AxessPointe Featured in American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

July 11, 2017 – The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) recognized AxessPointe’s built-in 340B pharmacy in their national April 2017 publication, “Opportunities for Sustainable Pharmacy Services in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).”

The pharmacy is located within the Arlington Street clinic in Akron, Ohio. 340B clinics provide low-income patients with more affordable prescriptions. The savings are used to support and expand the clinic’s other services.

The Pharmacy Department provides monthly, hour-long in-services for providers. These in-services have made significant changes to the prescribing patterns of the clinic, including increased savings and improved patient outcomes.

The department relies on pharmacy residents and students to expand its clinical services and allow more pharmacists to experience our interdisciplinary care model.

AxessPointe plans to expand the pharmacy to their clinic in Kent, Ohio on Gougler Avenue. The implementation of the Kent pharmacy is planned for September 2017.

ASHP is a national professional organization that represents the interests of pharmacists practicing in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities and other elements of health care.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. is a federally qualified health center (or FQHC, commonly called a community health center) with five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. A FQHC is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe also provides behavioral health and OB-GYN services. Originally named Akron Community Health Resources, Inc., the first center was located in Akron, and received funding in 1994 from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to establish the first federally qualified health center in Summit County. AxessPointe now employs more than 100 care providers at its five locations. Visit axesspointe.org to learn more.

AxessPointe Offers Healthcare Clinic for North Hill Refugees

The Exchange House, created by the Better Block Foundation, serves as a community center for the large refugee population, predominantly Bhutanese, which travels mostly on foot and has a large number of children and senior citizens.

North Hill’s Exchange House opened its doors to the Akron community on Tuesday. With a community center for refugees downstairs and an international hostel upstairs, the once-deteriorating three-bedroom house is already generating bookings on Airbnb, which lists it as “Little Bhutan in Akron.”

“We are trying our hardest to get a facility open in their area,” said AxessPointe spokeswoman Stephanie Berry in an email. “For the meantime, our best option was the partnership with the Exchange House.”

Under the federal refugee resettlement program, refugees get short-term health insurance for up to eight months. Some refugees are also eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program for several years.

Beginning June 6, AxessPointe’s clinic will be open every Tuesday from 1-5 p.m. at the Exchange House at 760 Elma St. offering:

  • • immunizations, blood testing and basic health screenings
  • • access to primary care providers at AxessPointe’s full-service centers
  • • services for those with no health insurance
  • • Nepali-speaking community health workers to interpret and provide case management and home health services

The clinic also plans to host workshops at the Exchange House to educate refugee patients on nutrition and preventive care for diabetes, hypertension, oral health, heart disease and other health issues.

“We have been doing our best to learn what the refugees’ barriers to healthcare are and how we can address those barriers, along with listening to what their needs are and what services they would like to see provided,” Berry said.

AxessPointe also offers behavioral health, case management, dental care, insurance enrollment, pharmacy, prenatal education and support, and specialty medical care.

A North Hill Community Meeting to discuss the new clinic is scheduled for May 31 from 10-11 a.m. at the Exchange House. Residents are encouraged to attend.

By: Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, Cleveland.com

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/05/axesspointe_offers_healthcare.html

AxessPointe Receives Funding from the Akron Community Foundation

AxessPointe Community Health Centers Receives Funding from the Akron Community Foundation
AKRON, OH (Feb. 7, 2017) – AxessPointe Community Health Centers has received a $10,000 grant from Sanatorium Contingent Fund of Akron Community Foundation to help continue to serve those in the area. Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. announced the grant after it was approved by the community foundation’s board on Jan. 26, 2017.
The funds are distributed to organizations in the area that combat the most important community needs. AxessPointe Community Health Centers have been serving patients in Akron since 1995 and have continued to grow and expand their services. The grant allows AxessPointe to use the funding for general operating support.

Christopher Richardson, CEO of AxessPointe Community Health Centers, said “AxessPointe is very appreciative to the Akron Community Foundation for the funds. The funds will be used to continue operations that allow our patients to have the best medical home experience.”

AxessPointe Community Health Centers are federally qualified health centers (FQHC) with five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. A FQHC is a nonprofit organization that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe also provides behavioral health, women’s health and pharmacy services. For more information on AxessPointe, contact Christopher Richardson at 330.785.2055 or [email protected] Visit our website to learn more at axesspointe.org.

Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. Beginning in 1955, the organization has grown into a philanthropic endowment of over $190 million and more than 550 funds. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets. To learn more about Akron Community Foundation call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers names new CEO

AxessPointe Community Health Centers names new CEO

August 18, 2016 (Akron, Ohio):   Christopher J. Richardson, M.Ed., LICDC-CS, LPC has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer of AxessPointe Community Health Center. Prior to his new position Mr. Richardson served as COO at AxessPointe beginning in August of 2015. Before joining the AxessPointe staff, he served on the Board of Directors for three years.  Mr. Richardson succeeds Dr. Kristine Drummond, who retired last month, after having served at AxessPointe for the past eight years.

 

Dr. Jay Williamson, president of the board of directors for AxessPointe, looks forward to Mr. Richardson’s leadership, noting that he “has been transitioning to his new role for the past several months, and was a fabulous COO.” For Mr. Richardson, this is an opportunity to apply his management and leadership skills, as well as his relevant clinical background at a new level.  He also notes that “working alongside a great network of community partners, and continuing in a leadership position that allows me to never lose focus of the mission” are of the utmost importance.

As a strong advocate for care of the underserved population, Mr. Richardson’s vision is to ensure that every resident of both Summit County and Portage County has access to affordable, quality healthcare. “AxessPointe has grown exponentially over the last several years and that momentum will definitely continue,” states Richardson. “We are in the planning stages of developing a health center in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron that will offer a variety of services identified as high need in that zip code. Momentum is also picking up in anticipation of the expansion of our Arlington Plaza site. This expansion is expected to be completed later next year, and includes the addition of services, as well as facility improvements.” And he notes that’s “just the short list!  All of our efforts are directed towards striving for and achieving excellence in service delivery at all AxessPointe sites.”

Mr. Richardson previously served as Director of the Oriana House, Inc. ADM Crisis Center for eight years, where he facilitated large-scale collaborations for programs addressing barriers to substance abuse treatment and recovery. Additional career experience includes leadership roles in the behavioral health, vocational rehabilitation, managed care and addiction services fields.  He attended Kent State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Education with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. Mr. Richardson is a licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with Clinical Supervisory designation, and a licensed professional counselor, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University, where he teaches master’s level coursework.

Mr. Richardson is also an active and passionate volunteer and community leader. He has served on numerous boards in both Summit and Portage Counties. Mr. Richardson currently serves on Kent State’s Rehabilitation Counseling Board and its Learning Development & Educational Sciences Department Advisory Board. He has participated in numerous leadership programs including United Way’s Project Blueprint (now Diversity on Board), the Summit County Mental Health Leadership Academy and Akron Torchbearers. In June, 2013 Mr. Richardson was a recipient of the 30 for the Future Award by the Greater Akron Chamber.

AxessPointe Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center (or FQHC, commonly called a community health center) with five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. A FQHC is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe also provides behavioral health and OB-GYN services. Originally named Akron Community Health Resources, Inc., the first center was located in Akron,  and received funding in 1994 from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to establish the first federally qualified health center in Summit County. AxessPointe now employs more than 100 care providers at its five locations.

For more information, contact Christopher Richardson at 330-785-2055 or [email protected]

Visit our website to learn more at axesspointe.org.

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AxessPointe Community Health Centers Receives HHS Award

AxessPointe Community Health Centers Receives HHS Award

August 22, 2016 (Akron, Ohio): AxessPointe Community Health Centers was one of over 1,300 community health centers in the U.S. that received an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS announced that more than $100 million will be distributed throughout the U.S. for health centers to invest in quality improvement. These funds will be used to expand the quality improvements systems that are currently used in order to improve primary care service delivery in the communities served. AxessPointe received $14,781 for Clinical Quality Improvers and $40,000 for PCMH Recognition.

“Our community relies on us to provide them with the best health care possible,” said Chris Richardson, CEO of AxessPointe. “The funding from the HHS award will allow us to better our services to our patients and continue to bridge the gap to access of quality care.”

The funds are being distributed to health centers based on high levels of performance in one or more of the following areas: Improving Quality of Care, Advancing Health Equity, Maintaining Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition, Enhancing Access to Care, and Delivering Value. The measures offer an overarching look at the services to manage conditions of the populations served by health centers.

AxessPointe Community Health Center is a federally qualified health center (or FQHC, commonly called a community health center) with five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton. A FQHC is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe also provides behavioral health and OB-GYN services. Originally named Akron Community Health Resources, Inc., the first center was located in Akron,  and received funding in 1994 from the Bureau of Primary Health Care to establish the first federally qualified health center in Summit County. AxessPointe now employs more than 100 care providers at its five locations.

For more information, contact Christopher Richardson at 330.785.2055 or [email protected].

www.axesspointe.org

For a full list of awards, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/qualityimprovement/index.html

AxessPointe Community Health Centers Named as a 2016 Center of Excellence

AxessPointe Community Health Centers Named as a 2016 Center of Excellence

AKRON, OH (Sept. 8, 2016) – AxessPointe Community Health Centers has been selected as one of Safety Net Solutions’ 2016 Centers of Excellence.

For the past six years, Safety Net Solutions presented this award to dental programs they believe display tremendous leadership and excellence in oral health practice management, greatly improve their dental program operations and improve the oral health status of their patients.

AxessPointe, along with the other recipients, will be honored at an awards presentation during the upcoming National Network for Oral Health Access Conference in Denver, Colorado, on November 7, 2016.

Safety Net Solutions is a program of DentaQuest Institute and works to guide organizations through the practice improvement process to assist them in achieving their goals, including: increased access, strengthened financial viability and improved quality outcomes.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with five current sites in Northeast Ohio, including three in Akron, one in Kent and one in Barberton.

A FQHC is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers primary medical, dental and preventive health services in medically underserved areas. AxessPointe’s dental services is a safety net dental program.

For more information on AxessPointe, contact Christopher Richardson at 330.785.2055 or [email protected]. Visit our website to learn more at axesspointe.org.

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The City of Akron Hosting Health Equity Summit

The City of Akron Hosting Health Equity Summit

Akron, OH (Nov. 1, 2016) – City of Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan is holding the 2016 Health Equity Summit Thursday, Nov. 10 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Registration begins at 7:45 am at the Akron Summit County Public Library Main Branch.

This year’s topic will focus on prematurity and infant mortality. Attendees will be educated about consequences and causes of premature births, evidence-based strategies in place for prevention and the challenges for implementation, and ways to address these challenges by working together to improve the number and timing of prenatal care visits.

The keynote speaker will be Soma Stout, MD. Soma is the Executive Lead for 100 Million Healthier Lives Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In addition to a panel discussion, other speakers include Justin Lavin, MD of Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Latrice Snodgrass from Summa Health System and Mayor Horrigan.

Summa Health System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Summa Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The steering committee for this year’s summit includes Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Summa Health, Summit County Public Health and AxessPointe Community Health Centers. Parking for the event will be free with validation. To register, visit www.eeds.com/live/153408.