July 16, 2021
OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Summary Memo

On June 10, 2021, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) after President Biden's Executive Order that prioritized ensuring the health and safety of workers. The standard outlines requirements to increase COVID-19 safety precautions in health care settings, including health centers. 

NACHC PRF Finance Office Hours

NACHC is holding a free webinar about PRF reporting requirements on Friday, July 30 at 2 PM (Eastern). During the webinar, NACHC will have experts from BKD and Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP (FTLF) discuss the importance of documenting the use of PRF and other COVID funding, how to avoid “double-counting” and other non-compliances, and how lost revenue and cost reimbursement concepts can be used to justify retaining PRF. In the meantime, please submit questions to trainings@nachc.org
TPCA COVID-19 Resources Page

TPCA created a COVID-19 Resources page that contains information and tools for health centers and the general public on a variety of COVID-19 related topics including TPCA’s COVID-19 vaccines, updates, human resources & operations, telehealth, and PPE.

TPCA Members may also access the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for the latest in TN COVID-19 Vaccine distribution as well as timely and relevant resources.
While COVID-19 vaccines have put an end to the pandemic in sight, there are still a number
of safety precautions we should follow, even after vaccination. The question is: which ones?

Read more from TPCA partner AccuVax at
Cempa Community Care cut the ribbon on its brand new community pharmacy on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Located at 1000 E. 3rd St. in Chattanooga, the Cempa Pharmacy is open to the general public and will be easily accessible to Cempa’s existing client base.

“Over the past few years, the team at Cempa has continuously sought out ways to broaden our service offerings so we can be a healthcare provider that meets as many needs as we possibly can for our patients. The new Cempa Pharmacy is a testament to this proactive, patient-centered, spirit,” said Cempa CEO Shannon Stephenson.

Chota was recently recognized in multiple categories in the Advocate & Democrat's 2021 Reader's Choice Awards!

Chota's commendations in this community-driven vote include First Place for Best Customer Service, Pest Place to Work and Best Physician's Office.

Erlanger recently recognized Aidan Flock, Outreach & Enrollment Specialist at Alton Park & Dodson Avenue Erlanger Community Health Centers as a “Spotlight Award” recipient.

Erlanger Employee Spotlight Award is an opportunity to identify, recognize and award employees who demonstrate exceptional performance and who offer unique contributions toward Erlanger’s mission of “compassionately caring for people.”

On Wednesday, July 14th, Nashville native Brandan Wright, the former Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks player, was the star of the “Celebrity Dental Day” at Neighborhood Health's Napier Clinic.

Partnering with Delta Dental and Neighborhood Health, Brandan sported a white lab coat while ushering kids throughout the health clinic to promote dental care and oral health among kids.

National Health Center Week

TPCA is excited to join health centers in Tennessee and across the country in celebrating National Health Center Week from August 8-14! This year, we will be celebrating all of the ways health centers create The Chemistry for Strong Communities.

Don't forget to submit your events to TPCA! 
If you are hosting National Health Center Week events, please email emily.waitt@tnpca.org with details about the event so we can highlight your events and provide opportunities for TPCA staff to join in your celebrations!


The House and Senate are beginning the process of considering two different infrastructure packages. The first is a $1.2 trillion proposal led by a bi-partisan group of Senators, focused on traditional infrastructure.

The second is a much larger bill that may reach up to multiple trillions of dollars, that Democrats may seek to pass with a simple majority in the Senate using the reconciliation process. This bill would include provisions that address childcare, education, and health care.

NACHC and health centers across the country are advocating for the inclusion of $10 billion in community health center infrastructure funding in a final package.

Appropriations Process

The House began the appropriations process in June and intends to pass all of their appropriations bills by the end of this month. Several of the 12 mandatory spending bills have already been passed in committee and are ready to go to the House floor. President Biden proposed a $50 million increase in discretionary funding for health centers, and health centers may receive an increase in this funding through the appropriations process.

Learn more about partnering with TPCA by contacting Susan Swartz at susan.swartz@tnpca.org!
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