November 2019

In this issue...

CEO Connection
Director of Quality & Clinical Support
Deputy Director
Charitable Health Care Symposium
Roadmap to Health Equity
Apractis Pilot Program
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities

Quick Links

* Important Information *
Funding Opportunities

Community Health Grants
Grant Applications will be available soon. Check the NCDHHS website frequently to apply for a grant.

2020 CVS Health - NAFC Coordinated Care Grant
Due November 8, at 3:00 pm EST
CEO Connection
Randy Jordan, CEO

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Many of us are just returning from an outstanding NAFC Charitable Care Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. The presentations and programs were wonderful, but so was the outstanding representation and record-breaking attendance of free and charitable clinic leaders. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so for this article, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Looking forward to our next conversation!
Quality and Clinical Support Updates
Cindy Jones, Director of Quality & Clinical Support

NCAFCC 2019 Annual Outcomes Survey
The 2019 Survey and related documents will be going out to the membership this month. The email correspondence will include an Excel version of the survey, instructions, methodologies and TOOLs to prepare members for completing the on-line web-based survey due in February of 2020.
We’ve made some changes this year so be sure to attend the web conference that will be scheduled later this month to review the survey. Members will receive a ZOOM invitation to participate in the web conference, so be on the lookout.
Deputy Director Update
Mark Scheerer

2019 NAFC Charitable Health Care Symposium

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Health Care Symposium was held in Atlanta on October 27-29. Over 500 people attended the conference; of these, 38 were from North Carolina. Quite a showing! For them, it was not only learning new information but meeting others from across the country who are doing the same work, facing the same challenges, having the same successes and reaffirming they are all having an impact on the health of a vulnerable population. We hope many of you can attend next year's conference in Indianapolis on October 25-27, 2020.

Comments from two of our attendee.

This year’s NAFC symposium was THE BEST! I left every single session with new information and practical ideas that I can put to use in my own clinic. I was thrilled to be able to thank in person some of our key supporters - including Direct Relief, Americares and Athenahealth. It was an added bonus to spend quality time with our Carolina clinic friends and forge new friendships with peer clinics across the nation! 
- Bri Niggel, HealthReach Community Clinic

I enjoyed seeing everyone and meeting free clinic directors throughout the nation and thought the symposium was excellent. 
- Andy Kurtzman, Scotland Community Health Clinic

See pictures from the Symposium by clicking here !

Roadmap to Health Equity: 2019 Convening October 29-30, 2019 in Atlanta, GA
We Measure Because…
Health Equity Matters.
Health Matters.
Our Work Matters.

Roadmap to Health Equity is a mulit-year national initiative co-lead by Americares, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Loyola University and more than 60 free and charitable leaders. The project’s objective is to establish a nationwide data repository to systematically report quality measures. It is felt that this lack of data inhibits free and charitable clinics (FCCs) and indicates that policymakers, other safety-net providers, philanthropy, the media and the public have an incomplete picture of the quality of care provided by FCCs.

Key stakeholders convened to report the work performed in 2019 and to discuss next steps for 2020.
·          Engaged with clinic leaders to identify and address barriers to collecting quality xxxxx measures,
·          Chose five sociodemographic measures to augment the clinical quality
xxxxx measures,
·          Selected Vision Tree Optimal Care (VTOC) as the national data repository that
xxxxx clinics will use to report patient-level quality measures,
·          Launched pilot clinic repository with FCCs; three clinics from NC participating, xxxxx and
·          Formed Repository Implementation Team to work with VTOC and pilot clinics.

·          Formalize committee and work group charges/directions,
·          Survey for committee development in year three,
·          Rollout Repository Implementation Team, and
·          Initiate pilot clinic’s repository learning collaborative.
NC Charitable Care Connect
Apractis Pilot Program

Through a partnership with Updox and working with The Apractis Clinic and Drs. Andy Barbash and Robert Yapundich, we are excited to roll out a telemedicine pilot program to 13 clinics. Clinical staff will now be able to have timely video chat consultations with volunteer neurologists. Watch for more information over the next few months as we on-board more clinics into the program and recruit more specialists.

The video below provides a quick look at the benefits of video chat for patients and clinical staff.

* NEW * Community Health Grants
Applications available soon.

HealthConnex Deadline
June 1, 2020
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
Northwest AHEC
WFU School of Medicine

Theo McClammy
Caring Community Clinic

John Mills

Krista Woolly
Community Care Clinic of Rowan County


ext. 104

Deputy Director
ext. 101

Cindy Jones , RCP
Director of Quality & Clinical Support
ext. 103

Office Manager
ext. 102