Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center announces that it met or exceeded all federal requirements to operate as a community health center during its scheduled visit of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).   HRSA is a federal agency charged with qualifying community health centers and ensuring quality care and equal access to health care for all individuals.  Qualifiers for HRSA during its site visits to community health centers include 19 categories addressing issues such as financial stability, clinical quality, staffing, services provided, accessibility, and leadership, among others.  Kennedy CHC scored well in all areas and has been re-qualified to continue to fulfill its mission of helping people live healthier lives.

“The outstanding report we received from HRSA is a testament to the hard work of our staff and clinicians and their dedication to the health and wellbeing of our over 25,000 patients.  I sincerely appreciate their commitment to our mission,” commented Antonia G. McGuire, President and CEO.  “I also want to acknowledge the strength of the members of our Board of Directors and recognize their efforts in assisting Kennedy CHC achieve this tremendous success.”

Among the many positive accolades Kennedy CHC received in its final report, the HRSA team that visited the Heath Center noted several outstanding initiatives and best practices including:

EMKCHC is one of a few health centers that directly provides dental lab services, including partial and full dentures, a service that is often out of the reach of the uninsured and underinsured;

EMKCHC is a leader in organizational cultural competence and its commitment to institutionalizing health equity policies extends beyond the patient care setting to hiring standards, staff training, budgeting, and the community.