Working together: How can Public Health and Primary Care help improve population health? Public health and primary care are natural partners for addressing the challenges in today’s healthcare system and solving the issues of population health. With the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and healthcare reform the need to work together to improve wellness and health outcomes has never been greater. In a value-based healthcare system, primary care providers ... Read more...

Pushing Mental Healthcare Quality to the Forefront Mental HealthAfter the United States House narrowly  passed the American Health Care Act, numerous mental health and behavioral health providers are concerned for the effects of healthcare reform on the ability to access quality mental health services for vulnerable populations.   Some of the most vulnerable citizens in the United States are persons with serious mental illness, intellectual ... Read more...

Improving Cancer Screening Rates in Community Health Cancer Screening FQHC EHRCurrent research and data show that preventative screenings for various forms of cancer help dramatically improve efficacy of treatments and survival rates from catching cancer in its early stages. Despite this evidence, however, rates of these screenings continually fall below national targets from Healthy People 2020 for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. The largest segments ... Read more...

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Public Health vs Personal Choice. How can meaningful use EHR help keep public safe? VaccineDespite recent popularity on the internet and media, vaccines have been used and developed for nearly 200 years. A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease. Their prevalent use in industrialized countries has dramatically improved overall population health and eradicated or nearly eradicated many diseases that were once ... Read more...

HIV PrEP Use in Public Health: Taming a Chronic Problem HIV PrEP Public Health EHRPre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but are at substantial risk of contracting it to prevent HIV infections by taking a pill every day. It has been proven to be extremely effective at combating the spread of HIV infection. When taken consistently, HIV PrEP has been shown ... Read more...

Keeping Patient Safety a Priority in your Health Center Patient SafetyPatient safety can mean a lot of things depending on your public health department or community health center. But at its core, patient safety is about how your organization prevents and protects patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. While often considered an issue for hospitals or facilities with impatient care, patient safety can and ... Read more...