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August 2, 2016            Vol. 2, No. 9
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THE SUMMER OF ZIKA
With the first known occurrence of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the continental United States, Federal health officials are urging pregnant women to avoid a Miami neighborhood.This is the first time the CDC has advised people not to travel to a place in the continental United States.

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 For FAQ & resources, visit acppps.org/zika. 

TONGUÇ YAMAN APPOINTED CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

ACP appointed senior IT executive Tonguç Yaman, CHCIO, CPHIMS, as the organization’s first Chief Information Officer. Mr. Yaman has successfully led initiatives in many complex environments—health systems, infrastructure, financial services and application development. Most recently, he was Deputy Network CIO for NYC Health & Hospital Corporation’s South Manhattan Healthcare Network.

Mr. Yaman earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently completing the Executive Master of Public Health program at Columbia University, he is also a teaching assistant in healthcare IT at Columbia.

COREY MAHER JOINS ACP AS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

As Chief Technology Officer, Corey Maher is responsible for growing ACP's data processing, analytics, business intelligence ​and reporting capabilities as well as regulatory reporting and technical compliance efforts.

Mr. Maher has more than 15 years’ experience designing and implementing business information systems, most recently at Oscar Insurance, a New York-based healthcare tech startup. At Oscar, he architected data pipelines, data storage and processing systems, and business intelligence software. Previously, Mr. Maher spent five years at Gilt Groupe, where he product managed​ custom built payment, order processing, warehouse management and CRM systems. 

Mr. Maher studied Democracy and Cultural Pluralism at the New School and Data Science at General Assembly.

“Technology is essential to the transformation of health care delivery that is our mission at Advocate Community Providers,” commented Mario J. Paredes, ACP Chief Executive Officer. “Seamlessly and securely enabling physicians, specialists and other caregivers to collaborate on a patient’s care will ensure better outcomes while also reducing the cost, frustration and inefficiency of unnecessary, duplicative treatment. Tonguç and Corey bring a depth of expertise and experience that will accelerate execution of ACP’s technology roadmap.”

ACP PARTNERS WITH CHINESE-AMERICAN PLANNING COUNCIL

        

Yesterday marked the start of a working partnership with the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the largest Chinese-based social services agency in the Northeastern United States. Together with ACP Community Health Workers, CPC will continue to provide culturally sensitive programs, coordinate health-related events, and support low-income communities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. 

ACP KICKS OFF HEALTH WEEK IN NEW YORK'S LEAST HEALTHY DISTRICT

ACP is first ever ACP Health Week is taking place until Saturday, August 6 in Bronx District 3, Claremont Village. The borough's district ranks the unhealthiest in the state of New York and is one of the least healthy in the United States, plagued with high rates of severe health issues including diabetes, obesity, asthma, and tobacco use. 

In an effort to emphasize the healthy habits that can cultivate healthier communities, ACP has organized a schedule of health-conscious events and partnered with local businesses to provide promotional discounts to encourage that Bronx residents to sample their neighborhood's healthy products and services. 

Visit acppps.com/acphealthfair to learn more. 

ACP PRESIDENT DR. HENRY CHEN HOSTS HEALTH TALK IN BROOKLYN

Dr. Henry Chen recently joined residents of the Excellence and Sincerity Center in Brooklyn as the physician speaker at a seminar on diabetes. The workshop, part of an on-going series of citywide health talks, emphasized the importance of diabetes prevention and proper usage of medication.

ACP's MOISES PEREZ-MARTINEZ PARTICIPATES IN NYS HEALTH FOUNDATION PANEL

"This is hard work, yet it is the most important work." Moisés Pérez-Martínez

ACP Director of Workforce, Community and Government Relations, Moisés Pérez-Martínez, represented the PPS perspective at a New York State Health Foundation panel based on their latest issue brief, Medicaid Coverage of Social Interventions: A Road Map for States. 

Perez joined Manatt Health partner and road map co-author Deborah Bachrach; Vice President of Health First, Dr. Susan Beane, and Medical Director at the New York State Department of Health, Dr. Douglas G. Fish.

"MONEY CAN'T STAND IN THE WAY OF BETTER HEALTHCARE": BLOG POST BY JASON HELGERSON 

New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, recently wrote a blog for England’s National Health Service (NHS) Confederation titled “Money Can’t Stand in the Way of Better Healthcare.” The piece urges the NHS to be innovative even when facing funding challenges, arguing that some of New York's greatest innovations came during a funding crisis. Click here to read the full blog post.

PPS NETWORK IS OPENING FOR NEW PARTNERS

Do you know a provider that would like to join ACP? The PPS Network will open on August 8 for approximately 4 weeks to allow PPSs to add providers to their network. 

Interested? Give us a call: 844-ACP-PPS2 (844-227-7772).



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