North Texas Area Community Health Center, Inc. (NTACHC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center located in Fort Worth - Tarrant County. NTACHC’s Mission is to provide a community medical home through accessible, compassionate and quality healthcare services. This mission is guided by our Vision of creating a healthy community for all people and grounded on the values of integrity, compassion, quality, respect, and equity. Presently, NTACHC operates three clinics in Tarrant County, the Northside Community Health Center (NCHC), Southeast Community Health Center (SCHC), and Arlington Community Health Center (ACHC). These primary health care clinics are located strategically in service areas comprised of 33 Tarrant County area census tracts which are designated as Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) due to high health disparities in these areas. Via these clinics, NTACHC provides primary care to the uninsured and underinsured that do not have access to healthcare in any other place in the community. NTACHC serves and addresses the health care needs of over 12,000 patients annually. The majority of our patients who are uninsured, earn at or below the 100% Federal Poverty guidelines.
NTACHC provides patient centered services at each of it community health centers that includes family medicine, pediatrics, OB-GYN, family planning, behavioral
health, health education, immunizations and lab work.
As the first and only Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Tarrant County, NTACHC received its first Community Health Center funds from the Bureau of Primary Health Care/HRSA in Dec. 2005. In March 2009 NTACHC received its second major grant from HRSA under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the establishment and operations of the Southeast Community Health Center. In September 2015, NTACHC after receiving New Access Point funding for began serving patients at Arlington Community Health Center.
NTACHC provides primary health care services for nearly 14,000 unduplicated patients at 3 community health centers for those living in the Fort Worth-Arlington area. To serve patients, NTACHC will need to continue to raise funds to assist those most in need of accessible, affordable and compassionate primary health care. Many patients pay a small amount of the actual price of their primary care appointments, as they meet sliding scale and other program requirements for reduced payments. Currently, a patient pays an average of $33 per visit, leaving the remaining cost to be supported by NTACHC operations, grants, or donations. NTACHC can utilize funds to provide for the additional patients we project to see in the remainder of 2016 and into 2017 to assist in sustaining our medical services including pediatrics, youth physical exams, diabetes management, behavioral health services, and vaccines and flu shots, at our three Tarrant County clinic sites.
Also this past year, NTACHC has worked towards its Northside Development Project which will provide NTACHC a new Northside Community Health Center (NCHC) building. NCHC currently operates in a leased 6,000 SQFT facility that is fragmented and challenged in meeting patients’ access to care. A new NCHC will provide area residents with accessible permanent one-stop multi-specialty Center including affordable primary medical care, dental, vision, pharmaceutical, behavioral health, diabetes management, laboratory, outreach and educational services, and wellness facility; support community wide initiatives to decrease disparities and improve quality of life; serve a predominately low income, working poor, uninsured and underinsured population; increase access to unduplicated patients from 13,000 (2015) to 22,500 by year 2022; reduce next available appointment times between 2 and 7 days – important to our community hospitals in collectively reducing emergency department visits and preventable hospitalizations.
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