December 19, 2017
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Happy Holidays and many thanks to all of our partners for their collaboration and contributions this year!  

Wishing you and your loved ones Peace and Joy this season
and in the New Year!
PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING HIGHLIGHTS 
Amanda Chirco, M.Ed., Project Manager, Community Health Initiatives, SCC

December 8, 2017, marked the last quarterly Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for this year.  This PAC meeting provided our partners with highlights of SCC's Community Health Activation Program (CHAP) presented by Amanda Chirco, M.Ed., SCC's Project Manager for the Community Health Initiatives program.  She gave an overview of CHAP, a CBO-led in-reach and outreach program aimed to identify, educate and integrate the uninsured and low/non utilizing Medicaid populations into community based primary and preventive care services.  

In addition to Amanda's informative highlights, three of the founding CBO partners of SCC's CHAP provided an overview of how CHAP has been implemented within their organizations.  Representatives from Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk and Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare) shared their approaches to engaging, educating and integrating the target Medicaid and uninsured population into community based care and discussed their successes, challenges and future plans of the project, which focuses on wellness coaching to increase engagement, knowledge and skills in managing health.  Their collective overview provided attendees with a better understanding of the program and the importance of engaging and integrating participants not currently engaged in their healthcare.  

Susan Jayson, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health Integration at SCC, delivered a comprehensive presentation entitled, MAX-NY and the Suffolk Care Collaborative:  Together Building Pathways to Better Health.  She gave an overview of the MAX Series as well as its implementation in Suffolk County, specifically through the work of the Action Team at Federation of Organizations.  

A Lean Project Update was provided by Alan Cooper, Ph.D, MBA, Founder and President of the Tudor Group.  Dr. Cooper has been working with three SCC partners over the last several months to train key team members and scope Lean projects at each organization.  

A regular part of the PAC meeting program always includes a report on SCC's performance metrics.  Kevin Bozza, Vice President, Population Health Management Services at SCC presented  Aligning Community and Patient Engagement with Performance Metrics, which focused on the financial impact of CHAP measures moving from Pay-for Reporting (P4R) to Pay-for-Performance (P4P) and reviewed SCC's current performance, opportunities for improvement and next steps.  

Thank you to all of our CHAP guest speakers:

Association for Mental Health and Wellness
Tara Fredericks, Director of Special Projects
Janet Farfan,  Community Outreach/Health Coach 

Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk
Adrian Fassett, CEO/President
Anne Stewart, Director of Programs
Halim Kaygisiz, Director of Health Outreach Services 

Hudson River HealthCare
Roberta Leiner, Chief of Patient and Community Engagement
Trevor Cross, Community Liaison

Watch our website for the PAC meeting video

PAC meeting attendees on December 8, 2017

SCC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WEBSITE LAUNCHES NEW BULLETIN BOARD


SCC has added a new feature to its Community Engagement webpage.  This new  Bulletin Board can be found under the Community Resources tab and highlights various neighborhood programs throughout Suffolk County.  Community members can find information on workshops, human services, community meetings, support groups and community education.  Organizations can submit their events for consideration to be posted on the Bulletin Board electronically  here.    
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

9th ANNUAL COPS WHO CARE TURKEY/HAM GIVEAWAY
Sponsored in Partnership by Suffolk County Police & the New York State Troopers
Thursday, December 21, 2017,  1 pm - 2 pm
Shaw Temple A.M.E. Church,  44th and Albany Avenue, 
North Amityville.  

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Sponsored by Stony Brook Hospital
Weekly classes start January 9, 2017, 9:30 - 11:30 am.
Provider referrals are required.  Referral instructions and forms can be found here.  
Medicaid patients can use their Medicaid transportation to attend these classes. See brochure and flyer for details. 

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOPS
Free Diabetes and Chronic Disease self-management programs.
To find convenient workshop locations and register click  here

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 ADVOCACY DAY IN ALBANY
February 27, 2018

In response to the recent cuts to the Asthma Control Program budget, the American Lung Association and the Asthma Partnership of New York have organized an "ASTHMA ADVOCACY DAY" in Albany.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
New York State Capitol
Albany, NY

To attend and educate legislators about the importance of work done to reduce the burden of asthma and the vital role we play in the health of our communities  REGISTER HERE.

For more information contact Cindy Trubisky, Senior Director-Health Education at Cindy.Trubisky@Lung.org or Kristina Wieneke, Director-Public Policy at Kristina.Wieneke@Lung.org.
SCC DELIVERS TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NEED
William Wishhusen, Assistant Director, Care Management & Care Coordination, SCC, and Ashley Maier, Patient Navigator, SCC

This year, SCC adopted 2 families from Options for Community Living, an organization that meets the needs of low income residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, with mental illness, HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions. SCC staff broke into 2 teams to shop for items wished for by the families, both for mom and the children. We truly enjoyed being able to make this holiday season special for these families.

NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
NEW BUREAU OF SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
The Office of Health Insurance Programs (OHIP) has announced the establishment of the Bureau of Social Determinants of Health within the Division of Program Development and Management (DPDM). 
 
New York's Medicaid program is a national leader in its work on the social determinants of health and its investment in supportive housing. Therefore, OHIP has decided to dedicate an entire bureau to focus on this important topic.  
 
The new bureau will focus its work on the social determinants of health (SDH) and the important role it plays in the health outcomes of New York's most vulnerable populations. The Bureau of Social Determinants of Health will focus on special SDH initiatives including but not limited to supportive housing, nutrition and education. The bureau will work closely with Performing Provider Systems (PPS), VBP contractors, Health Plans and Providers. It will also continue to enhance the role of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) within the health care sector.  Questions can be directed to   mrtsupportivehousing@health.ny.gov .  

MAX SERIES SUMMARY REPORT
The Department of Health (DOH) has released a summary report of the most recently completed Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) Series.  Between January and July 2017, Action Teams across New York State participated in the MAX Series, which focused on improving care for patients with multiple hospital visits or admissions, with a goal of reducing inpatient admissions by 10% over a six month period. Over the course of the MAX Series, each of the 22 participating Action Teams developed a care pathway and measured process improvements to achieve change within their local hospitals and communities.
 
Included in this report is an overview of the MAX Series methodology, key considerations for care pathway development, and measurable results achieved by the participating Action Teams. The report can be found on the DOH website here.
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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. Administrative Assistant
  2. Administrative Manager, Performance Reporting & Management
  3. Care Manager
  4. Community Health Associate
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.