North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

1399 Ashleybrook Lane
Suite 110
Winston-Salem, NC 27103


Randy Jordan , CEO
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Mark Scheerer , Deputy Director
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Cindy Jones , RCP
Director of Training & Support
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Office Manager
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An Outstanding Executive Directors’ Retreat is Planned for You

I was getting into my car this morning when my neighbor Joe, a former executive at Hewlett-Packard, stopped me to ask how I was enjoying my time at NCAFCC. I told him I felt really good about all that we accomplished during the past year, especially the increased appropriation for Community Health Grants (see Cindy Jones’ article below). He then said jokingly, “I bet you really enjoy the meetings!” and we laughed a little about all the meetings that he had to attend at H-P. Well, I enjoy some meetings more than others, but I can’t contain my excitement about the program for the upcoming Executive Directors’ Retreat on September 21-22 in Winston-Salem. If you are on the fence about attending, let me do my best to persuade you or, as one ED has already done, encourage you to send one or more of your staff members to participate in this important conference.
Here are a few highlights on the ED Retreat Agenda: Dr. Pam Silberman, an expert on health policy from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will update us on federal health reform. 
Professor Julie Darnell, a nationally recognized authority on free and charitable clinics in the U.S. from Loyola University in Chicago, will let us know how North Carolina’s clinics compare to the rest of the nation. Associate Dean Michael Lischke of Wake Forest University will lead us in an intriguing peer-to-peer discussion about our work. Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of NC’s Department of Health and Human Services, will explore the role of social determinants of health in producing good health and Maggie Sauer, Director of the NC Office of Rural Health, will provide important information about the future of the Community Health Grant program. Many other interesting presentations about new ideas in the free and charitable clinic world and a number of special networking opportunities with colleagues and a select group of vendors round out our agenda.
Katie Yarbrough in our office has done a great job of getting out the information about the ED Retreat and the hotel accommodations at the Brookstown Inn. If you have not already registered, I hope this extra boost of inspiration will encourage you to do so today. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All EDs! 
NCAFCC has an excellent agenda for the upcoming ED Retreat! It's the best one we've ever had - thanks to Katie and Mark!

We will hear Pam Silberman from UNC School of Public Health discuss federal health reform proposals. Julie Darnell from Loyola Med.School will compare NC's Free & Charitable Clinics with other in the US. Mandy Cohen will discuss health and social determinants. Maggie Sauer, the new Director of the Office of Rural Health will speak about their office and community health grants. There will be presentations regarding MedServe and HealthWays. Tim Gallagher will update us on the Safety-Net Health Systems. Several vendors will provide education related to their programs. Dr. Michael Lischke and John Mills from the NCAFCC Board of Directors will speak and Christina Clarke will give us mental health first aid. Oh, and we will have and ice cream social (thanks Mark) which will give all participants 30 minutes to visit the vendor tables. 

We sincerely hope that all ED's are making plans to attend. If you are not an ED, please ask your director to share what learned when they return.

Look forward to seeing you all! Sissy

Hello again! Here we are on the cusp of cooler weather, falling (and raking) leaves; it's hard to believe it's already September. September for us means a couple big conferences, clinic visits and budgeting. I imagine many of you will be starting your budgeting process soon so keep in mind meeting opportunities in 2018 so you can put them in your budget. These include our regional meetings, the Primary Care Conference, our Executive Director Retreat, and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Charitable Health Care Symposium.
On the topic of clinic visits, Randy and I have now visited 38 of clinics with plans to visit many more in October/early November.

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is beyond comprehension. It reminds me that people, no matter what their circumstances in life, need assistance from time-to-time. Members of your communities count on your services and each of you delivers high quality and compassionate care. Keep up the great work!

See you at the retreat!


Safety-Net Advocacy Pays Off
On February 21 NCAFCC representatives (staff and members) along with other safety-net providers, rallied to educate our elected officials about the value of North Carolina’s Free and Charitable Clinics.That endeavor produced $7.5 million in additional appropriation for Community Health Grants from the Office of Rural Health. 
Last Friday, the Office of Rural Health notified us of the most recent Community Health Grant awards. For this year, 25 additional free and charitable clinics will receive over $2 million due to the Safety-Net Advocacy efforts made last February.

The impact of creating one voice really does speak in volumes, let’s thank our legislators for listening and responding.

September 21-22, 2017
Deadline is September 14. You can find the registration form and agenda here .

October 1 - 3, 2017
Denver, Colorado

NC HealthConnex Update: Key points are: hospitals, physicians licensed to practice, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who provide Medicaid services and who have an electronic health record system shall connect by June 1, 2018. All other providers of Medicaid and state-funded services shall connect by June 1, 2019. Read more about the new guidelines by visiting the NC HIE website

News and Updates from Clinics

Broad Street Clinic receives $14,000 of hurricane protection kits. Read about it here .

Shelter Health Services in Charlotte brings real-time comprehensive diagnostic labs to the point-of-care.  Read about it here.

Urban Ministries Ending Food Waste & Promoting Dignity   Click Here to read all about it .

Davidson Employees recognize the homeless. Click Here for More Information .

Diabetes Summit in September! Click Here for More information .
Board of Directors 

Board Chair
Sissy Lee-Elmore, MBA, MPA
WATCH Healthcare Program

Vice Chair
April Cook, MBA
Lake Norman Community Health Clinic

John Price, ORH - Retired

Tracy Salisbury
Open Door Clinic of Alamance County

Jerry Hermanson, MBA
Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers
Tony Price
Moore Free and Charitable Clinic

Sandy Motley
Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic
Past Chair

Michael Lischke, Ed.D., MPH
Northwest AHEC
WFU School of Medicine

Theo McClammy
Caring Community Clinic

John Mills

Jacquie Rose
The Free Clinics

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