June 2019

In this issue...

NAFC National Health Care Symposium
CEO Connection
Annual Members Meeting and Primary Care Conference
Deputy Director
Director of Quality & Clinical Support
Upcoming Events

Quick Links
Welcome to our newest member!
Wake Forest Baptist Health: Community Health Alliance

Welcome to a new clinic director!
Franceine Atiebrah
Executive Director
Helping Hand Clinic

Clinic Birthdays
HealthQuest - 20 years

Have a clinic anniversary coming up? Let us know so we can share your news with others.
Please include our logo on your websites. There are two versions, an accredited member version and a regular member version, and both can be found in the Members Only section of our website.

Some of you might still have the old logo on your website and need to replace it with our current logo.
NAFC National Health Care Symposium
It's not too late! In case you missed the news, one person from each clinic is eligible to receive, from the Association, $175 to help offset the cost of the registration fee. Once you register, email the Symposium confirmation to Mark and $175 will be sent to you. It's that easy!

See who's going to date.

April Cook
Tracy Salisbury
Bri Niggel
Sherri Fisher
Tony Price
Melinda Wallace
Sandy Motley
Jerry Hermanson
Cindy Cole
Leona Doner
Andy Kurtzman
Janet Jarrett
Margaret Elliott
Molly Jordan
Tracey Pu
Sissy Lee-Elmore
Edie Reed
Lori Giang
Brenda Vass
Dustin Allen
Laura Lever
Nancy Litton
Mandy Horner
Krista Woolly
Judy Long
Lisa Bottomley
Randy Jordan
Mark Scheerer
Cindy Jones
CEO Connection
Randy Jordan, CEO

Reporting For Duty
This Memorial Day, I was reminded of my Dad’s decision to enlist in the Air Force during the heat of World War II. I tried to imagine what it must have felt like for him to show up at boot camp and repeat the common military phrase, “reporting for duty” knowing that this report could have dire personal consequences. On the other hand, his generation seemed to understand that the benefits of democracy come at a price and that reporting for duty was the least he could do.
With such noble thoughts in mind, I looked up the meaning of the phrase, “reporting for duty” and found that it is defined in the less glorious terms, “to show up for work.” That definition matches my other experience on Memorial Day, when I performed the duty of writing the annual report for an important grant that we receive from a well-known North Carolina foundation. The annual report gave me a chance to describe how NCAFCC and our Members showed up for work during the first year of the grant. Doing the work of the grant was, admittedly, more exciting, but reporting on the work was no less important as it determines whether the grant will be renewed for a second year.
I want to commend our Member clinics for the reporting that you do each year in completing NCAFCC’s annual outcomes survey. I understand that it may not be the most exciting thing that you do each year and for some it may be a necessary reporting duty required to qualify for grant funding. However, I thank you for “showing up to work” through the annual survey. The 2018 numbers are in and because you report your progress, we are able to report that we are impacting more than 80,000 uninsured North Carolinians each year and that their diabetes and hypertension control is at least as good as patients that are covered by commercial insurance. It may be a simple thing, but thanks for “reporting for duty” during the past year.
Annual Members Meeting and Primary Care Conference
June 26-28
Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Both meetings are just around the corner and we would love to see you in Asheville. The Member Meeting will be on Wednesday, June 26 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. See below for the agenda and registration information or register by sending Katie an email with your name and any others who will be attending with you.

After the member meeting, stay for Primary Care Conference for the full conference experience. We're excited to announce the Primary Care Conference is incorporating a special track specifically for free and charitable clinics and pharmacies. Topics will include:
* Bridges to Health: An Innovative, Award-Winning Model of Care for the Most
Complex, Most Vulnerable Patients
* Medical Clinics’ Role in Opioid Addiction
* Best Practices at your Clinics: Models of Excellence

To view the entire agenda, click here . To register, click here . When registering, select the PCC - Member Registration option.

We have been told the conference hotel is sold out for overnight rooms. Reservations can be made at The Four Points by Sheraton that is across the street from the conference hotel located at 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801. For reservations call (828) 253-1851.
News and More
Mark Scheerer
Deputy Director

So, I'm sitting here with a bloody elbow from a bicycle mishap this morning. When it became obvious the little band-aid I used wasn't doing the job, Cindy jumped into action by grabbing our first-aid kit and fixed me up with a larger band-aid and saved the day. Ok, that's a bit dramatic but it made think of each of you and what you do everyday with your patients that literally saves the day for so many of those that come to your clinics. This point was made even clearer when I reviewed the 2018 Survey Outcomes Report. You, your staff and volunteers are an amazing group of people who are doing amazing work.

See you soon!

NCAFCC and Updox Telemedicine Initiative
NCAFCC and Updox are working in partnership with Updox on an exciting telemedicine initiative for our members. Currently, we are partnering with a number of NC-licensed neurologists who are providing free neurology consults through the Updox telemedicine platform. On May 30th, Updox issued a press release describing their desire to work statewide with NCAFCC Member clinics to extend physician services in North Carolina’s rural counties through the tool of telemedicine. This reaffirms their donation of access to its telemedicine platform to our free and charitable clinic Members. Read the press release and stay tuned for more information .

Applications Now Open for RWJF-NAFC Award for Health Equity
The application period for the fourth Annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Award for Health Equity presented by the NAFC is underway and members of the NAFC are encouraged to submit a nomination. The RWJF Award for Health Equity presented by the NAFC celebrates health practitioners who excel in building a “Culture of Health and achieving health equity” in communities across the country. The NAFC advances the RWJF's vision for building a “Culture of Health” by eliminating barriers to high quality health care for the medically underserved in the United States.
If you are interested in nominating someone for this award or in self-nominating, please visit the following link to access the online submission form: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/jeb7IXf5eQvY
Nominations are due July 16th, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Diabetes Mortality Gap Widens for Rural Americans ... read more .

Would-be Medicaid managed care groups ask judge for second look ... read more .
Quality and Clinical Support Updates
Cindy Jones, Director of Quality & Clinical Support

NCAFCC Annual Outcomes Survey and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Grant
The 2019 Outcomes Grants and Top Performer Awards will be made available this month to those members that reported health gains outcomes on the 2018 Annual Outcomes Survey.
Top Performer Awards go to those members that provided primary care and placed within the top performance results for both diabetic and hypertension outcomes, and to those unique members that did not provide primary care services but demonstrated their distinctive values by meeting or exceeding projected goals that measured patient and/or community impact.
The 2018 Annual Outcomes Report will also be made available this month. Be sure to compare your organization's survey results to this report.
NCAFCC Accreditation Program
Congratulations to Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry Medical Clinic! As of May 9th, , they were granted NCAFCC Re-Accreditation status.
June is National Safety Month
Go to https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/JuneToolkit2.aspx for information and some great resources.
Hope to see many of our members during the Annual Membership Meeting on June 26th in Asheville.
NCAFCC Membership Meeting
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
June 26, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Please include in your email the names of everyone attending the meeting.

Everyone is invited to our annual membership meeting. On the agenda are Adam Zolotar, MD, DrPH who will provide an overview of the Healthy North Carolina 2030 project; and Deepak Palashappa, MD who will present on free and charitable clinics addressing food insecurity and screening for determinants of health. Other highlights include the presentation of the Don Lucey Award and Spirit of Free and Charitable Clinics Award and Outcomes grants.
Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH
President and CEO,
North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Deepak Palakshappa, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine

NCAFCC Annual Members' Meeting
June 26 / Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Register by emailing Katie.

June 26-28 / Renaissance Asheville  Hotel

Leadership Retreat
September 19-20 / Historic Brookstown Inn - Winston-Salem

October 27-29, 2019 / Atlanta
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 
P atient-Centered Medical Home Transformation Initiative Video
Community Partners

Jerry Hermanson
Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers

Andy Kurtzman
Scotland Community Health Clinic

Michael Lischke, Ed.D., MPH
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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