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May 22, 2014 Edition
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CHCANYS Mourns the Loss of a Visionary Community Leaderclientuploads/2014 Images/rsz_1rsz_1rsz_abate.jpg
CHCANYS is deeply saddened by the passing of Catherine Abate. President and CEO of the Community Healthcare Network (CHN) in New York City and a longtime member of the CHCANYS Board of Directors, Catherine was a passionate advocate of women’s rights, criminal justice, and equitable health care. In addition to her 15-year leadership of CHN, her diverse public service career included two terms in the New York State Senate, representing NYC’s Chelsea and West Greenwich Village. She also served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights under Governor Mario Cuomo and Commissioner of the NYC Departments of Corrections and Probation under Mayor David Dinkins. 

“Catherine was a mentor, a friend, and a true leader,” said Elizabeth Swain, President and CEO of CHCANYS.  “New York State is a better place because of her tireless work to bring health and social justice to its residents. From her efforts to create access to quality health care for all, to her work as a public servant, her legacy will forever stand as one of the finest to have served our community.” read more 

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Important DSRIP Updates from NYSDOH
The New York State Department of Health has announced the following important DSRIP-related updates: 
Design Project Grant Application - The application deadline for the DSRIP Design Project Grant has been extended to Thursday, June 26th at 5:00 p.m. Additionally, there have been significant changes made to Section 10 (Project Advisory Committee) of the application.  A separate Excel file, now available on the DSRIP Project Design Grant website, must be used to submit the information requested in Section 10. read more >>

CHCANYS Submits Comments on DSRIP to NYS Department of Health
The public comment periods for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Special Terms and Conditions, Attachment I and Attachment J are now closed. CHCANYS submitted written comments on these three items to the New York State Department of Health. read more >>

NYSDOH Establishes DSRIP Safety-Net Definition Appeal Process; Deadline is June 4
The New York State Department of Health has established an appeal process for providers who are not included as eligible safety net providers for the DSRIP program and believe that they do in fact meet the safety net definition. read more >> 

Access is the Answer Letter Drive: Deadline Less Than 2 Weeks Away 
Phase Two of the Access is the Answer campaign is underway, and we hope that you are all busy collecting letters of support from your local elected officials and community partners. NACHC has established the last week in May as the deadline for this letter drive, which means that there are less than two weeks left for us to reach our goal. read more >>

Updated DSRIP Info and Resources on the CHCANYS Website
To assist FQHCs in navigating the steady stream of DSRIP-related information and deadlines being released, CHCANYS has created a DSRIP Resources & Support web page. Updated frequently, this page features breaking news, information about upcoming meetings and training sessions, access to data support, and links to a number of helpful resources. Bookmark it and check back often!

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Webinar: Understanding and Assessing the Sexual Health of Transgender Patients
Date:June 10; Time:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Hosted by: The National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute. In this webinar, Dr. Tim Cavanaugh, Medical Director of Fenway Health's Transgender Health Program, will lead a discussion on how clinicians can provide effective sexual health care, including HIV prevention, for transgender and gender nonconforming people. read more >>

Health Centers and the Uninsured: New Fact Sheet Released
NACHC has released a new fact sheet, Health Centers and the Uninsured: Improving Access to Care and Health Outcomes, which that highlights the essential role that health centers play in providing a source of primary and preventive care for the uninsured and underinsured, who continue to rely heavily on FQHCs despite health care reform. Click here to access it.

Webinar: Pathways to LGBT Parenthood: Assisted Reproduction and Adoption
Date:June 12; Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.; Hosted by: The National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute. In this webinar, Kim Bergman, Ph.D. and Ethan Brackett, M.D. will discuss ways in which health care providers can assist same-sex couples and other LGBT patients in their pursuit of becoming parents. read more >>

New York State Asthma Surveillance Summary Report: Updated Version Now Available
To support strategic action for public health and asthma control in New York State, the New York State Department of Health’s Asthma Program, in collaboration with various partners, has produced an updated edition of the New York State Asthma Surveillance Summary Reportread more >>

TB Intensive Workshop
Date: July 15-18; Location: Newark, NJ; Hosted by: Global Tuberculosis Institute. Designed for clinicians who diagnose, treat and manage persons with latent TB infection and TB disease, this workshopwill providecomprehensive information on the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, including special situations that impact its management. read more >> 

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Register Today!  CHCANYS Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum 
Transformation Through Innovation & Collaboration is the theme for CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum, scheduled for October 19-21at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains. This year’s event will feature thought-provoking General Sessions and workshops focusing on finance, policy/regulatory issues, innovative clinical practices and approaches, operations and governance, HIT, primary care workforce development, and more. read more >>  

Sponsor/Vendor Opportunities Available for CHCANYS’ 2014 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum
CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference and Clinical Forum is the venue for networking with health center decision-makers and learning about their product and service needs. Don’t wait - tables are limited. read more >>

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Empire Justice Center and CHCANYS Release Marketplace Enrollment Toolkit for FQHCs 
CHCANYS is pleased to announce the availability of The Nuts and Bolts of New York’s Healthcare Marketplace: A Tool Kit for Caregivers and Advocates. Developed by Empire Justice Center in collaboration with CHCANYS and support from the Altman Foundation, this document is an invaluable resource for FQHC staff working to educate patients about the insurance options available to them via the Marketplace. read more >> 

Materials from May 14th Training Session Now Available Online
Many thanks to the FQHC s who attended CHCANYS’ full-day training session in NYC on May 14th. More than 50 people joined us for informative presentations by Enroll America, Empire Justice Center and Sogence Training and Consulting and participated in a valuable debriefing session that will help pave the way for an even more successful enrollment period beginning in November. The presentations from the training session are now available on CHCANYS' Outreach and Enrollment Resources web page. We encourage you to check this page often for updated resources and information regarding future training opportunities. 

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Webinar: Going for the Gold? New Funds for Expansion 
Date: Tuesday, May 27; Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Registration Deadline: May 25. This webinar, hosted by NACHC, will provide health centers with the tools and knowledge they need to compete for expansion and construction funding. read more >>

Webinar: Time and Effort Reporting 
Date: Tuesday, June 3; Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.; Registration Deadline: June 1. This NACHC-sponsored webinar will review the burdens and risks of time and effort reporting for health centers. Developing appropriate and comprehensive personnel activity reporting systems is critical to grants management and compliance and remains a hot button issue for the HHS Office of Inspector General. read more >>

Starting with Success: Building and Enhancing Your Health Center
Date: June 10-12; Location:The Inn at Opryland, Nashville, TN; Sponsored by: NACHC. Attend this two-and-a-half day, intensive workshop to learn more about the concepts involved in building a health center and how to apply them, including ready-to-implement how-to’s and tips for developing and maintaining a successful program. read more >>

Are You Maximizing Savings on Your Purchases?
CHCANYS is assisting the CommonWealth Purchasing Group, the leading group purchasing organization for community health centers and other community-based, not-for-profit organizations, in promoting its services to New York’s FQHCs. To learn how your health center can save money on medical and dental supplies, office equipment, waste disposal services, and more, click here.

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CHCANYS Emergency Management Survey: Your Participation Requested
CHCANYS' Emergency Management Program, in coordination with the New York State Department of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration, requests your participation in the CHCANYS Emergency Management Survey. This survey is intended to highlight strengths and identify gaps in health center emergency planning. Your responses will allow us to identify your health center's valuable assets, as well as areas in which CHCANYS can provide assistance to help your center become a stronger, active first responder and community partner. read more >>

Biosurveillance Update
Click here for a detailed update on the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

PCEPN* Offers Free Training
The PCEPN free training program for the 2013-14 fiscal year is coming to a close. The final session will be a webinar on June 4th, 2014 which will provide information on emergency resource requests and communication with PCEPN during disasters. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the training program. read more >>

National Incident Command System Training
HRSA and other federal agencies require that all its partner entities be prepared for an emergency.  Part of this preparedness is a familiarization at all levels of management and staff with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). read more >>   

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program: Application Cycle Now Open
The 2014 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The submission deadline is Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Please review the Application and Program Guidance for all requirements and program details. The Faculty Loan Repayment Program supports health professions educators who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and serve a vital role in preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals. The Faculty Loan Repayment Program will provide a lump sum, up to a maximum of $ 40,000, for a two-year service commitment at an eligible accredited public or non-profit private health professions school.  read more >>

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