April 24, 2018
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION© LAUNCHES MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER REFERRAL DIRECTORY

The American Diabetes Association© (ADA) recommends that diabetes care providers routinely screen patients for psychosocial challenges and make referrals to mental health professionals who have experience with diabetes management and effective treatment strategies.  

The ADA© has launched a new  Mental Health Provider Directory which  lists individuals who treat the psychosocial/mental health needs of people with diabetes.   The on-line directory can be found  here .  This link also provides other valuable diabetes resources.  
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM

Stony Brook Medicine will be holding American Diabetes Association © recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program during the month of May, 2018. 

May 3      Class #1 Introduction to Diabetes and Complications
May 10    Class #2 Monitoring, Medications and Problem-Solving
May 17    Class #3 Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
May 24    Class #4 Healthy Coping and Reaching Goals

A provider referral is required.  All participants must schedule an assessment with Patty Skala, RN, CDE, prior to enrolling in class. To schedule an appointment call 631-444-0580.  To obtain more information please call 631-444-9954.  Click here for flyer containing class times and locations.  

CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND HEALTH LITERACY MASTER TRAINING PROGRAM

Join SCC in the next Cultural Competency and Health Literacy (CCHL) Master Training Program.  Master trainers will  receive a certificate of completion to be able to lead 2 hour CCHL training sessions for workforce professionals and  7.5 hour master training sessions.  

When:   Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Where:   Suffolk Care Collaborative, 1393 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge 

Applications are being accepted through May 4, 2018.  For details regarding application process and to apply, click here.  
MAY HEALTH AND WELLNESS OBSERVANCES

May provides several opportunities to promote health and wellness awareness.  Here are several resources to help community leaders and healthcare providers start planning ways to communicate, educate and involve the community they serve.

ASTHMA AWARENESS MONTH
May gives the Asthma Coalition of Long Island (ACLI) the opportunity to renew their dedication to improving health outcomes and quality of life for the 26 million Americans living with asthma, including 7.1 million children.  More than 75,000 of those children live on Long Island.  ACLI can help you plan your own  Asthma Awareness Month event by providing educational materials, teaching tools, bubbles, crayons, coloring books and "Trigger Bingo."   Click here to request an event kit.  Download a copy of the 
Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Guide from the Environmental Protection Agency  here .  

In recognition of World Asthma Day, May 1, 2018, Stony Brook Medicine will be hosting an educational event.  Join asthma experts from adults and pediatric pulmonology to hear about the latest strategies in asthma care.  
May 1, 2018, 11 am - 2 pm, Stony Brook University Hospital cafeteria.   

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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) raises the awareness of mental health. NAMI fights stigma, provides support, educates the public and advocates for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. In 2018, NAMI will promote the theme of "CureStigma" throughout all awareness events, including Mental Health Month. Visit NAMI's  website for more information.

To make your outreach during May easier, the National Council for Behavioral Health developed materials to promote Mental Health Month.  Click here for infographics and other resources to use on social media, on your blog, in your local paper and newsletter or in your organization.

The third week in May (May 13-19, 2018) is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.   National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to raise awareness among students before the school year ends.  To l earn more and obtain a planning event toolkit visit SAMHSA's website
IN-PERSON AND ON-LINE SUPPORT GROUPS
Free and Open to the Public
Offered by Association for Mental Health and Wellness

IN-PERSON
Mood Disorder
Fridays at 6:30 pm - Selden 
Call 631-698-4846 for location

Relatives and Friends of Persons with Mental Illness
Thursdays at 7:00 pm - 939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma 
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm - Synergy Center, 1380 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead

Healing Connections Peer Support Group
Thursdays 7:00 pm - 939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma

ON-LINE
Healing Connections Peer Support Groups
Saturdays 11:00 am or Sundays 6:30 pm

Click here to print flyer.  Call Association for Mental Health and Wellness Helpline for more information about these groups, 631-226-3900 or visit the website.  
VETERANS PEER SUPPORT PROJECT

Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project is a joint initiative of Suffolk County United Veterans and Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS: 

VETERANS PEER GROUP MEETINGS
Meetings take place at various locations across Suffolk County.  For the full list of sites, meeting days and times, click here.

The Veterans Peer Support Project also serves the community through outreach at the following Suffolk County libraries:
  • Huntington Library (Station Branch):  1335 New York Ave, Huntington Station
  • Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library:  407 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley
  • Northport Public Library:  151 Laurel Ave, Northport
  • East Northport Public Library:  185 Larkfield Road, East Northport
  • Sachem Public Library:  150 Holbrook Road So, Holbrook
See the library's website for information on dates Dwyer Project staff will be on site with a resource table.

5th ANNUAL VETERAN & FAMILY DAY OF WELLNESS
Free activities for Veterans and their families dealing with post-service transition issues. 
June 9, 2018, check-in starts at 9 am
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, 2 Chet Swezey Road, Center Moriches.   
Click here for flyer.  Register here.  
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Bi-weekly spotlights highlighting opportunities for community engagement throughout Suffolk County

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCE FAIR FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
"See For Yourself 2018" Fair sponsored by Suffolk Cooperative Library System.
Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 am - 3 pm.  For more information call 631-286-1600 or email outreach@suffolknet.org.  Click here for flyer.  

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM SERIES
Hosted by Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
Program begins  Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:30 pm at the Office of Health Education 725 Veterans Highway, Hauppauge.  Pre-registration is required.  Ca ll Debora at 631-853-2928 to register.   For more information, visit the website using the  Healthy Living tab, or call the Office of Health Education at 631-853-3162.  See flyer here.  

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH® WORKSHOPS
FREE Diabetes and Chronic Disease self-management programs.
To find convenient workshop locations throughout Suffolk County 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.

MAY IS NATIONAL ASTHMA AWARENESS MONTH AND MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
If you would like to promote special events in recognition of these awareness events on our Community Bulletin Board or newsletter, submit them here.  





Please visit our Community Engagement page  for our calendar of events and  resources.
CATHOLIC HEALTH SERVICES HOSTS HEALTHY SUNDAYS

Catholic Health Service's (CHS) Healthy Sundays provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island. 

Healthy Sundays addresses prevalent medical conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension, to improve quality of life while decreasing morbidity and mortality. Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, as well as flu shots, are administered throughout the year. Educational seminars are given in Spanish or English.  These FREE health screenings include health education material, refreshments and children's activities.  Click here for upcoming scheduled events.
PEER SPECIALIST TRAINING
Recovery & Wellness

Association for Mental Health and Wellness is offering 10 week classroom training for people who are interested in: 
  • Offering Trauma-informed Peer Support
  • Achieving the NYS Peer Specialist Certification
  • Working in the field of peer services
For more information and to register contact Tracy Puglisi at 
Tpuglisi@mhaw.org or call 631-471-7242, ext. 1302.

Click here for informational flyer.
ALL THINGS VBP - VALUE BASED PAYMENT RESOURCES

Visit SCC's Learning Center to access VBP training:
These training topics are the first two in a 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, particularly focused on those who address social determinants of health. VBP training is not limited to these target groups and is available to all who would like to participate and build competencies. 
The Learning Center also provides Partner Resources w here you can access VBP University,  an online, educational resource created by NYS DOH to raise awareness, knowledge and expertise in the move to Value Based Payment (VBP). VBP University combines informational videos and supplemental materials that stakeholders interested in VBP can use to advance their understanding of this massive transformation effort.  
NYS DOH DSRIP ANNOUNCEMENTS
   
SURVEY ON BARRIERS AND GAPS FOR NYS's LONG TERM CARE SYSTEM
In Governor Cuomo's 2018 State of the State, he announced the launch of a Long Term
Care Planning Council to prepare for the emerging needs of New York State's growing aging population. The charge of the Council is to examine New York's long term care system.  
Howard Zucker, MD, JD, NYS Commissioner of Health, and Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the NYS Office for the Aging, are requesting  participation in a survey on barriers and gaps for New York's long term care system. Providers, organizations, caregivers and care recipients are encouraged to complete the survey.

This survey is the first step toward creating a State strategy to help meet the needs of
NY's aging population.  Use this link to complete the survey by 
June 18, 2018.   Questions can be emailed to the Aging and Long Term Care Team at ALTCteam@health.ny.gov .

NYS MEDICAID DENTAL PROGRAM
Michele Griguts, DDS, is the new Dental Director in the Bureau of Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Policy, within the Department of Health's, Office of Health Insurance Programs. The Bureau's dental team will focus on policies that strengthen the oral health of Medicaid members, especially children, and ensure access to dental services.  Questions about Medicaid dental policy and associated questions regarding clinic billing can be directed to the  new dental policy mailbox at dentalpolicy@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. Administrative Assistant
  2. Program Assistant
For more information, please contact the Suffolk Care Collaborative.