Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center is pleased to announce their newest site in Woodland, NC in the old Southern Bank Building at 108 West Main Street will be open for business beginning November 19 . The RCCHC Board of Directors of RCCHC voted unanimously to name the new Woodland Primary Care for Dr. John H. Stanley, in honor of his more than six decades of dedicated service to the health and welfare of not only Woodland residents but all of Northeastern North Carolina.
“We are so proud to be carrying on Dr. John Stanley’s legacy in Woodland. The community has been so welcoming and having the opportunity to make a positive impact is exciting for RCCHC,” said Kim Schwartz, RCCHC CEO.
The clinic will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning in 2020. Dr. Gilberto Navarro will practice one day a week along with Dr. Laurie Hulsman.
“I am excited to see Dr. Stanley's medical legacy extended with the new Woodland Primary Care. When Mayor Manuel and Woodland's Methodist minister, Susan Harrison, first met with Kim Schwartz about continuing a medical practice in town, we didn't know if it would happen. Many thanks to Kim, her staff at RCCHC, and the Woodland Advisory Committee for finding a way to make it happen,” said Luther Culpepper RCCHC Woodland Board Member.
Woodland Primary Care and RCCHC are part of North Carolina’s Community Health Center Association. Serving federally-designated medically underserved areas and populations, community health centers provide coordinated primary and preventive services that promote reductions in health disparities for low-income individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities and other underserved populations. There are currently 38 centers serving more than 450,000 patients in 70 North Carolina counties.
Woodland Primary Care will provide primary medical, behavioral and coordination of care with access for all patients offering a sliding fee discount program based on the Federal Poverty guidelines of household income and size. To schedule an appointment call (252) 332-3548
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 Migrant and Community Health Center, RCCHC’s mission is to provide comprehensive care that reduces health disparities for the Roanoke Chowan area. Additionally RCCHC staffs The Hertford County Student Wellness Center which operates during the school year and allows students to seek behavioral health services without having to leave campus, reducing absenteeism and in turn keeping students in the classroom giving them a greater chance to successfully complete curriculum requirements.
RCCHC operations are a HRSA Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b.
Imagine this, you go to your medical provider and your child gets a prescription to read. That’s exactly what’s happening in the Roanoke-Chowan area.
Ahoskie Comprehensive Care, Murfreesboro Primary Care, and Creswell Primary Care have just been celebrated as high-quality programs for Reach Out and Read (ROR). That means our providers and other medical professionals incorporate ROR's evidence-based model with a high degree of fidelity during regular pediatric checkups (birth - 5 years), by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. They are essentially providing families with "prescriptions to read." The intervention serves as a tool for providers and gives an opportunity to build on teachable moments with parents that will benefit their children for a lifetime.
RCCHC literacy efforts, led by Student Wellness Center Director Catherine Parker, don't end there. Our clinics also have Little Free Libraries: a "take a book, return a book" free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Our LFLs were built by a local Eagle Scout and painted by local artists in the style of their favorite children's books.
Additionally, this August marked the opening of the Story Book Trail, spearheaded by RCCHC interns, Lindsey Stallings, Dacia Peele and Zach Wise. The Story Book Trail runs along the P.A.W. Path, beginning at the entrance by Ahoskie Comprehensive Care and the ECU Dental School. Walkers can now enjoy stops with pages from children's storybooks posted, allowing families to follow the trail and read the story as they go. The book will change periodically, so you will always have something new to read!
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) has received multiple Quality Improvement Awards (QIA) from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide, as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.
The QIA support HRSA’s strategic goal to improve access to quality health care and services, and supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s goal of promoting a value-based payment system by improving the quality, breadth of services, modernization, efficiency, and overall value of primary health care delivered by health centers.
"America's health centers are essential to producing results on our actionable public health challenges, like HIV/AIDS and the opioid crisis, as well as to building a healthcare system that delivers better value and puts the patient at the center." said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
Due to our high performance , RCCHC received $23,954 for being a Clinical Quality Improver; $5,000 from the Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality award for health centers that utilized five HIT services and telehealth services to increase access to care and advance quality of care; and $5,000 from Patient Centered Medical Home (PMCH) Recognition for health centers with PCMH in one of more delivery sites.
“RCCHC providers and staff appreciate this federal acknowledgement of our quality improvement efforts.” said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Claudia Richardson, “Every day we work hard to reduce barriers to our patients’ healthcare. This award will enable us to continue finding innovative solutions we know will work for our patients,”
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center announced today it has received a grant totaling more than $160,000 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to further expand and develop our Integrated Behavioral Health and substance abuse treatment services.
HRSA awarded $200 million to more than 1200 health centers across the nation to increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, like what can be found at RCCHC. This includes the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder.
"Health centers and behavioral health providers are on the front lines of the fight against the opioid crisis and substance abuse, especially in rural communities," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
RCCHC is proud to be part of the fight, and is excited for the opportunity to expand the work we are currently doing to better serve our patients and community. We understand that addressing mental health needs may be the key for many with chronic diseases to living healthier lives overall. "If you can treat the anxiety or depression, you're going to have stabilization or improvement of the chronic disease," said RCCHC CEO, Kim Schwartz. Schwartz was recently quoted in an international article regarding mental health treatment in the United States called “Treating a Chronic Disease, Beginning with Mental Health”. She added, "Patients who are successfully treated for a mental illness begin to feel better. Then they take better care because they feel better about feeling better. It's a Mobius strip."
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center offers a wide variety of mental health services at its clinics in Ahoskie, Colerain, Creswell, and Murfressboro and Woodland (opening Fall 2019). From common mental health diagnoses such as Anxiety, Depression, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar, and PTSD to Substance Abuse, Opioid Addiction Treatment, and NARCAN/Naloxone training.
"It is essential to treat the whole person at RCCHC, and to help to take away the stigma attached to mental health," says Schwartz, "because it is ALL health - mental, physical, spiritual and social."
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center will host a free men’s health fair with information on men’s health issues like prostate cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, health screenings, and activities for the whole family. The event is open to the public on Monday, September 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ahoskie Comprehensive Care, 120 Health Drive in Ahoskie. More information is available by calling the event coordinator Erin Storie at 252-209-0237.