Leaders Discuss Value of Idaho’s Community Health Centers
April 12, 2017
FMRI was honored to host Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) for a tour of the Emerald medical clinic. Simpson is a strong supporter of health centers and recently signed on to a letter encouraging the House Energy & Commerce Committee to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. Reauthorization of funds for this program will help ensure that Teaching Health Centers (THC) receive sustainable funding and remain viable for the future, a goal that is at the heart of FMRI’s mission.
Investing in Teaching Health Centers by providing necessary funding to preserve current programs will put the THC model on a path to long-term sustainability and growth. This includes ensuring a sufficient per-resident amount so that true costs of residency training are fully addressed.
Congressman Simpson had the opportunity to visit with other FMRI leaders including; Ted Epperly, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Penny Beach, MD, Chief Clinical Officer; Jamie Strain, Emerald Clinic Manager; Signe Blackman, Director of Nursing; April Howell, Associate Director of Nursing; Sabrina Allen, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy; Brenda Sinclair, Director of Communications; and Linda Clark, FMRI Board Chair. Other participants included Yvonne Ketchum-Ward, IPCA CEO, Lee Flinn, IPCA Policy Director and Dr. Andrew Baron, Medical Director of Terry Reilly Health Services.
For over 50 years, community health centers have garnered strong bipartisan support and have been the bedrock of high quality, affordable and accessible primary healthcare for millions of Americans.
Idaho’s sixteen community health centers:
- Served 164,591 patients (2015)
- Provide healthcare to nearly 1 in 10 Idahoans
- Statewide reach of 72 clinic sites in 47 communities
- Primary health services available on a sliding fee
- Deliver primary medical, dental & behavioral health
- Leaders in patient centered medical home model
The visit with Congressman Simpson was arranged by Idaho Primary Care Association, the membership association for the state’s community health centers.