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AACHC Highlight:
2020 Open Enrollment

How Many Uninsured Arizonans are Eligible for No-cost or Low-cost Health Coverage
 
The US Census project that in 2019 Arizona had 809,000 uninsured residents and the rate is trending upward. Based on reports from the Kaiser Family Foundation approximately 57% of uninsured Arizonans earn less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, $31,900 for a single adult. However, low-income families and individuals have the greatest access to no-cost or low-cost coverage. For example, a 40 year-old person earning too much for AHCCCS and earning no more than $31,900 can qualify for generous financial assistance through HealthCare.gov. They can receive tax credits that lower their monthly premium and cost sharing reductions that reduce their deductible and out of pocket expenses.
 
Most low-income people can get free coverage from AHCCCS or get financial help to buy low-cost coverage. In fact, 9 out of 10 shoppers get financial help to make coverage affordable. As many as 8 out of 10 HealthCare.gov shoppers can get coverage for less than $100 a month.
 
Unfortunately, 2020 is a year of confusion and misinformation. Between COVID, a Supreme Court case to overthrow the Affordable Care Act and political statements declaring Obamacare dead, Arizona consumers may not understand that Open Enrollment #8 is here and ends December 15. Unfortunately, most uninsured Arizonans believe they can’t afford coverage. You can help by letting you friends and neighbors know that low and modest income families can get affordable health coverage. Encourage people to contact your Community Health Center, visit www.Coveraz.org, or to call 800.377.3536 to learn more.
 
No one knows what they will pay, if they don’t take the time to look at their options.

For more information about Open Enrollment in Arizona, please contact:
Allen Gjersvig
Director, Outreach and Enrollment Services
AllenG@aachc.org | (602) 288-7554
 
AACHC Highlight
Workforce

HRSA Health Professions Education and Training Initiative: Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT) Survey
The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC), with the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureaus of Primary Health Care and Health Workforce and other Primary Care Associations, is working to increase provider recruitment and retention. One way to do this is by encouraging and facilitating HRSA’s health professional education and training (HP-ET) initiative in our community health centers. We know that health professionals who receive training at a community health center are much more likely to work in one.
 
HRSA’s Health Professions Education and Training (HP-ET) Initiative
The initiative will enhance health centers’ capabilities to recruit, develop, and retain their workforce by exposing health and allied health professions students, trainees, and residents to education and training programs conducted at health centers. The Readiness to Train Assessment Tool (RTAT) Survey is the first step toward an HP-ET program that will help address workforce needs for each of our Health Centers.


For more information, please contact:
Lourdes Montéz
Manager, Workforce Development
LourdesM@aachc.org

Key Health Center Guidance
Hypertension Supplemental Funding Opportunity:
HRSA has extended the deadline for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Hypertension Control Initiative Supplemental Funding for Health Centers (NHCI-HC). Submissions are now due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 4.
See the NHCI-HC technical assistance (TA) webpage for submission guidance, example forms, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and other TA resources, including slides from last week’s webinar.
Covered Clips: Click here to read the latest edition of "Covered Clips" with information about Open Enrollment and opportunities for Arizonans to enroll in a health insurance plan. 
Risk Management Manual for Health Centers Now Available: The Risk Management Manual for Health Centers is now available on the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website. Designed to support a proactive approach to risk management at health centers and free clinics, the Manual provides background, and tips in a manageable format. View an archived webinar that provides a guided tour of the Manual and key features. For access to the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website or any other questions, email clinical_rm_program@ecri.org.
NEW Uniform Data System COVID-19 Reporting Guidance: Developed to provide additional information about Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting that may be impacted by COVID-19, this new guidance includes information about reporting visits and patients, staffing, clinical quality, and revenue. For additional information on other COVID-19-related reporting considerations, such as temporary sites, health center staffing (e.g., volunteers), and funding and revenue, see our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Upcoming AACHC Events
Visit the AACHC Events page to view a full calendar of
upcoming events and trainings or to register. 

19th Annual Invaluable Medical and Dental Assistant & Community Health Worker Webinar Series


December 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15
Virtual

Invaluable Medical and Dental Assistant and Community Health Worker Day is an annual program hosted by Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) that provides workforce training for and celebrates the work of Medical and Dental Assistants and Community Health Workers (MA/DA/CHWs) serving in community health centers throughout Arizona. Community Health Centers provide primary medical and dental care in medically underserved areas of both urban and rural Arizona.  Medical and Dental Assistants and Community Health Workers provide the first line of care to health center patients and make up a fast-growing professional workforce.

Click here for full details and to register.

How to Find Uninsured Arizonans - a Focus on Effective Communication with Latinx Populations


December 1
Virtual

The goal of this training is to inform CHWs, Health Application Assisters and other interested human services workers of outreach and messaging strategies to reach unemployed or furloughed Arizonans who may have recently lost health insurance coverage.

Because Arizona’s Latinx population has disproportionally impacted by COVID, loss of income, and coverage, the webinar will include an emphasis on outreach and effective communication with people of Latinx background.

Click here to register.

Innovating with Telepsychiatry to Improve Mental Health Care in Health Centers Webinar


December 2
Virtual

With both the vast unmet need for mental health services and a shortage of psychiatrists in rural underserved areas, telepsychiatry has gained increasing interest among health centers. This webinar will present research results comparing two different approaches to providing telepyschiatry to rural health center patients with complex psychiatric disorders. Presenters will discuss clinical outcomes for both groups of patients and implementation related issues such as credentialing and privileging telepsychiatrists/telepsychologists, EHR access for telepsychiatrists/telepsychologists, expanding scope of practice, billing, no-shows, contracting, and indemnity. There also will be time for Q&A at the end.

Click here to register.

Region 9 World AIDS Day PrEP Town Hall


December 4
Virtual

In honor of World AIDS Day, please join the region 9 PACE program and the California Office of AIDS on Friday, December 4th  from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PT to learn about:

  • HHS updates to the national Ready, Set, PrEP Program
  • “I’m Ready”, “Estoy Listo” PrEP campaign
  • Partner messaging toolkit resources available to increase awareness across all communities.
  • The California PrEP Assistant Program
Registration is not required. Please join us by clicking the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/458991437
Call-in number: (872) 240-3412  Access Code: 458-991-437

Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Communities


December 8
Virtual

The Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center and Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center are hosting an online event with providers to train them about treating opioid use disorder (OUD).

Topics covered include the following:

  • A history of OUD treatment
  • Addiction as a disease
  • Harm reduction and stigma
  • Overdose education and Naloxone distribution (OEND)
  • Medications for OUD (MOUD)
Click here for more information and to register.

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, the Essential Role of Health Care Providers


December 9
Virtual

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for American (EHE) is a bold whole-of-society plan that aims to end the HIV epidemic in the United States (U.S.) by 2030. Ending the HIV Epidemic is the operational plan developed by agencies across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to purse that goal with the aims to reduce new HIV infections by 75% by 2025 and 90% by 2030. The plan leverages critical scientific advance in HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and outbreak response by coordinating the highly successful programs, resources, and infrastructure of many HHS agencies and offices. Click here for full details and to register. 

Tribal Opioid and Substance Use Webinar Series


December 16, 2020
January 20, 2021
Virtual

Discover Tribal Approaches to Addressing Substance Use in Your Community

The webinar series will:

  • Provide tribal models of substance misuse and abuse prevention.
  • Identify strategies to build capacity for data collection and integration.
  • Provide federal and local efforts in Medically Assisted Treatment Program.
  • Enhance knowledge in prevention and recovery in response to substance misuse. 

Click here for more details and to register. 

Member News
Terros Health will receive an "Exceptional Innovator" at the 33rd Annual IMPACT Awards from the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce on December 3 
Three Mountain Park Health Center sites served as polling places during the November 2 elections
Photo courtesy of Mountain Park Health Center.
Adelante Healthcare provides farmworkers in the community with free COVID-19 testing
Photo courtesy of Adelante Healthcare.
Sunset Health hosts a drive-thru flu vaccine event 
Photo courtesy of Sunset Health.
Staff at Mariposa Community Health Center wears pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
Photo courtesy of Mariposa Community Health Center.
Educational Opportunities
& Networking Events

Integrating Eye Health and Vision Care for Underserved Populations into Primary Care Settings


December 1
Virtual Event
Vision and eye health play a critical role in overall health and quality of life, but many people still face barriers to accessing eye health and vision care. Federally qualified health centers are uniquely positioned to improve access to such care in underserved communities. Join this free webinar with experts from the American Optometric Association and Shasta Community Health Center to learn about the eye health and vision care needs of the underserved, challenges to care delivery, and best practices for integrating eye health and vision care into comprehensive care models. Attendees will also learn about a new resource, technical assistance, and funding opportunities to help establish new eye health and vision care programs.

340B Program Compliance


December 7 - 9
Virtual Event
Worried about an upcoming audit or ongoing program compliance?
 
Designed for staff who are responsible for or closely involved in the operation of a covered entity's pharmacy program, this virtual workshop will help you build confidence and feel better prepared to respond to any compliance concerns. 
 
Join FTLF attorneys Michael Glomb and Jason Reddish this December to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted your operations and hear other updates related to the 340B Drug Discount Program. See the highlights below or click here to view the full agendaClick here for more information or to register.

Rural America: The Current State of Health Care Access


December 9
Virtual Event
 
NACHC and Capital Link are pleased to host Alan Morgan, the CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), as keynote faculty for this national learning event. Increase your understanding of the current reality of health care in rural America and consider provocative and innovative ideas on how health centers are an invaluable solution. The one-hour webinar will highlight challenges, successful partnership approaches and a post-election operational impact analysis. Health centers serve as critical components to the healthcare delivery and economic infrastructure of rural America. Join us for a thoughtful, rural-centric education session sure to inform many stakeholders committed to improving health outcomes in rural America. Click here to register.

COVID-19 Learning Series


December 16
Virtual Event
Is your health center prepared for a second surge in COVID-19 cases anticipated to hit this fall and winter? Join NACHC Wednesday, October 28th from 10:00am - 11:00am PST for the first of three COVID-19 Strategy and Response webinars designed to help health centers continuously improve as they respond, recover, and reimagine care in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Each one will dive into different challenges and explore opportunities around business contingency planning and data fundamentals while sharing lessons learned, models, and workflows from health centers who mobilized early during the first phase of COVID-19. Sessions are Wednesdays, October 28, November 18, and December 16 from 10:00am - 11:00am PST. Click here to register for all three sessions. 

Social Determinants of Health Learning Collaborative


January 19, February 2, February 16, March 2, 2021
Virtual Event
This is a multi-disciplinary Learning Collaborative (LC) designed for staff of community and migrant health centers hosted by: Farmworker Justice, Health Outreach Partners, Migrant Clinicians Network, MHP Salud and National Center for Farmworker Health. The purpose of this LC is to increase the number of health centers that screen for social determinants of health (SDOH) factors affecting migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. Health center staff recommended to participate in this LC include clinical supervisors and coordinators, medical assistants, patient navigators, community health workers, and front office workers.

Click here to learn more and to register. 

2021 Virtual Forum for Migrant and Community Health


March 22-26, 2021
Virtual Event
For the first time ever, the three Regional Stream Forums hosted by the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) are joining together to host a Virtual National Stream Forum. This virtual event will take the place of the 2020-2021 in-person Stream Forum events. 

Stay tuned for more updates and information regarding the
Call for Proposals/Abstracts submissions.
General Information
Community Health Workers Have Career Choices: Presenting the Community Health Worker Career Web: As the Community Health Worker profession grows, it is helpful to know what other fields CHWs might come from or move to over the course of their careers. This information can help organizations have a better understanding of where and how to recruit qualified CHWs and how to encourage career growth for those that have already established themselves in the profession. With the help of our own CHWs, we created this Career Web infographic and report to help visualize the unique career paths CHWs can take. Like a web, the many paths that can lead to CHW work or onto other options can go in many directions to serve ourselves and our communities. Visit our website to download the Career Web Infographic and its companion piece the Career Web Model Report today!

Join HRSA’s Virtual World AIDS Day 2020 Commemoration Event on December 1: Mark your calendar for “HRSA’s World AIDS Day 2020 Virtual Commemorative Event” on December 1 from 11:00 a.m. - Noon ET. World AIDS Day provides HRSA the opportunity to bring attention to the HIV epidemic; encourage HIV testing, care, treatment and prevention; show support to those living with HIV and remember those who have died from HIV/AIDS.

The 2020 theme is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.”  The event will highlight HRSA’s role in the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, recognize the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s (RWHAP) 30th anniversary, and celebrate personal stories from people with HIV showing resilience and the impact of the program on their lives. This virtual event is open to all HRSA recipients, national, state, local stakeholders and federal employees. Participate in the World AIDS Day 2020 Event.
Rural Health Care Surge Readiness: Rural communities face unique health care challenges in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group has developed a collection of essential resources, tools, and trainings that can help health care workers and organizations – including EMS or 9-1-1, inpatient or hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care – prepare for and respond to COVID-19. New and updated resources are added regularly like the PPE Preservation Planning Guide and Telemedicine Hack training. Access the one-stop shop for rural health care.
HCR Clearinghouse: The Health Center Resource (HCR) Clearinghouse provides resources from all of the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s (BPHC) technical assistance investments (NTTAP, PCA, and HCCN).  These resources are highly curated and include items specifically related to health center operations during the COVID-19 emergency. Find out what you're missing here.
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