Becoming a medical home for a Community Health Center (CHC) patient means providing a broad range of primary care services and going a step further to help patients effectively manage their health. All CHCs must offer primary and preventive behavioral and medical health services.
Behavioral health and physical health are connected and providing behavioral healthcare in a primary medical care setting can reduce stigma and discrimination, be cost effective and lead to improved patient outcomes.
The Health Resources and Services Administration offers the following programs to improve access and foster the integration of behavioral health in primary care:
Lack of dental insurance in addition to shortages of dental providers across the Dakotas and nationwide make access to primary and preventive dental health services an on-going challenge. Regular exams and education along with preventive care are vital to the overall health of each patient. Oral health issues can be a sign, or even the cause of, other health concerns.
Dental health services are offered at CHC sites in the following communities across the Dakotas.
||Grand Forks, ND
||Turtle Lake, ND
|Rapid City, SD
||Sioux Falls, SD
||Wessington Springs, SD
To truly serve as a medical home and help each patient meet all their health care needs, the health center model goes beyond the primary and preventive health services to also include enabling services. Services are determined by the needs of the local community and vary for each clinic site.
Examples of these services include eligibility assistance for programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, drug assistance, WIC, or local social service support. Many sites serve culturally-diverse populations and translation assistance is also provided for patients facing language barriers.
Medication costs can be an obstacle for patients to manage their care. CHCs provide assistance in determining eligibility for various pharmaceutical discount programs.
CHC Pharmacy sites in the Dakotas: