Health Center Program Service Expansion SBSS Award
ROCKFORD, IL: July 22, 2022 – theFranaGroup is pleased to announce that three of its clients, A Plus Family Healthcare, located in Brownsville, KY, Crusader Community Health, located in Rockford, IL and LifeSpring Health Systems, located in Jeffersonville, IN, is a recipient of the SBSS Award. Each client has been awarded $200,000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to improve and strengthen access to school-based health services in their communities. This award will support local partnerships between schools and health centers to provide children and youth the comprehensive physical and mental health care they need. HHS awarded nearly $25 million to 125 HRSA-funded health centers that deliver comprehensive, high-quality primary health care services to individuals and families through school-based sites in underserved communities. A Plus, Crusader and LifeSpring will use this funding to increase access to care for students receiving essential health care, mental health services, community and patient outreach, health education, and translation support.
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) now represent the largest primary practice in the United States. In 2021 they served almost 29 million patients including almost 377,000 Veterans. FQHCs provided primary care to one in nine children, one in three people living in poverty and one in five people living in rural areas.
theFranaGroup clients provided over 2.2 million patient visits to 757,867 patients in 2019 or more than one of 423 persons living in the United States. theFranaGroup, founded in 1999, is a national healthcare consulting firm that provides solutions for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), including a wide array of services tailored to Community Health Center operations and strategy, both before and after funding. With a proven track record of success, theFranaGroup offers a variety of services to achieve and maintain FQHC status including grant writing, strategic planning, management consulting and Board and staff development. The firm has helped clients earn more than $1 billion in direct funding and enhanced billing capabilities.