HHS announces top Iowa health care centers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday, Nov. 6, announced seven health centers in Iowa are part of the top 10% of health centers nationwide receiving a Gold Health Center Quality Leader badge for their achievements in improving health outcomes and providing high-quality care for patients in rural and underserved communities

One of those honored is Community Health Care, Inc., in Davenport. CHC has facilities in Davenport, Moline, Rock Island as well as Muscatine and Clinton, Iowa.

The digital badges, part of the Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badge program, honor the health centers across the country that have attained the best overall clinical quality performance.

“Health centers are cornerstones of their communities, providing essential preventive and primary care for more than 30 million patients who face significant barriers,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a news release. “Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is proud to recognize our nation’s top health centers for their achievements in providing high-quality care to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities across the country.”

“Health centers are an essential part of America’s health care safety net, providing access to high-quality preventive and primary care in the highest need communities across the country,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Carole Johnson.

“We at HRSA are proud to support and partner with these health centers, which not only provide care to patients regardless of their ability to pay but also consistently deliver excellent care that exceeds national quality standards.”

The CHQR badge program recognizes outstanding performance in a variety of clinical areas, including behavioral health, maternal health, diabetes health, heart health, cancer screening, and HIV prevention and care, as well as overall quality performance.

The health centers in Iowa that received a Gold Health Center Quality Leader badge are:

  • Community Health Care, Inc., Davenport.
  • Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa, Inc., West Burlington.
  • Crescent Community Health Center,  Dubuque.
  • Greater Sioux Community Health Center, Sioux Center.
  • People’s Community Health Clinic, Inc.,  Waterloo.
  • River Hills Community Health Center, Inc., Ottumwa.
  • Siouxland Community Health Center, Sioux City.

A full list of badges and awardees is available here.

HRSA’s Health Center Program is a cornerstone of our country’s health care system, especially for individuals and families who are uninsured; enrolled in Medicaid; living in rural, remote, or underserved areas; struggling to afford their health insurance co-pays; experiencing homelessness; residing in public housing; or otherwise having difficulty finding a doctor or paying for the cost of care.

Today, approximately 1,400 HRSA-supported health centers operate nearly 15,000 service sites. In 2022, health centers provided care for more than 30 million patients, 90% of whom had incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. A 2022 survey of 4,000 health center patients nationwide found 97% would recommend their health center to family and friends.

For information on 2023 CHQR badge recipients by national, state or individual health center levels, visit: https://data.hrsa.gov/topics/health-centers/chqr.

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