A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is a Bureau of Primary Health Care and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. This designation is significant for several health programs under the Health Center Consolidation Act (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act).
The spirit of Community Exchange is a vibrant community working together. Community Exchange is a group of people who create caring and supportive social networks by exchanging services with people within the community. Through these exchanges of time and talent, friendships are made, neighbors get to know each other and address key community health issues. All members are valued for their talents, skills and time; the program relies on the commitment of its members.
As Dr. Jeff Brenner, Founder and Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, regularly states that you can’t address community problems with medical answers, you need community answers to solve community problems. CUNA uses a community organizing approach developed by the PICO National Network in the lineage of the great organizing rooted in our Nation’s history and numerous faith traditions. Faith-Based Community Organizing is a method of working with faith communities to address the problems and concerns of their communities, and in turn, vitalize and strengthen the life of congregations.
Founded in 1957, Haven House is a community mental health provider whose mission is to improve and elevate the independence of individuals having mental illness while supporting recovery and enhancing their quality of life. They provide 3 tiers of outpatient and community based clinical and psychiatric services to thousands of individuals ages 14 and up, who suffer with mental illness and reside in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Their Outpatient Services program provides clients with short- or long-term therapy interventions individually, with families or in a group setting.
Sacred Heart Hospital’s Parish Nursing Program
Parish Nursing has been a part of Sacred Heart Hospital since 1999. They have pursued growth in the number of Parish Nurses, and the number of congregations in which they practice. They also look for other avenues of outreach to the community so that they can offer concrete resources and tools for the families to incorporate into their lifestyles leading to an improvement in their wholistic health.