Sharac, who holds a Master of Science and a Master of Public Health degree, is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University where she conducts research for the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative on community health centers, women's health, and behavioral health.
Argues that coupling tools such as CMS’s Innovation Accelerator Program with up-front investments from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), state Medicaid agencies and health centers are ideally positioned to work together to improve the scope and quality of family planning services for health center patients at all points along the health care continuum, beginning with preconception care and continuing throughout the childbearing cycle.
Provides an initial assessment of the implications for low-income women of Texas’ “affiliation regulation,” which would bar Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) clinics from participating in the Texas Women’s Health Program (WHP). Argues that the affiliation rule may jeopardize family planning, cancer screening, and preventive health care for approximately 52,000 women currently served by PPFA clinics under the WHP.
Provides a current snapshot of health centers and discusses recent developments that can be expected to have a significant impact on health center growth in the coming years.