May 20, 2019
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT SCC PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
business_conference.jpg

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Registration 8:30 am
Program 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn - Stony Brook
1 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY
HAPPY  NATIONAL HOSPITAL WEEK 
AND
NATIONAL NURSES WEEK 

 
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND 
WELL-BEING OF THEIR COMMUNITIES
NEW VALUE BASED PAYMENT (VBP) TRAINING AVAILABLE 
SCC Learning Center

SCC has launched two new training topics 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.

Strategies to Implement & Sustain Value Based Payment Model - Part 1

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify steps to prepare for value-based care and effective identification and management of high risk/high need patients
  • Evaluate effective Transitions of Care processes across the care continuum
  • Support closing gaps in care by increasing access to community-based services
Strategies to Implement & Sustain Value Based Payment Model - Part 2

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize opportunities to optimize care management and care coordination services across all provider types, including community based organizations (tiers 1, 2 and 3)
  • Promote cultural competency/health literacy
  • Demonstrate compliance
These two new learning topics are now available on the online Learning Center and can be accessed here.  

SCC's Learning Center provides education on VBP and other learning resources.  Click here for the VBP learning module.  Click here for additional resources, including access to the VBP University, an online, educational resource created by the NYS DOH to raise awareness and knowledge in the move to VBP.  VBP University combines information videos and supplemental materials that stakeholders interested in VBP can use to advance their understanding of this massive transformation effort.
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION © ASTHMA 101 RESOURCE BOOK

The American Lung Association ©  has a resource to help patients and their families.  The Asthma 101 book is an excellent starting point to learn about asthma. This 47 page book describes how asthma impacts the lungs, signs and symptoms, medication and environmental treatment and self-management strategies.  An asthma action plan and medication delivery device instruction sheets are also included.

The book is available in English and Spanish.  Click here to obtain the online book.  

MAY HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES

May provides several opportunities to promote health and wellness awareness. Listed below are several resources to help community leaders and healthcare providers start planning ways to communicate, educate and involve the community they serve.   If you would like to promote special events in recognition of any of these observances on our Community Bulletin Board or newsletter, submit them  here.

MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
During the month of May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) raises mental health awareness through campaign promotion. This year's campaign is entitled, WhyCare? The WhyCare? campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to others, in mental health treatment and services and in support and education to millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness. 

For resources to help support awareness and advocacy, visit NAMI's website.  


NATIONAL SKILLED NURSING CARE WEEK
Every day, skilled nursing centers assist seniors and people with disabilities in living their happiest and best lives. In 2019, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) will focus on living soulfully. This week will celebrate skilled nursing centers, and their residents and staff, by showcasing how they achieve happy minds and healthy souls.  Visit the  American Health Care Association's website  for a helpful toolkit, which includes sample promotional documents and templates, to help plan your celebration.

NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH
During National Stroke Awareness Month, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) aims to promote awareness about stroke, the importance of controlling high blood pressure to reduce the risk of stroke and dementia and how to take preventive measures.

Visit the NINDS Mind Your Risk webpage to learn how to manage your risk of stroke through effective lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and staying active, or visit NINDS Know Stroke webpage to learn more about the disease and what you can do to create awareness.

NATIONAL WOMAN'S HEALTH WEEK 
May 12-18, 2019, is National Woman's Health Week (NWHW).  NWHW is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Woman's Health (OWH) and aims to remind women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.

As part of the observance, OWH reminds women to:
  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman checkup, preventive screenings and vaccines
  • Get active
  • Eat healthy
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
  • Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections
Visit the Office of Women's Health webpage to learn more.
Community word cloud with magnifying glass, concept
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

HEALTHY SUNDAYS PROGRAM
Catholic Health Services of Long Island's health screening program provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island.   Click here for schedule of upcoming event dates and locations.

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH ® WORKSHOP SERIES
Free 6 week health education program for people with chronic illness.  Ongoing registration and information on various programs offered throughout Suffolk, can be found on the SCC Community Bulletin Board here.  

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
Free to Suffolk County Residents at-risk for developing type-2 Diabetes.  Offered by Suffolk County Department of Health Services, this program is led by a trained lifestyle coach.  Visit  Suffolk County's website  or contact  Deborah at 631-853-2928 for more information and program schedule.   

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, including job opportunities, which will be posted free of charge for 30 days.  To request to post on our bulletin board, click  here .  




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
LEARN TO BE...  TOBACCO FREE PROGRAM  
Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Smoking cessation programs and support groups are organized across Suffolk County.  

Click here for the various locations, program particulars and registration information.   For more information contact Debora.rippel@suffolkcountyny.gov | 631-853-2928.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY Grants  - Word on Folder Register of Card Index. Selective Focus. Catalog Concept.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. OMH has released a new funding opportunity announcement for which applications are now being accepted.

Announcement Number: MP-CPI-19-002
Opportunity Title: Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)
Award Ceiling: $400,000  |   Award Floor: $325,000
Application Due Date: May 31, 2019

The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.  Click here for details and to apply.
NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT:  VALUE BASED PAYMENT ROADMAP UPDATES
The Department of Health (DOH) is in the process of updating the NYS Value Based Payment (VBP) Roadmap for submission to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The DOH is seeking public comment on the proposed updates to the VBP Roadmap pertaining to the following topic areas:
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Managed Long-Term Care
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Children's VBP Arrangement
  • Quality Measures and Network Integration
Click here for the redlined version of the NYS VBP Roadmap and submit feedback on the proposed updates to vbp@health.ny.gov by 5pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

The June 2018 edition of the CMS-approved NYS VBP Roadmap is posted on the VBP Resource Library, along with the approval letter from CMS. Questions may be submitted to vbp@health.ny.gov.

PCMH STUDY REPORTS POSITIVE IMPACT OF DSRIP
United Hospital Fund, an independent, nonprofit organization working to build a more effective health care system for New Yorkers, recently credited the Medcaid Reform Team's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program with the rapid increase of primary care providers in New York State that are adopting a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model.  The high-performing, health care delivery model rose by more than 35 percent between May 2017 and May 2018, a dramatic increase in the rate of growth over prior years.  Well done, DSRIP!  Read the fu ll article here.  
Job woman showing hiring sign. Young smiling Caucasian   Asian businesswoman isolated on white background.
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. Community Health Associate
  2. Manager, Business Analytics

For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.
VISIT THE SCC WEBSITE 
TO VIEW OUR PREVIOUSLY 
PUBLISHED NEWSLETTERS