Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) awards Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges to recognize federally qualified health centers that have made notable achievements in different categories, from enhancing access to advancing health information technology (HIT). FUHN congratulates our member clinics for their respective Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges!
HRSA also awards Health Center Quality Leaders (HCQL) badges to health centers that have the best overall clinical quality measures. A big shout-out to Southside Community Health Services for achieving the first-tier (top 10%) or Gold HCQL badge – for the fifth year in a row!
In addition to receiving the 2023 HCQL Gold Badge, Southside also received three other badges for being an “access enhancer,” for Advancing HIT, and for reducing health disparities. Minnesota Community Care also received four CHQR badges: Access Enhancer, Addressing Social Risk Factors to Health, Advancing HIT, and Health Disparities Reducer.
For each of the categories, there are specific criteria the clinics must meet to receive the recognition. For example, the HIT for Quality badge recognizes health centers that meet all criteria to optimize HIT services, including:
Adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system
Offering telehealth services
Exchanging clinical information electronically with key providers' healthcare settings
Engaging patients through health IT
Collecting data on patient social risk factors
Axis Medical, Native American Community Clinic, and Neighborhood HealthSource all achieved two CHQR badges for Addressing Social Risk Factors to Health and Addressing HIT. Community-University Health Care Center, Indian Health Board, and United Family Medicine also received two CHQR badges for Advancing HIT and for being a COVID-19 Public Health Champion. Finally, Open Door Health Center achieved a CHQR badge for Advancing HIT and People’s Center Clinics & Services received one for being a COVID-19 Public Health Champion.
To learn more, go to the Community Health Quality Recognition Dashboard (hrsa.gov).