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Miami, FL – Health Choice Network has been awarded a three-year $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the level of patient care through the expansion of health information technology at 32 participating community health centers in 11 states. Health Choice Network (HCN) is one of 37 health center controlled networks to receive the funding through the Affordable Care Act, announced by HRSA in December.

The grant will fund the expansion and meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR), as well as supporting technology-enabled quality-improvement strategies, health data aggregation and the establishment of health centers as patient centered medical homes. HCN provides its members with cost-effective health IT, training and support services to improve the efficiency and accessibility of care. The grant will impact a total of 154 delivery sites and more than 600,000 high-need patients in underserved communities.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Celisa Figueroa, 22, spends her days working full time at a coffee shop in San Diego to support herself and her two-year-old daughter. Still, she says without her mother’s health insurance, she would not have been able to undergo a necessary dental procedure that would have set her back almost $2000.

She is one of millions of young people across the country already benefiting from the health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. recently received a nearly two million dollar federal  grant to provide health care services to some of the most needy and under-served people in Coconut Grove and South Miami. Out of several bids, the Health Resources and Services Administration choose CHI as the provider of choice to bring primary medical care and a host of other services to that area.

This is just one of three new centers to open in the next four months. The new Coconut Grove, South Miami and Kendall centers will bring CHI’s services farther North into areas previously not serviced by the non-profit company. The majority of CHI’s seven current health care centers are farther south, primarily in the South Miami Dade area.

indiaCervical cancer used to kill more women in the United States than any other cancer. Today, deaths in the US are almost unheard of thanks to a decades-old test called a Pap smear, which allows for early detection and treatment.

In India, however, tens of thousands of women still die each year from cervical cancer.

“It’s just not possible for us to provide [the Pap test] as frequently as it is done in the West,” says Dr. Surendra Shastri, a cancer specialist at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.