OIHN Receives Perfect Score from Federal Government
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Pontiac, Mich. – Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN), a Federally Qualified Health Center, received its first operational site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and received a perfect score resulting in continued funding for its sites in Pontiac and Oakland County.
HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) via the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Health Centers receiving grant money from HRSA are required to be compliant with 19 program requirements in four general areas – need, services, management and finance, and governance, in order to receive a continuation of funding.
In addition to receiving a perfect score, OIHN is the first Health Center in Michigan to receive a perfect score this year. “Health Centers are required, at least once every three years, to participate in an operational site visit from HRSA to review program requirements and ensure compliance,” said Debra Brinson, CEO, OIHN. “Many Health Centers receive conditions on their grant due to areas of non-compliance and are then allowed time to correct areas of non-compliance. It is rare for HRSA site visit reviewers to give a perfect score due to the stringent requirements of the program.”
“This accomplishment is a huge reflection of the work and commitment our organization and staff have for the patients and community we serve every day,” continued Brinson. “We are excited for the future of this organization and for the partnerships we continue to create to help individuals receive necessary health care services in Oakland County.”
OIHN received FQHC designation in May 2015 after receiving a New Access Point grant for three of its sites in Pontiac: Family Medicine Center, Orchard Lake Center, and Joslyn Smile Center. OIHN has seven sites throughout Oakland County, including five primary care sites, one dental site, and a school-based health center. The organization was created in 2012 to fill an unmet need for the community.
As a result of OIHN’s perfect score, the FQHC will continue to receive grant funding from HRSA for growing programs and create stability in providing comprehensive care to the community.
About OIHN Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN) is a 501(c)(3) community health center with seven sites throughout Oakland County. Services are open to all, regardless of insurance or place of residence. OIHN's mission is to provide for the health and wellness needs of the underserved of Oakland County through the provision of comprehensive, integrated primary, behavioral health and dental care. For more information about Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, visit www.oihn.org.
Source: Oakland Integrated Health Network