July 18, 2019
SCC PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HIGHLIGHTS  
Kimberly Noel, MD, MPH, Stony Brook Medicine

Last month, SCC held it's quarterly Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting on June 27, 2019.  The meeting focused on the use of Telemedicine and its application in improving behavioral health access to patients.   Kimberly Noel, MD, MBA, Telehealth Director and Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer, Stony Brook Medicine, gave an overview of the concepts of telemedicine.  Dr. Noel shared her experience and expertise and discussed the innovations through education and collaborations at Stony Brook Medicine.  

Additionally, 3 SCC partner organizations presented an overview of their organization's programs and their journey in addressing behavioral health access through the use of Telemedicine.  Speakers included John P. Borrillo, MPA, Program Evaluator, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; Ronald Brenner, MD, Chief of Behavioral Health Services at Catholic Health Services; and Susan Wilner, LCSW, Assistant Director, Behavioral Health Services, Stony Brook Medicine.

John P. Borrillo, MPA Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens

Ronald Brenner, MD, Catholic Health Services

Susan Wilner, LCSW, Stony Brook Medicine


Ankita Shah, MBA, SCC's Financial Operations Manager, presented Strategies to Implement and Sustain Value Based Payment Models.  Ms. Shah walked the audience through the learning modules, the latest training in a Value Based Payment (VBP) learning series for Primary Care Providers and practice staff, Behavioral Health Providers including Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Providers and staff, and Community Based Organizations and staff.  Th learning modules can be found on SCC's online Learning Center and is available for everyone to view.  

SCC's Amanda Chirco, M.Ed, PMP, Project Manager, Community Health Initiatives, recapped an event SCC hosted May 23, 2019, for its Community Based Organization partners, entitled Building a Business Case for Innovative Partnerships.  The May event included presentations by Ryan Ashe, Director of Medicaid Payment Reform, and Julianne Bouchard, Senior Medicaid Payment Reform Specialist, from the NYS Department of Health and Emily Engel, Deputy Director, and Martina Ahadzi, Program Manager, from the  NYS Bureau of Social Determinants of Health.  They described the innovative projects addressing Social Determinants of Health throughout New York, VBP contracting strategies for CBOs and creating a value proposition.  Ms. Chirco invited CBOs to contact her if they are interested in collaborating to develop their own value proposition. 

Sofia Gondal, MA, Project Manager, SCC, introduced the audience to the newest addition to the SCC's Community Engagement website, the Prevention and Screening Resources page.   The new webpage is a disease specific resource guide covering Breast, Colorectal and Lung Cancers and Obesity Prevention material and is designed to be used by Suffolk County community members, caregivers, families, providers and care management teams.    

Thank you to Alyse Marotta, MPH, Administrative Manager, Behavioral Health Programs, SCC, for moderating the meeting and thank you to all of the speakers that provided valuable information to our partners.  Visit our website here for the meeting presentation.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT PAC MEETING

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM TRAINING

On October 23 & 24, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, co-hosted by SCC, Suffolk County Department of Health Services will be conducting a two-day Diabetes Prevention Program Training class for Lifestyle Coaches.  Training will be conducted by a Diabetes Prevention Program Master Trainer.

Location:  
Suffolk County Department of Health Office of Health Education
725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Building CO16, Training Room, Hauppague, NY.

Lunch will be provided.  Registration deadline:  October 4, 2019.  

If you are interested in becoming a National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach, contact Debora Rippel at 631-853-2928 or email Debora.Rippel@suffolkcountyny.gov to register.  
JOIN SCC FOR CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND HEALTH LITERACY MASTER TRAINING

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

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 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, July 26, 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.

SBIRT TRAINING AT SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Suffolk County Community College's Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Program is providing Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment (SBRIT) training on the Brentwood Campus, Friday, July 26, 2019, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  

The training will provide participants with the knowledge and ability to implement SBIRT.  Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate from NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The course will also count as four CASAC hours.  

ISSUES IN CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness will hold a conference,  Where Autism and Mental Health Intersect:  Mental Health Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The conference will take place on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, at the Radisson Long Island Hotel in Hauppauge, NY.  Karen Weigle, PhD, will be the guest speaker.   Continuing Education Contact Hours are available.  

Click here for the learning objects and registration details.
JULY HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES  
   
July 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 MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) encourages organizations and individuals to help raise awareness of mental illness, treatment and research in diverse communities.  This year's campaign WhyCare? is an opportunity to share the importance of mental health treatment and services to people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness.

Watch the NAMI docuseries,  Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture and Community which highlights perspectives on mental health from the African American and Latinx communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their resilience and recovery.

Also, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health website for additional information on resources, programs and partnerships that aim to reduce mental health disparities among minority populations.  

NATIONAL SUN SAFETY MONTH
According to the Centers of Disease Control, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, however, most cases of skin cancer are preventable.  Every year, nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer at a cost of more than $8 billion. Despite efforts to address skin cancer risk factors, skin cancer rates have continued to increase in the US and worldwide.  The goal of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer is to increase skin cancer awareness and call for actions to reduce its risk.  Click here for the Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report, which summarizes recent prevention efforts and highlights new data, developments and success stories following the Call to Action.  
THINK CULTURAL HEALTH E-LEARNING PROGRAM

To support the effort to reduce mental health disparities among minority populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) will highlight its latest e-learning program:  Improving Cultural Competency for Behavior Health Professionals. The free and accredited e-learning program is designed to develop behavioral health providers' knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).  Click here to learn more and register.

The program's four courses will cover:
  • Connection between culture and behavioral health
  • The impact of cultural identity on interactions with clients
  • Ways to engage, assess and treat clients from diverse backgrounds
Behavioral health professionals can earn up to five continuing education hours at no cost upon the completion of the self-paced program, which is accredited for counselors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. To learn about the e-learning program visit the OMH website.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

WALK FOR WELLNESS
The Family Service League will be sponsoring its 1st Annual Walk for Wellness on September 14, 2019, at 9:00 am, Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon.  Click here for the event page. 

EMS LECTURE - FIRE ISLAND
Suffolk County EMS will be holding two lectures on July 30, 2019, at the Cherry Grove Community House and Theater, Cherry Grove, Fire Island.  
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm - "The Truth Behind Vaping" by Suffolk County Sheriff's Office 
  • 7:00 - 8:30pm - "Overdoses, Substance Abuse & Addiction" by Michael Delman, MD.

  Click here for more information and to register.


EFFECTS OF ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES ON THE BRAIN
SAVE THE DATE - September 9, 2019  |  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free seminar, open to community members and professionals.  Presented by Dr. Stephen Dewey, Neuroscientist.  Event to be held at Smithtown Landing and Country Club, 495 Landing Avenue, Smithtown, NY.
Also available at the seminar:
  • Narcan Training
  • Drug Testing Kits
  • Medicine Take-Back
  • Drug Disposal Kits
  • Educational Materials

Sponsored by the Smithtown Rotary and provided by WellLife Network and the Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center.

 

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.  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.  Visit  Suffolk County's website  or contact  Deborah at 631-853-2928 for more information and program schedule.   

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, including job opportunities, which will be posted free of charge for 30 days.  To request to post on our bulletin board, click  here .  





Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS

NY MEDICAID POPULATION HEALTH SYMPOSIUM 
The NYS Department of Health announced the NY Medicaid Population Health Symposium will take place in New York City, November 18-19, 2019.   For more information visit the symposium website.  Contact statewidesymposium@pcgus.com with any questions.  

MRT PUBLIC FORUM
The Upstate Public Comment Day was held on June 24, 2019, in Albany.  The webcast of the meeting is now available on the DOH website.  In addition, the transcript of the forum is also available on the 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. Community Health Associate

For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.
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