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Your CHCANYS: 06/02/16

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DOH to Launch VBP Regional Bootcamp Learning Series 
Beginning in June 2016, the NYS Dept. of Health (DOH) will launch a Value-Based Payment (VBP) Regional Bootcamp Learning Series in an effort to ensure a successful transition to VBP implementation. Geared toward all parties planning to implement Medicaid payment reform but designed specifically for those with little to no experience in executing value-based contracts, the bootcamp series is open to the public free of charge and will take the form of three all-day sessions in each region. Scheduling information, training agendas and additional details are available on DOH’s new VBP Bootcamps web page

Medicaid Matters Survey: Engagement of Community-Based Organizations in DSRIP  
Medicaid Matters New York (MMNY), the statewide coalition that advocates on the interests of Medicaid beneficiaries, is conducting a survey to assess the degree to which Community-Based Organizations (CBO) are engaged in DSRIP. Community-based entities of any type, in any part of New York State, are encouraged to complete the survey. The results will be used to help MMNY assess what the needs are around the state for advancing community interests in local DSRIP regions. It will also allow MMNY to conduct state-level advocacy to ensure that the DSRIP process engages CBOs in ways that recognize their strengths and address barriers to their participation. To access the survey, click here.

Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant
The NYS Dept. of Health (DOH), Office of Health Insurance Programs recently announced the availability of funds to support strategic planning activities to facilitate the engagement of Community Based Organizations (CBO) in DSRIP activities. It is DOH’s intent to distribute a maximum award of $2,500,000 to one CBO Consortium from each of the three following regions: New York City, Long Island and Mid-Hudson, and Rest of State. To be eligible for this opportunity, an applicant must be a non-Medicaid billing health organization authorized to apply on behalf of a consortium of public or private not-for-profit (501(c)3) CBOs, located in and conducting business in high need areas of New  York State. For more information, including more detailed eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here and search for “Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant.”

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Planning for Growth: Health Center Board and Staff Training 
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time:  2:00 - 3:00  p.m. 
Presenter: Jonathan Chapman, Director of Community Health Center Advisory Services, Capital Link 

This webinar will provide training for health center boards and staff preparing for growth, including strategic planning, developing capitalization, and debt as a resource to enable facility and service expansion.  As expectations for healthcare providers continue to increase, health centers are responsible to provide a broader array of services with diverse partners. To better prepare for these expansions and initiatives, Capital Link will furnish participants with an overview of the multitude of aspects affecting the planning for growth. For more information and to register, click here.

2nd Annual New York State STD Conference, Finger Lake Region
: June 24, 2016 

Location: The Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Road, Skaneateles 
Hosted by: The NYS STD Center of Excellence, University of Rochester, Clinical Education Initiative of the New York State Department of Health. For more information and to register, click here

CHCANYS Offers New Access Point Supports 
On April 19, 2016, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that approximately $50 million will be made available in FY 2017 for 75 awards to new and existing health centers nationwide for operational support of new primary care service delivery sites. Applications are due in by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 17 and in HRSA’s Electronic Handbook (EHB) by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 15. Applicants must meet both deadlines. To access the application and supplemental materials from HRSA, click here.  To view the supports available through CHCANYS, click here

Are You Saving as Much as Possible on Your Purchases?CHCANYS partners with the CommonWealth Purchasing Group (CPG) as a value-added service to FQHCs in New York State. With a portfolio of over 60 nationally recognized vendors and dedication to a high level of service, CPG can help you save money on day-to-day purchases as well as larger, one-time expenses related to expansion projects. Services range from essentials like language lines to improve communication with patients, to graphic design, 340B, HR assistance, and more.  For additional details, click here. 

Water Fluoridation Equipment: Round 2 Grants Now Available
The NYS Dept. of Health has released a second round of funding opportunities to support counties, cities, towns, or villages (municipalities) that own their public water systems for costs related to the construction, installation, repair, replacement, or upgrade of fluoride equipment in drinking water facilities. Both opportunities are now posted on the NYS Grants Gateway. The first opportunity supports municipalities with funding up to $50,000 for the planning and implementation of community water fluoridation.  

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Save the Date: Western NY HEPC All-Partners Meeting 
Date: June 15, 2016 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Erie County Fire Training Facility, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga, NY 
CHCANYS and the NYS Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition (HEPC) invite FQHC staff in Western New York to attend the upcoming Western NY HEPC All-Partners Meeting in Cheektowaga, NY. Alex Lipovtsev, CHCANYS’ Emergency Management Program Manager, will be presenting an overview of FQHCs and CHCANYS’ Emergency Management program during the meeting. To view the full agenda, click here. The meeting will also be broadcast live via webinar for those unable to attend in person. For login information, click here.

CDC-Sponsored Infection Control Assessments Available for NYC Health Centers
The Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) program is a national quality initiative developed and funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that supports state and local health departments in building infection prevention and control capacity in their jurisdictions. Through the program, the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will be working with healthcare facilities to complete a CDC-developed Guided Self-Assessment tool designed to identify strengths and potential gaps in their Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programs. 

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HRSA Funding Opportunity: Improving Access to Care Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care 

The goal of this three-year cooperative agreement is to increase the utilization of community health workers (CHW) to improve access to and retention in health care; and to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLWH) by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthier communities, and achieving health equity among racial and ethnic minority populations.  The project will focus on assisting HIV medical care provider sites, particularly those funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), with the support needed to integrate CHWs into an HIV multidisciplinary team model through training, direct technical assistance, and collaborative learning sessions. Applications are due by July 12. For more information,  click here.

Monthly Conference Calls for NHSC Ambassadors 
: June 15, 2016 

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Ambassadors are dedicated volunteers who help educate and inform prospective NHSC members.  They give their time and talents to spread the word about the opportunities available through the NHSC and serve as a local resource for current NHSC members.  If you are a new Ambassador or interested in becoming an Ambassador, you are invited to participate in monthly calls. E-mail for more details, including dial-in information for the June 15th call. 

Bureau of Health Workforce Releases Program Highlights 
The Bureau of Health Workforce recently released eleven Program Highlights that provide a snapshot of the accomplishments of Bureau programs for recent academic years. The highlights support the mission of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, which is to inform public and private sector workforce-related decision making through expanded and improved health workforce data, projections, and information.  To view the highlights, click here.

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Date: June 9, 2016 

Time: 12:00 -1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Laura Bartlett, Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine 

This presentation will include an overview of HealthReach, a website featuring quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. HealthReach resources include health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos); provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters); and special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women's Health, and Mental Health. To register for this presentation, click here

Clinical eCompanion
: June 14, 2016

Time: 12:00 -1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Kate Flewelling, Health Professions Coordinator, National Library of Medicine 

This presentation will include an overview of Clinical eCompanion, a point of care for primary care clinicians, especially those without access to subscription databases. The website searches multiple, free resources at once. Any provider can find patient handouts in multiple languages, clinical practice guidelines, drug interactions, ICD 10 codes, and other essential point of care information without relying on Google or other time consuming search techniques. To register, click here

Genetics Home Reference
Date: August 4, 2016 
Time: 12:00 -1:00 p.m. 
Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH, National Library of Medicine 

Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. A recent redesign of the website introduced a completely new look and feel, improved navigation, and hundreds of educational images. This presentation will cover the development and use of this NLM resource, with a focus on the recent changes. To register, click here.

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Registration Open for CHCANYS16 in Tarrytown 
The theme of CHCANYS’ 2016 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum, to take place on October 30 – November 1 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, is Building Healthy Communities: Access, Value and Transformation.  Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, MD, founder and Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, will deliver this year’s keynote address. Secure your hotel room and register today to participate in thought-provoking policy, workforce, clinical/QI, and finance workshops, network with peers, and meet with vendors to learn how their products and services can fulfill your business needs. Click here to get started. 

CHCANYS/Latman Family Day at the Races: September 24, 2016
This year’s CHCANYS/Latman Family Day at the Races will take place on Saturday, September 24 at the beautiful Belmont Park Racetrack.  Scott Fein of BioReference Laboratories and Lynn Sherman of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center are this year’s honorees. This fun-filled family event will feature a BBQ lunch, activities and entertainment for children of all ages, raffles, a silent auction, and more! Proceeds will benefit CHCANYS and its mission to ensure high quality health care to anyone in need, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Please save the date – more information coming soon!

CHCANYS16 Awards: Nominate a Colleague! 
Each year as part of its Annual Conference & Clinical Forum, CHCANYS honors its trailblazers as well as those who are working today to ensure access to high quality health care for all. Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Awards Celebration, during which we will celebrate those whose work and dedication represent the ideals of the Health Center Movement. The deadline for submissions is July 15. The awards will be presented during a luncheon on Monday, October 31 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown; honorees should be present. For more information, including award names and criteria, a list of past honorees and a nomination form, click here.

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