ECDHD/Good Neighbor awarded $200K in Rural Health Grant funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the 60 new awardees for the 2015 Rural Health Care Services Outreach (Outreach) grant program. Each grantee will receive up to $200,000 a year to implement three-year projects, which will help create innovative solutions to benefit the community and address its needs. These grantees will be working with a consortium of local health care providers to expand and enhance the rural health care service delivery system so that it is more coordinated and integrated. Because these grantees have adopted or adapted an evidence-based or promising practice model, they will maximize their time providing services to help improve population health and demonstrate outcomes, as well as implementing strategies to sustain their projects.  These funded organizations are helping to change how health care is being delivered in rural communities. Please watch this short video that will provide a glimpse into the new 2015 cohort.

The 2012 cohort of Outreach grantees, which closed out April 30th, 2015, was the first group to adopt or tailor an evidence-base or promising practice model to address their community need.  As a result of FORHP’s funding, grantees have been able to implement results driven programs.  For example, Irwin County Board of Health in Ocilla, GA, adapted the National Diabetes Education Program “Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention” curriculum and found at the end of their second year of their operation, 89% of their diabetic adult patients had a HgA1c <8.0%.  Another grantee, Nevada County Behavioral Health in Grass Valley, CA, served the seriously mentally ill (SMI) diabetics using the IMPACT and Quadrant IV Clinical Integration models to integrate behavioral and physical healthcare. By the second project year, this grantee observed a 25% increase in the percentage of SMI diabetic adults maintaining a HbA1c <8.0%.  FORHP looks forward to analyzing program data for this cohort and share more results with grantees and stakeholders in the future.

For more information about the Outreach program, please contact Linda Kwon (


CHCs and Health Policy & Family-Medicine Residency Program Grants

A new study highlights “the need to promote policies that encourage more primary care providers and community health centers to practice in areas with the greatest expected need for services.”

A new federal grant will launch a national family-medicine residency program placing 87 graduates in CHCs around the country over a three-year period.

NEHII Update

Coventry Health Care of Nebraska has signed the NeHII Participation Agreement.  NeHII functionality to enhance its care coordination and management efforts for all patients enrolled; which includes the Medicaid Managed Care Programs.  Patients are on an opt-in unless they individually decide to opt out when informed at their provider appointments.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield has already contracted.  If you are a member of NeHII, you will be able to access the patient data as well.

Participating Hospitals include:

  • Alegent-Creighton Health System (AHS)
    • Bergan Hospital – Omaha, NE
    • Community Memorial Hospital – Missouri Valley, IA
    • Immanuel Hospital – Omaha, NE
    • Lakeside Hospital – Omaha, NE
    • Memorial Hospital – Schuyler, NE
    • Mercy Hospital – Council Bluffs, IA
    • Midlands Hospital – Papillion, NE
    • Nebraska Spine Hospital – Omaha, NE
    • Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) – Omaha, NE
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (CHMC) – Omaha, NE
  • Methodist Health Systems (NMHS)
    • Methodist Hospital – Omaha, NE
    • Methodist Women’s Hospital – Omaha, NE
  • The Nebraska Medical Center (NMC)
    • University Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE
    • Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE
    • Bellevue Medical Center – Bellevue, NE
  • Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital (MLMH) – Hastings, NE
  • Great Plains Regional Medical Center (GPRMC) – North Platte, NE
  • Regional West Medical Center (RWMC) – Scottsbluff, NE
    • Regional West Physicians Clinic (RWPC) & FlexiSuite Lab
  • Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) – Columbus, NE
  • Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) – Sidney, NE

OneWorld Celebrates 2 Events Next Week!

OneWorld has two events coming up next week. On Friday, March 8th  at 9 a.m. the “official” grand opening of their new Women’s Health Center and Quick Sick clinic is being held at the Livestock Exchange Campus.  On Saturday, March 9th  from 10 a.m. until 2 their Community Celebration and open house!  Everyone is welcome!

Congrats, OneWorld Community Health Centers!

Congrats, Charles Drew Health Center!

Charles Drew Health Center Holds Grand Opening for FOUR NEW PUBLIC HOUSING CLINICS!

Charles Drew Health Center is now offering medical and behavioral health services at four Omaha Housing Authority Public Housing Towers listed below:

5904 Henninger Avenue          5100 Florence Boulevard
402-457-1240                            402-457-1241
Monday, 8am to 5pm               Tuesday, 8am to 5pm

EVANS TOWER                     JACKSON TOWER
3600 North 24th Street             600 South 27th Street
402-457-1242                            402-457-1243
Wednesday, 8am to 5pm           Thursday, 8am to 5pm

Rudy Cooper, Public Housing Clinic Coordinator
Christy Quillen, APRN, Public Housing Medical Provider

Congrats, Charles Drew Health Center!