Lastest Heartland News and Events

Chronic condition support workshops beginning in October

Heartland Community Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department are launching “Tools for Better Health” workshops in October. One will take place on Thursday evenings beginning October 8 from 6:00-8:30pm at Holcom Recreation Center (2700 W. 27th St). The other will meet on Wednesday mornings beginning October 14 from 9:30am-noon at the Lawrence Public Library (707 Vermont St). Each class is seven weeks long and is designed for adults with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, or depression. Information covered in the class will help participants find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment options, and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about their health. Those who would like to attend, but need help with transportation, are encouraged to contact Heartland at 785.841.7297 for information on transportation vouchers. To register for the workshop, or for more information, call 785.841.7297,... read more

Meet the September 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Taylor

Taylor enjoys volunteering at Heartland for many reasons. “The Heartland staff has always made me feel very welcomed and valued. I know that what I do at Heartland is an important part of helping the clinic to run smoothly,” she says. “I have loved meeting and working with the Heartland staff and other volunteers. The energy around the clinic is always positive and uplifting. I am so grateful for the opportunity to help serve our community, and be a part of the Heartland team!” If Taylor had the opportunity to share more about Heartland, she “would tell people that the staff and volunteers at Heartland are truly passionate about what they do. The holistic approach to health taken at Heartland really strives to help people to be their best selves – not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. Their commitment to holistic healthcare really sets them apart from other health clinics. “ After graduation Taylor plans on applying to medical school and becoming a physician. She wants to work in pediatric medicine and incorporate preventative and holistic care into her practice. Taylor believes that volunteering at Heartland has allowed her to gain valuable clinical experience and has also validated and enhanced her passion for medicine. Seeing the relationships between the physicians and patients has inspired her to continue pursuing her goals. She looks forward to providing the same high quality care to her patients in the... read more

Heartland to receive Quality Improvement Grant Funding from HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced on Tuesday, August 25 that Heartland Community Health Center will be awarded $133,036 in Affordable Care Act funding. The funds, totaling $63.3 million, were awarded by HRSA to 1,153 health centers across the country for achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care. Heartland, one of fourteen health centers in Kansas to be awarded funds, will receive the largest amount in the state. “Today’s funding rewards those health centers that are achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement,” said HRSA Acting Administrator, Jim Macrae. “The awards will help health centers continue to provide comprehensive primary care to the nation’s most vulnerable communities.” Health centers receiving these funds are being recognized for high levels of performance in various categories. Heartland will receive: $15,000 for reporting clinical measures on the full universe of patients using electronic health records $13,036 for demonstrating improvements in one or more clinical measures $30,000 for increasing the total number of patients it served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2013 and 2014 $75,000 for improving cost efficient care delivery compared to the national average while also increasing quality of care and improving access to comprehensive services between 2013 and 2014 “We are thrilled to be acknowledged for the hard work of our dedicated team, but even more so for the high quality care we provide,” said Heartland CEO, Jon Stewart. “Many of our patients have complicated health conditions so the fact that our staff offers the highest quality care is a real testament to their clinical skills and superb level of patient engagement.” Health... read more

Heartland APRN travels to Tanzania to prep for food aid field trial

Nicole Delimont, one of Heartland’s APRNs, travelled to the Bunda region of Tanzania from May 29-June 8. As part of her doctoral program, Delimont and a group of her peers spent ten days in the area making preparations for a field trial of a new food aid designed for children between 6 months and 4 years old. The food aid  is intended to increase their intake of essential vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A and iron. Nicole and the team she was with travelled to local health clinics in the region and talked with mothers about food, nutrition, and the project they were working on. They also coordinated with local health authorities and made arrangements for the field trial that will be taking place over the next year. “It was amazing to meet such incredible people. Many of them live in very difficult conditions, but they are still so resilient and hopeful,” said Delimont. One of Nicole’s favorite things she saw on the trip was a current initiative in Tanzania focused on expanding the use of secondary schools and colleges, especially for women. “It’s awesome to see such a great directive from such an impoverished region. Commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are being used there for programs to encourage girls to go to school. It was awesome to see tax dollars going toward such great work,” said Delimont. Below are a few pictures from the... read more

Walk with a Doc Saturday, August 15

Join Heartland and Walk with a Doc on Saturday, August 15 at 9am. We will meet on the west side of the Medical Arts Building (346 Maine St.) to start the walk. There will be two routes: one that is half a mile and one that is a mile and a quarter. This free event is open to the public and gives participants the opportunity to meet Heartland’s providers outside of the clinical setting. Heartland will provide light snacks and refreshments. Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program has had tremendous participation and success in many other cities around the country,” said Heartland CEO, Jon Stewart. “I’m very pleased for Heartland to be part of this exciting and simple program that can help make a difference in people’s health.” Walk with a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH and he has been walking every weekend since 2005. The expansion and support of the program is thanks to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Contact Heartland if you have questions or would like more... read more

Heartland’s 4th annual Block Party

Thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us in South Park on Saturday, August 8. We hope you all had as much fun as we did! An extra special thanks to Hembree, all the volunteers, and the organizations that made the event possible. CHECK OUT MORE PICTURES FROM THE... read more

Back to School with Heartland 2015

Back to School with Heartland will be Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14. We will be offering students who are uninsured $20 physicals with free immunizations and backpacks with school supplies. Children who are insured or on Kancare will pay their normal copays for their physicals and vaccinations and will also be eligible to receive a backpack. The backpacks and school supplies are available in a limited quantity and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Physicals and vaccinations must be scheduled ahead of time by calling Heartland at 785.841.7297. Families that are new to Heartland will have to fill out new patient paperwork ahead of time. These forms can be picked up at Heartland or printed off here. Backpacks and school supplies are being provided by 360... read more

Heartland opening in new location on Tuesday, July 7

The date is set: Heartland Community Health Center will officially make the move to the Medical Arts Building (346 Maine St.) over the weekend and will reopen in its new location on Tuesday, July 7. Heartland’s final day of business at the Riverfront Plaza will be Wednesday, July 1. Heartland will remain closed until 8:30am on Tuesday, July 7. The move from the Riverfront Plaza to the Medical Arts Building will increase Heartland’s capacity to serve the community and make it more accessible to its patients. “We are very excited about this move for many reasons,” said Heartland CEO, Jon Stewart. “We are looking forward to being more accessible to our patients, closer to many of our partners, and having the room we need to continue growing.” Heartland is moving all of its programs and services to the Medical Arts Building and will no longer have any operations based out of the Riverfront Plaza. Once all is said and done, Heartland will occupy roughly 10,000 square feet of the Medical Arts Building, up from the 7,000 square feet the organization currently occupies in the Riverfront Plaza. Please contact Heartland with any... read more

Heartland Block Party set for Saturday, Aug. 8 in South Park

Get your free tickets here! Powered by Eventbrite Heartland Community Health Center will hold its fourth annual free Block Party on Saturday, August 8 from 7pm to 9pm in South Park. Hembree will be providing live music for the evening. Additionally, there will be free food, games, giveaways, and other family fun. The Block Party provides free fun for everyone! Get your free tickets below! “The Block Party is an opportunity to celebrate our community and meet more of our neighbors,” said Heartland CEO, Jon Stewart. “We want to contribute to the health and vitality of our city and this event is one of the ways we do that.” It is recommended that those who attend bring a lawn chair. More information about Heartland and other community resources will be available at the event. Thanks to Lawrence Wesleyan Church and Hembree for helping make this event possible.... read more

Yard sale benefitting Heartland set for July 18-19

A yard sale benefitting Heartland Community Health Center will be held on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 from 8am-1pm at 6th and Maine in the Lawrence Medical Plaza. The sale is being led by two of Heartland’s volunteers and is open to anyone. If you are interested in donating items, contact Matt at 785-840-6677 for pick up drop off... read more

Heartland is Moving

It’s official: Heartland Community Health Center is moving! Heartland will open for business in the Medical Arts Building at 346 Maine St. beginning Tuesday, July 7. The move from the Riverfront Plaza to the Medical Arts Building will increase Heartland’s capacity to serve the community and make it more accessible to its patients. “We are very excited about this move for many reasons,” said Heartland CEO, Jon Stewart. “We are looking forward to being more accessible to our patients, closer to many of our partners, and having the room we need to continue growing.” Heartland’s move will happen in phases over the next several months, but the organization is looking forward to moving all of its operations to the Medical Arts Building in July, after some minor renovations are completed. Once all is said and done, Heartland will occupy roughly 10,000 square feet of the Medical Arts Building, up from the 7,000 square feet the organization currently occupies in the Riverfront Plaza. Contact Heartland with questions and keep an eye out for more details and updates. Jon Stewart, Heartland CEO, discussing the floor plan with Heartland staff in what will become Heartland’s new reception area. Stewart and staff in what will become part of Heartland’s clinic space. Stewart and staff in what will be Heartland’s administrative... read more