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Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers

Tuesday, May 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
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NWRPCA is pleased to partner with AACHC for the Population Health track on Sunday and Monday, May 20-21, at the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference.


Since 1985, the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) has served as Arizona's Primary Care Association (PCA). AACHC and its members currently comprise the state's largest primary care provider network. This includes 25 full members and nine associate members with over 230 physical locations throughout Arizona where people can receive services. Of those members, 23 are Community Health Centers or Look-Alikes with over 150 sites collectively.


With the help of its members, AACHC strives to promote and facilitate the development of delivery of affordable and accessible community-oriented, high quality, culturally effective primary care healthcare for all. This is accomplished through advocacy, education and technical assistance for members who are regularly provided with a variety of educational opportunities which include peer networking committees and forums to share best practices.


AACHC has numerous programs to assist our members and the diverse populations they serve. These programs vary from centralizing financial information and educational opportunities for members to peer networking committees for sharing of best practices. AACHC is committed to serving as a resource for organizations providing primary health care to the underserved, including Health Center Program Grantees/Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, Tribal organizations, and others. Staff at AACHC works with a variety of partners to expand the availability of tools which health centers and partner organizations serving those in need can utilize to address the needs of their patient populations and improve health outcomes while continuing to demonstrate cost savings.


 AACHC has several unique programs to further support our members and enhance service delivery and integration across the state. Since 2007, AACHC has supported a domestic violence advocacy program in a few of our rural Community Health Centers (CHCs). AACHC has also housed the Arizona Rural Women's Health Network (AZRWHN) since 2008, helping to address the needs of women in rural areas of the state. The AZRWHN has also developed an online based sexual violence curriculum for providers to use. We have also served as the primary Navigator Grantee for the state of Arizona, since the inception of open enrollment into the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, bringing together our Community Health Centers, other Navigator Grantees and service agencies to build a statewide network of Certified Application Counselors and Navigators. AACHC also supports our members with numerous workforce development programs, including continuation of the SEARCH program, an Annual Recruitment and Retention Conference, and support of NHSC Scholars at our Annual Meeting. AACHC is part of the National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network and convenes that Arizona Oral Health Coalition, whose focus is to improve and expand oral health throughout the state.


Community Health Centers are a critical part of the healthcare system in Arizona, and across the nation. CHCs are non-profit, community directed health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities. They share a mission of making comprehensive primary care accessible to anyone regardless of insurance status or their ability to pay for services. CHCs provide high-quality healthcare services for people throughout Arizona and strive to promote healthy communities in a variety of urban and rural locations. Each CHC has experienced, caring and compassionate medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral health staff to serve as the medical home for Arizona's families.


CHCs pride themselves in their ability to provide a variety of services under one roof. They practice through an integration model ensuring that patients are receiving the best care for their health without having the burden of traveling from one location to another to receive services. Additionally, providers and other staff work together to ensure the well-being of their patients. Some services provided by CHCs include dental, lab, pharmacy, family practice, and pediatrics. By providing numerous services at one location CHCs make healthcare convenient for community members and their busy lifestyles. CHCs also provide programs outside of a typical healthcare visit. They assist patients with legal matters, host health and wellness classes, and teach healthy nutrition through community gardens. Community Health Centers exemplify how having a holistic approach to healthcare can benefit the individuals they serve.


To learn more about the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers and its members, please visit www.aachc.org or call 602.253.0090.





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