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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center’s mission is not only to affect positive health outcomes for patients, but also positive change in the community. That community focus is represented in the Literacy Initiative, formed to promote increased literacy for all ages in RCCHC’s service area of Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton and Washington counties. The Literacy Initiative has so far been responsible for projects like implementing the Reach Out and Read program, which provides children ages 6 months to 5 years with a free book during their yearly wellness check at RCCHC; establishing Little Free Libraries, built by local Eagle Scout Daniel Lane, in its Ahoskie, Murfreesboro and Colerain clinics, as well as hosting story hours and children’s activities with Everest and Gigi the Therapy Reading Dogs.

Now, the RCCHC Literacy Initiative is happy to announce its recent partnership with the Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library in Murfreesboro, NC. Both are working together to cultivate a love of reading in RCCHC patients and library patrons alike, through expanding the reach of their programs and events that address health and literacy promotion – and just having a good time! 

And a great time was had by all at two recent Story Hours organized by the library and RCCHC:

The Black History Month Story Hour was held on Feb. 20th, also in partnership with Taylor Made Publishing, Hertford-Northampton Daycare Association, Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA), and the National Association of University Women’s Northampton County Branch. The event featured a reading by author G. Todd Taylor of his books, “Daddy, Who Will I Be?”, “Daddy’s Little Princess” and “I Don’t See Color”. Taylor Made Publishing generously donated a book to each child who attended to begin their own culturally diverse collection, as well as four autographed books to the Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library for all of its patrons to enjoy. 30 parents and 45 children attended, making it an awesome family night and true cultural experience for all.

A celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was held on Mar. 2nd with a special reading of “The Cat and the Hat Comes Back” by the Cat in the Hat himself and his friend Cindy-Lou Who. The 40 Children and parents who attended had a great night of fun with reading, refreshments - including a special birthday cake for Dr. Seuss - and Dr. Seuss themed crafts.

Be on the lookout for more partnered events like these between RCCHC and the Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library. In the meantime, check out what programs both sites have available right now online:

RCCHC – www.rcchc.org

Elizabeth S. Parker Memorial Library - http://www.arlnc.org/librarydirectory/murfreesboro.htm

The National Association of Community Health Centers has awarded RCCHC "Advocacy Center of Excellence" status!

 

This means that RCCHC is one of the health centers leading the way in advocating for high quality, affordable, comprehensive healthcare that's available to every member of our community.

 

RCCHC's culture of advocacy means everyone, from our board, to administration, to staff , makes this mission a priority.  Take a look through our Facebook page or at rcchc.org to see what advocacy work we've done recently - like visiting elected officials in Raleigh to ask for continued funding to serve our patients through our ACC Saturday Clinics and medication assistance program, or the Story Hours hosted by our community focused Literacy Initiative.

 

We invite you to join our mission by becoming an advocate for Community Health Centers like RCCHC at:

 

NC Community Health Center Association

http://ncchca.nationbuilder.com/join

 

National Association of Community Health Centers

http://p2a.co/o3fIsZd

 

Thank you for your support!

Diabetes Educator / Program Coordinator

RCCHC is seeking highly motivated RD or RN to join our team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Must have proven competencies in nutrition education, Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and diabetes management and education activities in RCCHC clinics

  •   Serves as a nutrition and diabetes consultant to the healthcare team and community.

  •   The RD or RN must demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to complete initial patient/family

    educational sessions, assessments, reassessments and follow-up with accuracy and skill.

  •   Coordinates activities required for ADA DSME Program recognition using the most current standards

    available.

  •   Requires a current valid license as a RN in the state of NC or board certified Dietitian.

  •   Must have effective problem-solving ability, accountability, flexibility, and must be a team player

  •   Basic computer skills and excellent verbal and communication skills are required.

    Bi-lingual applicants preferred.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life, and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    Salary based on experience.

    Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.

    Applications may be returned to Human Resources at sbarnes@rcchc.org, or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910. 

Practice Administrator (1 Full-Time Vacancy)

RCCHC is seeking highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our management team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Associate Degree in related discipline with minimum of seven years of experience, including clinical management and public health administration or Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Health Administration or related discipline with three or five years of experience.

  •   Responsible for the daily operations of the clinics with the purpose of providing the highest quality of care to our patient population in a professional and cost effective manner

  •   Monitors and ensures clinical and operational performance goals are met and maintained.

  •   Maximizes workflow efficiencies managing staffing needs.

  •   Collaborates with the Nurse Managers/Leads at each clinic site to facilitate productivity goals.

  •   Works under the supervision of the Chief Operations Officer in collaboration with the Executive

    Team and the Clinical Management team.

  •   Develop, review and update policies, procedures, training and evaluation that help support efficient

    clinic workflows, productivity, quality improvement and customer

  •   Recommends, develops and implements improvements for the center’s operations.

  •   Ensures compliance of regulatory requirements.

    Bi-lingual applicants preferred.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    In addition to competitive salary and benefits, we offer:

401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution.

Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.
Applications may be returned to Human Resources at
sbarnes@rcchc.org, or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910

RCCHC collaborated with Martin, Tyrell, Washington District Health Department for an Outreach Event on January 12 entitled "Getting Healthy in the New Year", in Columbia NC.  Participants were encouraged to add the following healthy resolutions to their annual list.  

  • Getting vaccinated. The best way to prevent the flu and many other diseases is to get vaccinated. 
  • Visiting your primary care provider. Make an appointment with your primary care provider for a check-up, vaccination, or routine screening. Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They can also help find problems early, when your chances for full recovery are better.
  • Making healthy food choices. Your healthy eating plan should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Your diet should be low in saturated fats, transfats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars. If you are pregnant or the mother of an infant or young child, you may qualify for WIC benefits to cover the cost of healthy foods.
  • Being active. If losing weight is on your New Year's resolution list, it's vital to monitor not just your diet, but also your activity. Winter's limited daylight and cold temperatures mean many people are less active. Regular exercise is best for your health, but even minor changes can make a significant difference, like taking brisk walks, using the stairs instead of elevators when possible, and parking in distant spots in parking lots.
  • Getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following sleep guidelines: newborns – 16-18 hours; preschool-aged children – 11-12 hours; school-aged children – at least 10 hours; teens – 9-10 hours; and all adults – minimum of 7-8 hours.
  • Prioritizing overall wellness in your life. Start 2017 off on the right foot by making your health a priority. This can include: quitting smoking (1-800-QUIT-NOW).  

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center offers a variety of ways to help you accomplish your goals this year. 

(Pictured:  Erin Storie and Erielle Cooper)

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust wants to share an opportunity for people to give to the North Carolina Community Foundation's Statewide Disaster Relief Fund for those interested in getting involved.

Donations can be made online through the NCCF website.  

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1442933

Donations can also be mailed to the NCCF headquarters office in Raleigh at 3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612.

Please designate your gift for Hurricane Matthew.

For more information contact the NCCF headquarters office in Raleigh at 919-828-4387.  

If you have a mental health condition, you're not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 20 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression.

As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain. Many people don't seek treatment or remain unaware that their symptoms could be connected to a mental health condition.

People may expect a person with serious mental illness to look visibly different from others, and they may tell someone who doesn't "look ill" to "get over it" through willpower. These misperceptions add to the challenges of living with a mental health condition.

Every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy. Through developing and following a treatment plan, you can dramatically reduce many of your symptoms. People with mental health conditions can and do pursue higher education, succeed in their careers, make friends and have relationships. Mental illness can slow us down, but we don't need to let it stop us. 

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center can help.  Schedule an appointment with your medical provider to begin the conversation.  

See more at: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition#sthash.QkWAPqGG.dpuf

Joanne Powell, LPN/ Special Projects Manager for Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, was selected as Hertford County’s SHIIP Volunteer of the Year during the annual SHIIP Coordinator’s Conference held in Greensboro.

Powelll was presented with her award by Barry Mowbray, SHIIP Regional Manager for the Northeast Region at the SHIIP Volunteer Recognition Celebration held at RCCHC on Aug. 26.

Powell works tirelessly along with Alicia Mitchell, Respite/ SHIIP Coordinator for the Hertford County Office of Aging, to make sure the Medicare beneficiaries of Hertford County get the best assistance possible during the Medicare Part D OEP and throughout the year.

Gifts of appreciation from SHIIP were given to all the volunteers in attendance.

SHIIP and the Hertford County Office of Aging want their volunteers to know that they could not do what they do for the community without them.

Medicare beneficiaries receive much needed information when it comes to new updates on every aspect of the Medicare program. Some of the things the SHIPP volunteers do include, but are not limited to, doing actual enrollments in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans, schedule appointments for Medicare Counseling, making referrals, passing out Low Income Subsidy (LIS) information throughout the community, doing actual LIS applications and helping people that are coming up to retirement age and need to know how to get Medicare.

Roanoke Chowan News Herald coverage:  

http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2016/09/22/joanne-powell-named-volunteer-of-year/

Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse, Ahoskie Comprehensive Care (1 Full-Time Vacancy)

RCCHC is seeking highly motivated nurses to join our team. To be considered for employment the following qualifications must be met.

  •   Requires a current valid license as an RN or LPN in the state of NC.

  •   Must have proven competencies in nursing practice and utilization of the nursing process.

  •   Basic computer skills and excellent verbal and communication skills are required.

  •   Must be able to interact in a pleasant and receptive manner with all patient populations.

  •   Must have effective problem-solving ability, accountability, flexibility, and must be a team player.

  •   The RN/LPN must demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide clinical care in

    collaboration with other partnerships to achieve positive patient outcomes. Bi-lingual applicants preferred.

    Full Time Employees receive health, life, and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as PTO. Other benefits such as supplemental insurance are available to all full time employees.

    Salary based on experience.

    Applications can be downloaded from our website www.rcchc.org.

    Applications may be returned to Human Resources at kfutrell@rcchc.org, or mailed to RCCHC 120 Health Center Drive, Ahoskie NC 27910. 

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) will officially break ground on a major medical clinic expansion Tuesday, August 9 in Colerain, NC.   RCCHC was awarded $1 million in capital funding by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) last year to substantially enhance its Colerain Primary Care Center.

Colerain Primary Care, located at 109 W River Street in Colerain, will undergo building expansion that will add 3,376 square feet and include an in-house pharmacy, four additional exam rooms, expand the community nutrition site, and a designated space for behavioral health and nutrition/patient education. The project is certain to better address the needs of the area population and enhance the care Colerain Primary Care is already providing area citizens.

The improvements will also stretch outdoors, adding a large number of parking spaces, more handicapped parking spaces, and a new entrance with an automatic door opener for ambulance access. In addition, more medical providers will be brought on staff to meet the health demands of the area’s population.

Colerain Primary Care will remain open during the improvements.  The clinic is currently open Monday-Friday (Monday 8:00am-7:00pm, Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday 8:00am-7:00pm, Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm, Friday 8:00am-4:00pm). Colerain Primary Care is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but RCCHC operates on Saturday at Ahoskie Comprehensive Care from 8:00am-12:00 noon for all patients.

RCCHC has four primary care locations, including Colerain Primary Care, Murfreesboro Primary Care, Ahoskie Comprehensive Care, and Creswell Primary Care.  

RCCHC, an FQHC since May, 2005, provides comprehensive primary care and pediatric services with locations in Ahoskie and Murfreesboro (Hertford County), Colerain (Bertie County) and Creswell (Washington County) North Carolina.  As a designated community health and migrant center, RCCHC’s mission is to provide comprehensive care that reduces health disparities for the Roanoke Chowan area.  Pediatric services are offered at RCCHC’s Ahoskie clinic Monday through Friday, and the Hertford County Student Wellness Center which operates during the school year and allows students to seek medical treatment without having to leave campus, reducing absenteeism and in turn keeping kids in the classroom giving them a greater chance to successfully complete curriculum requirements.

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center is a not-for-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, committed to providing quality service and comprehensive healthcare, regardless of the ability to pay, to meet the needs of the rural community, including the uninsured. RCCHC offers a sliding fee scale for their patients, as well as medication assistance programs. Evening clinics are available at all locations.

For more information about Colerain Primary Care and RCCHC, visit rcchc.org.

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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

120 Health Center Drive
Ahoskie NC 27910
Ph# 252-332-3548
Fax# 252-332-1665

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