San Diego-based Health Center Partners of Southern California (HCP), a regional health care policy advocate for community health centers and underserved patient populations, said 13 of its 17-member health centers earned Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges for their recent achievements in access to care, quality outcomes, health equity, information technology and contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties HCP member health centers placed among the nation’s top performing, federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in clinical quality measure performance and quality of health care services.
Additionally, as part of the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded approximately $14.9 million in funding to 13 HCP members to advance health equity and health outcomes in underserved patient populations throughout southern California.
Recipient HCP member health centers in San Diego County include Borrego Health, San Ysidro Health, Imperial Beach Community Clinic, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Neighborhood Healthcare, TrueCare, Samahan Health Centers, San Diego American Indian Health Center, San Diego Family Care, Father Joe’s Villages and Vista Community Clinic.
“These awards in the Improving Quality of Care category recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide which have made significant improvements to quality of care in the past year,” said Henry N. Tuttle, HCP president and chief executive officer. “Our members work tirelessly to deliver high quality, comprehensive care to marginalized communities throughout southern California and have continued to do so on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Increasing Options for Safety
“Quality, value-based care continues to be a top priority for HCP members,” said Lori N. Holeman, HCP board chair and chief executive officer, Community Health Systems. “Both the awards and financial investment will allow us to further strengthen our offerings to patients in safety-net populations, closing quality gaps and raising care standards to enhance patient outcomes.”
Improving Quality of Care Awards recognized federally qualified health centers in four categories:
La Maestra Community Health Centers, San Diego Family Care, San Ysidro Health and TrueCare were recognized as Health Center Quality Leaders for performing “best overall” in clinical quality performance – among all health centers in the U.S.
Borrego Health, Imperial Beach Community Clinic, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Neighborhood Healthcare, Samahan Health Centers, San Diego Family Care, San Ysidro Health and TrueCare were recognized for Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality. These centers met all criteria to optimize HIT services that advanced telehealth, patient engagement, interoperability, and the collection of social determinants of health.
Borrego Health, Clinicas de Salud Del Pueblo, Community Health Systems, Inc., Indian Health Council, Imperial Beach Community Clinic, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Neighborhood Healthcare, TrueCare, San Diego American Indian Health Center, Samahan Health Centers, San Diego Family Care, San Ysidro Health and Vista Community Clinic were recognized for sustaining their designation as Patient Centered Medical Homes.
Also, HRSA recognized organizations for their contributions to the COVID-19 pandemic response via data reporting and testing. Among them: Neighborhood Healthcare, San Diego American Indian Health Center, San Diego Family Care, Father Joe’s Villages, and Vista Community Clinic.
HCP: An Advocate for Community Health Centers
A consortium of primary health care organizations, HCP serves as the voice and advocate for its member community health centers throughout southern California.
The nonprofit organization strives to serve as a catalyst for transforming and enhancing primary care by helping its members deliver quality health care to the safety net population in southern California through innovative programs, resources and advocacy.
The 17-member organization of FQHCs, Indian Health Services Organizations and Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest serves 170 practice sites across San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties, with member health centers collectively serving more than 917,000 people and logging 3.9 million patient visits each year.
Health Center Partners of Southern California
CEO: Henry Tuttle
Headquarters: San Diego
Contact: (619) 542-4300
Notable: Father Joe’s Villages joined HCP in January 2021