Wheeler Recognized for Reducing Disparities in Health Care

Wheeler has received $108,000 in federal awards for quality care, including special recognition as one of only two community health centers in Connecticut that met or exceeded goals for reducing health disparities across different racial and ethnic groups between 2018 and 2019.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $117 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,318 health centers across the United States. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), community health centers like Wheeler use these awards to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the health care they provide.

The awards recognized centers that improved quality of care across a range of categories. Wheeler received awards in five of the eight categories possible, the largest percentage achieved by any Connecticut health center provider. Wheeler operates community health centers in Bristol, Hartford, New Britain, and Waterbury.

Of particular note was the “Health Disparities Reducer” Award.

“Today more than ever, we can see the effect that health care disparities play as one more part of systemic injustice for populations of color,” said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, Wheeler’s president and chief executive officer. “Our commitment to Connecticut’s diverse populations that we serve every day has never been stronger or more in the forefront.”