll be hearing more about Healthy Neighbors and how you can help with branding our identity.

We have a limited number of Healthy Neighbors brochures that are available for you to use in your clinics and on visits to decision makers in your community. Simply email Mark and request them. Click here to see a PDF of the brochure.

Triad Today interviews our CEO, Randy Jordan
Randy continues to elevate the profile of free and charitable clinics. In January, he was interviewed on Triad Today. You can view the interview here .

Improving Cardiovascular Health of the Most Vulnerable
In 2016 and 17 we partnered with the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology on a lipid lowering pilot study. The results were recently published which you can read here . The article caught the attention of Deb Miller, the executive director of the Charitable Healthcare Network in Ohio. She shared the article on an internal state executives Google group; and a number of other state executives from associations throughout the country commented how impressed they are with our partnership with NCCAC. Many thanks to Cindy Jones and our pilot clinics.

Interesting Articles from North Carolina Health News

Funding Opportunity from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Building Partnerships and Organizational Capacity to Address Social Drivers of Poor Health
Achieving greater equity in health outcomes will require genuine partnership between hospitals and health systems and the community organizations that are embedded in underserved areas or led by residents with low incomes. The Trust is interested in hearing from organizations and collaboratives working to build these partnerships to address a specific social driver of poor health. Call-by date: March 11, 2020 (for the April 2 deadline). Application deadline: April 2, 2020.
NCAFCC T-Shirts Available

NCAFCC t-shirts (with this design on the back and the NCAFCC logo on the front) were provided to people who attended the National Symposium in October. They have proven to be hugely popular both with our clinics but also with people from other states. We can print shirts for anyone who wants to get one. The price is $21.33 for sizes small through extra-large, plus shipping. Slightly more for other sizes. If you would like to order a shirt for yourself and/or members and volunteers of your clinic, you can email Mark with the sizes and quantity and you'll get a quote before placing the order.

------------------ ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES ------------------
Deadline for discounted room rate at Brookstown Inn for NCAFCC Summit 2020
Call (336) 725-1120 and mention NCAFCC .
Board of Directors 

Board Chair
April Cook
Lake Norman Community Health Clinic

Vice Chair
Tony Price
Moore Free and Charitable Clinic

John Price
ORH - Retired

Tracy Salisbury
Open Door Clinic of Alamance County

Lisa Bottomley
Community Care Clinic

Sissy Lee-Elmore
WATCH Healthcare Program
Past Chair 

Jerry Hermanson
Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers

Andy Kurtzman
Scotland Community Health Clinic

Michael Lischke
Northwest AHEC
WFU School of Medicine

Theo McClammy
Caring Community Clinic

John Mills

Krista Woolly
Community Care Clinic of Rowan County


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Deputy Director
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Cindy Jones , RCP
Director of Quality & Clinical Support
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Office Manager
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