February 2018

(603) 626-9500
Manchester Community Health Center,
Child Health Services at MCHC,
and the West Side Neighborhood Health Center

The cold and snow hasn't slowed us down here at Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC). Please take a few minutes to read about our people, programs, events, and supporters.
Red Alert for Community Health Center Funding Nationwide
Since fall 2017, community health centers nationwide faced a federal funding cliff. As a federally qualified health center, MCHC is one of 1,400 health centers nationwide that receives federal funding to provide primary healthcare services to our patients.

On February 6, 2018, community health centers across the country joined forces to host Red Alert 4 CHCs, where community health center staff wore red in solidarity and shared photos and messages across social media networks asking congressional leaders to reauthorize funding to support vital work of our nation's community health centers.

Federal funding is crucial for health centers, and without it, the primary health care and support services provided to nearly 27 million patients nationwide was in jeopardy.

MCHC staff at all four sites participated in the Red Alert - wearing every shade of red and showing support for the important role health centers play in the community.

The Red Alert 4 CHCs, along with the hard work of health center advocates like Bi-State Primary Care Association , paid off. On February 9, community health centers nationwide received federal funding for an additional two years!
MCHC Senior Care Services Awarded $40k Grant
Manchester Community Health Center has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Mary Gale Foundation Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to expand senior care services for women 65 and older. 

Funding from the Mary Gale Foundation Fund will directly strengthen the Complex Care Management Program currently assisting low-income women 65 and older in the Greater Manchester area. This proactive, evidence-informed, patient-centered program focuses on improving the health outcomes for this high-risk, uninsured or underinsured elder population. MCHC will now be able to expand care management support services to help high-risk elderly patients proactively manage chronic illnesses to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
MCHC Patient Navigators
Make a Difference in the Community
Navigating the ever-changing landscape of health care can be a challenge. That's where our Patient Navigators and Certified Application Counselors come in! Our dedicated team works with MCHC patients and the public to find health insurance options, that meet a person's needs and budget.

During this recent open enrollment period from November 1 - December 15, 2017, the New Patient Access team worked tirelessly to assist over 1,000 people in understanding their options and registering for health insurance coverage for 2018.

We recently received feedback from a patient who worked with MCHC Patient Navigator, Jayne Navarro, to find an affordable health care insurance plan.

"Jayne Navarro does not give up! As a Healthcare Navigator, she managed to straighten out an insurance mess and secure what I needed, low-cost insurance with a low-cost deductible. She is a champion for people of limited income and little knowledge of the game. A stalwart of intensity on behalf of what’s right on behalf of the little guy." - patient S.

Thank you to our New Patient Access Team for all your hard work!
Family Literacy Night at MCHC
Each Tuesday Child Health Services at MCHC opens its doors to the public for Family Literacy Night.

This program provides a space for people of all ages to strengthen their reading comprehension and writing skills.

Family literacy night is free for all attendees, and people of all ages and reading abilities are welcome to join. Many participants bring resumes, applications or books to the weekly sessions and work with volunteer tutors to improve their reading abilities.

These weekly workshops are organized by Child Health Services at MCHC, Americorps Vista volunteer, Katherine Benoit. If you are interested in volunteering at family literacy night or want to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Katherine at kbenoit@mchc-nh.org.
MCHC in the News
Did you read about MCHC in the news this month? The ACERT team, a collaboration with the Manchester Police Department, the YWCA, and Project Launch was recently mentioned. Check out the article!
E-news Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsor Manchester Community Health Center's monthly e-news for 2018 and have your organization's logo and website link featured in each monthly edition of the e-news!

Show your support for our community and get your name in front of other MCHC supporters.

For more information about how to sponsor MCHC's monthly e-news, contact Delia Makhetha at 603.792.5091 or dmakhetha@mchc-nh.org .
We Couldn't Do it Without You!
Manchester Community Health Center is grateful for all the support we receive throughout the year from individuals, foundations, and corporate supporters. Many of our wrap around services - like transportation, interpretation and case management services - are instrumental in keeping our patients healthy. We could not continue these vital services without the generosity of our community. Thank you! 
This project is supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

MCHC receives federal Health and Human Services funding and has federal Public Health Service deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals. 
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