February 28, 2019
SCC TAKES FIRST PLACE AT THIS YEAR'S NYS DSRIP LEARNING SYMPOSIUM   

The 4th Annual New York State DSRIP Learning Symposium,  Beyond the Finish Line! took place February 11 -13, 2019,  in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The Symposium gives an opportunity to celebrate successes and recognize the positive impact DSRIP is having on the health of Medicaid members.  Each PPS prepared displays to showcase the work of DSRIP partners with the theme of the Saratoga Race Track for the PPS Impact Exhibition that took place the first night of the Symposium.  

The SCC team channeled their creativity to design an interactive display that included a diorama, video and listening station to illustrate multiple projects with engaged partners.  
For the second year in a row, SCC brought home the First Place Trophy!

The winning line up:  
Win (1st Place) - Suffolk Care Collaborative
Place (2nd Place) - Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative
Show (3rd Place) - Nassau-Queens PPS

SCC presented 3 programs, each was represented as a horse on the racetrack of the diorama. 
  1. The Underage Drinking Prevention Program, a partnership between Family Service League and COMPASS Unity, South Country School District's drug and alcohol prevention coalition, designed to implement community based substance use prevention programs.
  2. HRHCare Mobile Unit provides primary care visits to clients of behavioral health facilities throughout Suffolk County.
  3. Cultural Competency/Health Literacy Master Training is a workforce training program that advances cultural and linguistic competence, promotes effective communication to eliminate health disparities and enhances patient outcomes.
Representatives from each of these programs  described the impact across Suffolk County.  Their interviews were displayed as video vignettes.

Part of SCC's exhibit also included a listening station that highlighted 3 programs that went above and beyond the scope of SCC's DSRIP projects.  Sound bites gave a brief description of each of the programs and progress to date.

Listening Station Topics:   
  • Medication Adherence Pilot Program
  • Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) Series with Community-based Organizations
  • Family Service League DASH  (Diagnostic, Assessment and Stabilization Hub) Program
Poster Reception:  
Forty posters representing programs across the state were on display throughout the symposium.  SCC's poster submissions included the second place award winning poster for the Medication Adherence Pilot Program.  See details below.

Prescription (Rx) for Communication: Building Community Partnerships to Improve Medication Adherence
Presented by Alexandra Kranidis, MPH, CPH, CHES, AE-C, SCC Project Manager, and Alyse Marotta, MPH, SCC Administrative Manager, Behavioral Health Programs
             
To address performance gaps in medication adherence measures, SCC developed a Medication Adherence Pilot Program.  The program seeks to link primary care provider practices and local, independent pharmacies to improve communication between them. The goal is to enhance existing or establish new communication lines through which primary care practices can receive early notification of patients at risk of not picking up their prescriptions.
 
SCC is collecting data to evaluate the efficacy and scalability of the project. For more information about the Medication Adherence Pilot Program, click here for the poster board

SCC's winning team at Learning Symposium Impact Exhibition
JOIN SCC FOR CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND HEALTH LITERACY MASTER TRAINING
March 26, 2019

The communities we serve are growing in cultural and linguistic diversity. There is a need to inspire cultural change within organizations. 

On March 26, 2019, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, SCC will be holding Cultural Competency and Health Literacy (CCHL) Master Training, an interactive program in which participants will have hands-on learning experience to build better communities. 
 
Post-training, Master Trainers will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to provide training sessions.  Master Trainers will be able to facilitate two different trainings: (1) 2 hour CCHL training sessions for workforce professionals and (2) 7.5 hour master training sessions for future master-trainers.
 
Participants must apply by end of business Friday, March 8, 2019.  Please note, completing the application does not confirm attendance to this program. Upon completing the application, you will receive follow up from a CCHL lead with next steps.    For more information on the CCHL program  click here.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION GRANT OPPORTUNITY

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the 2019 Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) grants.  Members of the BCOR community will work to, "increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction."  SAMHSA plans to issue three grants of up to $200,000 per year for up to three years.  Applications are due April 2, 2019, and can be accessed here.  
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE'S SPRING 2019 EDUCATION & TRAINING COURSES FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS 

Family Service League's  quality curriculum is designed using the latest techniques and strategies, which focus on real world applications impacting our communities today.

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO HELP CHILDREN WITH OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER - March 21, 2019, 9 am - 12:00 pm

INTRODUCTION TO ENGAGEMENT, ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS - March 28, 2019, 9:30 - 11:30 am

TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS - April 5 and 12, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Questions, call 631-591-7580.  For details about credits offered, course fee and to register, click here.  
MARCH HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES

March 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.

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH 
National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrated the month of March. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.   Visit the website here for more information.  For handouts and fun activities, click here

NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
This March, don't assume.   Don't assume you're too young for colorectal cancer.  Don't assume you're alone.  And don't assume we don't need your support to end this disease within our lifetime.   "Don't Assume" is the Colorectal Cancer Alliance's 2019 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month public awareness campaign. Their goal is to challenge assumptions and misconceptions about colorectal cancer by dispelling myths, raising awareness and connecting people across the country with information and support.
When people stop assuming, they get screened, they reach out for support, they pay attention to their symptoms and they advocate for their health.   To learn more about "Don't Assume," and to get the toolkit, visit the  Colorectal Cancer Alliance website.
 
PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
March 10 - 16, 2019, is  Patient Safety Awareness Week, an annual recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about healthcare safety.  During this week, the  Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)  seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, and inspire action to improve the safety of the healthcare system - for patients and the workforce.  Download ready to use materials for your workplace by  clicking here.   

NATIONAL LGBT HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
March 25 - 29, 2019, is the 17th Annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week, created to raise awareness of timely LGBT health issues.  Visit the National Coalition for LGBT Health website to partner with the Coalition and for more information. 
SHIN-NY CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND USAGE SURVEY
Your Help is Requested to Complete the SHIN-NY Customer Satisfaction and Usage Survey 

National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, an independent non-profit research organization, is administering a web survey designed to assess user experiences with health information exchange services offered by New York's eight Qualified Entities (QEs). The SHIN-NY Customer Satisfaction and Usage survey began the week of January 28, 2019. The results of this survey will be used to improve health information exchange services provided by New York's eight QEs and the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

The survey asks about how an organization uses specific clinical data exchange services provided by New York's eight QEs in care delivery. Questions also focus on the level of satisfaction with the different QE services, as well as any challenges around the use of the services.

Your feedback is greatly valued. If you receive an invitation to participate in the survey, please complete it as soon as possible.  After completing the brief online survey, respondents will receive a gift code or can donate their gift to a charitable organization.

This survey is commissioned by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health.   For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the NORC at the University of Chicago team at SHIN-NY@norc.org or call 1-800-975-2754.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
American Diabetes Association Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will take place , 9:30 to 11:30 am, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 at Stony Brook Hospital Lobby Conference Room 1.

Provider referrals are required.  Prior to enrolling in class, participants must schedule a 1:1 assessment with Patty Skala, RN, CDE, 631-444-0580.  For additional information and questions call 631-444-9954.  

SHOPRITE HEALTHY EVENTS CALENDAR
ShopRite Stores Registered Dietitians hold several events each month at various store locations in Suffolk.  Events include cooking classes, demonstrations, wellness lectures and more, for adults and children.  Visit their website to check out what's happening at your local ShopRite.  

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 or diabetes.  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.  Programs start February and March, 2019 at Smithtown Public Library and HRHCare in Shirley.  Contact Deborah at 631-853-2928 to sign up.  Visit Suffolk County's website for more information.

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.




Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
ASTHMA EDUCATOR INSTITUTE  
April 11 and 12, 2019

The Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day preparatory course for individuals that want to implement asthma guidelines-based care and those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam.

April 11 and 12, 2019
Catholic Healthcare Services of LI
110 Bi-Country Road, #114,  Farmingdale, NY

To apply for this free course (which also includes materials, coffee and lunch) click here.
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April 4 and 5, 2019

Suffolk Care Collaborative and Suffolk County Community College, Office for Continuing Education, invite you to participate in a Health Care Career Fair taking place at 2 convenient locations.  
NO registration fee required.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Suffolk Community College, Michael J. Grant campus in Brentwood, NY  
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Friday, April 5, 2019
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Suffolk Community College Culinary Arts Center, Riverhead, NY

Contact the College's Office for Continuing Education at 631-451-4552 with questions.  Click here for more information and registration forms.  
NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS

MLTC VBP WEBINAR
The Department of Health announced that guidance documents from the Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Value Based Payment (VBP) Webinar and the VBP Tracking Report (VBPTR) Webinar are now available.  The purpose of these documents is to provide guidance to MLTC plans about Level 2 contracting and how to complete the VBPTR.  The guidance documents can be found in the MLTC folder of the VBP Resource Library.   For questions, please contact the Department of Health at MLTCVBP@health.ny.gov.
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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. Community Health Associate
  2. Data Acquisition and Integration Analyst  

For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.
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