More than 100 medical, dental and specialty providers, who make up our diverse and unique provider network, were celebrated for their dedicated service of our patients on March 30th in honor of National Doctors' Day. The Physicians, Dentists, Hygienists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Chiropractors, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Substance Abuse Specialists, Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists who make up our excellent team of providers work collaboratively to care for the underserved with compassion and respect, delivering uncompromised quality care each day in every visit.
 
THANK YOU!

On March 22, 2018, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion FY18 spending package that will provide dedicated and reliable funding for the federal government through September 30, 2018. The bill builds upon Congress' historic commitment to community health centers by providing $1.626 billion in discretionary federal grant funding to support and expand primary care access in over 10,000 rural and urban communities in the U.S.

Combined with the extension in February of the mandatory Community Health Center Fund, this brings the total funding for community health centers in FY18 to $5.4 billion; an increase of more than $300 million to support the essential work of health centers across the country! 
 
Our UHC Executive Leaders and UHC Board Members demonstrated the power of advocates while on Capitol Hill in March as part of the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy & Issues Forum, to deliver the Health Center message!

Please thank Congress for their support by calling the toll-free advocacy hotline 1-866-456-3949 to reach your Member of Congress by phone.

On February 22nd, UHC staff awarded students with perfect attendance at the Parlier High School. As part of the Attendance Matters Campaign, in partnership with the Parlier Unified School District and the City of Parlier, UHC encourages perfect attendance. The goal is to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance with a focus on reducing chronic absenteeism by staying healthy and seeing the doctor regularly. Parlier High School Principal, Lorenzo Rodriguez, joined UHC Community & Staff Development Officer, David Phillips, Linzy Urrutia, P.A.-C., as well as, Alicia Gallegos, HCA.

 
On February 23rd the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services delivered UHC a Health Center Quality Certificate for its recognition as National Quality Leader. Only 47 HRSA-supported health centers were designated as leaders, and UHC proudly placed 5th among all California grantees. Several areas including chronic disease management, preventive care, and perinatal/prenatal care are used to determine health center rankings. The certificate was a direct result of HRSA Quality Improvement Award given to UHC for recognition in Enhancing Access to Care, Delivery of High Value Health Care, and Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition. By meeting or surpassing these benchmarks, UHC was awarded $273,711 for its efforts.

 
UHC Community Outreach Specialist, Mark Lozada; UHC Board Member, Jose Plascencia and former UHC Community Programs Manager, Jose Arreguin were recognized as former Presidents of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce during the organization's Monthly Amigo Luncheon in Fresno on February 15th.  CCHCC President and former UHC employee, Brandie Carpenter expressed appreciation for their leadership and commitment to investing in Fresno's business community. Each of the Past Presidents were awarded a special mug and certificate from the Fresno Mayor's Office.

 
On March 2nd UHC was awarded a 2017 4th Quarter Employer of Excellence Award from the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board (FRWDB) and West Hills College Coalinga Workforce Connection. This award recognizes businesses in the community who demonstrate a commitment to mentor community youth while providing a positive work experience environment that allows them to thrive and grow in the workforce, as well as, going the extra mile to mentor.
 
UHC was nominated by Claudia Call, Business Account Specialist, Workforce Connection, West Hills College. Naomi H. Popoff accepted the award on behalf of UHC. A video interview featuring Naomi and Martha Trejo, Optometry Health Care Associate at the Mendota Health Center, who was a former participant in the Workforce Program, will be presented to the FRWDB Board of Directors at their next meeting, as well as, posted on the FRWDB Facebook and Website.

 
Families in Parlier enjoyed a Valentine's Day Ice Cream Social at the UHC Parlier School-Based Health Center on February 16th. The free event included several flavors of ice cream from Baskin Robbins and provided information about UHC services. More than 250 students attended the social, which was coordinated by marketing staff and UHC volunteers. City of Parlier Police Officers also staffed a table and provided safety information to children.e.

 
The Orange Cove Area Chamber of Commerce recognized UHC's Caitlin Benson, P.A.-C. for her outstanding and dedicated service to the community. Caitlin was joined by UHC staff, as well as, her mother, Kay Trettin, from out-of-state, as she accepted the Health Professional Award during the Orange Cove Chamber Awards Dinner at the Orange Cove High School on February 24th. UHC is proud to have Caitlin on our team and congratulates her on her well-deserved distinction.

 
On Tuesday, February 6th UHC staff participated in a National Day of Advocacy in Action to advocate for full funding of community health centers in the next scheduled congressional legislative action. Staff wore red in support of the initiative and shared postings across social media platforms utilizing the hashtag #REDALERT4CHCS. UHC is a member of the Health Center Advocacy Network in support of the patients we are proud to serve.

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