Clinical Initiatives

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

SCPHCA provides services to Community Health Centers to support the PCMH transformation and the recognition process. Training and technical assistance are offered through webinars, presentations at conferences and retreats, on-site consultation, collaborative learning sessions and other venues. Training opportunities are focused on providing tools and resources to support CHCs in transforming and organizing care around patients, working in teams, coordinating and tracking care, and enhancing patient access. For more information contact Katherine Plunkett, [email protected].

Meaningful Use (MU)

SCPHCA provides consultation and technical assistance to CHCs to facilitate the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) systems and to facilitate the use of Health Information Technology (HIT) in a meaningful way per federal guidelines. The goal of meaningful use is for providers to use HIT to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services, to deliver care in an efficient manner, and to work to reduce health disparities.

Behavioral Health Integration

SCPHCA assists health centers and partnering community mental health centers their efforts to integrate primary health care and behavioral health care. This assistance is provided through statewide and local collaborations that are facilitated by the SC Department of Mental Health and SCPHCA.


SCPHCA assists heath centers with building the capacity to conduct research. The Association's strategy for doing this is to identify potential partners and research opportunities and assist heath centers as they enhance organizational infrastructure and staff research skills to support their research efforts.


The Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH) is funded by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). The aim of this program is to offer health professional students/residents training experiences in community health care settings, in medically underserved and health professional shortage areas. In SC, the SCPHCA administers this program and works collaboratively with SC Area Health Education Consortium and the SC Office of Rural Health to provide meaningful multi-disciplinary experiences in the community health care setting. 

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