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Feds Reward Ten Health Centers For Improving Community Health

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Families First Health & Support Center
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Ten community health centers in New Hampshire are getting $486,000 in federal money meant to reward them for being leaders in areas such as chronic disease management and preventive care.

The money from the Department of Health and Human Services is part of the Affordable Care Act and is going to centers that have achieved the best overall clinical outcomes or have exceeded national benchmarks.

Helen Taft is the Executive Director of Families First Health and Support Center in Portsmouth, which received $52,256 for its work improving community health.

"What that means is focusing on improvement in terms of certain clinical measures, whether it’s around hypertension, diabetes or asthma," says Taft. "They’re also looking at the populations that we serve. For example, about one third of our population are homeless people"

New Hampshire grants range from $26,000 for Health First Family Care Center in Franklin to $82,000 for the Manchester Community Health Center.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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