The Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) has received special funding from the National Association of Community Health Centers. The center was named a 2017 Helping Build Healthy Communities award winner. CUHCC was the only federally-qualified health center in Minnesota to receive the award.

“We are honored to be recognized by the National Association for Community Health Centers,” said Colleen McDonald Diouf, CUHCC CEO. “Thanks to their generous support, we will continue to expand our innovative, culturally-competent care to underserved communities.”

The award will enhance medication therapy management (MTM) services and help build an online curriculum for staff, students and residents – starting with a section focused on caring for patients during Ramadan.

The MTM program will focus on providing outreach and culturally responsive person-centered services to improve physical health and wellbeing for patients with co-occurring mental health or substance abuse diagnoses, and other comorbidities like diabetes or hypertension.

“These programs will help CUHCC further innovate our care and education practices to improve the health of our patients, train future health care professionals and develop a replicable model of care delivery and training courses to share with other institutions,” McDonald Diouf said.

The funding is effective August 2017 and will span two years.