Health Partnership earns Community Health Quality Recognition

By Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing/Outreach

Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) is proud to announce that it has received three Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) Awards from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Care Program. This is a significant accomplishment, and we’re so proud of our staff!

CHQR badges recognize health centers, like HPC, that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, health information technology and COVID-19 public health emergency response for the most recent Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting period.

HRSA 2023 Award HRSA 2023 Award NCQA Practice

Recognition badges received by HPC include:

  • Silver Award Health Center Quality Leader, which is in recognition of ranking among the top 20 percent of health centers nationally for the best overall clinical performance!
  • Advancing HIT for Quality
  • Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH)

We appreciate our team’s commitment to providing quality, primary health care services to the communities we serve. Each team member plays a key role, and when those collective skills, expertise and passion are brought together, our mission is realized. At HPC, we are all about improving health and impacting lives!

HRSA 2023 Award


HPC Celebrates Dental Hygienist Week and Administrative Professionals’ Day


National Dental Hygienist Week, April 9-15

Each year in April we recognize the contribution of dental hygienists and their focus on maintaining good oral health practices which impacts overall health.

There are more than 200,000 dental hygienists in the United States. In Kansas, there are more than 2,000 dental hygienists.

Dental hygienists provide oral care under a dentist’s supervision. They clean patients’ teeth and examine their mouths for signs of damage, gingivitis and other diseases. Hygienists teach patients how to maintain good oral health.

The education of dental hygienists typically includes prerequisite courses prior to obtaining either a dental hygiene certificate or associate degree, which is typically a three-year program. Dental hygienists may go on to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Dental Hygiene.

In Kansas, dental hygienists may obtain an Extended Care Permit (level one, two or three) which allows them to practice under indirect supervision in settings like schools or nursing homes.

Special thanks to HPC’s dental hygienist Christina Cook, RDH, ECP II. Christina also serves as our Dental Outreach Coordinator. She is a dedicated professional and always goes above and beyond for our patients! 

HPC Celebrates Dental Hygienist Week and Administrative Professionals’ Day

National Administrative Professionals’ Day

National Administrative Professionals’ Day, also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day, is observed on the Wednesday of the last full week of April each year. This year it is celebrated on Wednesday, April 26. It is a day to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals.

Shoutout to Sandra Gonzalez, our administrative assistant, at HPC. Sandra supports all the Senior Leadership Team members in addition to coordinating meetings and schedules and assembles Board and Quality Improvement (QI) packets and takes notes for the Board of Directors, QI and Finance Committee monthly meetings and so much more!

We thank Sandra for all she does!

National Doctor’s Day, Thursday, March 30


National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on March 30 annually in the United States to honor physicians for the work they do for their patients in their communities and for society.

  • There are over a million physicians in the United States.
  • The education and training of physicians typically includes four years of college, four years of medical school, three to five years of residency training in the chosen specialty and one to three years of additional training for sub-specialists.
  • There are two different but equivalent degrees doctors can earn: Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).
  • The training years are difficult with long work hours of often 80 hours per week, low pay and many overnight shifts in the hospital. In addition, the highest levels of professionalism, conduct and ethics are expected of doctors.
  • Areas of practice include the primary care specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. Other specialties include surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and psychiatry. There are well over 100 specialties and sub-specialties in the United States.
  • The specialty that sees the most patients during office visits is family medicine.

National Doctor’s Day, Thursday, March 30

Thank you to our HPC physicians: Emily M. Bush, MD, Cheri El-Halawany, MD, FAAP, Kare Lyche, MD, Ahmed Maher, MD, and Noriko Okahara, DO, MPH, for their hard work and dedication to patients and the clinic. We appreciate all that you do to support and serve our patients!