Thursday, August 27, 2015

Be a part of OACHC's CommUNITY!


OACHC's 2015 Fall Conference: CommUNITY

The 2015 Fall Conference: CommUNITY is a 2.5 day event held at the Sherton at Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio from September 28th-30th. Learn new ways to improve your health center and network with fellow community health center professionals at OACHC’s 2015 Fall Conference: CommUNITY. Choose from four different tracks including; Finance, Clinical, Outreach & Enrollment, and Workforce.  

Also, new this year we are offering an "FQHC Leadership: Essentials for Success" session on Monday the 28th of September for any leadership looking for some tips of the trade (registration is required).

We would love to have you as an attendee!

Come to Columbus!

Columbus has so much to offer! Don't miss a chance to visit this vibrant city!


 QUESTIONS? Contact Megan Bourque-Stith

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NHCW15 was a Success!

National Health Center Week was a Blast!

OACHC got to travel all over Ohio to visit our member's health centers during their National Health Center Week events! Our health centers had events such as ribbon cutting events for new locations, back to school fairs, health center tours and more! Many health centers even got visits from State and even Federal legislators! We are very excited about how enthusiastic everyone was about celebrating this great week! Click here to view pictures from NHCW15

Per tradition OACHC is sending out Health Center Hero Awards.  These awards are given to nominees that are recognized as outstanding leaders and advocates working for local Community Health Centers.  Click here to view all of the Ohio Health Center Heroes

OACHC created a new twist to the hero awards this year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the health center movement! People were given the opportunity to vote between five finalists of the nominated heroes.  The winner would be deemed "Ohio Health Center Super Hero"! The contest ended on August 15th and after great turnout from the voters we received a winner.  Bev Giffford of HealthSource of Ohio, Inc. is to be presented the "Ohio Health Center Super Hero" award at this year's Fall Conference, September 28-30.

Beverly's nomination outlined her Compassion while working at her community health center.  Congrats Bev and congrats to all of the heroes this year!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Colorectal Screenings & Influenza Vaccines Could Go Together #NIAM15

National Immunization Awareness Month 2015

August is National Immunization Awareness month. This month let's all help to spread the awareness of the importance and value of vaccinations from birth through adulthood.  If you are using social media outlets be sure to share the hashtag #NIAM15 to help inform and create awareness.

Patients over 50 Getting the Influenza Vaccination Could Help Us Get to Our Clinical Quality Goal for Colorectal Cancer Screenings!


The Flu vaccine is recommended for adults every year. Colorectal Cancer Screening by High-Sensitivity Fecal Occult Blook Test or Fecal Immunochemical Test is recommended for adults over 50 years of age every year, as well. 

What if we told you there might be a way to combine getting vaccinated for influenza and helping to increase the amount of colorectal cancer screenings in the same visit? Well, according to the American Cancer Society and HSAG there is a way. Its called FluFIT or FluFOBT.   

Colorectal Cancer is the 3rd most common cancer and the 2nd deadliest in the U.S.  The thought is to allow patients over 50 to get their influenza vaccination and their FIT or FOBT kit to take home in the same visit to help increase the colorectal cancer screening outcomes and hopefully lower the number of cancer deaths in the U.S. "Recent study estimates that [colorectal] screening has prevented more than 500,000 colorectal cancers in the US over the past three decades" (Page 6). 

Learn more about this program by listening to Dr. Durado Brooks of the American Cancer Society explain it in the webinar "Implementing Flu-Fit: An Innovative Way to Incorporate Influenza Vaccination and Colorectal Cancer Screening" and by viewing the slides.   

The American Cancer Society and Health Services Advisory Group are looking for practices to participate. View Their Call to Action and Contact the Ohio HSAG Representative: Kim Salamone – – 602-513-0761


Help Promote Immunization Awareness for #NIAM15 -  Download these tool kits:


Annual Report of the State of the National Vaccine Plan (2014) 


The National Vaccine Advisory Committee released the Annual Report of the State of the National Vaccine Plan (2014) online.  This report highlights work and accomplishments of HHS agencies and other partners across the immunization system toward meeting the goals and objectives in the 2010 National Vaccine Plan and Implementation Plan.


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