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AACHC Highlight:
Health Centers are Civically Engaged

This year is important for the health center community as we have an opportunity to engage our networks in the 2020 Census and the 2020 Election. Households across the country have until tomorrow to submit their information to be counted. The Census can be answered online at, over the phone at 844-330-2020, or by mailing back the paper form that was send to homes earlier this year.

As of today, the national response rate for the Census is at 66.5% while Arizona's response rate is 63.5%. Of those who have responded in Arizona, 52% have done so through the online platform. Arizona stands to lose up to $3,000 for each person who isn't counted - that is more than $20.5 billion annually in federal funding supports critical programs in Arizona. These are funds used for healthcare (including Community Health Centers), education, infrastructure, and other programs that directly impact our communities. Health centers should continue to encourage patients, staff and others to submit their information by tomorrow. You can find more details and resources at the Census website and at Arizona's Census page.  

AACHC is working with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and VotER to engage our communities in the upcoming election. Arizonans have until October 5 to register to vote with early voting starting on October 7. Voters can request a mail-in ballot through October 23 and those must be mailed back no later than October 27. If voters miss the mail-in deadline, they can turn in their signed envelope to a polling place by 7:00 p.m. on election day (November 3). More details can be found at your County Recorder’s website and at the Secretary of State’s website through Arizona.Vote.

Resources for health centers:

For questions or to request other resources, please contact:
Erika Mach
Public Affairs and Communications Manager
AACHC Highlight:
Open Enrollment
The latest U S Census 2019 data shows the uninsured rate in Arizona is increasing and has reached 809,000. That’s before COVID-19 impacted jobs and incomes of thousands of Arizonans. Furthermore, 40% of Arizona’s uninsured are estimated to earn less than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This means more than 324,000 uninsured Arizonans are likely to be eligible for AHCCCS or Marketplace with substantial financial help. Three hundred twenty-four thousand is more than the combined populations of Greenlee, La Paz, Graham, Santa Cruz, Gila and Apache Counties.

As Open Enrollment number eight approaches Arizona’s Health Application Assisters are facing many challenges. Some people believe the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is “dead” gone, and no longer the law. Others were only motivated to avoid the tax-penalty, which is no longer in place and still others are buying low-cost – low benefit short term plans. First, Assisters and CHC need to work toward creating awareness among people who mistakenly think the ACA has ended. Second, education is needed so low-income consumers understand they have options that include no-cost AHCCCS and low-cost Marketplace plans with substantial financial help. 

If all the uninsured were in the five counties that comprise nearly 324,000, elected officials and community leaders would be leading the charge to create awareness and educate consumers. Open Enrollment number eight begins on November 1 and ends on December 15.

For questions, please contact:
Allen Gjersvig
Director Outreach and Enrollment Services
Click here to read the September 28 edition of Covered Clips from Cover Arizona.
Key Health Center Guidance
Telehealth Resource for Reporting UDS Clinical Quality Measures
In response to evolving telehealth policies and broader adoption and implementation, HRSA developed a new resource to assist health centers in determining how telehealth services impact clinical quality measure reporting in UDS. This resource aligns with CMS’ Telehealth Guidance for Electronic Clinical Quality Measures.
The NIH Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (CEAL) offers guidance and resources to community leaders so they can connect Hispanic/Latino and other minority communities with important, accurate information on public health, COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials and the importance of being included in research studies. For more information about volunteering for a COVID-19 study, please visit the COVID-19 Prevention Network.
Covered Clips newsletter from the Cover Arizona Coalition with information about health insurance enrollment in Arizona and what to expect in the coming months with Open Enrollment.  
Taskforce on Telehealth Policy Delivers Blueprint for Future: The Taskforce on Telehealth Policy (TTP) released its much-anticipated final report, identifying challenges and opportunities for telehealth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The taskforce spent the summer building consensus among its members on a comprehensive set of findings and recommendations to incorporate telehealth into our health care ecosystem going forward. Click here to view the report.
NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program: The 2021 Application Program and Guidance for the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (NHSC S2S LRP) is now open and includes new nursing disciplines. In response to health workforce needs for quality primary and maternity care, the FY21 program includes Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). The application cycle closes on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Upcoming AACHC Events
Visit the AACHC Events page to view a full calendar of
upcoming events and trainings or to register. 

FQHC Coding and Billing Training Webinars

September 30
October 2
October 9
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020  10:00am – 11:30am: The Importance of Coding, Documentation, & Billing and how the TEAM Plays a Part
  • Friday, October 2, 2020  12:00pm – 1:30pm: Coding and Documentation: Recommendations for Outlining the Patient’s Condition in Primary Care
  • Friday, October 9, 2020  10:00am – 11:30am: Coding and Documentation: Recommendations for Outlining the Patient’s Condition in Behavioral Health and Discussion of Integrated Care

Click here to register. 

2020 3RNet Recruiting for Retention Academy

October 6

We are happy to announce the 2020 3RNet Recruiting for Retention Academy: The Central Arizona Area Health Education Center in partnership with the Arizona 3RNet Program Partners consisting of the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers, Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Center for Rural Health will be offering this training at no charge!
Join 3RNet for this six-part webinar series starting October 6, 2020.The webinar series will feature practical, action oriented content for health care facilities within a workshop-type approach. The 2020 Academy will examine the recruiting process - everything from planning and preparation to sourcing to closing the deal. The webinars will continue to examine how rural and underserved facilities can better recruit and retain quality providers, new for this year, participants will be guided through an interactive workshop approach centered around the recruitment process in addition to each session featuring a focused look at a current event.

Register Now to Attend! Click here to register and enter the free registration coupon code listed on the link or the flyer.

Tribal Opioid and Substance Use Webinar Series

October 21, 2020
November 18, 2020
December 16, 2020
January 20, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 to register. 

4th Annual HIT Symposium

October 23

Data Versus Information: The Importance Of Data Management & Stewardship During A Pandemic 

Virtual symposium topics will include:

  • Data Integration and Systems for Patient Engagement
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Innovation Strategies for Care Delivery
  • Telehealth and Reimbursement
  • HIE & Interoperability
Click here to register. 

Possibilities, Probabilities and Creative Solutions: Breakthrough Thinking for Complex Environments (PPCS)

October 26
November 2
November 9

NACHC is excited to present the Possibilities, Probabilities and Creative Solutions Leadership (PPCS)Training, brought to health centers in partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). This highly interactive seminar offers advanced-level health center leaders nontraditional approaches to leadership that can help spur the innovative thought needed to achieve better organizational results. You will learn methods for overcoming staff member objections and techniques for stopping problems before they become even bigger ones.

Click here for full details and to register. 

Methampheta-mine Use and Treatment Modalities

October 27

In this webinar, Kat Humphries, with the Denver Harm Reduction Action Center, will provide information on trends related to methamphetamine use and emerging treatments that can be implemented in Community Health Centers.

As Programs Director Kat writes reports and analyzes data for grants, conducts HIV and HCV testing for participants, assists the Senior Health educator in administering individual and group-level interventions, and assists in facilitating the syringe service program.

Click here to register. 

Oral Health Integration Interprofessional Education Event

November 17-19

This interprofessional education event will bring dental and medical professionals together for three days of shared learning on medical/dental integration. The format is a three-day lunch miniseries with each 1.5 hour session building upon the previous day.

More details and registration will be made available soon. 

Member News
Valleywise Community Health Center opens its newest site in the South Phoenix/Laveen community
Photo courtesy of Valleywise Health.
Circle the City conducts a water drive where they were able to collect 12 pallets of water, or 23,100 bottles of water, for people experiencing homelessness
Photo courtesy of Circle the City.
Mariposa Community Health Center collaborates at the Santa Cruz County Drug Free Community Coalition's sticker shock campaign
Photo courtesy of Mariposa Community Health Center.
Educational Opportunities
& Networking Events

Identifying the Enabling Services Workforce for SDOH Screening and Documentation​​​​​​​

September 30
Virtual Event

HOP, along with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, MHP Salud, and National Health Care for the Homeless Council invite you to explore strategies to screen special and vulnerable populations for SDOH and build effective practices to begin addressing SDOH through Enabling Services (ES). Given the COVID-19 pandemic, this training will highlight the critical importance for ES providers to collect social risk data among health center patients.

Click here for details and to register. 

The Evolution of Latino Identities and Mental Health

October 2
Virtual Event

This webinar will address the different terms that have been used to describe Latino populations and the evolution of such terms throughout history. Presenters will discuss how different generations may use different terms to self-identify and variables involved in this process such as acculturation and assimilation. The presentation will consider anthropological as well as psychosocial contexts in ethnic identification as well as their impact on the mental health of Latino populations.

Click here for details and to register. 

Providing SUD Services: Key Compliance & Risk Management Considerations

October 2
Virtual Event

Join Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell attorneys Molly Evans and Dianne Pledgie to learn how to identify and mitigate key risk areas associated with treating patients with substance use disorders, including specific Section 330 compliance concerns.
We will also cover best practices to help your health center respond effectively to the opioid crisis, including:

  • Risk management strategies related to developing SUD services
  • Starting, managing, and terminating the patient-provider relationship
  • Identifying and referring patients for SUD services
  • How to determine whether your SUD services are covered by Part 2
Click here for details and to register. 

13th Annual Health Current
Virtual Summit & Trade Show

October 13-14
Virtual Event
Registration is now open for ACHIEVE 2020, the 13th Annual Health Current Virtual Summit & Trade Show, scheduled for October 13 - 14.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Summit will be 100 percent virtual. The new conference format promises to deliver the same great information that past
attendees have grown accustomed to receiving.
This year’s event features a variety of presentations on a range of topics, including an HIE update on new technologies and services; the latest HIT legislative and legal updates; use cases by HIE participants; and panel discussions on multiple topics, including Arizona’s response to the COVID-19

Click here to view the agenda or click here to register. 

National Diabetes Prevention Program: Lessons Learned for PCAs and Health Centers

October 14
Virtual Event

In Fall 2019, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) co-facilitated a national webinar and four-part learning collaborative for health center and Primary Care Association (PCA) stakeholders. These HRSA-sponsored training and technical assistance opportunities provided an overview of the CDC’s evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) program to improve access to care and prevent type-2 diabetes through health promotion and lifestyle change programs. The purpose is to increase health awareness of the National DPP program in order to increase access to preventative care for at-risk health center patients. AAPCHO and NNCC cordially invite you to this progress to-date webinar, where we'll have federal updates from our HRSA and CDC leaders as well as highlight lessons learned and diabetes prevention best practices for our health center and PCA colleagues.

Click here for more information and to register.

Arizona Health Equity Conference

October 15
Virtual Event
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chulani, Phoenix Children's Hospital
Racism and its Impact on Child and Adolescent Health: From Awareness to Action

Call for break-out proposal sessions and posters now open! 
Please consider submitting the wonderful work your health center or organization is doing around health equity for this conference.

Click here for more information, to register, or to submit proposals.

HIPAA for Health Centers

October 19, October 26, November 2
Virtual Event
Starting this October, join Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell attorneys Molly Evans and Dianne Pledgie to brush up on the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. The newest series of half-day virtual workshops will help you review your health center's current compliance efforts in order to avoid or limit the costs of non-compliance in the future. Join us for one session or all three:
Part I: HIPAA Privacy for Health Centers
October 19, 2020 | 12 - 4 PM ET
  • Disclosing PHI for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations
  • Authorization Requirements
  • Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Responding to Patient Requests: Access, Amendments and Restriction
Part II: HIPAA Security for Health Centers
October 26, 2020 | 12 - 4 PM ET
  • Examining your health center's Administrative Safeguards
  • Reviewing any Physical Safeguards in place
  • Assessing current Technical Safeguards
Part III: Business Associates and Breaches
November 2, 2020 | 12 - 4 PM ET
  • Identifying Business Associates
  • Executing Business Associate Agreements
  • Investigating and Reporting Breaches

2020 Financial, Operations Management / IT (FOM/IT) Virtual Conference

October 20-21
Virtual Event
This year’s FOM/IT Conference offers an all-virtual learning and networking experience for health center CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs, other financial and operational staff, and industry experts. Program highlights include, 21 dynamic educational sessions, cutting-edge keynote and state-of-the industry addresses, interactive collaboration with peers and more. If you are committed to building resilient organizations, innovative solutions and successful transformation and response to COVID-19 – this is the right conference for you. 

Click here to learn more and to register. 

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
HHS Invests Nearly $115 Million to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities: On September 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded approximately $25 million to 80 award recipients across 36 states and two territories as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). RCORP is a multi-year HRSA initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) in high-risk rural communities. The announcement builds upon HRSA’s RCORP awards made this August, reflecting a total fiscal year 2020 investment of nearly $115 million. Click here to read the full statement. 

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