News & Events

Explore our latest community health events in Oregon, plus health tips and more. Get to know the faces behind NHC. Featuring healthcare stories from patients, friends and staff of NHC.

Coping with the Holidays

BY DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, Sara Hergic-Sehovic, LPC, MBAThe holiday season can pose challenges for many individuals, bringing about heightened stress, anxiety, isolation, and loneliness due to a lack of social connections. Triggers and past traumas may resurface during this time. Consider the following strategies to prioritize your mental well-being amidst the hustle and bustle…

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NHC’s Community Dental Program Brings Oral Hygiene Services to Schools Around Portland

Outside of our clinics, Neighborhood Health Center’s (NHC) Community Dental Program takes dental hygiene services on the road to meet patients where they are in the community.  From school-age children in schools to parents in transitional housing, the Community Dental team responds to the need for affordable, accessible dental services by providing care in a…

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How Understanding Your Healthcare Affects Your Health

Healthcare can get confusing, so knowing how to navigate your care journey is vital to health outcomes.  Many people, especially patients from underserved and historically marginalized communities, have low health literacy due to systemic barriers, medical trauma, age, and lack of insurance. As a Community Health Center, NHC’s patient-centered approach to care prioritizes improving patient…

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Celebrating 58 Years of Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

This month marked the 58th anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid federal insurance programs.  These programs have given hope and security to millions of Americans that they can reliably access healthcare. Since their inception in 1965, Medicare and Medicaid have provided life-saving insurance coverage to hundreds of millions of Americans.  These programs have transformed our…

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Federal Health Center Funding is Crucial to Community Care

Access to care for millions of patients nationwide depends upon Congress approving healthcare funding by the end of September.  Unless Congress acts to extend health center funding by September 30, nearly seven million Community Health Center (CHC) patients will lose access to care. Nationwide, CHCs provide accessible care to over 30 million patients, many of…

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Meeting the Needs of Our Neighbors at Coffee Creek

Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our neighbors, by providing all neighbors with equal access to quality care, education, and support. Sometimes that means taking our services on the road – such as at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. NHC has been working with Coffee Creek since…

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How Community Health Centers Lower Emergency Department Visits

The care provided at a community health center (CHC) goes beyond providing low- or no-cost services to underserved communities. Among other things, CHCs provide community health education to help close the health literacy gap. A recent Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) study found that patients who receive care at CHCs, like Neighborhood Health Center…

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Serving Veterans in Our Community

This Veterans Day, we say thank you to those in the community who have served with love and selflessness, including NHC’s own Angela Searls, Director of Human Resources; Brittney Griggs, MMS, PA-C, Physician’s Assistant at NHC Oregon City Medical Clinic; Coppi Nikula, Sr. Executive Assistant to the CEO & CFO/COO; and Michael Timmins, CMA at…

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NHC Awarded OregonLive’s Top Workplaces Third Year in a Row

A few weeks ago Angela Searls, Director of Human Resources, announced that NHC has once again been awarded one of OregonLive’s Top Workplaces 2022 – for the third year in a row! This is our favorite honor, and ultimately our staff deserve the recognition. The award process is based entirely on staff feedback collected through…

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NHC Celebrates Landmark Changes to Oregon’s Medicaid Program

This week NHC celebrates the landmark changes to the Oregon State’s Medicaid program. The new 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver – just approved by the federal government – includes Medicaid funding for food and housing and continuous Oregon Health Plan enrollment for young children from birth up to age 6. Oregon is the first in the…

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Community’s Role in Mental Healthcare

From Catherine Kateley-Williams, NHC Behavioral Health Program Manager Although the mind and body are often viewed as separate, they are closely related. Health is comprehensive – our physical and mental health work together in our bodies, impacting and shifting one another.  While physical health and illnesses can be visible and thus easier to diagnose, mental…

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebration and Reflection

From Jeri Weeks, CEO of Neighborhood Health Center Next week marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 – October 15. This month-long celebration honors the cultures, histories, and diversity of the Hispanic and Latino community. At Neighborhood Health Center (NHC), we are very proud to serve the Portland Metro Hispanic…

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