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Thursday, November 5, 2015   (0 Comments)

Statement of E. Benjamin Money, Jr., President and CEO of the North Carolina Community Health Center Association on the death of Congressman Howard Coble

Raleigh, NC—We at the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) are saddened to hear of the passing of Howard Coble. On behalf of our members, we would like to recognize Congressman Coble’s service to the 6th district and his support of Community Health Centers (CHCs) and the work they do to increase much-needed access to health care for our state’s most vulnerable communities. CHCs play a critical role in North Carolina’s health care system delivering primary care to more than 470,000 people.

Howard Coble was a champion of 6th District Community Health Centers: Caswell Family Medical Center, Person Family Medical Center, Piedmont Health Services, and Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine. In 2014 before Congressman Coble’s retirement, Piedmont Health Services honored him by naming the recreation room at Piedmont Health SeniorCare of Burlington, “The Howard Coble Recreational Room.” At the ceremony, Mr. Coble was presented with the Community Health Center Advocate Award, a national award given by the National Association of Community Health Centers to recognize national leadership in support of CHCs.

Congressman Howard Coble was a true ally of CHCs and his legacy remains in the strength of the services they continue to provide to North Carolina’s 6th District. He will be missed.

The North Carolina Community Health Center Association (http://www.ncchca.org) serves as the collective voice for North Carolina’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Look-alikes (LAs)—aka Community Health Centers (CHCs). Our members offer a patient-governed, patient-centered health care home that integrates high quality medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and enabling services without regard to a person’s ability to pay. Community Health Centers are geographically dispersed across 74 counties and 39 CHCs operate nearly 200 clinical sites.

NCCHCA Member Caswell Family Medical Center in Yanceyville, North Carolina (http://caswellmedical.org/) is a Federally Qualified Health Center Caswell committed to providing high quality and affordable health care while promoting health awareness and education. Caswell is accredited by The Joint Commission as a Primary Care Medical Home.

NCCHCA Member Person Family Medical Center (http://www.personfamilymedical.com/) with locations in Roxboro and Yanceyville, North Carolina is a Federally Qualified Health Center offering a variety of affordable and high quality health services including primary care, dental, nutrition counseling, diabetes education, behavioral health, and outreach services to the community.

NCCHCA Member Piedmont Health Services (http://www.piedmonthealth.org) of Carrboro, North Carolina is a Federally Qualified Health Center. The mission of Piedmont Health Services is to improve the health and well-being of the community by providing high quality, affordable, and comprehensive primary health care. Piedmont Health is determined to deliver quality health care to everyone with compassion, devotion and clinical sophistication. All eight of Piedmont Health’s community health center sites have received Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.

One of the largest providers of healthcare services for children and adults in Guilford County, North Carolina, NCCHCA Member Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, (TAPM, http://www.tapmedicine.com) provides primary care, chronic care, sick and acute care, nutrition, behavioral health and other support services at five locations. A Federally Qualified Health Center, TAPM received a 2015 Clinical Quality Improver Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration for successful efforts to improve clinical quality and health outcomes as they provide comprehensive primary care.

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