February 6, 2018
OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH RELEASES NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY 
 
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   administers cooperative agreement and grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.

OMH  announced the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 grant funds for the National Lupus Training, Outreach, and Clinical Trial Education Program (Lupus Program). The Lupus Program seeks to reduce lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately affected by this disease by:  (1) developing public-private and community partnerships to promote recruitment and enrollment of minority populations affected by lupus into clinical trials (Priority A); and (2) creating a research plan and develop/test effective clinical trial education models to improve attitudes and practices of health care providers and paraprofessionals that will refer minority populations to lupus clinical trials (Priority B). 

Applications for funding must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov by 6:00 pm ET, March 30, 2018.  To learn more about this funding opportunity and how to apply click here.  
FREE TO BE SOCIALIZATION/GROUP MEETINGS  

 

FREE TO BE is a community of women and men dedicated to socialization, advocacy and education that support a network that provides a safe environment to grow.  

 

Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO) provides an engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals living with a disability, their families and friends.  All are welcome to join.  


Meetings include:  Inspirational guest speakers, workshops, open discussions, social events and community involvement.  


2018 meeting schedule, meeting location and additional details can be found on the flyer  here
ENGAGING NEW ALLIES IN THE HEALTH EQUITY MOVEMENT: A PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT

On  February 23, 2018,  Health Equity Initiative (HEI) will be holding the  2018 Summit   at the New York Public Library, NYC.  HEI will build on the elements that worked successfully at the 2016 Summit and incorporate new themes that will expand the reach of the health equity movement.  Find out more about the day's agenda and keynote speaker, Tonya Lewis Lee, Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer and Health Equity Champion by clicking here
SCC & GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OFFERING HEALTH LITERACY TRAINING FOR FRONT LINE STAFF

SCC will be co-hosting with the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC) a half-day health literacy training opportunity for frontline primary care, hospital, continuing care, community and faith based organization staff and managers.   
WHEN:
Thursday, April 5, 2018 
Registration and breakfast starts at 8:30 am 
Training 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE:
Suffolk Care Collaborative 
1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
Click here  for details and registration.
HANDS ACROSS LONG ISLAND (HALI) OFFERS SELF HELP PROGRAMS
Free Programs that Come to You! 


Hands Across Long Island (HALI) now offers peer specialists to facilitate groups that are specific to your population's needs at your location!  This is a free service.  Contact Jenna Esteves at 631-234-1925, ext. 333, if you would like to set up a group series for your organization.  

 

Click here to see flyer for details.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

SOUP KITCHEN EVERY FRIDAY
At HALI Cafe there is "much more than a meal."
Soup served 11:00 am - 12:30 pm for adults 18 years and older.  Stay there as late as 8 pm for computer access with free wi-fi, free movies, hot showers, coffee and snacks.   
HALI Cafe is located at 159 Brightside Avenue, Central Islip, NY, 631-234-1925.

TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN WINTER/SPRING 2018 FAMILY RECREATION GUIDE 
The Town of Brookhaven and Recreation Center offers many opportunities for family fun.  Click here for the guide.

ALZHEIMER'S & CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Sponsored by Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO)  
Meetings occur every third Monday of each month from 3 to 4 pm at SILO, 755 Waverly Ave., Holtsville, NY.  Call for additional information, 631-880-7929.

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOPS
Free Diabetes and Chronic Disease self-management programs.
To find convenient workshop locations throughout Suffolk County and register, click  here

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Visit SCC's Community Engagement page for on-going neighborhood programs here.  Partners can request to have their community events posted on the bulletin board by clicking here.

MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
If you would like to promote special events in recognition of these awareness events on our Community Bulletin Board or newsletter, submit them here.  





Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Long Island Women's Diversity Network Hosting Summit

In honor of Women's History Month, The Long Island Women's Diversity Network is hosting a Women's Diversity Summit that empowers Long Island (LI) women of diverse backgrounds to gain strength from each other.  

This Summit intends to connect and mobilize women to create positive changes on LI through a more unified sisterhood. The summit will accomplish this through:
  • Educating Long Islanders around issues and policies that challenge our unity as Long Islanders.
  • Empowering women to break down barriers for improved inclusion and advocacy.
  • Celebrating our diverse backgrounds.
WHEN:
March 24, 2018, 9 am to 3 pm
WHERE:
SUNY Old Westbury, Campus Center
WHAT:
Interactive and engaging workshops, panels & presentations
AUDIENCE:
Anyone with an interest in making meaningful connections with LI women

Register here .  
ALL THINGS VBP - VALUE BASED PAYMENT UPDATE

VBP EDUCATION OFFERED ON SCC'S LEARNING CENTER
The SCC's online Learning Center now offers  Value Based Payment (VBP) 101: Introduction to VBP Reform & A Focus on Population Health Management training.  This topic is the first in a VBP learning series for Primary Care Providers and practice staff, Behavioral Health Providers including Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Providers and staff, and Community Based Organizations and staff, particularly focused on those who address social determinants of health. VBP training is not limited to these target groups and is available to all who would like to participate and build competencies.  
 
The learning series will provide an overview of the country's health care delivery system and the goals of healthcare payment reform.  It addresses new models of care and payment and it's alignment to population health management. Participants will gain an understanding of the Triple Aim and how the system is being transformed in order to reach this goal. Training will also include VBP contracting models and risk sharing arrangements and performance measurement and data analytics under VBP. Emphasis is placed on the importance of coordinated care throughout the continuum and how social determinants of health can impact a patient's health outcomes. 

Learning objectives for Value Based Payment (VBP) 101:  Introduction to VBP Reform & A Focus on Population Health Management: 
  • Describe Population Health Management and the role of the Suffolk Care Collaborative
  • Describe the Triple Aim and the benefits to broader healthcare initiatives
  • Summarize the current status of the US health care delivery system as an impetus for moving towards value based payment models
  • Identify the key elements of Value Based Payment (VBP) efforts, including NYS Medicaid goals/progress and the NYS VBP Roadmap
SCC's Learning Center also includes Partner Resources, click on the VBP tab to access VBP University,  an online, educational resource created by NYS DOH to raise awareness, knowledge and expertise in the move to Value Based Payment (VBP). VBP University combines informational videos and supplemental materials that stakeholders interested in VBP can use to advance their understanding of this massive transformation effort.  


MANAGED LONG TERM CARE VALUE BASED PAYMENT QUALITY MEASURE DATA REPORTING TIMELINE
The NYS State Department of Health (NYS DOH) announced the release of the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Value Based Payment (VBP) Quality Measure Data Reporting Timeline, a supplement to the 2018 Value Based Payment (VBP) Reporting Requirements Technical Specifications Manual. The purpose of this document is to provide Partially Capitated MLTC Plans with a visual tool that outlines the timing of the data elements and information flow for VBP quality measurement.
 
The Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Value Based Payment (VBP) Quality Measure Data Reporting Timeline document can be found in the Quality Measures section of the VBP Resource Library  here.  Q uestions can be sent to the New York State Department of Health at  MLTCVBP@health.ny.gov .

PROVIDER CONTRACT GUIDELINES - VBP OFF-MENU CHECKLIST  
The VBP Off-Menu Value Based Payment Contracting Checklist document is now posted on the NYS DOH  website .  This tool is available by clicking here .  

MLTC VBP GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS FOR MAP, FIDA & PACE PLANS
The NYS DOH announced the release of the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Value Based Payment (VBP) Guidance Documents for Medicaid Advantage Plus (MAP) Plans, Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) Plans and Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Plans. The purpose of these documents is to make stakeholders aware of the VBP goals for all of the aforementioned MLTC plans. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document with additional information for MAP, FIDA and PACE plans is forthcoming.
The guidance documents can be found in the MLTC folder of the VBP Resource Library here.  Q uestions can be sent to the NYS DOH at MLTCVBP@health.ny.gov .
DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF DEMENTIA FOR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS  

On March 9, 2018, 8 am - 11 am, Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease, Winthrop Hospital and the Alzheimer's Association of Long Island will be hosting an educational session entitled, Detection and Management of Dementia for Primary Care Providers.  This session will take place at NYU Winthrop Research & Academic Conference Center, Mineola, NY.  Target audience is primary care physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, residents, fellows and students.  

See  flyer for learning objectives, credit/contact hours availability and registration information.  
SAVE THE DATE 
PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING  

Mark your calendars and watch for registration information for SCC's next 
PAC meeting.

Monday, March 26, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am
Hyatt Regency Long Island
Hauppauge, NY
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
DSRIP HALF-WAY MARK  
DSRIP has now reached the half-way mark of the program and PPSs are making great strides in improving outcomes for patients while lowering overall costs. Providers across the state are proving collaboration is the key to success.

Successes during the DSRIP Year 3 Quarter 2 (DY3 Q2) include:
 
PPSs Earned over $3 Billion in DSRIP Funding
Following the review of the DY3, Q2 PPS Quarterly Reports, PPSs earned $469 Million or 91% of available funds for this payment period (DSRIP year 3 quarters 1 and 2). Total overall PPS earnings through the second quarter of DSRIP Year 3 reached $3.01 Billion or 95% of all available funds. PPS progress towards meeting quality improvement targets continues at a high rate with PPSs earning 81% of all performance based funds through the second quarter of DSRIP Year 3. 
 
DSRIP Reached over 3 Million Patient Engagements
One indicator of PPSs' efforts in implementing their DSRIP projects is the number of patient engagements reported in the PPS Quarterly Reports. Through DSRIP Year 3 Quarter 2, over 3 million Medicaid patients have been engaged through DSRIP.

DSRIP Project Implementation Efforts
At the conclusion of DY3, Q2, PPSs had successfully completed all project requirements for an additional 13 projects, bringing the total number of completed projects through the first half of DSRIP Year 3 to 44. 

Positive work has taken place throughout the State and it is more important than ever during the performance phase of DSRIP to continue the momentum.
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SCC CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. All job descriptions for current opportunities are posted here.
  
Current job openings:
  1. Administrative Assistant
  2. Care Manager
  3. Community Health Associate
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.