Compass Recognized on National Level

This past week, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) representatives from around the nation (including a few from our very own Portsmouth, Ohio) have been in Chicago, Illinois for the National Association of Community Health Center’s Community Health Institute learning about what makes FQHC’s tick.

Among the training sessions and vendor booths, was a glimpse of the great work FQHC’s in Ohio were doing to combat Hepatitis C. Presented by the Ohio Association of Community Health Center’s (OACHC) Tiffany White, Ms. White detailed the collaboration between OACHC, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and several of Ohio’s FQHC’s to combat the disease in Appalachia. One such health center’s efforts highlighted was our very own Compass Community Health’s (CCH).

CHI Hep C Poster
Photo courtesy of OACHC (@Ohiochc)

CCH’s clinic is committed to helping those with Hepatitis and chronic illness improve their lives while maintaining the mission of making care affordable and accessible to all and is continually looking for ways to improve delivery and access to the residents of Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

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Ohio Health Centers Use New Screening Tool to Improve Patient Health


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Where a person lives, works and plays can shape their overall health outcomes. And in Ohio, Community Health Centers are working to identify how social determinants may be affecting their patients.

Medical staff at the centers are using a screening tool called “PRAPARE” during routine office visits to detect social, economic and environmental variables in a patient’s life. Erin Trapp, clinical director with Compass Community Health in [Scioto] County, said by using this tool, they discovered one patient had been living in her car.

“It’s a matter of survival for her; following our care plan and getting her medication was not a priority,” Trapp said. “So, we were able to link her with different community resources, and she is one of our success stories now. She actually has a job, she has an apartment.”

PRAPARE stands for the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences. It’s estimated just 20% of health outcomes are attributed to clinical care, while social determinants account for the remaining 80%.

Dr. Ron Yee, chief medical officer with the National Association of Community Health Centers, explained the goal is to connect patients to local resources and interventions that can improve their situation, whatever it may be.

“Whether it’s housing, whether it’s finding a job, whether it’s having no insurance or language barriers,” Yee said; “they are experts at tapping into the community – whether they have it there on-site themselves or they use somebody in the community – of making those linkages to address those issues.”

Trapp said they’ve had so much success with PRAPARE, they adapted the questions to use with kids.

“Do you ride a bus to school or walk, or how do you get to school? Do you have a lot of friends at school? Do you feel safe at school? Tell me about, like, a typical day – what do you have for breakfast?” Trapp explained. “Well, you quickly find out they do have a food insecurity, and maybe they have transportation barriers, so they’re always tardy.”

Yee noted social factors may indicate a person is struggling, but they don’t tell the whole story. “Our patients that we work with are some of the hardest-working people, strongest family ties, very focused on what they do,” Yee said. “And a lot of times, that gets buried in the negativity of social determinants.”

PRAPARE is also used by hospitals, health plans, and others. It was developed by a group of national and state health-center associations, including the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, and the Oregon Primary Care Association.


This article was originally posted on July 1st, 2019. To see the original post visit: Public News Service


Another year, another smack down!

OACHC’s annual Ultimate Health Center Champion competition is underway and Compass is once again duking it out in the Featherweight Division!

Last year we held strong throughout and came close to the bedazzled belt. This year, let’s show the competition what we’re made of and take the Featherweight prize for ALL OF OHIO! 

Reminder, you can vote once every day until August 17th for your favorite health center! Just click on the link beneath the picture to be directed to the voting page.

Now, get your boxing gloves on and help us knock out the competition!


Heart Disease “ABCS”


At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday evening, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

Today’s topic is Heart Disease ABCS, by Paul (PJ) Adkins, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner.

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States.  Together, these diseases cause 1 in 3 deaths.  The good news is that you can reduce your risk by following the ABCS! Following the ABCS is a way to help prevent the risk of heart disease and stroke.


Take aspirin as directed by your health care professional.

Be sure to tell your health care professional if you have a family history of heart disease or stroke, and mention your own medical history.

B=Blood Pressure

Control your blood pressure.

Blood pressure measures the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. If your blood pressure stays high for a long time, you may suffer from high blood pressure (also called hypertension). High blood pressure increases your risk for heart attack or stroke more than any other risk factor. Find out what your blood pressure numbers are, and ask your health care professional what those numbers mean for your health. If you have high blood pressure, work with your health care professional to lower it.


Manage your cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver and found in certain foods. Your body needs cholesterol, but when you have too much, it can build up in your arteries and cause heart disease. There are different types of cholesterol: One type is “good” and can protect you from heart disease, but another type is “bad” and can increase your risk. Talk to your health care professional about cholesterol and how to lower your bad cholesterol if it’s too high.

S=Smoking cessation

Don’t smoke.

Smoking raises your blood pressure, which increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. If you smoke, quit. Talk with your health care professional about ways to help you stick with your decision. It’s never too late to quit smoking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW today.

High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke in the United States. It can also damage your eyes and kidneys. One in three American adults has high blood pressure, and only about half of them have it under control.

High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke in the United States. It can also damage your eyes and kidneys. One in three American adults has high blood pressure, and only about half of them have it under control.

How is blood pressure measured?

Two numbers (for example, 140/90) help determine blood pressure. The first number measures systolic pressure, which is the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart beats. The second number measures diastolic pressure, which is the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart rests between beats.

When and how should I take my blood pressure?

Take your blood pressure regularly, even if you feel fine. Generally, people with high blood pressure have no symptoms. You can take your blood pressure at home, at many pharmacies, and at your doctor’s office.

How can I control my blood pressure?

Work with your health care professional to make a plan for controlling your blood pressure. Be sure to follow these guidelines:

  1. Eat a healthy diet. Choose foods low in trans fat and sodium (salt). Most people in the United States consume more sodium than recommended. Everyone age 2 and up should consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. Adults age 51 and older; African Americans of all ages; and people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should consume even less than that: only 1,500 mg of sodium per day.
  2. Get moving. Staying physically active will help you control your weight and strengthen your heart. Try walking for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
  3. Take your medications. If you have high blood pressure, your health care professional may give you medicine to help control it. It’s important to follow your health care professional’s instructions when taking the medication and to keep taking it even if you feel well. Tell your health care professional if the medicine makes you feel bad. Your health care team can suggest different ways to reduce side effects or recommend another medicine that may have fewer side effects.

For additional information on this topic check out the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact our office 740-355-7102.                  #LiveWellWednesday             #CompassCares

Article information data compiled by the US Department of Health and Human Services.


Compass Community Health receives Award

Compass Community Health (CCH) announces the receipt of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) PRAPARE Health Center Engagement and Innovation Award.

PRAPARE (Protocol for Respond to and Assessing Patients Assets, Risks and Experiences) is a national standardized assessment tool that allows health centers to collect data on the social determinants of health such as neighborhood safety, environmental quality, transportation needs, housing availability, employment, access to food, and a patient’s health risk for chronic conditions.

The Engagement and Innovation Award purpose is to identify, support, and learn from health center’s unique uses of PRAPARE and to disseminate those models and lessons learned to enhance the use of PRAPARE across health centers and more patients.

To read more on this article visit Portsmouth Daily Times by clicking here.