April 6, 2020
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WORKING TIRELESSLY TO KEEP OUR FAMILIES HEALTHY AND SAFE

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SCC PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING WEBINAR 

On March 30, 2020, Suffolk Care Collaborative (SCC) held its final Project Advisory
Click here for report.
Committee (PAC) meeting via webinar. SCC's executive leadership presented an overview of key program and performance highlights.

In collaboration with contracted network partners, which included Behavioral Health (BH), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Hospitals, Primary Care (PC) and Skilled Nursing Facilities and included 134 entities with 265 sites and more than 1,600 providers, the SCC operationalized eleven DSRIP projects.

SCC created a summary report, which provides an executive summary and impact summaries of the SCC programs. The report can be found here.

The accomplishments achieved under the DSRIP program would not have been possible without the hard work, support and still ongoing efforts of the SCC's many partners that created the network to improve the health of our population and to bring resources to those most in need.

If you have any questions about the information provided in the report, please email DSRIP@stonybrookmedicine.edu.

Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all of our partners.
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR PROVIDERS  

For up-to-date information, health advisories, webinars and printed materials, visit the NYS Department of Health website here.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance has been updated.  Click here for  CDC Healthcare Provider Guidance on Novel Coronavirus.

Share this CDC website with community members, family and friends for information and resources to stay healthy and safe.  
ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPANDS ITS COVID-19 RESPONSE WITH ENHANCED MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE AND PEER SUPPORT  

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW) has increased the capacity of its Mental Health Helpline in response to the overwhelming need resulting from the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mental Health Helpline is available to all Suffolk County residents who need help in finding and accessing assistance for themselves, for a friend or a family member.  Helpline staff provides information and referrals to community resources for persons living with mental illness, their families and service providers, as well as people in the general population who are experiencing stress and anxiety as a result of the recent pandemic.

When a Helpline call is received, a brief assessment will be conducted with the individual caller so they can be linked to an appropriate resource.  When needed, callers may be provided with additional advocacy through direct phone calls to other service providers to arrange for appropriate services.   A key component of the Helpline is post-call follow-up where Helpline staff will make return calls to individuals by the next day to make sure they successfully connected with mental health services.

The Helpline, which can be accessed by phone at 631-471-7242 ext. 2, is open for calls Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or via email at helpline@mhaw.org.  Emails can be sent 24/7 and will be responded to the same day or next day.   MHAW plans to expand those hours into the evening and weekend in the coming weeks.   Additional COVID-19-related resources can be found on the Mental Health Helpline webpage .
 
In addition to the Mental Health Helpline, MHAW has expanded the hours for its Peer Support Line and online Peer Support Groups.  These services are staffed by trained and experienced Certified Peer Specialists who have their own lived experience with emotional distress.  This telephone and online support will maximize access to those served and help to minimize the potential negative effects of social isolation during this challenging time.
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION UPDATED GUIDANCE
COVID-19

As the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the U.S. and globally, the American Lung Association has updated guidance on how to protect yourself and your family from becoming infected.   Click here to learn more.

The Lung HelpLine is staffed by medical professionals ready to answer questions about COVID-19 and other lung-related concerns. This service is available for free in more than 250 languages.  Contact the Lung HelpLine by calling 1-800-LUNGUSA or submitting a question online. 

Below are more resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 
ONLINE CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES
Register Today for Upcoming Online Spring 2020 Courses

Family Service League's quality curriculum is designed using the latest techniques and strategies which focus on real world applications impacting our communities today. These practical and engaging courses are facilitated by field professionals with years of experience in these highly specialized areas.

Courses are all offered via Live Webinar!

HELPING TO BUILD SELF ESTEEM IN ABUSED AND TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN
April 16, 2020, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm    
   
SUICIDE INTERVENTION, PREVENTION AND POST-VENTION
May 22, 2020, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Questions? Call 631-591-7580

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION RESOURCES

The American Heart Association advises caution and preparation for heart patients and stroke survivors because they are at higher risk of complications from the coronavirus COVID-19. They are providing resources to help the community stay safe, healthy and well-informed during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Click on the below links for some helpful tips and information from leading experts:
 
 
 
 
If you hunker down against coronavirus, don't stop reaching out, experts say
FREEDOM FROM SMOKING FACILITATOR TRAINING



May 28, 2020 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
American Lung Association
700 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 305
Hauppauge, NY

Participants must attend the entire day. 

This training will take place virtually - registration information to follow.  

For more information contact  PJ Tedeschi, Director, Tobacco Action Coalition of LI at PJ.Tedeschi@lung.org.
ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
April 2020 Webinars

Continuing Education is now online!   Join the Association for Mental Health and Wellness in April for live-online webinars.  For more information and to register,  click here.

APRIL 9, 2020 - 9 am to 12 pm
Trauma, PTSD and Accumulated Stress:  An Emotional, Behavioral and Neurological Perspective 
In this workshop, trauma, post-traumatic stress and accumulated stress injury will be defined. Symptoms and behaviors associated with these will be illustrated and discussed.  A neurological understanding of trauma, post-traumatic stress and accumulated stress injury will be achieved through a discussion of how the autonomic nervous system functions.

APRIL 16, 2020 - 9 am to 12 pm
Increasing Effectiveness in Working with Families:  A Practical Application Workshop
This webinar is designed to enhance the knowledge and skillset of professionals working with family systems. Through discussions, activities, role plays and case studies, participants will gain insight and practical tools to use in session with families.

APRIL 24, 2020 - 9 am to 4 pm
Overcoming School Refusal and Avoidance
Presented by trainers from the NYS Evidence-Based Treatment Dissemination Center, this webinar conference will explore school refusal and avoidance behavior, including differentiating school refusal and avoidance from truancy, discussing the various causes of school refusal and avoidance, and how to intervene with the child, family, and school to get the best results. Avoidance of distance learning will also be discussed. Resources and treatment options will be discussed.   Didactic session will be accompanied by interactive discussion, case examples and Q&A.

For more information, contact Christina Steudte, LMHC, csteudte@mhaw.org, 631-471-7242 ext 1330.
COMPASS UNITY UPDATES



COMPASS Unity has been Bellport/South Country School District's drug and alcohol prevention coalition since 2009. Their mission is to address the negative social and environmental conditions which expose youth to drug and alcohol use. They strive to help keep the youth of South Country schools and community safe and drug-free! 

APRIL HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES  

April 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, submit them here .

ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH
Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. It has become a national movement to draw more attention to the causes and effects of alcoholism, as well as how to help families and communities deal with drinking problems. Click on the below topics for helpful information and resources to help promote awareness. 
NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH
With Americans advised to stay in and around their homes this National Minority Health Month (April), the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will feature the theme Active & Healthy and focus on safe ways all communities can stay physically active and advance mental and emotional wellness.  To learn more, click here.  

Join OMH throughout April as they encourage everyone to stay active and support physical, mental and emotional wellness.  This year, everyone is invited to join #ActiveandHealthy, a national social media campaign that will focus on ways we can stay active and healthy in and around the house while following the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Daily themes will highlight steps people can take in and around the home to maintain and sustain an active and healthy lifestyle while reducing stress and anxiety.  

Spread the word virtually by downloading the  National Minority Health Month Toolkit full of resources, sample social media messages and downloadable graphics.   Sign up for email updates on OMH's website to learn more about National Minority Health Month, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK
The World Health Organization (WHO) is sponsoring World Immunization Week, April 24 to 30, 2020.  This year's theme is #VaccinesWork for All.  Share MyHealthfinder's consumer-friendly vaccine resources with your networks and learn more about national efforts to increase vaccine coverage with Healthy People 2020 objectives related to vaccination.

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK - April 6 - 12, 2020
Each day during this week, the National Public Health Association focuses on a particular public health topic.  Visit their website to learn more.  
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OF SUFFOLK COUNTY
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Family Health & Wellness educators have a wealth of resources online.  Most importantly, "How to talk to your kids about COVID-19" helps families navigate this sensitive topic.  Visit their website for the latest updates.  

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.
CORONAVIRUS GRANT REQUEST
 
The coronavirus is closing schools and workplaces nationwide.  Vulnerable children are losing the school meals they depend on and low-income families are struggling with lost wages.   No Kid Hungry is  offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.
 
This grant request is specifically for school districts and community organizations to submit an inquiry for grants to support nutrition programs in their communities.  Visit the website to apply for consideration.  
NYS DOH ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
GUIDANCE FOR MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY PROCESSES DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY PERIOD
On April 2, 2020, the Department of Health released a General Information System (GIS) message to inform local departments of social services (LDSS) of several changes to support Medicaid eligibility and enrollment during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These changes are effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.   The GIS can be found here.
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