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AACHC Highlight:
Message from Shawn Frick, AACHC's New CEO

AACHC Members and Partners,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself as the new CEO of the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC). I am excited for this opportunity to lead a Primary Care Association (PCA) with a national reputation for creating resourceful approaches to assisting its members deliver primary health care. I am thankful to John McDonald for promoting Arizona health centers’ role nationally and statewide. I also applaud his dedication to the health center mission embodied by services provided to health center patients and communities served.

2020 has been a year of unforeseen changes and adaptation, and AACHC is no exception. As the Coronavirus pandemic started to make its presence felt this year, AACHC and its member organizations quickly adapted to working from home, conducting meetings and appointments electronically, and diving into a virtual setting. As we overcome those challenges, we are creating a vision for Arizona’s health centers focused on a strong training and technical assistance, utilizing data analytics to positively impact the patients we serve, and developing a robust workforce program to meet tomorrow’s healthcare delivery challenges.

We are committed to providing additional support to the policy and advocacy team to assure the voices of our health centers and patients are heard loud and clear at the state and federal levels. It is imperative the Alliance convey the needs of the patients we serve, the value health centers bring to their communities and elevate health centers in Arizona’s healthcare environment. This includes fostering relationships with elected officials and staff, maintaining a strong presence at the State Capitol, and working with state and national partners who support our vision and efforts. We will also expand our grassroots advocacy efforts to ensure our patients remain engaged and their voices are heard.

Furthermore, I am committed to investing in the AACHC and CVN staffs to ensure we provide the highest quality trainings to our members. We will support the use of new tools and platforms to be more efficient as well as to streamline processes and workflows.

I am humbled by this opportunity to lead such an impressive staff and represent an amazing group of Health Centers.  I look forward to visiting each member to better understand your needs as we grow the awareness and value Arizona’s Community Health Centers.

Thank you,

Shawn Frick
Chief Executive Officer
Key Health Center Guidance
New Funding Opportunity for CHC Dental Programs
The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement (DQP) has selected AACHC and our members as partners for their new multi-state learning community – The Community Oral Health Transformation Initiative (CORHT). CORHT seeks to provide a supportive and engaging community for dental professionals as they transform care delivery. Each health center selected to participate will receive a minimum of $15,000 in unrestricted funding. Applications to participate will be accepted through November 16th. Contact Da-Nell Pedersen, Director of Clinical Programs, at danellp@aachc.org for more information.
Medicaid Telehealth Toolkit Updated, Telehealth Utilization 
Snapshot Published
On October 14th, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) updated its Medicaid telehealth toolkit to include additional detail on telehealth modalities, tools to support states in analyzing and further developing telehealth benefits, and specific examples from several states. This comprehensive toolkit includes special considerations for pediatric populations and compiles a variety of other federal telehealth resources for states. Alongside the toolkit update, CMCS also released a data snapshot analyzing the dramatic increase in telehealth in Medicaid since the beginning of this year. The snapshot, derived from Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) data, shows telehealth utilization increasing over 2600% between January and June 2020, with significant increases across all age groups. The increases were most pronounced for adults aged 19 - 64.
A Three Domain Framework to Innovating Oral Health Care
Dentistry is changing rapidly and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted key opportunities within the oral health care system. A new paper by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement outlines a Three Domain Framework that creates a new model in dentistry, a roadmap for the future that will be cost-effective, efficient and more equitable.

This Three Domain Framework builds on health promotion and disease prevention while supporting value-based care. Informed by the work of the Community Oral Health Transformation (CORHT) learning community, the Framework creates a primary care-like structure for oral health care delivery. It facilitates value-based payment models and enables patients to invest in their oral health.

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

Tribal Opioid and Substance Use Webinar Series


November 18, 2020
December 16, 2020
January 20, 2021
Virtual
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. 

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


November 2
November 9
Webinar

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. 

Oral Health Integration Interprofessional Education Event


November 17-19
Webinar

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
Community Health Workers from Chiricahua Community Health Centers join the Veterans Resource Fair in Sierra Vista to provide information about COVID-19 testing
Photo courtesy of Chiricahua Community Health Centers.
NAOH offers much needed food for patients facing food insecurities through their partnership with the Honor Health Desert Mission Food Bank
Photo courtesy of NOAH.
The MacDaddy-Os band hosts a virtual concert to raise funds for Circle the City
Photo courtesy of Circle the City.
Mountain Park Health Center continues to provide meals for families through their Kids’ Café program
Photo courtesy of Mountain Park Health Center.
Desert Senita Community Health Center hosts a Drive-Thru Flu Blitz to help get their community vaccinated
Photo courtesy of Desert Senita Community Health Center.
Educational Opportunities
& Networking Events

COVID-19 Learning Series


October 28, November 18, 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. 

Emerging Strategies to Address SDOH Through Community Referrals and Cross-Sector Partnerships


October 29
Virtual Event
The third in a series of webinars for assessing and addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) during COVID-19, this session will explore how social needs screening can facilitate community referrals as well as foster strategic alignment between community health centers and their cross-sector partners, including community-based organizations, local health departments, and other social service providers. Presenters will share emerging strategies developed during the pandemic for better connecting patients to community resources, as well as developing or enhancing cross-sector partnerships for meeting new social risks and driving upstream change. Click here for more details and to register. 

HIPAA for Health Centers


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 the sessions at:
 
Part III: Business Associates and Breaches
November 2, 2020 | 12 - 4 PM ET
  • Identifying Business Associates
  • Executing Business Associate Agreements
  • Investigating and Reporting Breaches

Understanding Social Determinants of Health: An Introductory Webinar


November 5
Virtual Event
Hosted by CSH, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, November 5
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Center Compliance for the C-Suite


November 5-6
Virtual Event
We're here to help! In this virtual workshop, FTLF attorneys will share updates on recent enforcement activities and emerging compliance challenges for health centers in key issue areas, including:
  • Compliance in the time of COVID-19
  • 340B Drug Discount Program
  • Telehealth
  • Confidentiality (HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Federal Grants Management
  • Reimbursement
  • Section 330 / HRSA Programmatic Compliance
Click here to register.
 

Health Center Compliance for the C-Suite


November 5-6
Virtual Event
We're here to help! In this virtual workshop, FTLF attorneys will share updates on recent enforcement activities and emerging compliance challenges for health centers in key issue areas, including:
  • Compliance in the time of COVID-19
  • 340B Drug Discount Program
  • Telehealth
  • Confidentiality (HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2)
  • Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Federal Grants Management
  • Reimbursement
  • Section 330 / HRSA Programmatic Compliance
Click here to register.
 

Health Center Contracting Strategies: Negotiating in an Era of Pandemics


November 11-13
Virtual Event
Designed specifically for health centers, this leadership workshop focuses on practical advice to help you improve your ability to identify and leverage your strengths in evaluating your managed care agreements.
 
Join FTLF attorneys Adam Falcone and Kathy Ghiladi to hone your negotiation skills and learn new strategies to apply. Read the highlights below or see the full agendaClick here to register.

HITEQ Highlights: Addressing Interpersonal Violence and Human Trafficking in the Health Center Setting


November 12
Virtual Event
In this webinar, presenters from the HITEQ Center and Futures Without Violence will:
  • Describe how health centers can implement an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention for IPV/HT called CUES during virtual or in-person visits
  • Review the newly included UDS data elements designed to capture IPV/HT diagnoses and services taking place within health centers
  • Outline key considerations around privacy, safety, and equity for providing care through virtual platforms to patients at risk for or experiencing IPV/HT 
  • Feature promising strategies from health centers that have explored how to utilize health IT to support quality clinical care and data collection for IPV/HT

Hosted by the HITEQ Center and Futures Without Violence, both HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Thursday, November 12
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Oral Health Value-Based Care: An Introduction and Call to Action for CHCs


November 12
Virtual Event
In August, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement jointly released a white paper which reflects how well-positioned Community Health Centers (CHCs) are to advance value in integrated care approaches inclusive of oral health, even with the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to register.

Fundamentals of Comprehensive Care


Applications due November 16
Learning Collaborative
The Collaborative is designed to provide Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that are beginning or restarting their move to high performance team-based comprehensive primary care with knowledge about the basic principles and best practices of care and the strategies to plan for implementation.  The Collaborative will consist of four videoconference learning sessions with primary care teams from across the country.  The action periods between sessions will include assignments and deliverables, and calls between health center coaches and CHC mentor coaches to facilitate the uptake of the intervention.
 
The learning collaborative begins mid-November and is FREE for health centers to join.
APPLY HERE

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

HRSA Releases 2019-2020 Report on Health Equity.  Yesterday, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a report on health equity across the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health equity is achieved when no one is disadvantaged from achieving their full health potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. 


Click here to read the latest edition of 'Covered Clips' to learn more about the Affordable Care Act, upcoming enrollment opportunities, and much more


Preview 2021 Plans and Prices on HealthCare.gov Ahead of the Upcoming Federal Health Insurance Exchange Open Enrollment Period 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that starting today consumers can preview 2021 healthcare plans and prices on HealthCare.gov. This is an opportunity for consumers to compare coverage options ahead of Open Enrollment for the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, which officially kicks-off on November 1. As in previous years, window shopping allows consumers and those assisting consumers, such as licensed brokers and Navigators, to browse plans without logging in, creating an account, or filling out the official application.


CDC Seeks Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Other Providers to Test Website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking for NACHC members to share their opinions about a CDC website that addresses sexually transmitted diseases and patient care. This is a unique opportunity to shape an important federal resource during a time of rapidly rising STD rates. Interview will be 30 minutes long. You will receive a $100 online gift card to thank you for volunteering. Please call 888-863-4353 and give them the project code, “Whitney,” or visit this website to schedule an interview.
Chief Workforce Officer Toolkit from NACHC and STAR2 Center
Recruitment and Retention Plan Template from STAR2 Center
Medical-Legal Partnership Toolkit from the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships: A planning, implementation, and practice guide for building and sustaining a health center-based MLP
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