Missouri Ozarks Community Health receives Department of Health and Human Services Award

On December 15, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $50 million in funding for 75 health centers in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated State of Micronesia. Missouri Ozarks Community Health was one of two Missouri community health centers funded for this award.

“We expect this competitive New Access Point funding to provide health care to more than 240,000 additional patients, “said Dr. Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary at HHS. “These
new health center sites will contribute significantly to the health of families and communities across the nation”.

A new access point is a new service delivery site for the provision of comprehensive primary and preventive medical and dental health care services. New access points will increase access to health services and improve the health status of medically underserved and vulnerable populations.

“Missouri Ozarks Community Health (MOCH) is very pleased to receive this funding as it will provide access to health care for individuals and families who otherwise have limited access to quality, affordable primary care services in a medical home setting” said CEO Tim Shryack. “We anticipate beginning services in Houston by April 2017”.

The Houston Clinic will be open Monday-Friday from 8a.m. to 5p.m. for both children and adults providing medical, dental and behavioral health services. Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance will be accepted, and for those with no health insurance, a sliding fee scale discount is offered based on income.

Nearly 1,400 health centers operating over 9,800 sites provide care to more than 24 million people across the nation, in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. Today, health centers employ nearly 190,000 people.

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

To find a health center in your area, visit https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

Missouri Ozarks Community Health (MOCH) has been in operation since 2001, as a federally qualified health center. MOCH has clinics in Ava, Cabool, Gainesville, Mansfield, and Mountain Grove. The mission of MOCH is” To provide quality, affordable and accessible medical, dental and behavioral health services to the communities we serve. Visit mo-ozarks.org for more information.

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