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January Community Events
Thurs., January 19-12pm-1pm: ACH-Cary at Dorcas Plaza Grand Opening;
Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our new location! Light refreshments and goodies will be provided. 

Sat., January 21-10am-12pm:
Wellness Saturday; Join us at the SECU ACH Southeast Raleigh campus (1011 Rock Quarry Road) for a free breakfast and to learn about how to keep you and your family healthy. Hear from our provider, Dr. Derrick Hoover, about how to prevent and manage diabetes, learn how to make easy and healthy smoothies from our Registered Dietitians, and learn about how to prevent Cervical Cancer. There will also be Kid's Activities so you don't have to worry about childcare and your kids can learn and play too!

Contact Wilma Metcalf at (919) 250-2946 or wmetcalf@advancechc.org for more information on ACH's Community Events.

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212 S. Salem Street
Cary at Dorcas Plaza 
(Opening Jan. 3, 2017)
173 High House Road

130 N. Judd Parkway, NE

111 S. Church Street

Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless Centers:
South Wilmington St.  Shelter
The Women's Center of 
Wake  County

SECU Advance Community Health Southeast Raleigh Campus
(Pharmacy now open!)
1011 Rock Quarry Road

Administrative Offices:
1001 Rock Quarry Road
(919) 255-6721

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Medical: (919) 833-3111
Dental: (919) 250-2930

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Pharmacy: (919) 755-5060
ACH Healthy Food Profiles

Overnight Apple Pie Oats

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup low-fat milk or plain yogurt
4 tablespoons chopped, unsalted nuts (pecans, almonds, or walnuts)
1 cup chopped apples OR 1/2 cup applesauce
Optional: 2 teaspoons honey          or maple syrup

1.   Prepare two bowls, mugs, or jars.
2.   Divide rolled oats between the two containers, then pour half the milk and/or yogurt over the oats in each container and mix them together. If you prefer, you can use Lactaid or Soymilk.
3.   Add some fruit, nuts, and other flavorings to each container.
4.   Cover and refrigerate for at least six hours (overnight works perfectly!). Your overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so they'll be ready for your breakfast anytime this week.
5.   When you're ready to eat, mix all the ingredients together well. You can eat the oats cold just like they are, or heat in the microwave for about 2 mins on high to warm.

This recipe makes 2 portions.
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Expanding Access to Primary Care:
ACH- Cary at Dorcas Plaza Opening Soon
Photo credit of ACH- Cary is to Michael Papich of the Cary Citizen

On January, 3, 2017, Advance Community Health (ACH) will open our fifth location in Dorcas Plaza at 173 High House Road, Cary, NC. The new location is made possible through a partnership between Dorcas Ministries, Advance Community Health, The Town of Cary, and Wake County.  Penella  Washington, CEO of ACH said this about the new location: "Our dream of opening a site serving Cary and Morrisville is finally coming true. While parts of each community are flourishing, other parts are still struggling. We are committed to ensuring every person has access to quality primary healthcare, and through that commitment we want to be part of the local efforts to advance the entire community."

Dorcas Ministries invited Advance Community Heath into the space and remodeled it because, as Rose Cornelious, Development Director of Dorcas Ministries says, " We do this in response to all the people who turn to us in crisis because of medical bills associated with managing a chronic disease and people who simply cannot access affordable medical care." Many parts of Cary and Morrisville are prospering, but there are many community members struggling to survive. Advance Community Health strives to evolve and expansion into Western Wake County is a continuation of our commitment to providing access to primary healthcare regardless of a patient's ability to pay.  

The new location houses 5 exam rooms and spaces for lab work, shots, and vaccines. The staff at the location are Detanya Betts, Family Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse, a Receptionist, and a Practice Manager. ACH- Cary will be able to see 18-22 patients daily and will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. The new location will also accept Medicare, Medicaid, private insurances, and will have a discount program for the uninsured. Patient appointments can be made by calling (919) 833-3111. 

A Grand Opening event will be held on Thursday, January 19 from 12pm-1pm at the new location. Please contact Wilma Metcalf at wmetcalf@advancechc.org or (919) 250-2946 for more information. 
Expanding Comprehensive Services:
Pharmacy Opens in Southeast Raleigh
ACH Pharmacy staff fill prescriptions

Advance Community Health (ACH) has opened an on-site pharmacy on the SECU Advance Community Health Southeast Raleigh campus. Patients can now have prescriptions filled following their appointments. For patients with transportation barriers, this means they are now able to save time, money, and reduce the stress of planning separate trips to pick up medications necessary to their health. To further enhance accessibility, refills are also able to be made through the Pharmacy page on ACH website. 

The pharmacy operates within the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which allows medically under-served patients to receive deeply discounted prices on their medications. Patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are able to get their life-dependent medications for a fraction of the cost they would pay at retail pharmacies. The 340B program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) of the federal government, however no government funding comes through the 340B program. 340B legislation simply sets the drug pricing and HRSA and OPA administer the program. Community Health Centers, like ACH, are some of the few organizations who have access to the 340B program.  

The ACH Pharmacy is set to begin accepting Medicaid within the next several weeks with Medicare and private insurance following soon after. Currently, the Pharmacy is filling about 100 prescriptions per day for our uninsured population and the demand for the service continues to rise. In 2017, a route will be established to all ACH locations, allowing patients to pick up medications from their local medical site. The route will further eliminate the transportation and cost barriers many patients face in getting the medications they need. 
Serving the Most Vulnerable:
ACH Opens Clinic at the Women's Center of Wake County
Delease, a patient at the new clinic, poses for a photo 

Advance Community Health (ACH) has partnered with the Women's Center of Wake County to open a weekly on-site clinic to meet the needs of homeless women where they are.  Penella Washington, ACH's CEO says the new medical clinic " has given us the opportunity to expand our services to homeless women, an often overlooked and vastly under-served population." According to Wake County's 2015 Point-in-Time homelessness count, there are 229 homeless women in our community. However, there are few homeless services that cater to women. 

Since the new clinic is part of ACH's Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless program, women using services at the Women's Center can receive primary medical care without charge. Through the creation of these clinics through community partnerships, patients do not have the additional burden of arranging transportation to both the Women's Center and their health care provider. ACH operates another weekly clinic at the South Wilmington St. Men's Shelter. 

Delease, a client of the Women's Center and a patient at the new clinic, has chronic back and shoulder issues, but when she lost her health insurance, she lost her healthcare. Delease says, "I really needed a doctor, but I couldn't afford to go," and then when the budget for subsidized housing was frozen, her voucher expired before she could obtain housing and became homeless. Upon hearing about the ACH clinic, Delease said, "I was so excited and I made an appointment right away. I love Dr. Hoover and I hope to get in with the dentists too." She continued, "I know I'm setback a little in my life right now, but I'm feeling much better and I'll be back on my feet in no time!"

OUR MISS ION: To deliver quality, compassionate primary healthcare--every patient, every time--in response to the ne eds of our communities.

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