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New Analysis Examines Community Health Centers and COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation examined whether increasing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to community health centers is mitigating racial disparities in vaccination. According to federal data, 91% of community health center patients are low-income and 63% are racial or ethnic minorities. In the new analysis, researchers report that just over half (54%)…

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Addressing the Health Impact of Environment on the Most Vulnerable

By: Tierney Beauregard, Programs & Communications Intern, C-TAC We can’t ignore the impact of the environment on the health of the most vulnerable among us, especially as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Heart Association (AHA) has been investigating and revealing the strong ties between environment and human health for decades. In 2010,…

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Why We Support the Summit: Grantmakers in Aging

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) – a national membership organization of philanthropies – acts as a relevant and responsive network, resource, and champion, amplifying the voices of older people and issues of aging. Believing a society which is better for older adults is better for people of all ages, GIA seeks a just and inclusive world where older people…

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Improving Palliative and Hospice Care in Nursing Homes Amid COVID-19

Elderly man sitting in nursing home, wearing a mask.

By: Kacy Ninteau, Policy & Advocacy Intern, C-TAC As the COVID-19 cases climb across the country, nursing homes continue to be among the hardest hit communities. Over 40% of COVID-19 deaths nationwide have been residents and workers at these facilities. What puts nursing homes at greater risk for outbreaks are chronic staffing shortages, which have…

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C-TAC Releases ACP Policy Recommendations In Response to COVID-19

C-TAC has shared policy recommendations focused on removing barriers to advance care panning with Congressional leadership as they continue to craft new legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations aim to increase access to these critical conversations, which are more important than ever during the pandemic. The coronavirus can quickly result in serious…

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CMS Administrator Suggests Telehealth Changes Could Become Permanent

Over nine million Medicare beneficiaries have received a telehealth service during the COVID-19 public health emergency and CMS is open to continuing some beyond the pandemic, according to a new Health Affairs blog post written by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. CMS has issued an array of waivers in response to…

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Jeff Thompson: Leading True

Jeff Thompson, MD, quite literally wrote the book on the leadership.  Dr. Thompson, who currently serves as executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus of the groundbreaking Gundersen Health System, has a wealth of insight to share on how diverse groups of leaders can thrive and spur positive change through values-based leadership. A selection of…

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Inside the Beltway: C-TAC Comments on HHS Pain Management Report Draft

C-TAC submitted comments last week on HHS’ Request for Public Comments on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter- Agency Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. This report was required in the 2016 CARA Opioid legislation. Overall we were in strong support of the report and its recommendations…

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