WASHINGTON, DC – Community of Hope, a federally qualified health center in Washington, DC, received a total of seven quality improvement awards from the Health Resources Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to a comparison of national health center data for 1,375 health center networks in 2015, COH excelled in increasing the total number of patients served, improving clinical quality measures, working more efficiently, and achieving high clinical outcomes for all racial and ethnic groups.
The awards recognized Community of Hope’s outcomes for:
- Million Hearts – for meeting or exceeding the 2017 Million Hearts goal of 70 percent on the following clinical measures: Heart Attack/Stroke Treatment, Blood Pressure Control, and Tobacco Cessation Counseling for Tobacco Users. Only 16% of health centers nationwide achieved this designation.
- High Value Health Centers – delivered better, smarter, healthier care by improving cost efficient care delivery compared to the national average while also increasing quality of care and improving access to comprehensive services.
- Health Equity Advancers – met or exceeded Healthy People 2020 goals by each race/ethnic group, or made marked advances in moving each race/ethnic group towards the Healthy People 2020 goals.
- Health Center Quality Leaders – achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers.
- Electronic Health Records (EHR) Reporting - for clinical measures on the full universe of patients served using the EHR.
- Clinical Quality Improvers – for demonstrated improvements in one or more clinical measures.
- Access Enhancers – increased the total number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2014 and 2015.
COH is also proud to be a Patient Centered Medical Home Designation – achieved at the highest level by all three of our health centers. As mandated by law, Federally Qualified Health Centers are required to report a very detailed set of access and quality metrics annually. This data is used to show the effect of health center services on outcomes for the 24 million patients served by health centers nationally. For more information on these awards and national health center data, please go the HRSA Health Center Program website. COH will use the funds awarded to continue our efforts in improving and expanding health care for District residents.
Founded in 1980, Community of Hope (COH) is a rapidly growing and innovative nonprofit, meeting the needs of over 12,000 Washington, DC residents each year. Our mission is to create opportunities for low-income families, including those experiencing homelessness to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope. We operate three community health centers, offering medical, dental and emotional wellness as well as extensive patient supportive services. We work to end and prevent homelessness by providing housing and supportive services such as employment search and training, housing search, mentoring and youth services.