Project is part of larger South Valley Community Development Project
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced a $1 million grant to First Choice Community Healthcare for a development that includes a workforce training center.
The grant will allow First Choice to break ground on a $22 million community development project in the South Valley. The funds pay for engineering, design and installation of water, sewer, storm drainage and other infrastructure on 7.5 acres owned by First Choice adjacent to its South Valley Health Commons.
"This investment is a strong endorsement of our plan to create a development that addresses the root causes of poor health in the South Valley, which are linked to poverty and low educational attainment," said Robert DeFelice, Chief Executive Officer of First Choice Community Healthcare.
Costume Parade, Healthy Snacks Featured Along Trail
Albuquerque – First Choice Community Healthcare is launching a Wellness Trail around the South Valley Commons campus to make walking for better health that much easier for patients, neighbors and clinic staff.
The Wellness Trail is part of the Healthy Here initiative of the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, and is supported with CDC funding, contributions and other resources from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Health Matters New Mexico, Bernalillo County, and other partners.
Event to Be Held October 22 at First Choice Community Healthcare, South Broadway Medical Center
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - First Choice Community Healthcare in coordination with Boy Scout Troop #003 and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will participate in the bi-annual take back and disposal of prescription drugs. The event with the support of Boy Scout Troop #003 will be held Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Choice Community Healthcare at the South Broadway Medical Center (1401William Street SE).
Boy Scout Troop #003 Eagle Scout nominee Daniel Schoellkopf will use this event as his Eagle Project to obtain the highest rank in scouting of Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Project is designed to give each candidate the ability display leadership of others while giving back to the community. The Eagle Project is what highlights the full impact of the Scouting program to the community.
Fair Will Include Health Screenings, Information and Free Flu Shots for Youth
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - First Choice Community Healthcare will hold its Annual Health and Enrollment Fair on October 15 at the Alameda Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In a continued effort to the community, First Choice will also have free flu vaccinations available for youth (6 months to 18 years) when registering at the event while supplies last. Visitors to the event will able to take part in free healthcare screenings as well as, individuals will be able to speak with staff about personal health needs.
Visitors that have questions about the federal penalty can visit with enrollment counselor’s to answer questions and help with enrollment information. The community will be also be allowed to schedule appointments for people seeking to enroll in the Health Insurance Exchange or Medicare. Enrollment for Medicare begins October 15 through December 7, 2016. Enrollment for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, (NMHIX), begins November 1 through January 31, 2016. This event is also to schedule appointments for those seeking to enroll in Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
ALBUQUERQUE- First Choice Community Healthcare received a $50,000 donation from Presbyterian Healthcare Services to build a greenhouse at the new South Valley Community Commons, a development project that is expected to create more than 100 new jobs while also promoting health.
The $50,000 sponsorship is the latest in a series of contributions to the farming project that will pay for improvements to transform a drainage pond and vacant lot into a lush vegetable garden and wetlands.
Joining Forces grantee and Network Commons speaker, Michelle Melendez of First Choice Community Healthcare, explains how partnering with CDFIs can help a FQHC achieve it’s health equity goals.
The BUILD Health Challenge initiative stands apart from typical health grants for many reasons. It focuses on the non-medical factors that influence health . It puts community organizations in the driver’s seat of complex partnerships. But most of all, it recognizes that creating healthy communities often requires hard capital, not just program support. As a non-profit health care system with a vision for building a $22 million “wellness ecosystem,” we need the capital. The BUILD Health Challenge introduced us to the world of Community Development Financial Institutions and New Market Tax Credits. Our BUILD project, Addressing Healthcare’s Blindside in Albuquerque’s Southside, has always been about equipping healthcare providers and patients with tools to support health. This includes a referral and tracking system to connect patients to existing chronic disease self-management resources, such as healthy food and walking trails. But the existing resources are not enough. Our communities are food deserts and lack facilities and infrastructure. We need community development .
National Campaign Celebrates Health Centers as Bipartisan Solutions in Healthcare
First Choice Community Healthcare is celebrating National Health Center Week by recognizing our 44 years of service in Central New Mexico. Events around the country are planned as part of National Health Center Week (NHCW) that started Sunday, August 7. The national campaign runs August 7-13th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.
Proceeds will Benefit Expansion Efforts South Valley and Edgewood Health Commons Expansion Projects
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, First Choice Community Healthcare will hold its golf tournament on Friday, July 22 with a shotgun start at 8:00 am. The UNM Championship Golf Couse, South with 7,248-yard (par 72) will host the event. Proceeds will benefit South Valley and Edgewood Health Commons Expansion Projects. Spots are still available for the tournament and you can register the day of the tournament. The event will feature a delicious awards luncheon and chance to win a new car from Reliable Chevrolet with a hole in one. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.
Tournament day check-in begins before 7:00 am and tee time is at 8:00 am. Entrance fees are $125 per player or $500 per team of four, and include lunch, greens fees, range balls, and cart fees.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Capital Link has selected First Choice Community Healthcare as one of 10 innovative health center systems across the country to participate in the Healthy Futures Fund Readiness Program, a technical assistance program to prepare health centers for Healthy Futures Fund (HFF) financing.
The HFF is a $200 million collaboration between the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Morgan Stanley and The Kresge Foundation designed to promote healthy communities—with capital financing resources specifically designated for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that are addressing the social determinants of health through a co-location model.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, First Choice Community Healthcare announced its second children’s book giveaway initiative at a press conference this morning at the South Valley Health Commons. The book giving is made possible by a continued partnership with the Molina Foundation that awarded First Choice Community Healthcare with a generous grant of 6,003 books as part of the Día de los Niños y el Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) initiative.
This article first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal by Winthrop Quigley:
First Choice Community Healthcare, founded 43 years ago in the rectory of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Broadway south of Coal Avenue, has concluded it has failed in its mission to improve the health and wellness of the communities it serves. First Choice provides excellent medical care in its nine clinics. More than 54,000 patients visited First Choice clinics 163,000 times last year for medical, dental and behavioral health care visits.
The US Department of Health and Human Services announced quality awards and expansion grants this month -and First Choice received both! The quality award provides $77,799 to continue providing the highest quality clinical care in the nation! The expansion grant of $396,210 will be used to provide additional counseling services in our communities.
Summer is officially over. The last harvests of the growing season will be on sale at the Mobile Market at the South Valley Health Commons on October 20 from 3-5. The market makes eating fresh, local food easy and affordable by accepting cash, credit, EBT Cash Card and EBT SNAP! Don't miss the last chance to taste the delicious samples of the food, prepared by the Streetfood Institute Food Truck alongside the Veggie Van.
Children can eat free at South Valley Health Commons as part of a program to address hunger as a health issue. The meals are provided to any child who comes to the South Valley Health Commons during serving hours each day, while supplies last. This program is the first of its kind at a primary care clinic anywhere in the nation, according to sponsor USDA under the Child and Adult Care Food Program. All participants in attendance will be offered the same meals with no physical segregation, or other discriminatory action against any person.
Get ready for open enrollment for insurance with our kick-off event on September 23, 2015. Our partners at Assured Imaging are offering mobile mammograms from 11-5 and the open enrollment health fair is being held from 1:00pm – 5:00pm; both at 1316 Broadway Blvd S.E., Albuquerque, 87102. We will have free food, health screenings, music, and door prizes! Bring insurance or self-pay for mammograms.
First Choice Community Healthcare Outreach Team will be providing Medicaid application assistance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30- 7:30 pm as part of the Salud y Sabor event. Join the NHCC, Agri-Cultura Network, and the Street Food Institute for this FREE event, featuring Colombian food this month!
The Mobile Market, a project of Healthy Here, Communities Leading Healthy Change, is coming to the South Valley Commons on Tuesday, July 28 from 3-5. The Mobile Market launched at the South Valley Health Commons on July 14. The Mobile Market will come to the South Valley Commons every other Tuesday from 3-5 pm to sell vegetablesat a discounted price grown by local farmers. The Market will also distribute dry food such as beans and rice from The Storehouse Pantry to families who need it.
First Choice Community Healthcare is holding a public presentation of a comprehensive Early Childood Plan for the South Valley on Monday, June 22 from 3-5 pm at the South Valley Health Commons.
First Choice Community Healthcare is one of four partners who were awarded the national BUILD Health Challenge award. Adelante Development Center, in partnership with Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Bernalillo County Office of Health and Social Services and First Choice Community Healthcare will receive the $250,000 grant to improve health in the South Valley and International District.
Health Leadership High School students have organized a health fair on June 2 from 10-4 with Vision Service Providers, First Choice Community Healthcare primary medical and dental care, as well as numerous community programs.
The Bernalillo County Community Health Council has been named a final awardee and will receive funding from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to support promising community-based work on health improvement, as part of the SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) initiative.
The First Choice Belen Health Center is holding a health fair on April 9 from 10 am to 1 pm to promote its new community garden and other healthy activities and partners. Lunch will be provided.
First Choice Community Healthcare leaders will present at a national conference in Albuquerque April 13-15 sponsored by the University of New Mexico. The conference, called Beyond Flexner, focuses on medical education's social mission and the role of academic health centers and community health centers in addressing the social determinants of health.
President Obama issued a proclamation on April 6 to mark Public Health Week and honor all of us who care for patients and the health of our communities. "We are shifting the focus of our country's health care system from sickness and disease to wellness and prevention," President Obama said.
Please join us Saturday April 11th from 10am-1:30pm at the future site of the First Choice Community Farm! We'll be creating a Pop-up Community Garden as a sneak peek of what the 4 acre site near 1940 Citation Dr. SW will become. Pop up events transform a vacant space into a vibrant space for a few hours or a day, to help spark the imagination.
Back to Basics Exercise and Lifestyle Coaching sessions are starting March 4 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-5 pm at the South Valley Health Commons. These drop-in sessions continue through April 11 and successful completion qualifies participants to use the fitness room on their own afterward.
Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes are offered to the general public at the South Valley Health Commons beginning March 6 from 2-5pm and continuing each Friday through May 1. Students are expected to attend all nine classes plus an optional all-day session on Saturday April 18.
First Choice Community Healthcare is offering health insurance sign-up appointments on weekends and extended hours during the week until open enrollment ends on Feb. 15, 2015. Saturday hours are 8am-12 noon. Medicaid enrollment will continue after Feb. 15. Call 505-452-4049 for an appointment or stop by 1316 Broadway SE.
First Choice Community Healthcare will receive $76,897 for two quality improvement awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Target Corporation has awarded First Choice a grant of $10,000 to help pay for breast and cervical cancer screening in 2015.
First Choice Community Healthcare has a team of outreach workers who are trained and ready to assist patients and the public with their applications for Medicaid or for the NM Health Insurance Exchange. An Enrollment Party is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 1-5 pm at 1316 Broadway SE, Albuquerque.
16 awards in NM totaling $4M projected to support 52 new FTEs and 16,943 new patients. First Choice Community Healthcare, Inc. will expand access to high quality primary care in Central New Mexico through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
First Choice Community Healthcare is one of multiple community-based organizations, in partnership with Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, to be funded through a CDC grant aimed at improving racial equity in health outcomes.
Laura Bush, FNP in Los Lunas First Choice Health Center, worked with a pharmaceutical company to provide a new Hepatitis C therapy for a patient who couldn’t afford it by himself.
The US Department of Health and Human Services announced today that twelve Community Health Centers in NM will receive Affordable Care Grants to assist set up of patient centered medical homes and expand cervical cancer screening for women.
The Public Education Commission voted 9-0 at its meeting 9/19/12 to approve the charter school under the condition that it be located in the South Valley or on the Southwest Mesa.
From the Albuquerque Journal, Sept. 19, 2012
Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s secretary of health and human services, toured an Albuquerque medical clinic on Tuesday built with federal stimulus money and promoted the clinic as “the model of the future.”
To mark 40 years of service in the state and the opening of a new health care clinic in Valencia County, county commissioners unanimously passed a proclamation declaring Sept. 9 through 15 "First Choice Community Healthcare Week."
First Choice received a grant for $500,000 to remodel the Belen Clini in 2012 The architectural drawing of the building can be seen on this link.
First Choice is pleased to share Medical Group Snapshot (click here), an online report on medical group performance from the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, the minimum co-pay for all self-pay patients is $30 for medical visits. The co-pay is expected at time of check-in. Patients who don't pay will be rescheduled.
Dr. Santiago Macias Named Medical Director of First Choice Community Healthcare.
Dr. Saverio Sava taking on special projects, more patients at the Edgewood Regional Health Center.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Los Lunas Family and Community Health Center Brings Partners Together to Expand Service to the Community. New Center to more than double capacity. Photos.
The New Mexico State Senate recognized First Choice Community Healthcare for its nearly 40 years of service and its continued innovation and collaboration with a Senate Memorial on Jan. 31.
The South Broadway area has a new First Choice Health Center with more than twice the space as the old location. Bernalillo County and First Choice celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan 13.
First Choice Community Healthcare hosted a forum sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and White House Office of Public Engagement to discuss two new consumer health care websites and provide an update on the Affordable Care Act.
The forum include a live demonstration of the consumer tools and information available on Healthcare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help individuals, families, and small businesses access quality, affordable health care coverage.
If all the hurdles are cleared, 18 months from now residents across the county could have access to more health care services than they have in a long time.
Last Friday, officials from First Choice Community Health Care, the village of Los Lunas, the county and U.S. Rep. Harry Teague (D) gathered to announce and celebrate the funding for a brand new, state-of-the-art, 21,582 square feet health care center in Los Lunas.
The new facility will be built on state land between the village administration building and the Fred Luna Senior Center.
An $8M grant is awarded to First Choice Community Health Center for construction of a new primary care facility.
First Choice Community Healthcare in Los Lunas was awarded an $8.1 million grant to replace its aging health center with a new facility that will provide medical, dental and behavioral health care service to the community.
First Choice was chosen by the US Health and Human Services Department to receive one of 143 grants for health centers across the country as part of health care reform.
Los Lunas will get a new 22,000 square-foot health and regional dental center, modeled after the South Valley Health Commons in Albuquerque. The Center will be constructed in about 15 months, in Jan. 2012.
First Choice Community Healthcare representatives attended the third annual Feria de Salud event at the Mexican Consulate office in Albuquerque to increase awareness of our services and programs. First Choice offered free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings, as well as information about our nine locations for medical care and three locations for dental care.
The event was part of the Semana Binacional de Salud, whose theme os Salud Sin Fronteras aims to provide health care and health promotion to all individuals, regardless of their immigration or economic status.
"In recognition of their innovation, creativity, and community impact, First Choice Community Health Care was selected by the New Mexico Primary Care Association’s membership of 20 primary health care organizations as the 2010 Health Care Center of the Year," announced Suzan Martinez de Gonzales, NMPCA Deputy Director.
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