Two Neighborhood Community Health Center Locations Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that the Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) Ridge Community Health Center (3569 Ridge Rd.) and Detroit Shoreway Community Health Center (6412 Franklin Blvd.) have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based,patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and longterm, participative relationships. 

Neighborhood Family Practice Receives Federal Funding to Add Oral Health Services

NeighborhoodFamily Practice (NFP) is one of 420 community health centers across the country to receive Federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA) to increase access to integrated oral health care (dental) services and improve oral health outcomes for patients. This is a new service for patients that will be added later in 2016.

Helping More Uninsured Access Primary Care Spurs a Rebranding at Neighborhood Family Practice

Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) today announced a rebranding campaign that is designed to communicate its expanded services and facilities now available to more residents in Cleveland’s west side neighborhoods. The Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) provides primary health services and has added three offices in recent years in response to the Affordable Care Act and Ohio’s expansion of its Medicaid program.

Neighborhood Family Practice Names New Chief Financial Officer

Jean Polster, RN, MS, president and chief executive officer of Neighborhood Family Practice, announced yesterday that effective Monday, May 16, Christine Porter will become the Chief Financial Officer for the Federally Qualified Health Center which has been providing high quality health care services to residents of Cleveland’s near west side neighborhoods for over 35 years. 

Neighborhood Family Practice to Expand Services with New Funding from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP), a federally qualified non-profit community health center serving patients from five office locations on Cleveland’s near west side, was recently awarded more than $1 million in Affordable Care Act funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HSS). 

Local Federally Qualified Health Centers and Safety Net Systems to Celebrate National Health Center Week 2015

Cleveland’s Federally Qualified Health Centers – Neighborhood Family Practice, The FreeMedical Clinic of Cleveland, Care Alliance Health Center and Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON) and Asian Services in Action (ASIA); safety net providers, The MetroHealth System and the Cleveland Department of PublicHealth; along with community partners and local sponsors including the GEFoundation are marking National Health Center Week 2015 (NHCW) on Tuesday, August 11 with Cleveland Celebration: Medicaid Works as part of a weeklong campaign (August 9-15) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers.  The national celebration comes on the heels of new data that shows health centers now serve over 24 million people (or one in 14 Americans) as the largest and most successful system of primary healthcare.

The Cleveland event will feature an address by keynote speaker Randall D. Cebul, MD, FACP, Director and CEO, Better HealthPartnership. Cleveland Celebration: Medicaid Works will highlight the successes and achievements of the localCleveland Health Centers and safety net providers in reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes.


WHEN:                        Tuesday, August 11, 2015

                                    11a.m. – Registration & Networking

                                    11:30am – Program & Luncheon

WHERE:                     ClevelandCity Hall Rotunda

                                    601Lakeside Ave. East 

Although local solutions, health centers need sustained federal investment to meet the growing demand for their services and help moreAmericans gain access to affordable healthcare.To learn more about health centers and the #Access is the Answer campaign please visit the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) at www.nachc.orgor can also follow the #NHCW15  hash tag on Twitter.

CenteringPregnancy Program at Neighborhood Family Practice Receives Formal Site Approval

Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP), a federally qualified non-profit community health center serving patients from four office locations on Cleveland’s near west side, was recently awarded site approval from the Centering® Healthcare Institute (CHI) for its CenteringPregnancy® Program.

The CenteringPregnancy Program at NFP, started in 2011, is offered under the auspices of CHI, a non-profit whose mission is to improve maternal and child health by transforming care through Centering groups. CHI works with a range of clinical practice sites including Federally Qualified Health Centers like NFP to implement Centering models of group healthcare.

“Our program offers a unique pregnancy care experience, combining prenatal care with a medical appointment, education and support all in one group appointment overseen by an NFP nurse midwife and a patient advocate,” says Julie Kellon, CNM, MSN, certified nurse midwife at NFP. “Being awarded site approval means our program adheres to the Centering model of care, delivering the highest quality of care to program participants.”

The CenteringPregnancy program, offered on an ongoing basis at NFP, includes women with similar due dates, meeting together for ten sessions – monthly at first, then every two weeks as their due dates get closer – where they learn care skills, participate in group discussions, and develop a support network with other group members. The nurse midwife conducts standard physical assessments, and information is provided on health promoting behaviors.

 “Participants express how beneficial it is to be part of a group, sharing information and learning together and from each other,” says Kellon. “This translates directly into better decision making and actions that lead to better outcomes for our moms and their babies.”