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PMO Update
Happy 2017 to all partners!  The DSRIP program is quickly moving towards the end of DY2 as of March 31.  In making this shift, many of our projects will also be shifting to focus on performance measures and outcomes.  We are eager to work with all our partners on this journey and will be sharing more opportunities for involvement in the PPS.  
Welcome April Osorio
Please welcome April Osorio to the Bronx Health Access PMO Team.  Ms. Osorio came on board in late October in the role of Associate Project Manager.  Ms. Osorio is responsible for supporting the PMO team with various initiatives, including the Diabetes Self-Management Program, and other project-related work to assist the project managers in their day-to-day responsibilities.  This is her second time at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, having worked before at the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Unit.  She is a graduate of Monroe College, where she earned a Bachelors in Health Service Administration.  She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health at Kaplan University.
Town Hall March 2017
Please join the Bronx Health Access Team on Friday March 17 for our Town Hall.  This is an opportunity for partners to network with each other and learn more about the work of the PPS.  During this Town Hall, we will be hearing more about Maternal and Child Health work in the PPS in addition to Substance Use and Behavioral Health. 

MAT Training for Primary Care providers
This an informal inquiry of partner interest to provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.  With the expanding opioid crisis, BHA is looking to offer free training for providers in the Bronx.  The goal would be to increase access to MAT/buprenorphine in primary care settings.

Interested?  Please e-mail with the total number of providers interested in participating and your contact information no later than 3/31/17.

Kudos to the CCHL Workgroup
Congratulations to the Cultural Competency and Health Literacy (CCHL) Workgroup for the successful roll-out of the CCHL Training Series.  The workgroup has organized a series of free trainings to build awareness, understanding, and skills in working with our diverse patient populations.  There have been 7 trainings to date with overwhelmingly positive feedback about each presenter.   The workshops are being offered monthly in 2017 with the next training scheduled for March 15, 2017 on Culturally-Informed Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention  and Treatment Strategies for West African Immigrants.   

A total of 32 CCHL champions have been identified at BHA partner organizations. The workgroup members are currently organizing training to help the Champions understand how to properly use the book and introduce it to their respective organizations.    They are also working with 1199/TEF to schedule a Train-the-Trainer program for the Champions to attend to equip them to be a CCHL advocate. 

CHW Apprenticeship at BLHC
As the focus in health care shifts to preventive care and population health, a new apprenticeship program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center is training and certifying Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help fill a growing demand.  The pilot program is a joint effort involving multiple parties: 1199 Training and Education Fund (TEF),  11199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, LaGuardia Community College, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, which is paying for the apprentices' salaries and training.

Community health workers, often hired by hospitals and nonprofits, make follow-up home visits to patients after hospitalization to ensure they're following doctors' orders and to hopefully prevent readmissions. They also work in various initiatives to improve population health by targeting chronic health problems, such as diabetes and asthma.
The apprenticeship program selected 15 participants, 11 of them already employed at the Bronx hospital in jobs as varied as patient transport, housekeeping and registration, to get trained as community health workers. The apprentices will receive 168 hours of on-site classroom learning, provided by LaGuardia instructors, and spend about an equal amount of time in the field and on the job. While in the field they are paired with mentors who already work as community health workers.

At the end of the training period, they'll receive a national credential from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeships and get a significant bump in salary. The apprenticeship will enable health care workers to both upgrade their career skills and earn higher wages through a combination of mentorship and on-the-job training.  In addition, researchers from SUNY Albany will be measuring and evaluating the impact of the program from both quantitative and qualitative outcomes, measuring how patients perceive the care, the return on investment and, ultimately, the impact on patient health.

DEIP Grant Available for BH, Article 28, Article 30 clinics
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH), with support from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has established the Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP) to increase Health Information Exchange (HIE) adoption across the state.  This program is designed to help defray the cost for an organization when connecting to their local Qualified Entities (QE).
Organizations participating in DEIP are incentivized to contribute a pre-defined set of data elements to their local QE. Limited funding is available and this program is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.  This program is open to Article 28 nursing homes, Article 36 home care agencies & programs, Article 40 hospice facilitates, Behavioral Health providers (OMH, OASAS, HCBS designated providers) and organizations with Medicare and/or Medicaid EPs (non-hospital).  To learn more about the requirements, please email

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