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Our Purpose

The Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) is a nonprofit primary care organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive healthcare for Nebraska’s medically underserved and uninsured. Members of HCAN are federally-qualified Community Health Centers (CHCs) that provide medical, dental, and mental health services for over 63,000 Nebraskans. Established in 2011, the Health Center Association of Nebraska is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Health Center Association of Nebraska:

  • Provides technical assistance and training to member health centers
  • Networks with organizations at the regional and national level for healthcare excellence and equity
  • Promotes healthcare workforce development, recruitment, and retention
  • Partners with communities to expand services and meet the needs of the medically underserved
  • Educates Nebraskans on the mission, services, and value of community health centers


Health Affairs current issue

Financing Long-Term Services And Supports: Options Reflect Trade-Offs For Older Americans And Federal Spending [Web First]

About half of older Americans will need a high level of assistance with routine activities for a prolonged period of time. This help is commonly referred to as long-term services and supports (LTSS). Under current policies, these individuals will

24 November 2015 | 6:03 pm

Consumption Of Specific Foods And Beverages And Excess Weight Gain Among Children And Adolescents [Obesity & Diet]

Efforts are under way to identify successful strategies to reduce long-term childhood obesity risk, such as ways to improve diet quality. To identify foods and beverages associated with excess weight gain, we used cohort data from the Avon Longitu

2 November 2015 | 8:30 pm

Transitions Into Food Insecurity Associated With Behavioral Problems And Worse Overall Health Among Children [Food Insecurity]

Children living in food-insecure households face myriad challenges to their well-being. The Great Recession of December 2007–June 2009 increased food insecurity to the highest levels ever measured in the United States. Using nationally repre

2 November 2015 | 8:30 pm

A Pilot Food Bank Intervention Featuring Diabetes-Appropriate Food Improved Glycemic Control Among Clients In Three States [Food Insecurity]

Food insecurity—defined as not having adequate quantity and quality of food at all times for all household members to have an active, healthy life—is a risk factor for poor diabetes control, yet few diabetes interventions address this

2 November 2015 | 8:30 pm