Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
On Monday, January 21st, RCCHC will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. Although our offices will be closed in observance, we invite you to use the day as a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings of equality and racial justice into community service that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, such as fixing up a school or senior center, or it may meet a need of the spirit, such as building a sense of community or mutual responsibility.
You can find a service opportunity near you by visiting the Corporation for National and Community Service’s “FIND A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY” page: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/
Or, offer to help an elderly neighbor or family member, tutor a child, babysit for family or friends, send a care package to a deployed soldier or to their family at home, offer a ride to someone you know doesn't have a car, or even donate blood or sign yourself up as an organ donor.
We have also included information on local events to attend in celebration of the day.
Coretta Scott King said, “The greatest birthday gift my husband could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.”
“Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center is a part of the more than 50 year old Health Center Movement that was created in tandem with the Civil Rights Movement and the War on Poverty. I often say the charge of Movements is to MOVE. RCCHC has certainly been on the move for the past 13 years working diligently at improving the well-being of the residents of Hertford, Bertie, Washington, Gates and Northampton Counties. To be sure, moving only for the sake of change isn’t meaningful, but as Dr. Martin Luther King said “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but, whatever you do - you have to keep moving forward.”
For me, moving forward means opening my eyes, ears and heart to individuals, communities, cultures, systems, nature, to what I can learn to expand my horizons to serve. I appreciate that the motto for the Federal Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday is service…and the intention to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and MOVE us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” I encourage all of us to reflect and consider how we may serve others next Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Kim Schwartz, CEO
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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center announced today the addition of four new providers to serve the needs of its patients across eastern North Carolina.
Dr. Charles Folashade, Internal Medicine, joined Ahoskie Comprehensive Care staff after serving in the Charlotte area. Dr. Folashade has extensive experience managing complex patients with chronic disease and has a passion for community health along with bringing a lifetime of experience working with vulnerable populations.
Family Nurse Practitioner Nancy Vanhoozer, is seeing patients at both Ahoskie Comprehensive Care and Murfreesboro Primary Care. She resides in Ahoskie and brings a wealth of family medicine and nursing education with her.
Charlene Earley, FNP started last month and is based at Ahoskie Comprehensive Care. Earley is a 2004 Hertford Co. High Grad and worked at Murfressboro Primary Care.
Another familiar face is also returning to RCCHC. Morgan Winslow, PA-C worked previously at Ahoskie Comprehensive Care as a CNA before becoming a PA. She will now be seeing patients at Murfreesboro Primary Care.
“It is exciting having Morgan Winslow and Charlene Earley return to RCCHC as clinical staff and Nancy Vanhoozer bringing her seasoned experience to our patients. Dr. Folashade’s goodwill and depth complements RCCHC’s commitment to treating the whole person,” said Kim Schwartz, CEO RCCHC.
“All of these providers are accepting new patients along with the full complement of RCCHC’s nurse case management, behavioral health services, medication assistance program, diabetic education, pharmacy and referral services.”
In additional to the new providers, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center will also be adding additional services in 2019 and opening a new clinic in Woodland.
Woodland Primary Care will provide primary medical, behavioral and coordination of care with access for all patients offering a sliding fee discount program based on the Federal Poverty guidelines of household income and size. The clinic is scheduled to open spring 2019
New services include additional diabetes education and management programs and expansion of the Behavioral Health Services to serve students and those with Dementia.
RCCHC, a Federally Qualified Health Center since May 2005, provides comprehensive primary care and pediatric services with locations in Ahoskie and Murfreesboro (Hertford County), Colerain (Bertie County) and Creswell (Washington County) North Carolina. As a designated Migrant and Community Health Center, RCCHC’s mission is to provide comprehensive care that reduces health disparities for the Roanoke Chowan area. Additionally RCCHC staffs The Hertford County Student Wellness Center which operates during the school year and allows students to seek behavioral health services without having to leave campus, reducing absenteeism and in turn keeping students in the classroom giving them a greater chance to successfully complete curriculum requirements.
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center is celebrating this Veterans Day by recognizing employees and board members who have served our country and informing Veterans of the healthcare options available locally.
“We are not only proud to have these men and women as part of our team, but also honored to be a Veterans Choice medical facility. Our clinics in Ahoskie, Murfressboro, Colerain, and Creswell all offer services through the Department of Veterans (VA) when they can’t make it to a VA facility,” said Kim Schwartz, RCCHC, CEO.
For example, if a Veteran needs an appointment for a specific type of care, and VA cannot provide the care in a timely manner, Veteran may be eligible for care through the Veterans Choice Program at Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center clinics.
“Veterans must receive prior authorization from VA to receive this care, but we’re happy to accommodate them,” Schwartz added.
Additional information is available by calling any Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center location. RCCHC also takes time this weekend to honor those who have served:
Alan Anthony Goddard, PA-C
Charles Sawyer III, MD
1st Class Petty Officer
Julian R. Taylor, MD
US Air Force
Kathy V. Montanez
Jon Stephen Branch
1 ½ Years
Dustin Lee Jones
US Army Active Duty & Reserves
Catherine S. Brown, ANP
Rev. Dr. Claude Odom (Board Member)
Rank of E5
Guy Simmons (Board Member)
Surface Warfare Officer/Captain
Hertford resident Guy Simmons has received national attention for the work he does to improve healthcare in Eastern North Carolina.
Simmons, who serves as the Board Chair for Ahoskie based Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center, was one of ten finalists, from more than two hundred nominees, for the National Association of Health Center’s national Health Hero award. The award is part of National Health Center Week events going on across the country.
“As Chair of the Board of Directors, Guy Simmons exudes the mission of community health centers,” wrote Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer Kim Schwartz in nominating him for the award.
"Simmons has more than 20 years of experience as a health center board member and offers his extensive expertise generously. He uses every opportunity to advocate for access to health care. He will often, at his own expense, travel many hours to Raleigh, Washington DC, or to one of the five counties served by RCCHC to attend a meeting that could have a benefit for their patients, staff, and health centers in general. As a steadfast advocate, Simmons has even drafted a proposal to offer military veterans with health care experience, particularly medical practitioners, a tax code change as an incentive to continue serving in health centers.
“Service as a CEO of a rural [health center] with a highly vulnerable population is challenging, but, having someone like Guy literally walking beside me and encouraging us all is the greatest gift,” writes Schwartz. “Guy is a tireless advocate for [health centers] and frankly to anyone who can’t advocate for themselves.”
Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves about 25,000 patients, who live in 37 zip codes in northeastern North Carolina, through four primary medical and behavioral health centers (located in Ahoskie, Colerain, Creswell, and Murfreesboro), a school-based health center, and a migrant seasonal farm worker outreach program. A health center will be opened in Woodland in Northampton County in early 2019.
RCCHC joins 1,124 other Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with almost 8,139 primary care service sites located in urban and rural under-served areas throughout the United States and its territories. There are 30 FQHCs in NC, representing 150 clinical sites. Community Health Centers provide a range of primary care medical, dental, behavioral health and enabling services to help improve the health status and decrease health disparities of the medically under-served people in our country. Community Health Centers address the unique and significant barriers to affordable and accessible health care services for our community.
At RCCHC, it is believed that all people should have ready access to the full range of quality primary, preventive, enabling and supplemental medical health care services, including pediatrics, dental care, mental health care and substance abuse services, either directly on-site or through established arrangements, regardless of ability to pay. Care is provided in a medical home setting. RCCHC provides complete preventive and primary health care services for the entire family.