SOURCE: Community Health Center, Inc.

Community Health Center, Inc.

July 15, 2015 12:28 ET

CHC Receives $1.2 Million in Federal Grant Commitment for Nurse Care Coordination Program

MIDDLETOWN, CT--(Marketwired - July 15, 2015) - Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), Connecticut's largest primary care provider for the underserved population, headquartered in Middletown, CT, announced today that it has received a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve patient's health outcomes by expanding nurse care coordination to its state-wide network of health centers over the next three years.

The project has three primary goals: to improve and expand the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice environment agency-wide by developing CHC's care coordination program, to build RN leadership skills and experience; and to build RN student competencies in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

"This initiative continues the investment CHC has made to ensure that front line teams receive the training and development necessary to enhance the patient-nurse relationship. It will redesign the role of the primary care nurse from its origin in the academic setting by ensuring a diverse and innovative curricula paired with high quality clinical experience, to enhancing the on-the-job support and training to intervene at the most critical time for our most complex patients," explained Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Chief Nursing Officer for CHC.

This project will be strengthened by collaborations with Quinnipiac University and Middlesex Hospital Homecare, and will also facilitate interprofessional education opportunities with nursing, pharmacy and medical students. Community Health Center, Inc. was recently featured in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report highlighting how the country's top health systems utilize interprofessional collaboration (IPC) to achieve better health outcomes for their patients. Learn more about CHC's interprofessional collaboration by viewing this video.

"At CHC we are constantly innovating and researching, seeking new way to improve the health of the communities we serve," said Mark Masselli, President and CEO. "This grant will allow us to expand our nurse care coordination program to all of our sites across the state, providing our patients with the best care possible."

About Community Health Center, Inc.
Since 1972, Community Health Center, Inc. has been one of the leading healthcare providers in the state of Connecticut, building a world-class primary health care system committed to caring for uninsured and underinsured populations. CHC is focused on improving health outcomes for its more than 130,000 patients as well as building healthy communities. Recognized as both a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and a Primary Care Medical Home by The Joint Commission, CHC delivers service in 201 locations statewide, offering primary care in medicine, dentistry and behavioral health services. For more information, visit

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