Monthly Archives: February 2017

Impact to PA of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

The Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative recently released a report intended to help the public and PA’s Congressional delegates understand what the impact of repeal of the Affordable Care Act (AC) would be to residents of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania’s economy, and hospitals. Fact sheets are provided for Pennsylvania, several large counties in Pennsylvania (where information is available), and all 18 Congressional Districts. Sources for information used to compile these fact sheets can be found in the back of the report.

PA Coalition of Oral Health’s Next Meeting

The PA Coalition of Oral Health recently announced their scheduled meetings for 2017.  PCOH holds meetings throughout the State to (1) Inform the membership of ongoing activities/actions; (2) Network and engage with our partners, members, and supporters; and, (3) Share current statewide initiatives.  2017 dates and locations are:

Friday, March 24, 2017
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Premier Dental
1710 Romano Drive
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19463
Friday, July 14, 2017
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Pine Barn Inn
1 Pine Barn Place
Danville, PA 17821

Friday, July 28, 2017 
Pittsburgh, PA – Location TBD

Mechanicsburg – Location and date TBD


Lebanon VIM Celebrates Anniversay

Free walk-in clinic celebrates 1-year anniversary Lebanon County’s only free walk-in health clinic has been operational for one year, serving residents who would otherwise not have health care readily accessible to them.  Congratulations to Executive Director Linda Jackson and her staff and volunteers!

Local Clinic Named Non Profit of the Year

Congratulations to Maureen Tomoschuk, President and CEO of Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester! Maureen and her team were recently recognized by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry as the Non Profit of the Year.

Nurse Corp Loan Repayment Program Now Available to Free and Charitable Clinics Nursing Staff

The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is now available to Free and Charitable Clinics staff nurses, advance nurse practitioners, certified midwives, certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and nurse faculty who are employed for 32 hours a week at a Free and Charitable Clinic located in a health professional shortage area.

To help you identify if the Nurse Corp Loan Repayment Program is right for your nursing staff, please utilize the resources below:

  1. Find out if your clinic location or satellite location is in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area:
  2. A fact sheet on the Nurse Loan Repayment Program:
  3. A fact sheet about comparing the National Health Service Corps and the Nurse Corp Loan Repayment Program visit:
  4. Watch a pre-recorded webinar about the Nurse Corp Loan Repayment Program and how to apply:
  5. Application and Guidance for the Nurse Corp Loan Repayment Program:

A Toolkit to Help Implement CLAS Standards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) contracted with National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to develop a toolkit to help organizations implement National CLAS Standards and improve health equity through better health care access and delivery. A Practical Guide to Implementing the National CLAS Standards: For Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities, People with Disabilities and Sexual and Gender Minorities gives health care organizations, including health plans, provider practices and hospitals, states and communities—including health plans, provider practices and hospitals, states and communities—guidance for applying the National CLAS Standards.