Community and Nurse-Managed Health Centers: Getting Them Started and Keeping Them Going
edited by Donna Torrisi, Tine Hansen-Turton
Softcover, 152 pp
Size: 11" x 8.5"
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Winner of an AJN Book of the Year Award!
This book provides a step-by-step guide to starting and sustaining a community health center, with an emphasis on nurse-managed centers.
The authors share their firsthand knowledge with readers, including information on developing a mission statement, pulling together an advisory board, writing a business plan, and getting funding. The process for obtaining Federally Qualified Health Center Status (and thus federal funding) is described. This book provides tools, information and resources under these topics:
Policies and Procedures
Continuous Quality / Performance Improvement
Of great value is the book's Appendix, which provides very useful examples. They include sample bylaws, sample mission statement, tools for strategic planning, a sample health care plan, sample business plan, a full policy and procedure manual, physician and nurse practitioner collaborative agreements, job descriptions, a contract with a local agency, and outcome and assessment guidelines, and more.
Donna L. Torrisi, MSN, co-wrote, in 1991 a National Bureau of Primary Health Care/Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) grant to provide health care to residents of public housing. She became the director of this project and opened a nurse-managed health center in the Abbottsford Public Housing Development in Philadelphia in 1992. Since then, her program has received three expansion grants, one in 1994, 2002, and 2003. The health centers are known collectively as The Family Practice and Couseling Network. The sites have been recipients of multiple awards including the HRSA National Models That Work Award and the Smith Kline Beecham Community Impact Award. Ms. Torrisi received the Villanova University Leadership in Nursing Award, the University of Pennsylvania Lillian Brunner Sholstis Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, the Pennsylvania Nurses Association Leadership Award for Innovative Practice, and the National Alliance for Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing Practitioner of the Year Award.
She was a key leader in the State of Pennsylvania in an effort that culminated in legislative change redefining "primary care provider" to include nurse practitioners. This gave nurse practitioners entree into managed care as participating providers. She has published and lectured on the nurse-managed model, the art of negotiating with managed care organizations, and on integrating behavioral health and primary care. She is a founding member and the first chairperson of the National Nursing Centers Consortium, and has been a faculty member for the Institute for Health Improvement Depression Collaborative. She is currently completing her final year as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.
Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, is currently the Executive Director of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a professional organization that grew from 11 regional health centers to a national representation of over 100 nurse-managed health centers in the U.S. that provide quality primary health care, health promotion and disease prevention services to one million vulnerable families annually. She has a strong policy development background and has been instrumental in changing health policies and regulations at the state and national level, I.E., prescriptive authority and defining nurse practitioners as primary care providers in the law.
Tine Hansen-Turton also teaches health policy, program planning, and outcome evaluation to nursing students in the Public Health Masters Program at La Salle University, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, and is a frequent guest speaker at the Temple University, Jefferson University, and University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing, Philadelphia. Prior to joining the NNCC, she was Vice President of Program Development for a geriatric company where she developed, planned, and implemented health care programs for seniors in the Philadelphia region. Earlier, she was the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, where she implemented and directed comprehensive health care programs for 100,000 residents.
Tine Hansen-Turton is a member of several organizations, such as the Forum for Executive Women, American and Pennsylvania Public Health Associations, and has published in several journals and books. She is currently President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Tine Hansen-Turton has published in several journals and is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferences on health care and housing.
Ms. Hansen-Turton is a 2005 Eisenhower Fellow and NNCC received a Community Impact Award from GlaxoSmithKline in 2005. She has received several awards such as the State Excellence Award, awarded by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2002, the Champion Award, awarded by the University of Pennsylvania, Health Annex 2002, the Annual Writer's Award, awarded by Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA in 2001, and the John Heinz Friend of Nursing, awarded by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association in 1999. She is currently pursuing a law degree at the James E. Beasley Law School at Temple University.
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