The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded nearly $55 million in one time funding to support 29 health centers to develop, implement and evaluate innovative, evidencebased strategies that: 

• Optimize the use of virtual care to increase access and improve clinical quality for underserved communities and vulnerable populations; and 

• Can be adapted and scaled across the Health Center Program. The Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS) is committed to cultivating healthy initiatives and serving as champions of healthcare. JTCHS continues this vision by providing access to care in-person and virtually. 

 “JTCHS is the recipient of nearly $2M from the HRSA one of two health centers in the state and one of 29 health centers in the nation, we will continue our commitment to the communities we serve as we have for the past 54 years,” said Annie Neasman, CEO of JTCHS.

 Each year billions of dollars are lost due to uncoordinated health and social services for underserved populations that include those who have mental illness and/or addictions, the homeless, Medicaid high utilizers and others afflicted with adverse social determinants of health. By leveraging HRSA Optimizing Virtual Care funding, the Jessie Trice Community Health System Virtual Care Initiative for urban and special needs communities will implement an enhanced, comprehensive virtual care program with shared and interoperable service integration that includes health information, screening and intervention for social determinants of health, and care management and coordination services to promote better patient health and social outcomes.