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AACHC Highlight:
Agricultural Workers
Agricultural workers are often overlooked, yet provide essential food and help bolster the economy of our state.

AACHC has worked with our Migrant Health Centers, AIFC, and local partners to try to provide further assistance to our agricultural workers during this pandemic.  We have been successful in securing some private donations through AIFC to assist with purchasing additional masks, informational materials about COVID-19, and matching donations from local partners.  Through outreach with Department of Economic Security, Community Legal Services, AIFC, PPEP, Inc, and Adelante Healthcare, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, and Sunset Health, thousands of workers were reached and received PPE and information, with more to come in the next few months.

AIFC will be having our 25th Annual Educational Conference virtually on September 24th and 25th.  Attendees will have a chance to hear about local partnerships, mental health for our migrant students, immigration, legal and employment services, and domestic violence programs, among others.

Click here for more information on the conference or to register.

For questions, please contact:
Emily Oake
Director of Special Populations and Population Health
Key Health Center Guidance
New “Catch-up to Get Ahead” Campaign to Promote Childhood Immunizations:  In support of National Immunization Awareness Month, HRSA urges health centers and health care providers to “catch-up to get ahead” on childhood immunizations. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to alarming declines in well-child visits and routine immunization rates. This raises the risk for outbreaks and further strain on our nation’s health care system.

To increase childhood immunization rates, HHS is coordinating the “Catch-up to Get Ahead” effort. Promote the importance of childhood immunizations by using social media messages and graphics from the
Catch-up to Get Ahead Toolkit.

Find a place to get vaccinated, or find a health center near you.
HHS Releases Healthy People 2030 Plan: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its new 10-year plan called Healthy People 2030 last week set. Healthy People 2030 includes 355 core - or measurable - objectives as well as developmental and research objectives. Read the plan, see what's new, and learn how you can use Healthy People 2030 at all stages of your program's life cycle.

covid-19COVID-19 At-Home Self-Swab Specimen Collection
Health Center Program funding may be used to support a wide-range of COVID-19 testing and testing-related in-scope activities that may change as COVID-19 needs and guidance evolve within your community. This includes using these funds to support COVID-19 prevention and response by making available COVID-19 self-swab specimen collection kits to health center patients consistent with FDA’s clearance, approval, or authorization of such kits. 

Prescribing and providing access to at-home COVID-19 self-swab specimen collection kits to established health center patients is an available component of a health center’s general primary care for its patients when used consistent with FDA clearance, approval, or authorization. HRSA recommends that health centers follow CDC guidelines on COVID-19 testing and ensure compliance with all applicable FDA guidance for such testing.

Upcoming AACHC Events
Visit the AACHC Events page to view a full calendar of
upcoming events and trainings or to register. 

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) ECHO Training

August 6, 13, 20, 27

Over four weeks, and 2 hours per week, Dr. Elisa Gumm will educate the audience on opioid use disorder. The focus will be to educate prescribers how to prescribe buprenorphine. Clinical support staff will get benefit from this training to obtain an understanding of the disease and treatments. Click here to register for this webinar or click here to view the flyer. 

Returning to Usual Patient Care in Unusual Times: A virtual workshop on adjusting care to achieve optimal patient outcomes

August 27
This webinar will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:oo p.m. Topics will include:
  • Changing patient expectations during COVID-19 and how health centers can adjust
  • Keeping up with well child checks and immunizations
  • Caring for patients with chronic disease in the changing healthcare landscape (virtually and in-person)
  • Continuing quality improvement and data efforts during COVID-19
The intended audience for this webinar is:
  • Quality Mangers and staff
  • Data Analysts
  • C-suite and leadership staff
  • Providers and clinical team members
  • IT
Click here to register for this webinar or download the flyer at this link

Engaging Learners in Telemedicine: Best Practices & Workflows to Support Teaching & Patient Care

September 11

This workshop will focus on the intersection between telehealth and medical education. While adoption and integration has been steadily increasing, the recent COVID pandemic has rapidly accelerated the need for telehealth for both direct clinic service and as a tool for distance learning in health professions education.

Click here to register.

Peer Support and Community Health Centers

September 22

In this webinar, we will hear from Chaz Longwell regarding structure and billing components of peer support programs and John Anglin about his personal success in relation to peer support.

Click here to register.

Rural Women's Health Symposium

September 23

Title: Mindfulness for Well-being: Pause – Reset – Recover

During this heightened period of uncertainty, it is particularly important to devote time and attention to soothe the nervous system and optimize well-being. Scientists provide compelling evidence that mindfulness meditation practices can counteract the negative effects of stress on our minds and bodies. This presentation will provide an introduction to mindfulness meditation, both the scientific evidence and practices, with brief experiential exercises that can be integrated into daily life to cultivate stress resiliency and recalibrate toward a sense of balance and ease.

Learning Objectives:
- Define ‘mindfulness’
-Describe how mindfulness can positively influence well-being in body, mind and heart.
-Discuss techniques that can be cultivated as daily mindfulness practices in both our professional and personal live

Register at or contact

25th Annual Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition Conference

September 24-25

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During our two morning sessions, participants will get to hear from a variety of subject matter experts around issues surrounding agricultural workers in an abbreviated and virtual format this year.

Click here for more information and 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.

Member News
The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona donate cookies to Mariposa Community Health Center staff
Photo courtesy of Mariposa Community Health Center.
Chiricahua Community Health Centers celebrates National Health Center Week by hosting a sports day with staff
Photo courtesy of Chiricahua Community Health Centers.
Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego, visits Circle the City during National Health Center Week's Healthcare for the Homeless Day
Photo courtesy of Circle the City.
Desert Senita Community Health Center staff participate in an Office Olympics during National Health Center Week
Photo courtesy of Desert Senita Community Health Center.
Adelante Healthcare collects personal care items to give to migrant farmworkers
Photo courtesy of Adelante Healthcare.
MHC Helathcare treats their staff to smoothies and iced coffee during National Health Center Week
Photo courtesy of MHC Healthcare.
Educational Opportunities
& Networking Events

How Providers Can Promote Voting and Census Engagement for the Underserved

August 27

There's still time to register for Thursday's Civic Health Month webinar at noon ET! Learn how you you and your organization can become catalysts for increased voter participation through legal, nonpartisan civic engagement activities in our latest Policy & Practice webinar. The medically underserved are among the least likely to vote or respond to the census, and with both the national election and decennial census taking place this year, clinicians have a unique chance to promote patients' civic participation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up now to learn about voter education, get-out-the-vote, and census participation initiatives, and feel free to share our "Why Providers Should Encourage Patients' Civic Engagement" infographic and tag the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved on social media to promote Civic Health Month!

Flipping the Paradigm: Community Leading Health Equity Efforts

August 27

The National REACH Coalition (NRC) in collaboration with Arizona Telemedicine
Program at the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center and the Department of Health
Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of
Public Health invites you to join us for this FREE webinar. What is the role of health departments, universities and the CDC in this new paradigm to ensure forward momentum in addressing health disparities in the current COVID-19 crisis and it's aftermath? Click here to register for this webinar. 

2020 and Beyond:

Sustaining the Health Center Mission for the Future

August 31 and September 1

Join NACHC for a special two-day virtual event on August 31 and September 1 in place of their usual Community Health Institute (CHI) & EXPO. CHI@Home will feature a range of opportunities for health centers to gain timely and training while we face the continued response to COVID-19.

Don’t miss:

  • Two general sessions
  • 24 education workshops offering continuing education (CME, CPE, CE, CEUs, and board governance)*  including tracks for Health Center Governance, Health Center Essentials, Innovation and Transformation, Public Policy, Workforce Investment in the Future and Emerging Issues
  • Virtual poster sessions
  • Networking roundtables
  • A Digital Product Showcase featuring companies and organizations that provide solutions to the issues facing health center operations. The Showcase will be available to the general public August 17 through October 2, 2020 with special programming available only during CHI@Home on August 31 and September 1.
Click here to learn more and to register. The early bird pricing ends on August 3. 

Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities A Virtual Symposium Hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health

September 17

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 on the impact of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium will feature promising practices, programs, and strategies for combatting the pandemic in order to achieve health equity in communities of color.

OMH invites our partners at the regional, state, tribal and community levels to join us as we convene public health leaders from state and local levels to discuss their organizations' response to address COVID-19 in racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Click here for full details and to register. 

ACU 2020 Virtual Conference

September 14-18

ACU is excited to launch its first ever virtual conference!  The ACU 2020 Virtual Conference brings attention to emerging issues and innovative practices in delivering health care to underserved populations. As a transdisciplinary organization, ACU designs its events to accommodate the educational needs of a wide range of clinicians, administrators, and advocates – all of whom have a common interest in improving access to health care and eliminating disparities. Like our in-person conferences, you'll be able to customize your learning experience and select workshop sessions that you find most exciting and relevant to your role.

Click here for more information and to register.

Applying for FQHC Look-Alike Status

September 22 & 29, 2020
PART I: What does it mean to be a FQHC Look-Alike?
September 22, 2020 @ 1 PM ET
Part I will cover the main eligibility challenges to becoming a look-alike, including:
  • Establishing your corporate structure
  • Defining the medically underserved area or population your program will serve
  • Navigating the look-alike application and review process
  • Understanding which program requirements apply to look-alikes
PART II: Key Areas of Concern in Developing Your Look-Alike Program
September 29, 2020 @ 1 PM ET
Part II will cover key areas of compliance concern, including:
  • Establishing a community-based Board of Directors
  • Translating your current services and programs into the FQHC model
  • Exploring different approaches to staffing
  • Developing your FQHC sliding fee discount program

UDS Mapper Special Topics Webinar: Food Insecurity and Opportunities for Health Centers

September 23, 2020

Arizona Health Equity Conference

October 15, 2020
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.
General Information
The CDC Hear Her Campaign launched earlier this month to broadly share messages about urgent warning signs during and after pregnancy.  The Maternal Health Innovation Program and Maternal Mortality Review Program are working to launch a campaign to share these messages within Arizona, but please share with your networks and communications team to disseminate as you are able. 
Summer issue of Community Health Worker newsletter now available, La Esperanza
Medical Legal Partnership Issue Brief on leveraging EHR to link health center patients with MLP services
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