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AACHC Highlight:
Workforce Development
The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) and the Central Arizona Area Health Education Center (CAAHEC) provide support, programs, events and training opportunities to our member organization and healthcare service sites across the state to help build a strong healthcare workforce.

Education, training, retention and support for health centers and rural and underserved service sites include:
  • Annual Arizona Recruitment and Retention Conference in Partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Women's and Children's Health-Workforce Section
  • Online and in person staff development-training opportunities for Health Center Staff
  • Statewide Sponsorship for the Annual Recruitment and Retention Academy Webinar Series in Partnership with the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet)
  • TA and Support for individual health center recruitment and retention data profiles by the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) Solutions Training and Assistance for Recruitment & Retention-  Star2 Center
  • State Sponsorship and TA for the Arizona Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services Workforce Programs and the Arizona Office of Rural Health- Workforce Data & Analysis: CRHWorks. 3RNet includes a free job board for qualifying health centers specifically geared to candidates interested in rural and underserved opportunities: The linked Arizona site for Healthcare Provides interested in practicing in Arizona is
Addressing healthcare workforce shortages by providing support to Health Professions Students include:
  • Implementing the use of the My Clinical Exchange Program Management System for participating Health Center Clinical Rotation Sites that will help steam line the process to request and schedule clinical rotations, manage workflow electronically, manage compliance requirements and provide sites with the ability to download comprehensive clinical rotation reports and data.
  •  Primary Care student stipend support to enhance clinical rotation training experiences by including a community project component to their rotations to encourage students to learn more about the communities served by their rotation sites.
  • CAAHEC Scholars Program: Rural Health Professions Students from the U of A, ASU and NAU are selected to participate in this two-year interdisciplinary program. Twelve to fifteen first year scholars participate in two community immersion events in the fall and spring organized by CAAHEC/AACHC to learn more about the social determinants of health and select a community project. TA is provided to year 2 scholars to help develop a needs assessment and report based on the community project selected in year one of the program.
  • This year CAAHEC/AACHC will work with a group of Scholars selected to participate in a one-year program focusing on the Social Determinist of Health and COVID-19.
  • The AZ NHSC Scholars Conference held in collaboration with AACHC’s Annual Conference to help Scholars learn more about their service commitment, interact with and learn more about qualifying practice sites in Arizona.
  • Interdisciplinary training programs involving medical students and community health workers (CHW).
For questions or additional information, please contact:
Lourdes Montéz
Workforce and Health Professions Education Manager
CAAHEC | AACHC | 602-288-7550 
AACHC Highlight:
This month, the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers was awarded our next three-year State Primary Care Association (PCA) Cooperative Agreement from HRSA.

The award included additional workforce funding to help increase the percentage of health centers at full readiness to engage in health professions training programs by the end of the PCA project period (June 30, 2023). This new HRSA initiative aims to assist health centers with serving as training sites for health professions students and/or residents. More details will be shared in the coming months.

Federal Grant Administration Update
Changes in financial reporting
As of October 2020, FFRs (Federal Financial Reports) will no longer be submitted in the EHB (electronic handbook) and will instead be submitted in PMS (Payment Management System). Grantees will receive FFR electronic reminder notifications leading up to your submission deadline, however this task will no longer appear in the EHB. If your FFR results in the need to do a carryover request, those requests will continue to be submitted through the EHB. Federal COVID funding
Single Audit: If your organization is usually under the $750,000 threshold and is not required to have a Single Audit conducted, please verify if you may have exceeded that threshold this year due to increased COVID federal funding.

Backdated grant funding: Federal COVID funding awarded in March, April, and May allowed health centers to backdate for costs incurred since January 20, 2020. Make an adjusting journal entry, with supporting documentation, for any pre-award costs. Documentation is key!

Quarterly reports: Per HRSA, H8E and H8D quarterly reports will be available in the EHB soon.

Provider Relief Funds: Learn about eligibility and the methodology for each distribution. Note that Provider Relief Funds may be used for revenue lost due to coronavirus or for healthcare-related expenses attributable to coronavirus.

For more information please contact:
Lindsey Ruivivar
Director of Grants and Business Development
Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers | 602-288-7564
Key Health Center Guidance
BPHC/HRSA: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpageCOVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage.
HIV Self-Testing
Health centers play an important role in Ending the HIV Epidemic by screening patients for risk and encouraging HIV testing. See our bulletin about supplementing HIV prevention efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upcoming AACHC Events
Visit the AACHC Events page to view a full calendar of
upcoming events and trainings or to register. 

Health Adventure Quest 2020

July 7-11 and 
July 14-18


CAAHEC is excited to be partner with ASU’S College of Health Solutions for a FREE, interactive online camp for K-8 students. Sign up now for Health Adventure Quest, the latest health-focused summer camp from ASU’s College of Health Solutions for kids in grades K-8. Interactive activities, conducted entirely in the safety of an online environment, will motivate kids to explore their own health and instill in them the knowledge and confidence to apply what they’ve learned to their lives.

Health Adventure Quest is a fun, safe and FREE way for children to learn about nutrition, physical activity and healthy habits with a variety of guided activities:

  • Cooking Adventures (Parental assistance suggested.)
  • Active Adventures
  • Garden Adventures

There is no deadline to register, but sessions start soon! Click here to register or click here to download and print the quest map

What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Addressing Diabetes and Food Insecurity: Resources for Communities in Need

July 9
Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as lacking consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy life. The risk for type 2 diabetes is increased twofold in those with food insecurity. The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes of the American Diabetes Association® highlights the importance of addressing diabetes and food insecurity. This webinar, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, will provide valuable information and resources for health care professionals working in the clinical and community setting to address food insecurity and diabetes in their community (source: Click here to register.

Motivational Interviewing for Beginners

July 15
The purpose of this web based training is to familiarize participants with the process, skills, spirit, and guiding principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a particular way of having a conversation about change so it is the client, rather than the clinician, who voices the arguments for change.

Continued Education (CE) credits are being requested. Click here to register for this event.

How to Be an Antiracist

July 20
Virtual Discussion

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. (4 pm Arizona time) with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College.  The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date.

Click here to register.

COVID-19 Anxiety: How Can Motivational Interviewing 

July 21
This class describes how to use motivational interviewing (MI) to help people who are struggling with anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Given the prevalence of ambivalence about change in individuals with anxiety, MI holds promise as an adjunct to, or a fundamental context for, existing and effective methods in the treatment of anxiety. Motivational Interviewing is a particular way of having a conversation about change so it is the client, rather than the clinician, who voices the arguments for change. 

Continued Education (CE) credits are being requested. Click here to register for this event.
Member News
AACHC, in partnership with ADHS and AHA, want to congratulate Circle the City, Native Health, Terros Health and Valle del Sol for what they achieved over the last year through our heart disease quality improvement project. We are so proud of the work these organizations have done to improve care for their patients, including transitioning portions of their initiatives to a virtual approach due to the current climate. We look forward to kicking things off with our next cohort of health centers later this month!  Click here to view the infographic image. 
AIFC, in partnership with AACHC, Community Legal Services, PPEP, UPS, Arizona Community Foundation, Adelante Healthcare, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Sunset Health, and Arizona Complete Health distributes PPE and COVID information to H2A workers in Arizona
Photo courtesy of DES
Mariposa Community Health Center receives over 220 cards from the Cards for Hospitals and Nursing Homes group
Photo courtesy of Mariposa Community Health Center.
Adelante Healthcare, with the help of partners, puts together kits to distribute to Seasonal Farmworkers
Photo courtesy of Adelante Healthcare.
San Manuel community members leave a special message for the staff of the Sun Life Family Health Center
Photo courtesy of Sun Life Family Health Center.
MHC Healthcare wears blue for Men's Health Week
Photo courtesy of MHC Healthcare.
Sunset Health hosts a testing blitz for community members to get tested for COVID-19
Photo courtesy of Sunset Health.
Educational Opportunities
& Networking Events

Deconstructing Health Center Scope of Project (Four-Part Series)

Starts June 15
Deconstructing Health Center Scope of Project (Four-Part Series)
Series Starts June 15, 2020 @ 1 PM ET
Part I: Key Scope of Project Elements & Forms 5A, 5B, and 5C
Part II: Modes of Service Delivery, Contracts, and Referrals
Part III: Scope-Related Program Requirements and Benefits
Part IV: Changing Your Scope and Keeping Activities "Out of Scope"

Culture is Prevention (four sessions)

Starts July 8
The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) and the National American Indian and Alaskan Native PTTC virtual learning sessions will address culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention services for AI/ANs and Latinxs.
General Information
The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) has compiled a list of resources for Community Health Workers to better serve their communities during the national COVID-19 pandemic. These resources include general COVID-19 educational materials; easy to understand educational graphics; self-care and social distancing resources; capacity building tools; equity resources.
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia has developed a toolkit on Navigating COVID-19 Resources for Pregnant and Postpartum Families.
The Network for Health Equity's LGBT HealthLink has developed several fact sheets that offer LGBT-specific information for health care professionals and consumers of health. Fact sheets are available for the following topics: cultural competence, cancer and tobacco use. Click here to download the sheets for free.
Now available in Spanish!  Re-opening Dental Practices during COVID-19: Legal Analysis / COVID-19: reapertura de consultorios dentales
Este memo proporciona información sobre consideraciones de consultorios dentales para reabrir durante la pandemia de nuevo coronavirus 2019-2020 (“COVID-19”).
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