October 28, 2016
Many people, irrespective of reading abilities, are impacted by health literacy o bst acles. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health literacy is  defined as "the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communic ate, process and understand, basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions." In celebration of health literacy month, the Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC) wanted to share the strategies the PPS network is implementing to create a sustainable model for health communication. This year, the theme for Health Literacy month is "Be a Health Literacy Hero." Health Literacy Heroes identify health literacy problems and also act to solve them.

As the population of Suffolk County expands, the diversity of the county has grown as well. Accordingly, the implementation of successful communication measures has become a growing need. In order to meet the demands of Suffolk County's diverse population health demographics, SCC has worked in conjunction with other Community Based Organizations (CBO) to address low health literacy and culture specific issues.

A major goal at SCC is to ensure that our organization and partnerships appropriately address current health disparities caused by cultural competency and health literacy related issues.  SCC is taking action in a collaborative training initiative, a "Train the Trainer" training session in conjunction with the Long Island Health Collaborative and Nassau Queens PPS.  The training program will be conducted by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Suburban Health Equity Institute. The program intends to increase skills and understanding for community-based and social service organizations, local health departments, hospitals and health providers. Post-training, the organizational leads will receive a certificate of completion and the ability to host training sessions throughout the region.  For more information on this training program please contact:  Sarah Ravenhall, sravenhall@nshc.org .

SCC leads a continuous effort to educate and promote awareness on the improvement of health communication. The development of solutions and successful long-term strategies that will aid in bettering the health care delivery model is our goal.  Additional health literacy efforts are demonstrated through SCC's Learning Center: the "Cultural Competency, Health Literacy 101" training module.  We encourage all our partners including leadership, clinical, and non-clinical partners, to review this brief training on our website, visit the Learning Center here.

Furthermore, at the SCC we encourage educational materials that are easy to read, understand and use, in order to advance health literacy within our communities. As the Collaborative grows, we will strive to offer more resources that speak to the importance of understandable health information for the community at large. The Suffolk Care Collaborative is prepared to become a health literacy hero and we commend all those working towards improving health literacy!
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Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

Presented by Dr. Margaret Rivera at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
Tuesday, November 1, 4 to 5 pm
Register by calling 631-654-7240. Complete information can be found here

Peconic Bay Medical Center is hosting a complimentary interactive workshop for family caregivers which includes lunch after the workshop
Monday, November 14, 10 to 11:30
To register call 631-548-6827.  See complete information  here

YES! Solutions is having a Post-Halloween Candy drive.  Donations are given out in inspirational candy bags with hot meals to those in need 
To donate call 917-763-3731 or email: msagritalo@optonline.net.  Details can be found  here

Looking to make a difference?  Paid volunteer opportunities available. Foster parents volunteer in local schools
Call 631-321-8229 or click here for more information

American Diabetes Association Camp Hope is for boys and girls ages 7-14 living with Type 1 Diabetes
Camp information and registration for summer 2017 can be found by clicking   here 

Applications being accepted by Concern for Independent Living for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. 
Click  for more information to apply.

Jason's ShopRite of Patchogue is offering FREE nutrition events such as screenings and cooking classes all month.   
Find November's calendar  here

South Country Community Sock and Soaps Toiletry Drive.
Find out how to donate here

Putting the Pieces Together Strategies for Suicide Prevention.
Wednesday, December 7, 8 am to 3:30 pm at the Melville Marriott Hotel
Keynote Speaker. Dese'Rae L. Stage
Register on the coalition's website by clicking here

Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP)
The New York State Department of Health, with support from CMS, has established the Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP) to increase Health Information Exchange (HIE) adoption across the state for Medicaid Eligible Professionals (EPs) including Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Building EHR interfaces to New York State Qualified Entities (QEs) or RHIOs will increase the quantity of data in the SHIN-NY and build value for the providers and patients at the point of care.

As a DSRIP Partner, you ARE eligible to apply for funds for participating in the Data Exchange Incentive Program.  Upon enrolling as a participant with the NY Care Information Gateway, you will be provided assistance with the completion of the required paperwork to receive upwards of $10,000.  Funds are available but are capped so getting th e paperwork completed in a timely fashion makes a 
difference!   For more information, call NY Care Information Gateway at 631-250-9196 or click  here.  


The September 26th Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting video is now posted on the SCC website.  This meeting hosted  Jason Helgerson, New York State's Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Health Insurance Programs, who focused on DSRIP program progress across New York State as well as ongoing efforts in New York's Medicaid program to develop delivery and payment systems that reward value instead of volume.  In addition, the SCC featured an overview of the Health Home model presented by Hope Glassberg, VP of Strategic Initiatives and Policy at Hudson River Healthcare & Ann Ferguson, Senior Director of the Northwell Health Solutions Health Home Program.  

Click here to access the video and all meeting materials.  Watch for announcements about our next PAC meeting.  
As part of the NYS DOH DSRIP Midpoint Assessment SCC Hosts Visit with IA

On October 19, 2016, representatives from the Independent Assessor for NYS conducted an on-site Midpoint Review of the PPS. Joe Lamantia, Executive Director, and several Board Members welcomed the two assessors and gave an overview of Suffolk Care Collaborative that included the PPS vision, governance structure and broad overview of the Office of Population Health.

In addition to discussing on-going DSRIP activity and monitoring responsibilities of the governance committees, all areas were highlighted throughout day.  The agenda included Cultural Competency & Health Literacy, Performance Reporting, Financial Stability and our efforts in expanding access to Primary Care throughout Suffolk County. 

We are proud to share the materials presented that day.  Click here for the full presentation.
 SCC Welcomes Two New Members of the Team!

Chris Ray is our new Data Analyst supporting data analytics for Performance Measurement, Workforce and Network Development. 
Chris received his master's in Health Informatics from Stony Brook University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Pre-medical sciences from Boston's Suffolk University. Chris spent two and a half years working for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTC-HP) at Stony Brook Medicine. He started as a clinical interviewer for several different psychiatric studies with WTC responders, and eventually moved into an informatics position which began with implementing Cerner's PowerChart EMR in both of the WTC's 100% paper-based clinics. Chris' role at the WTC-HP quickly grew as he took on more data-related responsibilities to ensure information flowed from one department to the next. Chris is excited to perform similar services for the Suffolk Care Collaborative. 
Sofia Gondal is the new Community Engagement Liaison supporting Community Engagement and Cultural Competency/Health Literacy.
Sofia is a graduate of Stony Brook University and holds a Master of Arts in Bioethics, Medical Humanities and Compassionate Care.   Sofia has participated in a number of public relations oriented projects both at the local and global levels.  Most recently, Sofia participated as a guest speaker at the United Nation's for an international Youth Day event.  Sofia has experience in healthcare in non-clinical and clinical settings as an underprivileged Community Service Coordinator and Independent Researcher.   Her research background includes work in non-clinical qualitative metrics studies and clinical data analysis.  She has helped train staff for workforce development, as well as presented special bioethics topic classes at Hofstra University.
Sofia's drive and focus for community oriented healthcare projects developed through her time as a non-clinical volunteer assisting clinical staff for a major county hospital.  Sofia understands the significance of successful collaboration of the clinical and non-clinical industries within health care.
Now available is the latest installment in NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program whiteboard video series titled, "DSRIP, An Eye Towards the Future." In this video, NYS Medicaid Director, Jason Helgerson, discusses what we see beyond the goals of DSRIP and beyond the goals of trying to achieve a more cost-effective healthcare delivery system. The video also describes how the healthcare sector can collaborate with other similar systems to improve the health, well-being, and the happiness of the communities in which we serve. View this video now by clicking here.     
Visit www.health.ny.gov/dsrip for more information.   Any questions can be sent to DSRIP@health.ny.gov .

New York State Medicaid Director, Jason Helgerson's, latest blog post for the National Health Service (NHS) Confederation shows how the New York Medicare Redesign Team approach is being replicated in England as they transform their healthcare system. In the blog titled, "STPs: Top tips for community engagement," Helgerson offers 10 ways to successfully engage communities in local transformation efforts. Read this blog post
In the second of two blog posts, Jason helgerson also  describes in length how meaningful community engagement will foster the support NHSC needs to transform services. Meaningful community engagement was essential to the success of New York's MRT process, and the lessons learned can be applied to other system transformations as well. Helgerson describes his belief that the NHSC can improve care and contain costs in a way that's supported by local communities through their sustainability and transformation plan. To read the second of two blog posts, click  here.

A DRAFT Version 2 of the revised New York State Department of Health Provider Contract Guidelines for MCOs, IPAs, and ACOs, along with comments and responses can be found by clicking here.  The Guidelines are being revised to modify the contract submission and review process to reflect Value Based Payment arrangements pursuant to the New York State Value Based Payment Roadmap and the Regulatory Impact Subcommittee. 
Any comments on the Guidelines should be submitted by October 21, 2016 to bmccs@health.ny.gov.   As these Guidelines are still in draft form, they are not yet effective. Finalized Guidelines are expected within the next few weeks.

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The SCC is pleased to invite qualified career seekers to apply for open positions. Whenever new opportunities become available, they will be posted here.
Current job openings:
  1. Director, Clinical Programs Innovation
  2. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation 
  3. Care Manager
  4. Social Worker
  5. IT Project Manager
  6. Data Governance Manager
  7. Community Engagement Liaison


For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.