In This Issue

Healthy Neighborhoods Project Award Breakfast
Staten Island PPS Awarded 2 Local Organizations $50,000 for the Healthy Neighborhoods Project

On the morning of Friday, October 19 th, we celebrated two dedicated community-based organizations, who were selected through a competitive grant process, as they received a $50,000 award for the Healthy Neighborhoods Project Phase II. With this grant,  Community Health Center of Richmond and  South Shore YMCA will work with community members to create projects to impact local health disparities and social determinants of health in North Shore communities. Using the  CDC Change Tool data collected by the College of Staten Island, St. John's University and Wagner College in Phase I as a guide, each organization will work with community members in selected neighborhoods on projects focused on decreasing childhood obesity and nutrition and diabetes prevention.

Dr. Joseph Conte, Executive Director of Staten Island PPS, started off the morning with opening remarks about the PPS and each organizations dedication to impacting the thousands of lives they touch on Staten Island. Celina Ramsey, Director of Health Literacy, Diversity and Outreach at Staten Island PPS, followed with an introduction to the Healthy Neighborhood Project and Phase I findings that guided each organization's proposed project. With introductions from Thomas Swanciger, Executive Director of the South Shore YMCA and Henry Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Center of Richmond, they gave an overview of their proposed projects and were presented their grant award.

We were joined by NY1, the Staten Island Advance, Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, Staten Island University Hospital, and the Office of the Staten Island Borough President.

Congratulations to both organizations! We look forward to seeing the wonderful work that is to come.

2018 Population Health Symposium, October 2nd, 2018

Dr. Amy Boutwell giving her presentation on Care Management: Community Care Coordination Strategies

On Tuesday, October 2nd, over 130 healthcare professionals came out to the Regina McGinn, MD Medical Education Center to participate in the 2018 Population Health Symposium. We started off the evening with a poster and networking session featuring poster topics across the population health spectrum. Then guests convened in the auditorium to hear opening remarks from Joseph Conte, PhD, CPHQ, Executive Director of Staten Island PPS. Then we got to hear 
from  Richard J. Salhany, MBA, FACHE,  Senior Vice President Strategic Planning &  Medical Operations/  Executive Director Richmond Quality, ACO,  Richmond University Medical Center who spoke about his value-based payment success story with the Richmond Quality, LLC ACO. Joe Kuehn, Partner-Healthcare Solutions, KPMG LLP, followed with his keynote address about the "Move to Value-based Payment, Leveraging DSRIP to Achieve Strategic Objectives." The poster awards followed with an announcement of first, second and third place, which were:

3. Assistive Technology for Safer Living: A Smart Home Solution

After a brief intermission, guests were able to choose a breakout panel session:
  • Care Management: Community Care Coordination Strategies led by Amy Boutwell, MD, MPP, President, Collaborative Healthcare Solutions 
  • Primary Care: Technical Assistance led by Matt Gannon, Senior Strategy Manager, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Primary Care Information Project
  • Strategies to Improve Patient-centered Communication led by Celina Ramsey, MShc, Director, Health Literacy, Diversity & Outreach, Staten Island Performing Provider System

It was a great day of learning,  professional development, and networking. Attendees got to hear from leaders who are transforming healthcare across the region and from local professionals who are driving change in our community.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us! If you weren't able to attend, visit to view the posters and photos from the event.
Identifying a New Worker Pipeline to Address Demand for Addiction Treatment

The National Fund for Workforce published an article on October 8th about Staten Island PPS's 30-hour recovery coach training program addressing substance abuse, stating  that it is "an innovative approach which has both created jobs and improved patient outcomes."

"SI PPS and its partners piloted a 30-hour recovery coach training program. They specifically recruit participants who themselves have experience with addiction or unhealthy substance use, thereby developing a peer support dynamic. SI PPS offers scholarships to make the training program accessible to more people. Trained recovery coaches are embedded in hospitals and recovery centers to provide people in crisis with counseling, resources, and connect them with a local treatment program. This approach allowed SI PPS to accomplish several business and patient care goals:
  • Identify an untapped talent pipeline to help meet the increased need for mental health and addiction services;
  • Improve population health by addressing social stigmas associated with addiction; and,
  • Expand access to the appropriate level of care for all patients."
Read the full article here.

Making a Strong Flu Vaccine Recommendation (SHARE)

It is necessary for some patients to receive a strong recommendation from their provider. CDC suggests using the SHARE method to make a strong vaccine recommendation and provide important information to help patients make informed decisions about vaccinations:

SHARE the reasons  why the influenza vaccine is right for the patient given his or her age, health status, lifestyle, occupation, or other risk factors.

HIGHLIGHT positive experiences  with influenza vaccines (personal or in your practice), as appropriate, to reinforce the benefits and strengthen confidence in influenza vaccination.

ADDRESS patient questions  and any concerns about the influenza vaccine, including side effects, safety, and vaccine effectiveness in plain and understandable language.

REMIND patients that influenza vaccines protect them and their loved ones  from serious influenza illness and influenza-related complications.

EXPLAIN the potential costs of getting influenza , including serious health effects, time lost (such as missing work or family obligations), and financial costs.

DSRIP Communications Corner

The Department of Health launched their DSRIP Communications Corner, an initiative intended to provide insights to PPS on what is in the news regarding DSRIP across New York State. Additionally, upcoming events across PPS will be included.

Community Partner Spotlight

NYC Yoga Project 
A woman from YMCA Counseling is now in training to become a yoga teacher with  NYC Yoga Project. She practices yoga every other weekend and has over 200 hours of training. She's going to be sponsored in March to go to India, which is an opportunity she may not have had otherwise. She is currently recreating herself and setting an example for other women that suffering doesn't have to define them. This is her story:

"I am in an outpatient rehabilitation program at the YMCA Counseling Center on Staten Island. I am a middle-aged recovering alcoholic trying to regain my physical and mental health.  I am a professional in the healthcare industry and I am feeling better, but I felt I was missing something.  Alcohol left a hole in my being, my heart and my soul.  I knew I was feeling stronger and happy with my progress in recovery and yet I still had a certain uneasiness about where I was heading and what do I do now that alcohol is no longer a part of my life.

Yoga with Dawn from the New York City Yoga Project was offered as a free class at the YMCA Counseling Center on Saturdays.  It was not a required part of the program, but I was already working out at the YMCA gym, so I felt ready physically to take on something new.  Little did I know how much practicing yoga would help fill this hole that existed in my being.

I started out with just weekly practices with Dawn but found myself practicing poses at home that felt so good during our yoga sessions.  The stretching and trying new positions were good for me and ending the class with her restorative poses resting my body and allowing my mind to drift into meditation was so healing and refreshing to my body and soul that I decided at Dawn's request to try the 40- days To Personal Revolution Baron Baptiste program with her as my guide.

Today, I am hooked, not on drugs or alcohol, but on a much healthier practice of restoring my life and healing this emptiness that was left within me as a result of wasteful and unhappy living.  The program helped to learn more about yoga, the trying out new positions and gaining strength in my core and my limbs, stretching to new lengths and teaching my mind how to quiet itself, rest, release and restore.  Also, I learned to care more about what I put into my body to feed and nourish it so I feel better and more alive."

Value Based Payment Corner

Staten Island PPS launched its Value Based Payment Resource Center earlier this year. This resource is hosted on the SI PPS website and supports our overall initiative to educate and prepare the SI PPS Partner Network for the transition from "fee-for-service" to "value-based payments," including the SI PPS VBP Education Program.  

Joe Kuehn,  Partner - Healthcare Solutions, KPMG LLP, joined us at the 2018 Population Health Symposium and gave a presentation on the trends and implications of the move to value-based payment. He spoke about the current situation, the transition to VBP, leveraging DSRIP to achieve strategic objectives and life after  DSRIP.

You can view the presentation deck on our VBP Resource page at

Events, Training, and Resources

Keep up with all of our upcoming and ongoing training opportunities!

If you're a Staten Island PPS partner employee, you can find all 
of our upcoming and ongoing trainings here.

Reporting a Compliance Concern

SI PPS is committed to ensuring that it has a system in place to respond to possible compliance issues. We will investigate and respond to potential compliance issues as they are identified. 

SI PPS has an anonymous/confidential Help Line: