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Bi-Lines Newsletter  ~  June 2017

Bi-State Community Health News

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Bi-State’s new mobile-friendly website and newsletter!
If you are looking for a primary health care provider accepting new patients, you’ll find a quick and easy way on our site to find a Community Health Center near you. If you’re in the health care field, we have educational resources and opportunities, client and candidate job placement assistance, health care news and other information. If you’re in public service, we have local, state and national information on primary care demand and access and are happy to assist our elected officials and allied health professionals. Please open the home page for quick access to your area of interest. 

Thanks for visiting us. Please contact us if we can be of assistance to you. 




Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN, President/CEO

Visit your Local Community Health Center during

National Health Center Week!


Congratulations! Mascoma Community Health Center open and accepting patients in Canaan, New Hampshire.

2017 Emerging Leader Award

Kristen Bigelow-Talbert among 15 nationwide selected for Award


(L-R) David Reynolds, Dan Hawkins, Sara Rosenbaum, Kristen Bigelow-Talbert, Tom Van Coverden and Tess Stack Kuenning


Kristen Bigelow-Talbert, MSHM, Quality Improvement facilitator at Bi-State Primary Care Association, received the 2017 Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers earlier this month. “The Emerging Leader Award is designed to highlight and share the accomplishments of exceptional young members of the community health center movement,” said Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Professor of Health Law and Policy and founder of the Geiger Gibson Program.


View Local News Release

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“What I love about quality improvement work is seeing the difference it makes for practice teams and patients. Every practice is committed to producing the highest quality health outcomes for their patients and continously improve systems and care coordination to help patients achieve their goals. It's a pleasure to work with such dedicated people." 

- Kristen Bigelow-Talbert, MSHM 



More 2017 Emerging Leaders Event Photos.



2017 Graduates of the Leadership Development Program


 The 20 graduates of the 2017 Leadership Development Program earned a Certificate in Community Health Leadership, All the graduates are on staff at a Community Health Center in New Hampshire or Vermont. Since the program began in 2009, 175 health center staff have completed program.


Learn more about the Leadership Development Program



Meeting with Congressional Delegations on Capitol Hill

Bipartisan support for Community Health Centers spans five decades 


Among the thousands of health care advocates convening on Capitol Hill on March 30 were 20 physicians, patients, board members and administrators from Vermont and New Hampshire Community Health Centers. Together with Bi-State Primary Care Association leaders, the group met with their Members of Congress to discuss issues that impact access to health care.
In recognition of their past support, the group presented awards to the Vermont Delegration of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch; and to the New Hampshire Delegation of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. Maggie Hassan, Rep. Ann Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. 
Meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders (above) and Sen. Maggie Hassan on Capitol Hill.


2016 Impact Report

-30 years of bipartisan support

-Oral health access increased 300%

-Addressing workforce shortage

-Farmworkers access to health care

-Health Centers Economic Impact

-$2 Million invested in Vermont

-Cost of care 24% less at Health Centers


Bi-State's 2016 Impact Report


2017 Primary Care Conference:

Mental Health Integration with Primary Care

The room was silent as Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr. recounted the life-altering consequences of missing the signs of depression and mental illness within his own family. The former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court is co-chair of the The Campaign to Change Direction, the first statewide effort in a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America.

Deputy Regional Administrator, Capt. Bersani, PsyD, ABPP, HRSA, leads a panel of local experts on best practices and model programs integrated with primary care and HRSA Behavioral Health and Substance Use Treatment: Progress, Data and Resources.


An interactive session on Addressing the Range of Mental Health and Substance Use Needs in our Communities was researched and presented by Benjamin Miller, PsyD, Associate Professor and director of the Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 


Conference educational workshops also included Community Health Center Board Governance: Federal Environment and the Implications for Safety-Net Providers; FQHC Compliance: Introduction to 2016 BPHC Compliance Manual; Medicare Cost Reporting and Medicare PPS Methodology.


Access all Conference Presentations


2017 Bi-State Awards - Eleven individuals were selected to receive awards for increasing access to primary care in New Hampshire and Vermont. The story behind their selection for an award appears in the Primary Care Conference Program. 


Community Service Award Acceptance Speech

by Linda Bartlett, COO, The Health Center
"You don’t plough the field by turning it over in
your mind." 
2017 Bi-State Awards

The Chair's Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Bi-State’s mission of assuring access to health care for the vulnerable populations.  

Vermont: Meagan Gallagher, CEO - Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Donna Burkett, MD - Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

New Hampshire: Dawn McKinney, Former State Affairs Director, National Association of Community Health Centers


The Public Service Award honors individuals whose position allows them to make extraordinary contributions in the area of public health and primary care access.

Vermont: Fred Holmes, MD, Retired Physician

New Hampshire: Lindy Sue Keller, Resources and Development Administrator - NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services


The Community Service Award honors individuals whose volunteer efforts have made a significant impact on vulnerable populations.

Vermont: Linda Bartlett, COO - The Health Center

New Hampshire: John Fothergill, PhD, MD - Indian Stream Health Center

The Outstanding Clinician Award honors primary care clinicians whose exemplary skills or service have made a significant impact on the health of underserved patients and/or the community in which they serve.

Vermont: Maureen Boardman, FNP - Little Rivers Health Care

New Hampshire: Ruth James, MD, MPH - Families First Health and Support Center

The Hunt Blair Leadership Award recognizes the potential every individual has to improve the lives of many people as demonstrated by the brilliance, tenacity and vision of Hunt Blair. 

Vermont: Greg Macdonald, CFO - Mountain Health Center

New Hampshire: Vasuki Nagaraj, MD - Lamprey Health Care