National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week, August 8-14

Health Centers across Michigan and throughout the entire United States will celebrate Community Health Center week with a variety of activities and celebrations to increase awareness of what Federally Qualified Health Centers offer their communities.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the HRSA Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients. The defining legislation for Federally Qualified Health Centers (under the Consolidated Health Center Program) is Section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act.

The nationwide network of more than 1,400 health centers spread across 50 states and all U.S. territories provides care for 28 million people in 11,000 communities.

Michigan has 43 Community Health Centers which offer services in 350 locations.

Locally, the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) operates 3 health center sites in Cass and Berrien Counties; Cassopolis Family Clinic, Niles Community Health Center, and Niles Community Health Center Dental. 

In 2020, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, CFCN provided 47,448 patient visits for 12,107 people.  Cass and Niles dental sites were most impacted. Both medical and dental providers adapted to a combination of telehealth and in-person visits.  We never closed.

CFCN offers an integrated model of care; family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health, oral health, pharmacy and support services to help people with the social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

As we celebrate Community Health Center week, I would like to personally acknowledge the leadership of the CFCN Board of Directors, the courage and commitment of our dedicated clinical and support staff, as well as management and leadership, for their unwavering dedication to taking care of our patients. 

This is Our Family. Taking Care of Yours.

 

Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO

 

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Health Center Receives Investment From American Rescue Plan

Health Center Receives Investment from American Rescue Plan

Cassopolis, MI, April 1, 2021 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties, will receive $2,285,750 over the course of two years as a part of the American Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Plan provides a $6 Billion investment for Community Health Centers nationwide to expand COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and health care services to individuals who are at higher risk for COVID-19. Nearly 1,400 health centers across the country will be provided funding beginning in April. 1 in 5 individuals in rural populations receive care from Community Health Centers and more than 91% of health center patients are living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This investment allows health centers to make improvements to infrastructure and expand operational capacity in order to better serve their communities.

CFCN is excited to begin planning to determine how to best utilize the investment. “This is an incredible opportunity for our health center to have a bigger impact. We’re not looking to grow our service area. We’re looking to continually enhance the depth of services we are able to offer our patients” says CFCN Chief Executive Officer, Mary Geegan Middleton.

About CFCN

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN
provides quality affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien
Counties. For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

 

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Flu Vaccinations

National Influenza Vaccination Week

There’s still time to get your flu shot! This week is the National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) and it is intended to focus on the importance of the influenza vaccination.

Getting your flu shot is the most impactful thing you can do to protect your family from flu season while facing a global health crisis. It is recommended that anyone older than six months receives an annual flu vaccine. By doing so, you may prevent illness, medical visits, hospitalizations, and even deaths. The flu vaccine is safe, CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration work to ensure that the vaccine meets the highest safety standards each year. For more information about the safety of flu vaccines, please visit: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccinesafety.htm.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network encourages you to get your flu shot and take measures to protect yourself and your family.

 

About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides high quality, affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Dentist Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental

Dentist Joins Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental

Cassopolis, MI, December 5, 2019 – Dhruv Dang, DMD has joined the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental (CFC Dental).

Dr. Dhruv Dang, D.M.D Dentist, Cass Family Clinic Network, Cassopolis, Niles, MIDr. Dang received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, India.  He then continued his education to earn a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.  “During my dental training, giving back to the community was always an integral part of the teaching.  I quickly realized, working for a Community Health Center where patients have access to high-quality services most would otherwise go without, is where I am needed most.   Being able to render my services to people who entrust me as a healthcare provider to help them with their dental needs and make a positive impact on their life is very fulfilling,” Dang said. 

Dr. Dang began seeing patients at CFC Dental in October.  CFC Dental is located inside Cassopolis Family Clinic at 261 M-62 North, Cassopolis, MI and is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  CFC Dental offers dental services to patients who are covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Michigan Medicaid, or do not have dental insurance.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 228-8500.

CFC Dental is owned and operated by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).  CFCN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid, and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

A Word From the CEO: Support Community Health Centers on Small Business Saturday

A Word From the CEO: Support Community Health Centers on Small Business Saturday

Cassopolis, MI, November 25, 2019, Author: Mary Geegan Middleton – We know that small, locally owned businesses serve as economic engines on which communities can succeed and thrive. They account for 65 percent of all new jobs and nearly 50 percent of all employees nationwide.

This Small Business Saturday, I hope you will join me in urging lawmakers to invest in one of our own economic engines – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN). Here in Michigan, Community Health Centers employ more than 6,000 people of all education and ability levels, generating more than $1.3 billion in economic activity.

As the Chief Executive Officer of CFCN, I am proud of the personalized approach we take to quality, affordable healthcare. We are a community institution, welcoming and providing care to all our neighbors, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their ability to pay. We make sure our grandparents can afford their prescriptions; we provide Dad with annual wellness checks; we provide Mom with the best prenatal care; and, we nurture their newborn’s development at every check-up.

At CFCN, we proudly care for 13,000 community members of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  We provide our patients with not only medical care but also dental, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services to ensure they can navigate the complicated landscape of healthcare. Our staff consistently go beyond the medical chart to ensure that families have access to essential resources and a warm, comforting space.

Today, Community Health Centers across the country are facing an uncertain future. Even though we comprise the largest primary care network in the country, solidifying the backbone of the healthcare safety net, Congress has yet to pass our long-term funding. As a result, health centers are forced to operate on short-term funding patches, making it difficult for us to provide consistent services, plan for the future, and recruit and retain the best employees. Small businesses cannot survive without stability in funding. We can only continue to provide quality healthcare for people in our community if Congress acts – and acts now.

This Small Business Saturday, consider supporting businesses like Cassopolis Family Clinic Network in other ways. Call or email your member of Congress and remind them how integral health centers are in our community. Remember: Community Health Centers are local business that are keeping us healthy.

About Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).  With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides quality affordable healthcare for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.  For more information go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Beat Those Winter Blues Before They Start

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Beat Those Winter Blues Before They Start

Aired: 10/28/2019

As daylight saving time ends this weekend, we are quickly reminded that winter is right around the corner.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what you can do to get ahead of the winter blues.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons and is most common during the late fall and early winter months.  

Symptoms

Some symptoms of SAD one may experience can be: low energy, overeating/weight gain, and excessive  sleeping. 

Beat the Blues

  • Light Therapy – Purchase a full spectrum lightbulb and place the lamp on a timer to turn on two hours before your morning alarm. This will allow you to receive the benefits of daylight before you wake to start your day. 
  • Exercise Regularly – Be sure to exercise at least 3 times a week.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight – Eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables and lean protein.
  • Plan an outdoor adventure or vacation to look forward to.

 Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y-Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.