Last spring, the NYS Dept. of Health, the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai conducted a survey to determine high-priority technical assistance (TA) needs for HCV care at community health centers in New York State. To address the needs identified by the 34 participating health centers, an HCV Technical Assistance Guide was created. To access it, click here.
Diabetes Care Resources According to 2016 UDS data, an estimated 14.3% of health center patients nationwide have diabetes. Of these 2 million plus patients living with diabetes, approximately 32% have uncontrolled diabetes (with HbA1c equal to or above 9%) or have had no test in the prior year. Diabetes is a critical area for targeted quality improvement, and the Health Information Technology, Evaluation and Quality Center (HITEQ) has compiled a curated set of resources for health centers on improving diabetes outcomes, including information on quality improvement approaches, patient-specific activities, population-oriented activities, and more - click here to access them.
Nursing Leadership Sub-Committee CHCANYS is convening a new sub-committee for FQHC nursing leaders and staff in order to provide them with a forum for sharing resources, discussing policy issues, and highlighting best practices from a nursing perspective. The kick-off phone meeting will take place on November 28th at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in participating, please contact Albert Ayson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chloe Winther at email@example.com.
Community Health Worker Demonstration Project CHCANYS invites interested health centers to apply to participate in a new demonstration project from MHP Salud aimed at highlighting the efficacy of Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in addressing chronic disease. Four partners will be selected to implement a CHW program addressing either hypertension or diabetes using an evidence-based curriculum. This project could benefit your health center by strengthening your CHW program, providing access to support and additional T/TA resources from the MHP Salud, as well as a $5,000 stipend that will be provided to each participating clinic in exchange for de-identified patient health outcome data. The RFP will remain open for applicants until November 30, 2017; final selections will be made in early December. MHP Salud will provide training and develop data collection tools beginning in January 2018. Interested applicants should reach out to Cole Unger, CHCANYS QTI Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EIOH Teledentristry Program
The Eastman Institute for Oral Health (EIOH) offers a teledentistry program that can help FQHCs to address the complex oral health care needs of pediatric dental patients. EIOH dentistry specialists consult via video with pediatric patients needing complex treatments that aren’t offered at FQHC sites, such as oral sedation or general anesthesia, and treat them at EIOH facilities, after which the patients will return to their FQHC sites for routine care. Email Dr. Sean McLaren at email@example.com to learn more.
Stool-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening Resource The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has released a newly-revised resource, Clinician’s Reference: Stool-Based Tests For Colorectal Cancer Screening, designed to introduce clinicians to the value of stool-based testing for colorectal cancer. It explains the different types of stool-based tests available and provides guidance on implementing high quality stool-based screening programs in your health center. To access it, click here.
Connected Care: The Chronic Care Management Resource An estimated 117 million adults have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults have two or more chronic health conditions. Through the Connected Care campaign, the CMS Office of Minority Health and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA aim to raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) for patients with multiple chronic conditions and provide health care professionals with resources to implement CCM. For more information about Connected Care, including a provider toolkit and resources to share with patients, click here.
New Information for Action Reports: Skin Cancer Prevention As the weather transitions from summer to fall in New York State, remember that protecting your skin is never out of season. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning increases a person’s risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, which can be deadly. The NYS Department of Health is pleased to announce the release of two new Information for Action (IFA) reports that support the practice of sun safe behavior when outdoors and avoiding indoor tanning, two key strategies outlined in the NYS Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to reduce the risk of skin cancer. To review Age Restrictions for Indoor Tanning, click here. For Gender and Age Differences in Melanoma Incidence in New York State, click here.
Complex Integrated Pediatrics for Primary Care Providers Beginning on October 16, 2017, Weitman ECHO Complex Integrated Pediatrics will connect primary care medical and behavioral health providers nationally with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in complex pediatric care. Enrollment is now open, and the clinic is being offered at no cost to interested providers registering on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Complex Integrated Pediatrics clinic will use twice-monthly videoconferencing sessions to explore a variety of topics designed to improve the quality of care and clinical outcomes for underserved children and adolescents. To register, click here.
Hepatitis C Learning Opportunity The AIDS Institute's Clinical Education Initiative is hosting free, half-day programs in Syracuse, Buffalo and NYC for providers new to hepatitis C (HCV). These programs will focus on HCV epidemiology and the NYS guideline for HCV screening, diagnosis, and treatment selection. Through didactic sessions and case-based discussions, participants will explore treatment selection and discuss challenges associated with HCV care and treatment. CME, CNE, and CPE are available. Click here to register for the Syracuse session on October 12th, hereto register for the Buffalo session on October 26 and here to register for the NYC session on December 8.
New Opportunity for Nurse Leaders CHCANYS is convening a new sub-committee for nurse leaders. A forum for FQHC nursing leaders and staff to share resources, discuss policy issues, and highlight best practices from a nursing perspective, this committee will meet once a month starting in November 2017 (exact date TBD). To kick off, the chairs will be host a meet-and-greet at the CHCANYS Annual Conference in October, exact time and location yet to be determined. If you are interested in participating, please contact Albert Ayson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chloe Winther at email@example.com .
Advisory: NPs and PAs May Prescribe Buprenorphine Did you know that Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA) can prescribe buprenorphine for people with an opioid dependence? Effective on July 22, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 allows NPs and PAs to meet the requirement of the DATA 2000 to obtain their waivers to begin prescribing buprenorphine. You may obtain your waiver by attending trainings in person or by completing them online prior to submitting an online application. Click here for further information about NP/PA Prescribing Regulations, Upcoming Waiver Training Opportunities in NYS and NYC, and how to contact the NYS Dept. of Health for further assistance and answers to follow-up questions.
CHCANYS Pre-Visit Planning Project Opportunity CHCANYS is currently recruiting 1-2 FQHCs to participate in a 5-month team-based care training that will focus on redesigning staff workflow in order to “up-train” mid-level clinical staff to be more involved with patient care to the extent that their licensure allows. Participants will also learn how to use the CPCI’s Patient-Visit Planning report to ensure data quality and implement teamlet huddles to identify and narrow care gaps. The project will commence in the fall. For more information or to confirm your health center’s eligibility to participate, please contact Amy Zarr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Psoriatic Disease Grand Rounds CME Opportunities The National Psoriasis Foundation is offering free Psoriatic Disease grand rounds CME accredited lectures for 2018. With five topics to choose from, each lecture is accredited for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Expert faculty present these lectures, and requests to host grand rounds for 2018 are taken on a first come, first served basis. Topics include Psoriasis 101 (suitable for a primary care audience), Updates in Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis 101, and more. Send hosting requests to Andi Agnew, Medical Education Manager, at email@example.com or 503-546-8387.
New Bilingual Education Resource for Cervical Cancer Screening The CDC has released a new bilingual educational outreach intervention titled ‘Increase Cervical Cancer Screening among Latinas with AMIGAS’. AMIGAS is designed to help promotoras (community health workers) and other lay health educators increase cervical cancer screening among Hispanics who have rarely or never had a Pap test. For more information, click here.
New Asthma Control and Severity Assessment Tool The Asthma & Allergy Network (AAN) and the CHEST Foundation have partnered to launch the Asthma Control & Severity Assessment Tool, designed to help patients understand the difference between controlled, uncontrolled, and severe asthma. Developed in response to an expanding body of data that suggests patients often don’t recognize when they are experiencing poorly-controlled or severe asthma – even when objective measures show otherwise, the tool helps patients to prevent life-threatening situations by managing triggers, recognizing symptoms, working to understand predisposition to severe asthma, and getting appropriate, targeting treatment. AAN and CHEST plan to launch additional tools this fall.
Free Diabetes Peer Educator Training HealthInsight Oregon is pleased to announce two opportunities for free peer educator training for the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP): in Portland on Oct. 23, 24 and 25 and in Roseburg on Nov. 14, 15 and 16. This three-day training will prepare individuals to serve as facilitators for DEEP, a Medicare-approved, evidence-based self-management education program for people with diabetes, developed by the University of Illinois-Chicago. The 6-week curriculum for patients is based on empowerment and adult education principles. To learn more, please join HealthInsight for an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 27, from 7:30-8:00 a.m. To register, click here.
Proposed RFP for HIV Care Coordination Services The NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH), in collaboration with Public Health Solutions (PHS), recently released a Concept Paper for a forthcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Ryan White Part A Funded Services Care Coordination Program. This program, for which there is $21,072,362 allocated for the first contract year, will provide funding to qualified contractors to establish programs that provide care coordination services to individuals who are HIV-infected and meet the medical eligibility criteria for services. There will be 23-26 contracts awarded in NYC and each contract will provide $450,000-$1,600,000 in annual funding. Contracts will last for three years beginning on June 1, 2018. To be considered for funding under this RFP, applicants must have a brick-and-mortar site located in at least one NYC borough. The NYC DOHMH and PHS will hold a Town Hall Meeting on September 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to solicit feedback on the Concept Paper for this planned RFP. The meeting will be located at NYC DOHMH (Gotham Center, 42-09 28th St., Long Island City, NY 11101, 3rd Floor Auditorium) and registration to attend the meeting in person is available here. Interested parties who are unable to attend the meeting in person can register to participate via webinar here. Additional comments should be submitted to CareCoordCP@healthsolutions.org by October 2nd. The RFP is expected to be released in October.
Peer to Peer Education Forums about New Medicaid Offerings The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) and their partners at the Mental Health Empowerment Project and the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of NYS are pleased to announce the launch of a new statewide initiative aimed at educating and encouraging eligible Medicaid members to enroll in Health and Recovery Plans and Health Homes and to make use of newly available Home and Community Based Services. NYAPRS peer educators are now available to come to program and community settings in your area and to engage in an informal and interactive discussion about the new choices enrollees with more extensive behavioral health conditions can make to raise the bar for what they seek in their lives and from their services. Click here for information and contacts to check if you’re eligible to receive these benefits or to schedule a forum in your area.
Transgender Health ECHO The National LGBT Health Education Center, a Program of the Fenway Institute is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 TransECHO cohort. TransECHO creates a network of health centers and faculty expertise to increase clinician access to knowledge and support needed to provide culturally-responsible, comprehensive, primary care for transgender and gender non-conforming patients. Learn more and apply here.
Alliance Against Sexual Assault Clinical Outreach Initiative The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault works to prevent sexual assault and reduce the harm it causes through education, research, and advocacy. Our Clinical Outreach Initiative is to identify clinics and neighborhoods throughout NYC that have limited resources for sexual assault survivors. We are offering partnership in terms of tailored training for staff and connections to local resources for patients. If interested, please contact Colette Williams, Outreach Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alliance at 212-229-0345. For more information on the initiative, click here.
Provider Support for HPV Vaccinations in Well Child Visits American Cancer Society has a 10-week HPV communications package designed to empower providers to make HPV vaccination a priority during back-to-school well child visits. This package includes one week of content to be deployed during National Immunization Awareness Month's Pre-teen and Adolescent Vaccine Week (August 21 – 27, 2017) to help you wrap up vaccine season with a BIG thank you to providers. Click here to register for access to 10 weeks’ worth of materials.
Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Project Funds Available The NYS Dept. of Health has released a request for funding applications for partnerships between community-based organizations (CBO) and academic medical centers to develop and implement pilot programs focused on breast cancer risk reduction education. A total of $540,000 is available to support approximately two awards for up to three years. Applicants must be New York State-based CBOs tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), a grassroots organization where breast cancer survivors hold significant decision-making responsibilities, serve one or more New York communities, and offer a broad range of breast cancer education or support services free of charge. Applications are due January 11, 2018. For further information and to view the complete RFA, click here.
Drug User Health Capacity Building Initiative The NYS DOH AIDS Institute will provide a year-long intensive capacity building initiative for Article 28 facilities to examine and improve patient services to people who use drugs. This initiative aims to facilitate change through the implementation of organization and staff assessments, monthly coaching webinars, and through a learning network model of support and training. All community health centers are eligible to participate. Click here to access the application, due August 15. Questions? Call (518) 474-3045.
Free HBV ECHO Education Opportunity: Reducing Perinatal Transmission The HBV ECHO: Reducing Perinatal Transmission project is a twice monthly teleECHO clinic providing training in HBV prevention, testing, and treatment with special emphasis on reducing the perinatal transmission of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The clinic is offered at no cost to HRSA-funded health centers and is accessible anywhere with internet service. Using simple videoconferencing technology, healthcare teams connect to a community of practice and experts in the field. Continuing education credits are also available. For more information, click here.
Free Sexual and Reproductive Health Workshops The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is offering a variety of free, onsite training workshops on topics related to Sexual and Reproductive Health. Some are CME/CNE/CPE eligible. Topics include Cervical Cancer Screening, Communicating Contraceptive Risk, Female Sexual Health, HIV, HPV, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, and Vulvovaginitis. For more information and training dates, contact Melissa Werner, Director of Education, at (202) 375-3245 or click here.
HRSA Funding Available to Support Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Expansion The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently released instructions to apply for FY 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse (AIMS) supplemental funding. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to allow health centers to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse. The funding will leverage health information technology and training to support the integration of mental health and substance abuse services into primary care. Each eligible health center can request up to $150,000 in AIMS funding. Applications are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbook by 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 26. Health centers are encouraged to use the sample forms and other resources on the AIMS technical assistance website to begin developing their proposals in advance of working in the EHB application module. For more information, click here.
ACL/OWH Oral Health Project The U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) have launched the Help Your Community Smile: Start or Enhance an Oral Health Program for Older Adults, a searchable database of nearly 200 vetted community oral health programs and a corresponding how-to guide with key steps for starting or enhancing an oral health program. ACL and OWH encourage you to visit the website, browse the searchable database, review the Community Guide to Adult Oral Health Program Implementation, and share the accompanying attachments with colleagues, partners, and other networks. Questions? Email Oral.Health@Lewin.com.
NYS Dept. of Health Proposes to Expand List of Practitioners Eligible to Prescribe Opioid Treatment The NYS Dept. of Health wishes to add nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants to the list of practitioners who are eligible to prescribe, administer or dispense buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction. An emergency rule proposalwas published in the State Register on May 24 and is now open for public comment. Comments may be submitted to email@example.com.
Understanding Your TA Needs for Hepatitis C Care The NYS Dept. of Health (NYSDOH) and the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), in collaboration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and CHCANYS, are conducting a survey of community health centers statewide to better understand current infrastructure for providing HCV services, including screening, diagnosis and treatment, and to identify the barriers to providing these services. Together, the NYSDOH, NYCDOHMH and ISMMS will work to address these technical assistance needs so that more New Yorkers will know their hepatitis C status and be cured of their disease. We are asking each community health center in NYS to complete this 15-minute surveyby June 30th (note: only one survey per NYS health center should be submitted, so please coordinate internally as needed). A $100 incentive is available for completing the survey. If your health center would prefer a paper copy of the survey, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Health Center PCMH Recognition Quality Awards Health centers that have received PCMH recognition by July 1, 2017 are eligible to receive the 2017 Health Center PCMH Recognition Quality Award. The award amount for fiscal year 2017 will be determined based upon the availability of federal funding. To receive more information about the PCMH recognition award, click here.
New Survey of Family Planning Services in Community Health Centers All federally-funded health centers have been invited to participate in a survey about family planning services. A link to the survey, which is being conducted by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at the George Washington University, emailed to health center CEOs. The responses, to be provided by CEOs or their designees, will inform the important role that community health centers play in providing family planning services and help to identify opportunities to further strengthen these services. If you have questions about the survey, or if your CEO has not received the invitation and survey link, contact the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at email@example.com. To preview the survey instrument prior to completing it, click here.
Expanded New York State HIV Testing Website The NYS Dept. of Health recently announced the release of its newly designed New York State Expanded HIV Testing website, which has been streamlined to better serve hospital / clinic administrators and clinical providers across the state. Please visit and refer to it for all your routine HIV testing questions and needs.
Updated PCMH Incentive Payment Amounts In accordance with the 2017-18 enacted State budget, New York State Medicaid is changing the reimbursement amounts for providers working at practices that are recognized as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) by the NCQA. Starting in July, providers will only receive incentive payments for PCMH Levels 2 and 3. For details, click here.
Invitation: Expanded HIV Testing Survey The University of Rochester and the NYS Dept. of Health invite you to partake in a research study titled “Usability and evaluation of the NYS Expanded HIV Testing Website,” which they are conducting in an attempt to better understand practicing providers’ current HIV testing practices. Responses will be used to address potential gaps in routine HIV testing. To participate, you will be asked to fill out an online survey which should take no more than 3 minutes to complete. To learn more, click here.
Partners Sought for Project to Improve HCV Cure Rates Sean Haley, assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health, in partnership with the NYS Health Foundation, is looking to partner with providers and HCV positive patients across New York State to identify strategies to improve the treatment cascade using a discrete choice process. Participants will use a tablet to choose between a sequential series of two different treatment support options. Work will be done in conjunction with a research assistant over 1-2 days. All patient participants will be compensated, and results will be shared with all NYS community health centers. Please contact Dr. Haley at Sean.Haley@sph.cuny.edu by April 30 for more information.
Nonprofit Director Recruitment and Education Resources charitySTRONG, a new organization with 1,400 individual and nonprofit organization partners in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Buffalo, wants to partner with you to help build your board. charitySTRONG’s services are free of charge and include a resource library of webinars, fact sheets, links to learn about nonprofit board best practices, and a board recruitment program to help you look for new board members through an online search process. Candidates on the site have backgrounds in financial management, accounting, marketing, law, technology and many other areas. For more information, contact charitySTRONG’s staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website here.
New York State Pain Course: A Mandate for All Prescribers New York has mandated that by July 1, 2017, physicians and other health professionals registered under the Federal Controlled Substances act and in possession of a DEA registration number, and every medical resident who is prescribing under a facility DEA registration number, shall complete three hours of course work or training in eight clinical areas related to pain management, palliative care, and addiction. The NY Chapter of the American College of Physicians has developed a free, 3-hour online CME course and post-test questions that satisfy the requirements of the law. For more information and to access course instructions, click here.
A Focus on Tobacco Cessation as Public Housing Goes Smoke-Free In December 2016, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced a new rule that will require all public housing developments to become smoke-free. Implementation must be completed within eighteen months of February 3, 2017, the effective date. The smoke-free policy will apply to all indoor areas of public housing, as well as all outdoor areas within twenty-five feet from housing and administrative buildings.
Second-hand smoke causes and exacerbates many health conditions in both adults and children, and there is no safe level of exposure. This ruling provides an opportunity to address a major health need of public housing residents. As these smoke-free policies are implemented, NYC Treats Tobacco (NYCTT) can assist your organization with strengthening your tobacco cessation services. Led by the NYU School of Medicine and funded by the NYS Dept. of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control, NYCTT is a free resource supporting health care organizations in the implementation of policies and system improvements designed to ensure that all patients throughout NYC are routinely screened for tobacco use and offered evidence-based treatment for nicotine dependence. NYCTT can assist your organization with tailored technical assistance in mapping tobacco use treatment quality indicators within the electronic health record, improving clinical workflows, and implementing systems to refer smokers to the NY State Smokers’ Quitline or other tobacco cessation programs. For more information, please email email@example.com, call 646-501-2899, and/or click here.
Understanding Your TA Needs for HCV Care The NYS Dept. of Health (NYSDOH) and the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), in collaboration with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and CHCANYS, are conducting a survey of CHCs statewide to better understand current infrastructure to provide HCV services, including screening, diagnosis and treatment, and to identify the barriers to providing these services. Together, the NYSDOH, NYCDOHMH and ISMMS will work to address these technical assistance needs so that more New Yorkers will know their hepatitis C status and be cured of their disease. We are asking each community health center in NYS to complete this 15-minute survey (Note: only one survey per NYS health center should be submitted, so please coordinate internally as needed). A $100 incentive is available for completing the survey. If your health center would prefer a paper copy of the survey, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated HRSA UDS Sealant Measure The National Network for Oral Health Access has developed a frequently-asked-question document and recorded webinar discussing the new UDS sealant measure for children between the ages of six and nine years at risk for dental carries. Developed in consultation with oral health specialists and HRSA staff, the FAQ answers 34 questions asked during NNOHA training and technical assistance sessions and webinars. To access these materials, click here.
Beyond the Pill: LARC Training for Health Centers The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco, is offering a valuable opportunity for CHCANYS members to receive free, comprehensive on-site training for improving patient access to IUD’s and contraceptive implants. The training is unique in that it is an all-day session which incorporates all health center staff and the unique role that each position plays in offering patients comprehensive, evidence-based contraception care. Key features include:
CME-accredited- clinicians can earn up to 7.5 credit hours
All staff approach- clinicians, educators, managers, front desk, billing, outreach, etc.
Customized to the unique needs of your health center
The Family Planning Capacity Building Program: New York City Area Public Health Solutions is recruiting health centers to participate in an 18-month quality improvement collaborative that aims to improve family planning services through site-specific quality improvement initiatives and implementation of key evidence-based practices. Pending funding approval, participation will include funding for 1.0 FTE Family Planning Counselor (16 months’ salary + fringe), coaching from a quality improvement specialist, and training on topics including introduction to family planning for all staff, family planning counseling, training for insertion and removal of IUDs, emergency contraception, and quick start of contraception. The program also includes technical assistance for EHR optimization and coding and billing. . If you are interested, please contact Kathryn Wells or Mercy Mbogori.
Free Immunization Rate Technical Assistance Available from IPRO IPRO, the New York State Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, invites you to participate in an immunization quality improvement project aimed at increasing the rates of adult immunizations, specifically influenza, pneumococcal, and herpes zoster vaccines. Participating practices can expect technical assistance, tools, and resources free of charge, including assistance with EHR use, data validation, clinical decision support, standing orders, patient reminders, and workflow review. X Results of your patients' immunization status will be shared with the IPRO team. Click here for details. To learn more about joining the project, contact Veronica Pryor, Project Manager, Healthcare Quality Improvement program at 516-209-5631 or email@example.com.
CUNY School of Public Health Partnership Opportunity for Survey Development Dr. Sean Haley from the CUNY School of Public Health is recruiting community-based organizations interested in surveying their staff, clients, or patients as part of a survey methods course that will begin on February 2. MPH and DrPH students will create the conceptual framework for the survey instrument, develop/identify questions, assure question validity, design and format the survey, and pilot test the instrument. Interested agencies will be asked to provide a project lead to provide background information, offer access to stakeholders (staff, clients, or patients) to provide feedback on the survey instrument, administer the survey, and collect and analyze data. By the end of the semester, agencies will have a completed tool which they can then administer. If you have questions, contact Dr. Haley at Sean.Haley@sph.cuny.edu. If interested in participation, please complete this form.
Free Training: Improve Patient Access to IUDs and Contraceptive Implants The Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco is offering a valuable opportunity for CHCANYS members to receive free, comprehensive, on-site training for improving patient access to IUDs and contraceptive implants. The training is unique in that it is an all-day session that incorporates all health center staff and the unique role that each position plays in offering patients comprehensive, evidence-based contraception care. Key features include:
CME-accredited: clinicians can earn up to 7.5 credit hours
All-staff approach: clinicians, educators, managers, front desk, billing, outreach, etc.
Customized to the unique needs of your health center
Includes evaluation to measure training quality and impact
Community Health Workforce Initiative Program Community Healthcare Network has launched the Community Health Workforce Initiative (CHWI), an assessment and consultation service that seeks to improve access, quality of care, and productivity of Nurse Practitioners at FQHCs and hospitals throughout New York State by enabling them to practice to the full scope of their abilities. CHWI evaluates organizational data, conducts on-site assessments, and providers written recommendations to assist in the development of NP-specific workforce programs including recruiting, retention, and utilization. The program is free for the one-year grant period. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chnnyc.org.
National Kidney Foundation Education Opportunities The National Kidney Foundation has developed CKDinform, a continuing medical education (CME/CE) activity to provide tools and protocols that help improve chronic kidney disease diagnosis and create a culture of kidney preservation and protection in all healthcare settings. These protocols can be immediately applied to practice, allowing healthcare professionals to improve CKD patient safety and to reduce CKD-related adverse events quickly. This CME/CE activity is presented in three one-hour modules. For more information on the webinars, click here.
Opioid Use Disorder: Free Resources for Primary Care Providers Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT) is working with physicians and community health centers around the country to provide free buprenorphine waiver trainings with CME. Offerings include online trainings, in-person trainings, one-on-one mentoring coaching to physicians, and other no-cost resources to help providers treat this population using evidence-based methods. For more information, click here.
Create Patient Education Media to Promote Cancer Screenings The Create Patient Education Media Like a Pro with MIYO (Make it Your Own) webinar, originally hosted by the NYS Dept. of Health on October 5, is now archived online, Learn how to create and customize culturally-appropriate patient education materials that promote cancer screening and healthy behaviors with the MIYO system. The presentation includes a focus on the “80% by 2018” colorectal cancer screening initiative. Click here to access it. You can direct feedback or questions about MIYO to email@example.com. For any technical questions about the webinar or the recording, send an email to CanServ@health.ny.gov with the subject line ‘MIYO Webinar’. Click here to stream or download.
Funding Available for HIV and Opioid Abuse Prevention in Rural Areas Many rural communities have experienced dramatic increases in prescription drug use that have led to increases in injection drug use, opioid overdose, and incidence of acute HCV, as well as potential for localized HIV and HCV outbreaks. The National Institute on Drug Abuse intends to commit $6.5 million in fiscal year 2017 to fund multi-method research projects that inform community response and promote comprehensive, integrated approaches to prevent HIV and HCV infection along with associated comorbidities, such as HBV infection and STDs, among people who inject drugs (PWID) in rural US communities. Efforts are encouraged to identify innovative service delivery approaches such as telehealth, justice system-based programs, integration with existing clinical infrastructure, or the use of non-traditional service delivery venues. For more information,click here.
Funding Available for School-Based Dental Care The Cuomo administration is offering a $7.5 million grant to implement school-based dental sealant programs for second and third graders attending schools in low-income neighborhoods. This program supports the state's Prevention Agenda; and is intended to help reduce cavities through the use of sealants. For more information, click here.
Funding Opportunity: LIFT Population Health Health Research, Inc. and the NYS Dept. of Health are seeking applications for an initiative entitled Linking Interventions For Total Population Health (LIFT Population Health), which will support prevention activities that align with and leverage other health system redesign efforts in a target community under the State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative. Applicants should be prepared to serve as the lead organization of a coalition working to collaboratively address the specific health issue selected. A total of up to five individual awards (up to three awards in areas with populations between 50,000 and 250,000 residents and up to two awards in areas with more than 250,000 residents) will be funded. Click here for details.
Healthy Insights IPRO has published the first edition of Healthy Insights, a free newsletter featuring important healthcare information and tips for consumers authored by IPRO Senior Vice President for Quality Improvement and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Clare Bradley, a nationally-recognized public health advocate. To order copies or subscribe to the email distribution list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the IPRO website.
NYSHealth Funding Opportunity: Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities The New York State Health Foundation's (NYSHealth) Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP) is open. Many organizations across the state are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth's priority area of building healthy communities. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. Through this RFP, NYSHealth will sponsor community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, state and national conferences related to building healthy communities. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.
Free Training and TA on Public Insurance Programs Covering Family Planning Services To receive free assistance on the Medicaid Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP), the Family Planning Extension Program (FPEP), and the intersection of FPBP and FPEP with other New York State Public Insurance programs that cover family planning services, contact Carmina Bernardo. Trainings are conducted in-person at your sites and scheduled according to your convenience. Multiple sessions are offered to accommodate staff schedules. Eligibility, enrollment, benefits and confidentiality provisions will be reviewed. For a brief overview of FPBP, click here.
NCQA Streamlines Recognition Process The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is re-designing its recognition programs. Instead of the current three-year long recognition, the new program will provide ongoing recognition status with an annual check-in and reporting. NCQA has designed these changes to both streamline the recognition process and better assist with ongoing practice transformation. This new "sustained" recognition process (as well as updated standards) will launch on March 31, 2017. Any practices seeking Recognition using the new model of sustained recognition must do so using 2017 standards. However, NCQA will still accept surveys for 2014 standards through September 30, 2017. For more information, contact your PCMH manager or submit a question through My NCQA, making sure to select “PCS, Recognition Programs, PCMH 2014, Conversion.”
Do Ask, Do Tell! Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Health Centers Sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) are now to be reported on Table 3A, 3B of the annual UDS report, to be submitted by health centers in February 2017. Designed to support health centers in collecting the required SO/GI data elements, Do Ask, Do Tell! Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Health Centers reviews barriers to care that many LGBT people face, describes the inequity in health outcomes for LGBT people, and details both how and why to collect SO/GI data in electronic health records. Originally presented in April by the national LGBT Health Education Center, this archived webinar gives participants the tools to begin implementing SOGI data collection in their own EHRs. To access the presentation, click here.
National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020
The first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, originally released in 2010, has recently been revised to include 10 quantitative indicators for monitoring progress toward achieving HIV goals. The Strategy encompasses tenets of the ACA, PrEP, and research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to name just a few. To access it, click here.
Improving the Quality of Contraceptive Care in Primary Care Settings On March 1, Public Health Solutions (PHS) released Improving the Quality of Contraceptive Care in Primary Care Settings: A Toolkit for Practitioners, the culminating product of a Quality Improvement (QI) Collaborative that PHS piloted with four non-Title X-funded FQHCs in New York City. The toolkit offers materials and guidance for providers undertaking QI initiatives to improve contraceptive care in their practices. To download it and to access additional information on training and technical assistance offered by PHS, please click here.
Pregnant Women and Zika The NYS Dept. of Health has created a flyer educating pregnant women about the dangers of traveling to countries impacted by Zika; click here to access it. Please share it with your patients!
AHRQ and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention CHCANYS is pleased to be a part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) new grant initiative, EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, which seeks to help primary care practices use the latest research in cardiovascular disease prevention. As part of this project, CHCANYS participates in one of seven regional cooperatives, composed of both public and private health partnerships and multidisciplinary teams of experts, operating in 12 states. Through EvidenceNOW, CHCANYS provides resources and support services, including on-site coaching, data validation and project planning, to help community health centers in New York City apply the latest medical evidence to improve heart health.
The EvidenceNOW initiative also includes an independent evaluation to identify the most effective ways of implementing the best medical evidence to advance heart health. By participating in EvidenceNOW, community health center sites will help create a new blueprint for how all of America’s primary care practices can improve patient heart health in their communities. In addition, participating EvidenceNOW providers who are board certified in internal medicine, family medicine, or one of 18 other specialties of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards can receive maintenance of certification credit for engagement in this effort. If you’d like to learn more, click here to watch a short video about the EvidenceNOW mission, goals, and services.
HepCure Toolkit Working in collaboration with the NYS Dept. of Health and community health centers across New York State, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City has developed HepCure, an innovative provider and patient education toolkit that uses web-based and smartphone enabled resources, navigation, consultation and support to enhance the quality of care for persons infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) . HepCure is available free of charge and has three components: a provider dashboard, a patient app, and a weekly tele-education webinar series. These features interact with each other in real-time, allowing for provider-expert tele-education and bidirectional patient-provider communication. The HepCure weekly webinar series, which takes place every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m, features HCV expert presenters and discussions of cases submitted by providers using the HepCure Provider Dashboard. All webinars are archived for later viewing. Please email email@example.com for further information and/or to be added to the weekly email webinar announcement list.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Funding for Primary Care Providers Several initiatives supporting Governor Cuomo’s three-point plan to reduce the number of new HIV infections in New York State to 750 by the year 2020 have recently been announced. The NYS Dept. of Health AIDS Institute has made state funds totaling $15 million over five years available to primary care settings that provide patients at high risk of contracting HIV access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The New York City Council will also commit $6.6 million to promote the use of both PrEP and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). In addition, the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene is seeking STD clinics that provide pertinent services, including PrEP prescriptions. Other recently announced initiatives include a new life insurance product now available to individuals between the ages of 30-60 who are living with HIV, and a $2.5 million pilot project through which Medicaid coverage will be granted to HIV-infected individuals.