Advance Community Health Receives Quality Improvement Award for 2019


By: Kelly Wright, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications

This year, Advance Community Health received the ‘Health Center Quality Leader’ quality improvement award for 2019. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides Quality Improvement Awards (QIA) to improve the overall quality, efficiency, and value of the health care services provided by the nation’s health centers. $132,490 was awarded to Advance Community Health by the HRSA for achieving the best overall clinical performance among all health centers.

Penella Washington, CEO of Advance Community Health, explains how the health center will use these funds, “Advance Community Health is in its third year of receiving the HRSA quality award and accompanying grant dollars. Each year we have been recognized in more areas being evaluated, and each year we have invested these Quality Funds into improvements to meet even more needs in other areas. We will continue to use funds to improve our quality outcomes by investing in upgraded software and staff training. Currently, we have embarked on a workflow redesign process called Rapid Dramatic Performance Improvement (Rapid DPI) which continues to support the concepts of a Patient Center Medical Home.”

More about the HRSA award:

These awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year.

The Quality Improvement Awards support HRSA’s strategic goal to improve access to quality health care and services, and supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s goal of promoting a value-based payment system by improving the quality, breadth of services, modernization, efficiency, and overall value of primary health care delivered by health centers.

In FY 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,273 health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Health centers will use these one-time grant funds to expand their achievements in clinical quality improvement, care delivery efficiency, and the overall value of health care in the communities they serve.


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“I feel that everyone regardless of financial standing, should have access to quality medical care delivered with care and respect.”

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