August 9, 2016
The next Project Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2016 beginning 1:00pm through 3:00pm.
The SCC is excited to announce that Jason Helgerson, New York State's Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Health Insurance Programs, will offer the keynote presentation. Topics will focus on ongoing efforts in New York's Medicaid program to develop delivery and payment systems that reward value instead of volume and DSRIP Mediciad reform program progress across the state.
New York's Medicaid program provides vital health care services to over 5 million New Yorkers and has an annual budget in excess of $54 billion. Mr. Helgerson also leads Governor Cuomo's effort to fundamentally reshape the state's Medicaid program in order to both lower costs and improve health care quality under the Medicaid Redesign Team.
Prior to arriving to New York, Mr. Helgerson was Wisconsin's Medicaid Director. In that capacity, he administered the state's nationally recognized BadgerCare Plus program for children and families (Wisconsin's Family Medicaid, SCHIP, and Healthy Start Program); BadgerCare Plus Core Plan; SeniorCare (Pharmacy Plus Waiver); FoodShare (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program); and Wisconsin's Chronic Disease Program. Mr. Helgerson was also the principle project sponsor for BadgerCare Plus. 
Mr. Helgerson served in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), as well as the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and was the Senior Education Policy Advisor for Mayor Ron Gonzales of the City of San Jose, CA. As both the Milwaukee Public Schools chief lobbyist for the district and a deputy budget director, he also worked for Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist where he was the Education Policy Advisor and a senior official in the Mayor's Budget Office. Mr. Helgerson received his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago in 1995, and his B.A. in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC in 1993.
Mr. Helgerson recently wrote a blog for England's National Health Service (NHS) Confederation titled "Money Can't Stand in the Way of Better Healthcare," urging them to be innovative even when facing funding challenges. To read the full blog, click here.
Space is limited, please register as soon as possible by clicking here!
Bi-weekly announcements on the DSRIP program from the New York State Department of Health
The New York State Health Foundation has recently announced a new report entitled "Medicaid Coverage of Social Interventions A Road Map for States." This issue brief by Manatt Health, supported by NYSHealth and Milbank Memorial Fund, outlines opportunities for state Medicaid programs to integrate social interventions into their coverage, payment, and delivery models. Click here to learn more.
The list of organizations who submitted Letters of Interest in regards to the CBO Planning Grant RFA is now available online. To access this information, please click here and select the "Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant" hyperlink. The Letters of Interest list can be located at the end of the Question and Answers document. 
For those who are unable to attend the Bootcamps in your region, Sessions 1, 2, and 3 of Region 1 (Capital region, Mid-Hudson, and the Southern Tier) have been webcast live and are available for playback at any time here. While recorded in Region 1, the content is applicable statewide. In addition, the presentation materials from each session can be accessed in the VBP Library.
Community Health Activation Program (CHAP) Super Users were further oriented to the Patient Activation Measurement (PAM) Tool
Representatives from Insignia Health hosted a 2-day Super User Training of the Patient Activation Measure for CHAP Community Based Organization partners on Aug 1st-2nd.
Photographed: From left to right, starting back row: Palma Ponte, Health Center Manager, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP); Andrew Lehto, Director Community Outreach, Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare); Steven Garrigan, Training and Development Specialist, Insignia Health; Halim Kaygisiz, Director of Outreach, Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk (EOC); Julie Niemann, Strategic Account Executive, Insignia Health; Trevor Cross, Community Liaison, HRHCare; Amy Solar-Greco, Project Manager, Suffolk Care Collaborative; Maritza Quintero, Training Specialist, PPHP; Marco Lamas, Outreach Worker, EOC; Sarah McGowan, Team Leader, Association of Mental Health & Wellness (MHAW); Amanda Watral, Senior Community Needs Specialist, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island; Angela Malone, Division Director of Health Services, EAC Network; Tara Larkin-Fredericks, Director of Special Projects, MHAW; Gloria Mooney, DSRIP Project Manager, Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Click here to learn more about the SCC's Community Health Activation Program.
Portrait of smiling home caregiver and senior woman walking together through a corridor. Healthcare worker taking care of elderly woman.
The Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life.  MOLST is New York State's Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm Program.  These programs are based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form, and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes.
For more information about New York's MOLST Updates, please navigate to and
The Community Computer Connections Program, a service project of The Retired Senior Volunteer of Suffolk County takes donated computers and under a Microsoft Refurbishing license the agency holds, is able to refurbish the computers and give them back to financially challenged families and individuals in Suffolk County. 
This is a win/win for all involved: the environment in recycling viable computers and saving our landfills, the seniors able to utilize their tech knowledge and the families that can't afford to purchase this essential technology. Computers eligible to be refurbished must be less than 5 years old. Laptops are especially needed by the homebound and students.  For more information call Pegi Orsino, Executive Director/RSVP 631-979-9490 x11.  
NIH is funding a precision medicine research with a focus on health disparities.  
Recently published by NIH, pending available funding, the launch of a new program for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research exploring the potential for precision medicine to promote health equity and advance the science of minority health and health disparities. Priority research areas for NIMHD's precision medicine initiative include:
  • Development of new tools and analytic methods for integrating patient data with information about contextual factors acting at the community or population level to influence health outcomes
  • Development of pharmacogenomic and other precision medicine tools to identify critical biomarkers for disease progression and drug responses in diverse populations
  • Translation of pharmacogenomic discoveries into clinical practice including effective treatments
  • Investigation of facilitators and barriers to implementing precision medicine approaches in disparity populations
  • Understanding mechanisms that lead to differential health outcomes in common diseases in minorities and disparity populations
Learn more about this initiative, click here.
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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. Care Manager
  2. Data Integration Analyst
  3. Data Analyst
  4. Social Worker
  5. Director, Clinical Programs Innovation
  6. Provider Engagement Liaison
  7. Project Manager: PCMH Practice Facilitation
  8. Project Manager: DSRIP Programs
  9. Community Engagement Liaison
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.