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AACHC Highlight 
Special Populations
Through a generous donation from an anonymous donor to AIFC, we were able to provide some financial support to our three Migrant Health Centers to continue to provide outreach and resources to our agricultural workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  We are very fortunate to have such supportive members of the community that recognizes the value and importance of our health centers to these frontline, essential workers during this time.  As we move forward in preparation for our AIFC Conference, we want to ensure we are providing the safest environment for our critical social services and government agencies.  If you’d like to assist with the conference or scholarship program for students in agricultural worker families, please contact Emily Oake at emilyo@aachc.org or Lisa Nieri at lisan@aachc.org.

In addition, as we work toward addressing Social Determinants of Health, particularly among our Special Populations, we welcome any feedback or resources that our health centers need in order to better serve these populations.  Please contact Emily at emilyo@aachc.org for more information or to offer any thoughts, concerns, or needs.

Thank you!
Emily Oake
Director of Special Populations and Population Health
602.549.1878 (cell while we work remotely)
Key Health Center Guidance
2020 Uniform Data System Reporting Requirement Changes
Join HRSA for a presentation on the changes to the calendar year 2020 Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting. (The reporting window will be open Friday, January 1, 2021, to Monday, February 15, 2021.) We will provide an overview of the changes and a question and answer session.
Thursday, May 7
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here
Key reporting changes include:
  • Addition of HIV screening measure (CMS349v2);
  • Addition of prescription for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10 codes and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes; and
  • Revision of Appendix D to capture information on prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and social determinants of health.
For additional information, see Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2020-04: UDS Changes for Calendar Year 2020.
COVID-19 Resources for Agriculture
On demand webinars by Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP:
NHSC Scholarship Application Deadline Extended and New Flexibility with Required Documentation
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) understands the COVID-19 outbreak has a direct impact on clinicians and sites; therefore, the NHSC Loan Repayment Programs application deadline has been extended to Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Additionally, NHSC recognizes there may be barriers to meeting some of the application requirements for employment and has extended the employment start date from July 18, 2020 to September 1, 2020; you must begin working at your site by that date.
Information on COVID-19 for Survivors Communities and DV/SA Programs
Futures Without Violence, a non-profit organization that focuses on ending violence against women and children, has recently acquired support for individuals affected by trauma, abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.2020 UDS Approved Changes Program Assistance Letter (PAL)
Upcoming AACHC Events
Visit the AACHC Events page to view a full calendar of
upcoming events and trainings or to register. 

5th Annual Rural Women’s Health Symposium: 
Advancing Health Equity for Women


New Dates!
August 20-21
Sedona, AZ
This year’s theme is Advancing Health Equity for Women. The goal for this symposium is to explore a wide variety of approaches and factors that can impact women’s health through a health equity lens. “By health equity, we mean everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health” (APHA). Find out more about inequities in this linked APHA document. We hope to raise awareness and increase knowledge of health related issues among women and health equity in rural Arizona.

Click here to register for this event.
Member News
Nogales Fire Department assists Mariposa Community Health Center to prepare their parking lot to add tents to screen patients
Photo courtesy of Mariposa Community Health Center.
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation mobile unit and triage tent to care for patients in their community during the COVID-19 pandemic
Photo courtesy of Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.
HomeAid Phoenix donates 100 sleeping bags for Circle the City's "Shelter in Place" program
Photo courtesy of Circle the City.
Mountain Park Health Center distributes food bags at their Gateway Clinic in partnership with St. Mary's Food Bank
Photo courtesy of Mountain Park Health Center.
Staff at Adelante Healthcare participate in Spirit Week at their different sites
Photo courtesy of Adelante Healthcare.
The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) hosts a virtual Big Shots for AZ Awards event on April 22nd to celebrate the  work of individuals and Outstanding Practices. Click here for more details.
Photo courtesy of TAPI.
Photo courtesy of TAPI.
Educational Opportunities
& Networking Events

HITEQ Highlights | Electronic Patient Engagement in an Integrated Setting


April 30
Webinar

Join the HITEQ Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, for a webinar on Electronic Patient Engagement in an Integrated Setting and learn how health centers can use their EHR to engage patients in their own care and make communication easier between the patient and members of the care team. Click here to register.

Telemedicine for COVID-19 Care Delivery


May 1
Webinar

Ronald Weinstein, MD, is founding director of the national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program. He was an academic pathology department chair for more than 30 years, has more than 500 professional publications, and has won many national and international awards and honors for his work in cancer research and innovations in medical education and telemedicine.

Dr. Weinstein is a pioneer in the field of telepathology. He has been president of five professional societies, including the united States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the International Society of Urological Pathology, the International Council for Societies of Pathology and the American Telemedicine Association. He was awarded the Basic Science Lifetime Educator Award of the University of Arizona's College of Medicine, received the American Telemedicine Association's President's Leadership Award, and received the Hall of Fame Award for the United States Distance Learning Association.

Learning Objectives:

  • Diagnose a variety of internal medicine illnesses
  • Understand more clearly advances in therapy
  • Become truly professional physicians 
Click here to join the livestream.

Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19


May 1
Webinar

Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

This week’s Lessons from the Front Lines:
Friday, May 1st at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern
Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 877-251-0301; Access Code: 9545128
Click here for web link.

Cultural Competence and Health Literacy Learning Collaborative


May 14
June 10
Webinar

As a result, healthcare organizations must pay closer attention to cross-cultural issues if they are to meet the healthcare needs of the nation and continue to maintain a high standard of care. NCHPH will host four interactive sessions to discuss issues in cultural competency and health literacy

Click here to register. 

SYNChronicity: The National Conference for HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ Health


May 11-12
Washington, D.C.
SYNChronicity (SYNC 2020) is a distinct, national conference which aligns participants with the changing and dynamic health care landscape to better address HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ health, with a focus on underserved racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ communities. SYNC 2020 is organized by HealthHIV, HealthHCV, and the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health with the guidance of a diverse planning committee. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Empowerment and Self-Management of Diabetes - The Pharmacist and Diabetes Care


May 14
May 29
June 12
Webinar
Pharmacists play an important role in diabetes care by screening patients at high risk for diabetes, assessing patient health status and adherence to standards of care, educating patients to empower them to care for themselves, referring patients to other health care professionals as appropriate, and monitoring outcomes. This learning collaborative consists of 4 sessions and is designed to equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to provide effective, evidence-based diabetes care in Health Center settings. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Partnering to Improve Health Outcomes for America’s Vets: 
Standardized Screening for Military Veteran Status


May 20
Webinar
Join NACHC and your peers for the Standardized Screening for Military Veteran Status webinar! This webinar highlights an Iowa pilot project between a health center, the state Primary Care Association and the local VA Medical Center. Results of the pilot led to: standardized screening intervention, a significant increase of identification of military Veterans, improved health center needs assessment efforts and increased accuracy in patient characteristic reporting.
 
The pilot project was the focus of the 2019 Journal of Community Health article. Contributors to the article serve as faculty for the webinar.
 
Click here to read the article or click here to learn more and register for the webinar.
General Information
FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just approved an Order to create a $200 million telehealth program to support healthcare providers responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, using funds appropriated as part of the CARES Act.  The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will help healthcare providers purchase telecommunications, broadband connectivity, and devices necessary for providing telehealth services.  Applications from healthcare providers will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis as soon as application forms are published in the Federal Register.  Details on information that applications must include are on page 14 of the Order.

Visit HRSA's Health Center COVID-19 Survey page to see the national report and state reports. In case you missed it, HRSA provided an update on important changes to COVID-19 reporting in April 7th's Primary Health Care Digest. HRSA continually updates the Health Center Program COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage. They recently added questions on CARES Supplemental Funding.


The HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance (COE for BHTA) have launched a new website – bhta.hrsa.gov – to support health centers, look-alikes, PCAs, HCCNs, and NCAs with training and technical assistance to integrate substance use and mental health services in primary care settings. As health centers adapt to providing care in these times of unprecedented change and increasing demand for behavioral health services, the COE for BHTA can help health centers provide integrated care now and in the future.

Create an account on the new HRSA COE for BHTA website to explore the tailored TA opportunities available to you. 
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