Every year the Bureau of Primary Health Care recognizes health centers across the nation who have demonstrated notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, and health information technology for the most recent UDS reporting period. In addition, health centers were also recognized this year for their contributions to the COVID-19 response in the areas of data collection, testing, and vaccinations. Year after year, Nebraska’s seven health centers rank among the top quality leaders in the nation. Even in the midst of a public health emergency, 2020 was no different. Nebraska’s health centers continued to demonstrate their resiliency, innovative spirit, and abiding commitment to providing the highest quality care to their patients.

The Clinical Quality Health Program recognizes health centers’ achievements in clinical quality excellence, increasing access to health care, reducing health disparities, optimizing health information technology (HIT), achieving PCMH recognition, and leading the way in providing testing, treatment and vaccine administration during the COVID-19 pandemic. All seven health centers achieved recognition in at least one quality category. Highlights of the awards include:

  • Three health centers achieving Gold Health Center Quality Leader recognition for being among the top 10% of all 1,400 health centers in the nation in achieving best overall clinical quality measure performance and one additional center received Silver Health Center Quality Leader recognition for being among the top 20% of health centers.
  • Three health centers were recognized for their optimization of Health Information Technology (HIT).
  • Six health centers were recognized for achieving Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.
  • Two health centers received additional recognition for testing more than 50% of their patients for COVID-19 and vaccinating over 70% of their patients.

Nebraska health centers served over 107,000 patients in 2020 – providing high quality medical, dental and behavioral health services, as well as enabling services, in the midst of unprecedented uncertainty that only magnified the inequities in our health care system. For over 18 months, Nebraska’s community health centers have served on the front lines of the Covid-19 response, playing a critical role in ensuring minority and low-income Nebraskans had access to culturally and linguistically appropriate care in a trusted setting. To date, health centers have tested 41,000 individuals and vaccinated more than 32,000 Nebraskans.

The health center staff are true heroes who deserve accolades and recognition, not only for continuing to pursue and achieve the delivery of high quality care, but for showing up every day, putting their patients’ needs first and going above and beyond to make sure patients not only have access to health care, but have the resources they need, like food and clothing.

We celebrate all of you and thank you for your tireless commitment to providing a safe, community-responsive source of care for all Nebraskans!

written by:

Amy Behnke, CEO

Health Center Association of Nebraska