News from Policy If you have questions about CHCANYS' policy and advocacy work, please contact Beverly Grossman, email@example.com.
National Health Center Week 2012 is Here! We hope that all of you are planning to participate in this year’s National Health Center Week festivities. Health centers across New York State and the nation will be hosting a variety of activities to spread the word about all the ways in which they serve their communities. Members of Congress, State Senators, Members of the Assembly, and local policymakers will visit health centers, participate in awards ceremonies, ribbon cuttings, health fairs and screenings, and celebrate the success of the community health center program. In addition, particular days have been designated to spotlight some of the specialized services offered by community health centers:
Public Housing Health Center Day - Tuesday, August 7th
Health Care for the Homeless Day - Wednesday, August 8th
Farmworker Health Day - Thursday, August 9th
We invite you to join us as we focus the public spotlight on community health centers and help to ensure that everyone who needs a health care home can have one at a health center. For a list of events, please visit the CHCANYS website.
NACHC to Host Conversation with HHS Secretary Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Wakefield To kick off National Health Center Week 2012, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) will host a telephone conversation with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield on Monday, August 6th, at 12:30 p.m. EST. Participants will hear the latest news about the health center program and will also have an opportunity to ask questions directly.
To join the call, dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter PIN: 15035.
News from Health Center Support If you have questions about CHCANYS' health center support activities, please contact Rebecca Gaige, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Today! CHCANYS' 2012 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum – October 24-26, 2012 CHCANYS’ Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum is October 24-26, 2012 at The Saratoga Hilton Hotel and City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. A highlight of this year’s conference is a general session speech by Daniel R. Hawkins, Jr., Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Research at NACHC. Register today! Click here for the best hotel and conference rates.
Strengthening the Board Chair/CEO Partnership: Key to Effective Governance September 8, 2012 Orlando, Florida
This one-day training, offered by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), is designed to assist Board Chair/CEO teams in identifying steps they can take to strengthen their leadership roles, the effectiveness of their boards, and ultimately, their organization’s ability to achieve its mission.
New 340B Registration Deadlines, Webinar Announced The Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs has announced new deadlines for registering new 340B covered entities and adding outpatient facilities and contract pharmacies to the 340B program. In addition, on August 14th from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s (BPHC) Office of Policy and Program Development will host a grantee enrichment webinar in collaboration with the Health Systems Bureau’s (HSB) Office of Pharmacy Affairs entitled, "The 3 Ps of the 340B Drug Program: Participation, Pricing and Program Integrity." For more information and to register, click here.
Another Successful Year for CHCANYS’ Community HealthCorps The 2011-2012 CHCANYS Community HealthCorps (CCHC) program year is coming to a close. On Friday, June 29th, CCHC held their annual career day panel which featured Dr. Kameron Wells, Vice President of Clinical Affairs at CHCANYS; Stefanie Lindeman, Esq., Director of Operations at CHCANYS; Dr. Yvette Walker, Chief Medical Officer at Morris Heights Health Center; Candy Magaña, Quality Improvement Program Manager at CHCANYS; and Natasha Borrero, MPH, Assistant Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health at Urban Health Plan. CCHC also held its first graduation ceremony, during which members were honored and recognized for their hard work and service throughout the year. The Keynote Speaker for this event was Grace Walfall, Director of the Montefiore School Health Program, and the member address was delivered by Alana Lopez.
CCHC would like to recognize its members for their dedication. Inspired by their experiences this year, many of them have decided to seek long-term careers in community health, highlighting the value of the program as a recruitment tool into the community health workforce pipeline. Many members will be going to medical schools, schools of social work, nursing schools, or have been hired on a full-time basis by community health centers or related organizations focused on providing services to underserved communities. Three members - Malaika Borni, Jenny Lopez, and Angela Woody - will be returning for a second year of service in the CCHC program.
Alana Lopez will be pursuing an MSW at Hunter's School of Social Work;
Debbie Ojeda has been hired as a Care Coordinator at Urban Health Plan;
Vera Hendrix will be attending Georgetown University School of Medicine in pursuit of her M.D.;
Adam Golden will be attending Tulane University in pursuit of his M.D. and MPH;
Mia Ragazino has been hired as a Health Educator at Bronx Aid Services;
Christopher Knapp will be attending the University of Minnesota, working towards his M.D.;
Shanelly Singh will be attending a post-baccalaureate program at Hunter College;
Lynchy Lezeau will be attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center in pursuit of an M.D.;
Malaika Borni will return to CCHC for a second year, serving the Callen Lorde Health Outreach to Teens Program as a Health Educator;
Elizabeth Abbs will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health in pursuit of her M.D.;
Jenny Lopez will be returning to CCHC for a second year as a Health Educator for the Montefiore School Health Program;
Daniela Zyskowski will be working as a Nutrition Assistant at Urban Health Plan;
Song Kim will be attending Tulane University in pursuit of an M.D.;
Yesenia Murillo will be working as a Community Health Organizer at the Montefiore School Health Program;
Winifred MacQuaye will be pursuing an MPA in Health Policy and Management at New York University.
CCHC congratulates all members for their year of service and wishes them the best in their future endeavors!
CCHC is also pleased to announce that it has received an official funding notice for 2012-2013, clearing the way for another year of service with a brand new group of young and motivated HealthCorps members.
Sponsor/Exhibit & Associate Member Opportunities Available for CHCANYS' 2012 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum CHCANYS' 2012 Conference & Clinical Forum provides an opportunity to learn and network with 400 health center participants and partners serving 1.4 million patients annually. There will be one large exhibit hall this year, where some meals/breaks are scheduled to take place. Vendors will receive complimentary registrations to participate in sessions based on their level of support. Don’t wait – spaces are limited! Sponsors/exhibitors who become Associate Members will receive a special designation and additional benefits. To learn more about sponsor/exhibit opportunities and the new Associate Membership discount for first-time members, click here.
NYU College of Dentistry Offers Free Health Screenings Free screenings will be available on September 11, 12, and 13, 2012 at the NYU College of Dentistry, located at 345 E. 24th Street (corner of First Avenue) in Manhattan. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointments are needed. Services include:
Free dental screenings;
Free toothbrushes and other personal oral health products;
Vouchers for free oral examinations and polishings;
Vouchers for free dental sealants for children 6 to 16 years of age;
Vouchers for free custom-made mouth guards for children 6 to 16 years of age;
Free oral cancer screenings; and
Free diabetes and blood pressure screenings.
The free screenings are co-sponsored by the NYU College of Dentistry, NYU College of Nursing, ABC7, and Colgate.
News from the Quality Improvement Program If you have questions about CHCANYS’ Quality Improvement Program, please contact Kathy Alexis, email@example.com.
The 2012 National Primary Oral Health Conference September 30 - October 3, 2012 San Diego/La Jolla, CA
Changes to NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) Standards Since the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) was launched (DRP-1997), the measures have been periodically modified based on new evidence and improved performance of clinicians. Under the expert guidance of NCQA's Clinical Programs Committee (CPC), NCQA has released the 2012 DRP. Effective October 1, 2012, the specific changes include: strengthening scoring thresholds, including tobacco use in the DRP smoking measure; retiring the DRP pediatric program; and retiring the DRP patient survey. To review the changes in thresholds, please click here.
For additional information, contact NCQA DRP customer support at 1-888-275-7585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect® Workshop CancerCare’s free Connect® Workshop provides information on cancer-related issues for people living with cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals. The workshops are led by experts in oncology and may be accessed via telephone or online webcast. Professional continuing education credits are available for social workers and dietitians. Upcoming workshop topics include:
Advances in Treating Chemotherapy-Related Nausea and Vomiting Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST
What's New in the Management of Blood Clots for Cancer Patients Friday, October 19, 2012 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Update on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Tuesday, October 23, 2012 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST To register for the workshops, click here or call 1-800-813-4673. After you have registered, you will receive additional information. To listen to previous workshops on the CancerCare web site, click here.
NYPATH Announces Western Region Kick-Off Training Program NYPATH (New York Promoting and Advancing Teen Health) will kick off their western region training program in Corning, New York on September 28, 2012. Presented collaboratively by the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University, the University of Rochester and the Steuben Rural Health Network, the program will focus on key innovations in providing evidence-based adolescent-friendly reproductive health services. The training is designed for medical professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, who provide health care services to adolescents. Click here for additional information.
NYC Hepatitis ABC Newsletter Click here to access the July 2012 issue of the NYC Hepatitis ABC Newsletter.
HIV Training NY Newsletter The New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute has launched the HIV TRAINING NY Newsletter, developed as a means of sharing information about trainings and webinars supported by the Institute on HIV, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis. Click here to access the first edition of the newsletter.
If your health center has a training or technical assistance program that you'd like to share with others around the state, or if you would like to subscribe others at your health center to Your CHCANYS, please email the pertinent information to Rebecca Gaige-Troxell at email@example.com. We welcome your feedback and comments.