Women’s Community Clinic Recognized as Leading Nurse Managed Health Clinic and Awarded a $1.5 Million Grant

October 12, 2010

The Women’s Community Clinic is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded $1.5 million in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Clinic is one of only 10 nurse managed health clinics (NMHC) awarded this grant nationally and one of only 2 in the state of California.

“We are honored to be selected as one of the leading nurse managed health clinics in the country,” said Carlina Hansen, Executive Director, Women’s Community Clinic. “We know that NMHCs play a vital role in the delivery of high quality health care in our country and this grant significantly improves the Women’s Community Clinic’s ability to provide accessible, quality health care to underserved Bay Area women. With the support of the HRSA grant, the Clinic will also be able to increase our services to include integrated mental health services as well as prenatal care, and primary care-focused wellness services.”

The grant is funded through provisions made by the Affordable Health Care Act and will support the work of the Women’s Community Clinic in providing responsive, respectful, health services to women and girls in the Bay Area and more specifically will support the Clinic in:
• Increasing community health training opportunities for nursing students
• Augmenting the scope of the Clinic’s services to include mental health services, prenatal care, and primary care-focused wellness services
• Improving quality and continuity of care
• Developing organizational strategies for the Clinic after the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act
• Implementing Electronic Health Records

The awarding of this grant sends a clear message that the Women’s Community Clinic is one of the leading nurse managed health clinics in the country. A NMHC is a nurse-practice arrangement, managed by advanced practice nurses, that provides primary care or wellness services to underserved or vulnerable populations and that is associated with a school, college, university or department of nursing, federally qualified health center, or independent nonprofit health or social services agency. The Women’s Community Clinic’s program expansion will be made possible by partnerships with the UCSF School of Nursing, the Wright Institute, and local community-based organizations. Training partnerships will focus primarily on creating opportunities for nursing students in a nurse-managed health center setting.

This project is/was supported by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under Affordable Care Act: Nurse Managed Health Clinics, grant number T56HP20656, $1,459,366.00. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any official endorsement be inferred by, the DN, BHPr, HRSA, DHHS, or the US Government.