February 11, 2019
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.
ADVANCED LEARNING FOR PROFESSIONALS IN HEALTH & ADDICTION 

Advanced Learning for Professionals in Health & Addiction (ALPHA) is a collaborative between Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and Family and Children's Association (FCA) offering training to professionals working in the fields of Substance Use, Public Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Education and others.  

Their Winter 2019 training schedule includes these topics:
  • The Rise of a New Epidemic:  Benzodiazepines and Gabapentinoids 
  • Youth Risk and Suicide Assessment
  • Seniors and Opiate Use
  • Group Facilitation:  Skills Practice
  • Management Bootcamp
Training sessions offer Continuing Education Credits. 

If you have ideas for topics, speakers and venues, contact ALPHA at 516-746-0350, Ext. 4365.  For dates, locations and registration information click here for informational flyer.  
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS - HEALTH CARE CAREER FAIR   job_fair_chalkboard.jpg
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.  
ASTHMA COALITION WINTER MEETING

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Place: Four Points by Sheraton
           333 South Service Road
           Plainview, NY

Special Guest Presenter:
Jill Heins, MS, MBA, MHC-C,  National Director of Lung Health
American Lung Association

Topic:
Asthma Quality Improvement that Works:
A Successful Partnership between a Private Organization, Managed Care, and Primary Care

RSVP to Anne.little@lung.org.
FEBRUARY HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES

February 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.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
During this month, it is important to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans and raise awareness about the health disparities that impact African Americans in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of all Black adults have some form of cardiovascular disease.

This year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus its efforts on raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and the effects on the African American community.  Visit the Black History Month webpage for downloadable materials, upcoming events and health resources.

AMERICAN HEART MONTH
American Heart Month is observed every February to raise awareness about heart disease and the importance of reducing the risk through healthy lifestyle changes, such as increased physical activity and healthy eating.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 610,000 people die from heart disease a year, making the disease the leading cause of death in the United States.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is launching the #OurHearts national initiative to encourage heart healthy habits.  For more information on American Heart Month activities and resources click here.  

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
February 2019 National Children's Dental Health Month is sponsored by the American Dental Association. This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.
 
This year's campaign slogan is "Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile".
Visit the   American Dental Association's website for information, downloadable posters and program planning guide to help promote the benefits of good oral health to children.  
OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH ANNOUNCES 2019 THEME FOR NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH  
Active & Healthy | April 2019

National Minority Health Month begins on  April 1, 2019, and the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) will be raising awareness about the important role an active lifestyle plays in keeping communities healthy.  The theme, A ctive & Healthy, highlights the health benefits from even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity throughout the day.  Every move counts!  And physical activity promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases and other conditions that are more common or severe among racial and ethnic minority groups.

Visit the OMH website to learn more about National Minority Health Month, and sign up for the National Minority Health Month Updates to be notified of new tools and resources to support events and programs.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

TAI CHI ARTHRITIS AND FALL PREVENTION
North Shore Jewish Center, 385 Old Town Rd., Port Jefferson Station -  February 25 - April 25, 2019 |  Part 1 - 10:30 - 11:30 am | Part 2 - 11:45 am - 12:45 pm | Part 3 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm.  
Call to register:  631-444-8385.   Click here for flyer.

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.
PATCHOGUE FAMILY YMCA HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAMS 
Free Workshops

Click on each title below for program flyer

A 12 week exercise program for cancer survivors, meetings are twice per week. Includes a FREE 3-month membership to the YMCA.  Program starts March 13, 2019.

A 12 week Falls Prevention program for people who have issues with balance. This gentle exercise class is built upon the principles of Taijiquan.  Program starts March 4, 2019.

A 6 week workshop for people with any type of ongoing health problems, physical and/or emotional.  This workshop is taught in a classroom setting, starting April 1, 2019.

A once a month caregivers support group for people who live or take care of people with Alzheimer's.  This program is on-going.

A once a week walking club that will utilize the in-door track and walking outside, depending upon the weather; starts February, 2019.
DSRIP STORIES OF MEANINGFUL CHANGE IN PATIENT HEALTH
Press Release:  Storybook Highlights Transformative Change in Healthcare Across New York State

The New York State Department of Health announced the release of a compendium of stories highlighting transformative care through New York's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program, or DSRIP.

The storybook, which details fifteen examples of meaningful change in patient health, highlights successes in improving outcomes by putting the needs of the patient at the forefront of healthcare transformation.   "Over the past four years, DSRIP has reduced preventable hospital admissions by 17 percent, resulting in considerable savings for the State's Medicaid program," said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker. "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has consistently led the nation in implementing reforms to improve efficiency and outcomes for Medicaid members across the State."

In April 2014, New York finalized an agreement with the federal government for a groundbreaking waiver which allowed New York to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) reforms. DSRIP, which was established to help improve outcomes and reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent, has made considerable progress towards that goal over the last four years.   A cornerstone of DSRIP, health and social care providers across New York formed collaborative networks called Performing Provider Systems (PPS) to implement innovative projects focused on system transformation, clinical improvement, and population health improvement. Working with local partners such as hospitals, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations, DSRIP PPS have promoted community-level collaborations and have implemented creative solutions to improve the lives of the Medicaid members they serve.

"DSRIP is about putting patients back at the center of the healthcare system in New York," said New York State Medicaid Director, Donna Frescatore. "The DSRIP storybook demonstrates that improving patient outcomes and keeping members out of the emergency room is possible through innovative and collaborative partnerships."   DSRIP: Stories of Meaningful Change in Patient Health highlights only a handful of the many examples of healthcare transformation throughout New York. From culturally competent care coordination, to healthy food, to convenient locations for health care screenings and patient education, the compendium of stories personifies DSRIP and PPS across the state.

NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS

2019 CHILDREN'S VALUE BASED PAYMENT QUALITY MEASURE SET
The 2019 Children´s Value Based Payment (VBP) Quality Measure Set is now available on the VBP Resource Library website.   The Measurement Year (MY) 2019 Children´s Quality Measure Set was created in collaboration with the Children´s Health VBP Subcommittee and Clinical Advisory Group (CAG), as well as the New York State VBP Workgroup. The goal of this measure set is to align with measure sets put forth in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, for the Quality Assurance Reporting Requirements (QARR) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), where applicable. The Children´s measure set was designed to encourage providers to meet high standards of patient-centered clinical care and coordination across multiple care settings for the child and adolescent population.   For questions regarding the 2019 VBP Quality Measure Sets, contact vbp@health.ny.gov.   The 2019 Children´s VBP Quality Measure Set can be found here.  

CHILDREN'S MEDICAID HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION UPDATE
The Department of Health (DOH) released the February 2019 Children's Medicaid Health and Behavioral Health System Transformaiton Update.  The DOH thanks all involved for assisting in transforming children's Medicaid services into a more effective system for some of the state's most vulnerable.  Click here to read the Update.   
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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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