350+ Attend CHCANYS 2011 Advocacy Day Over 350 community, migrant and homeless health center advocates traveled through blizzard like conditions and gathered in Albany on Monday, March 7th, to let their state legislators know just how important their work and their health centers are to New York's primary care safety net and to applaud the new Primary Care initiatives contained in the approved recommendations of the Medicaid Redesign Team. Speakers included New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H, James Introne, Deputy Secretary for Health and Director of Health Care. Senate Health Committee Chair Kemp Hannon and , Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried. Click here to read the press release about the event.
News from Policy Federal Update and NACHC 2011 Policy and Issues Forum InformationAs you may know, Congress is out of session during the week of NACHC's P&I Forum and that week is also the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Many of you have asked us if it is still important to go to Washington D.C. and do Hill visits on March 24th. Yes, we think this is still critical - but it is only half of the action that is needed. We also need EVERY member of Congress to be invited to visit a health center while they are home during the week of March 21st . This is especially important given what we expect to be a continuing effort to cut our appropriation as Congress and the White House negeotiate a budget resolution. Click here for the recap.
News from Health Center Support NACHC Offers FTCA Webinar Series The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is offering a two-part webinar series on the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). The first, on March 16th from 2:00-3:30 p.m., will cover the requirements for participation (deeming) in the FTCA program, the rules health center management must understand once deemed to ensure coverage, and the claims process and path a claim follows until it is closed.
The second webinar, March 30th, will follow a real claim from filing to its closure, will discuss the newly published definition of a health center patient and its implications, will review some of the most common factors that lead to non-coverage decisions and how to secure prior approval for FTCA coverage for care to non-health center patients. Registration is $189 for NACHC members, $289 for non-members. There is a single registration fee for both webinars in the series. Click here for details and registration.
Funding Opportunity: Research Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting Research Program Project Grant applications from organizations to become Research Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services with a focus on one of three programmatic areas: (1) patient safety; (2) health equity; or (3) health care system implementation. These Centers will complement the efforts of other Federal investments in prevention and public health by focusing on the role of the formal health care system, and primary care in particular, in improving the health of all Americans, in increasing the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of the health care system, and in improving patient experience, through the implementation of evidence-based clinical preventive services. The goal of this initiative is to support high quality, multidisciplinary programs of innovative research that will move forward the nation’s emerging National Prevention Strategy. AHRQ anticipates making three awards, one in each programmatic focus area. Applications are limited to a budget of $1.5 million total costs per year and a project period no longer than three years. Letters of intent to apply are due April 29, 2011. Applications must be submitted by May 23, 2011. For complete grant guidelines for RFA-HS-11-005, click here.
New Deadline for Abstracts for Rural Conference Due to a computer glitch the initial email requesting assistance with the call for abstracts was delayed and did not reach all of you in the originally anticipated time frame. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused and will be having an initial abstract review for March 10, 2011 and a second abstract review for those that would like to submit but just received the announcement email. The deadline for the second abstract review is March 28, 2011. For more information please access this link.
News from Clinical Quality Initiatives Public Health Webinar Series on Hemoglobinopathies The CDC Division of Blood Disorders is hosting a webinar the 4th Thursday of every month from 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST. The purpose of this webinar series is to offer a hemoglobinopathies learning collaborative platform for providers, consumers, educators, and scientists.
Iron Overload in Children with Sickle Cell Disease Dr. Tom Adamkiewicz Thursday March 24th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Note: Based on overwhelming response to our first webinar, the capacity limitations have been removed for the web and audio portions of this series. The entire webinar series will be recorded and made available for viewing.
To Join The Webinar Copy this address and paste it into your web browser: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/cdc/join Copy and paste the required meeting ID: 84QK2D and click "join". First Time Users: To save time before the meeting, check your system here to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
For Audio Dial 1-877-953-6706 and enter participant code: 9706616 If you are unable to join us on the internet for viewing, you are welcome to call in for audio access only. Participants outside the United States must be able to access 800 numbers to the US.
Hemoglobinopathies Webinar Schedule 2011
3/24:Iron overload in Children with Sickle Cell Disease, Dr. Tom Adamkiewicz, Morehouse College School of Medicine
4/28:New Born Screening Engagement with the Community, Dr. Allyson Streetly, King's College London
5/26:Vitamin Deficiency and Sickle Cell Disease, Dr. Ifeyinwa Osunkwo, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
6/23:Transfusion Issues for Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia Patients, Dr. Rebecca Kruse-Jarres, Tulane University School of Medicine
7/28:Administrative Data Sets, Dr. Scott Grosse, CDC Division of Blood Disorders
8/25:Emerging Pathogens and Blood Safety for Transfused Populations, Sean Trimble MPH, CDC Division of Blood Disorders
9/22:TBA 10/27:TBA 11/24: --- No Webinar This Month --- 12/22:TBA
RWJF New Webinar Series Please join The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and your colleagues in the field for our new webinar series, "Hand in Hand, Together We Can: Working with Communities to Improve America's Health." Webinars will be held every other week on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Weighing In On School Meals: USDA School Meal Regulations March 24 - 2 p.m. Eastern The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the nutrition standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program. Their proposal will raise the standards for meal requirements for the first time in 15 years. USDA also wants to make critical changes to the quality of school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids who eat at school every day. This session will provide a primer on USDA's proposal as well as offer guidance on how to submit comments. It will also highlight how schools have already begun making changes to improve their food environments.
New York City Active Design Guidelines: A Model for Promoting Physical Activity April 7 - 2 p.m. Eastern In January 2010, New York City released innovative Active Design Guidelines, a set of evidence-based and best-practice strategies to guide public and private sector architects, designers, planners, owners, and managers on how to promote physical activity in the design, construction, and operation of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods.
These model guidelines are the result of a unique multi-agency, inter-disciplinary collaboration. This webinar will highlight some of the most promising strategies including urban design, building design, and synergies between active and sustainable design as well as offer concrete steps for promoting active living through the built environment.
Farm Bill 101 April 21 - 2 p.m. Eastern The Farm Bill is a massive piece of federal legislation that authorizes billions of dollars for nutrition and agriculture programs across the country. It governs a wide range of federal farm and food policy and programs including vital domestic food and nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill is reviewed and renewed every five years on average, with the next reauthorization slated for 2012. This webinar will give a brief overview of the current legislation and the political climate surrounding the pending reauthorization. It will also highlight how policies authorized through the Farm Bill are related to childhood obesity, and offer potential strategies for combating this epidemic through changes to our national, state, and local food policy.
Portraits of Success: The Farm Bill in Action May 12 - 2 p.m. Eastern While the Farm Bill is is shaped at the federal level, its policies are implemented at the state and local levels. Initiatives such as EBT access at farmers' markets, assistance for local farmers to produce and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, and programs that help make healthy food available to low-income children year-round are all funded through the Farm Bill. This session will highlight some of the community-based promising strategies that are currently underway to help improve access to affordable, healthy food choices for all.
FREE Exercise and Nutrition Class Body Sculpt of New York, Inc. in Association with the Brooklyn Community Recovery Center is presenting a free 12 week exercise and nutrition class for individuals in treatment or recovery. Please click herealong this information to anyone you know who may be interested in this free service.
For more information contact Body Sculpt of New York at (718) 346-5852.
Upcoming NNOHA Webinar: "Applying EBD in Your Daily Practice: A Five-Step Process" Rick Niederman, DMD, Director at the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, The Forsyth Institute Julie Frantsve-Hawley, RDH, PhD, Director of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Research Institute Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 12:00-1:30pm ET
Click here to register for the free NNOHA webinar: "Applying EBD in Your Daily Practice: A Five-Step Process"
The simulcast phone number will be 1-866-699-3239 access code 799 073 162
Summary: While the term “Evidence-Based Dentistry” is increasingly familiar among the oral health providers, many may not know how to apply the concepts in their clinical practices. A number of resources are available online, and some may appear to contradict one another. How might you utilize available resources and make a clinical decision based on evidence? In this presentation, Dr. Richard Niederman from the Forsyth Institute Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley from the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Research Institute will walk the audience through the 5 steps of the EBD process, using fluoride varnish as an example. For individuals who are not very familiar with EBD, there are links and resources available at here.
Objectives: Through participating in this presentation, one should be able to:
Understand the steps in the EBD process
Become familiar with EBD resources available online
Learn how a clinical recommendation is made through the evaluation of best available evidence
About the Presenters: Dr. Richard Niederman is a Senior Member of the Staff at The Forsyth Institute and Director, Forsyth Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. He graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he also received his periodontal specialty training. He received certificate training in Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University in 1996. He is the founding USA editor of the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry; the founding editor for the Global Centers for Evidence based dentistry, its website and search engine www.EviDentista.org and its search engine www.EviDents.org. He is the co-author of the book Evidence-based Dentistry: Managing Information for Better Practice, and has published more than 100 articles evidence-based articles ranging from molecular biology to practice implementation trials and editorials, and provided training in evidence-based dentistry on 5 continents over the last 10 years.
Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley is the director of the American Dental Association’s Research Institute and the Center for Evidence-based Dentistry. She leads many of the EBD initiatives including: EBD Web site, Evidence-based Clinical Recommendations and the EBD Champions program. Dr. Frantsve-Hawley is a registered dental hygienist, received her PhD from Harvard University, and conducted postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. 1.5 CE credits will be available for this webinar. An archive of this webinar will be available for on-demand viewing on the NNOHA website after the initial broadcast.
Click here to register for the free NNOHA webinar: "Applying EBD in Your Daily Practice: A Five-Step Process"
The simulcast phone number will be 1-866-699-3239 access code 799 073 162
Workforce Development: Take Better Care of Your Recruitment and Training Needs Health centers in New York City have one of the best resources in the country to help them find and develop clinical and support talent, thanks to a key investment made by the City in recent years. NYC Business Solutions Healthcare was established by the City of New York in 2009 to provide businesses and organizations in healthcare with access to high quality, no-cost recruitment and training services. Helping these organizations to hire the right people at the right time, and developing the skills of their existing employees, is an important investment in the City's economy and contributes to the success and strength of the health care industry.
Healthcare organizations can benefit from a vast candidate pool including RNs, CNAs, LPNs, Medical Assistants and other clinical staff. NYC Business Solutions Healthcare draws candidates from all over NYC to help organizations fill positions that require foreign language skills, experience in specialist practice areas, and administrative skills required to do the job. And with access to graduates from LaGuardia Community College, one of the City's most respected healthcare education institutions; they have the most comprehensive pool of healthcare talent in NYC.
NYC Business Solutions Healthcare has several options to help small and large groups enhance their employees' skills through targeted investments in staff training. For example, organizations can enroll staff in Excel training to enhance data and information management. They have also committed to investing over $100,000 in training medical billers to meet the growing demand. New York City has, for many years, been a leading global location for healthcare services, and this investment helps maintain and grow this essential part of the City's economy. Organizations in NYC's healthcare industry should get to know all they have to offer, starting with these no-cost recruitment and training services.
Upcoming Free Cultural Competency Trainings I apologize for any cross posting but please take note of the save the dates for two upcoming - free cultural competency trainings. These trainings are sponsored and presented by The New York State Health Department, Bureaus of Chronic Disease Control, Community Chronic Disease Prevention, and Injury Prevention.
The first training will be offered in Buffalo, NY (Erie County) and the 2nd training will be offered in Watertown, NY (Jefferson County)
Click here for Cultural Competency Save The Date - 5 12 2011 Click here for Cultural Competency Save The Date - 7 12 2011
Please keep on the lookout for an online registration forms for these trainings. We will be offering another training in Brooklyn in the fall and will get that save the date out as soon as a date has been confirmed. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there. -The Cultural Competency Training Team
The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Child March 17, 2011, 2pm Eastern Presented by: Bruce Perry MD, PhD Senior Fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University
After participating in this webinar participants will:
Understand the effect of trauma and neglect from a neurodevelopmental perspective
Identify signs and symptoms of trauma and neglect in young children
Learn new strategies for care, program development and policy as related to developmental trauma
Click Here to Register Now! Click Here for pdf invitation.
About our series: The impact of violence, abuse, neglect, disaster, war, and other harmful experiences continues long after the traumatic event has ended. Exposure to trauma is a pervasive issue that has significantly impacted the health and well-being of millions of Americans and nearly everyone seeking services in the public health and social services systems. Understanding how trauma affects the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social, and physical functioning of the people we care for can improve our services.
All health and social service providers are welcome, including medical care providers, dentists, social workers, teachers, mental health workers, substance use disorder treatment providers, corrections officers, and community program staff, to name a few.
*This webinar will be recorded, archived and available for viewing at the above link after March 18th.
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This LIVE webinar is being sponsored by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health – Region V With generous support from SAMHSA
CEUs The University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Emergency Preparedness Upstate Emergency Preparedness NYSDOH Health Center Communications Drill – The first of two scheduled communication drills took place on February 23 and received a 78% success rate. The second drill is planned for spring with hopes of a higher success rate. If you would like to change the way you were notified please log in the Health Commerce System and update your contact information. CHCANYS EP team is currently working with the NYSDOH to provide fit-testing training to Upstate sites. Look for more information coming soon. CHCANYS EP Emergency Management Plan Technical Assistance Project is in full swing with 12 sites participating. The project is a multi year project and is available for an additional 12 participants next year. For more information on this project or any other Upstate EP program, please contact Mary Lou Caprara at Mlcaprara@chcanys.org.
Management, Finance and Compliance HRSA Releases Two New Program Assistance Letters
Program Assistance Letter 2011-04, Process for Becoming Eligible for Medicare Reimbursement under the FQHC Benefit The purpose of this Program Assistance Letter (PAL) is to highlight the steps that health centers must take in order to initiate and maintain reimbursement by Medicare under the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) benefit. It expands on information provided in the standard program term on Notices of Grant Awards for New Access Points (NAPs) and approved change in scope requests to add a site under the Health Center Program. This PAL also builds on information in Policy Information Notice (PIN) 2008-01: Defining Scope of Project and Policy for Requesting Changes, Section VI.C. Scope of Project and Medicare FQHC Cost-Based Reimbursement. For more information, access the link here.
Program Assistance Letter 2011-03, Free Clinics Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program Data Reporting for 2010 and 2011 This Program Assistance Letter (PAL) explains the data reporting expectations for free clinics sponsoring deemed individuals under the Free Clinics FTCA Program. Specifically, it explains the reporting methods for 2010 data to be collected in early 2011 and informs sponsoring free clinics of the additional 2011 data that will be requested in early 2012. For more information, access the link here.
HRSA Notices Provide CIP Flexibility, Extension of IDS Funding The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) this week issued two notices to Community Health Center grantees: the first providing an option to health centers to request an Extension Without Funds (EWF) of their Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project funding and the second to announce that health centers would receive notice of grant awards continuing Increased Demand for Services funding through May 31, 2011. If you did not receive the notices, contact your project officer.
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