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Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center
Why Rural Health Matters-A Perspective from the Field , by CEO Aurelia Jones-Taylor
See Link to Full Article: here

A aron E. Henry was recently featured in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) Health Equity Matters , an electronic newsletter intended to promote awareness of minority health and health equity work at CDC and in the broader public health community. The Fall 2017 issue focused on rural health, racial and ethnic health disparities among rural adults, and those doing critical work to eliminate those disparities. 
A lso worthy of celebration , a recent $1.8 million grant award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund the "New Pathways to Health and Opportunity" initiative to build the Delta's health workforce over the next three years. Core partners for the initiative will include Aaron E. Henry. The health center will receive funds to train 20 community health workers over a three-year period. 
January Events You Don’t Want to Miss
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January 17, 2018
Community Health Centers get Temporary Fix through March 2018, with hope of Congress Acting before January 19 th .
December 20 th , 2017 – Passage of HR 1370
December 21, 2017 - After House passage (by a vote of  231-188 ), the Senate voted 66-32 to avert a government shutdown pass the Continuing Resolution (CR) until January 19 th , 2018.
The bill contained short-term patch funding for CHCs, the NHSC and Teaching Health Center/THCGME.  Advocacy Efforts Must Continue Daily!
Uniform Data System (UDS) 2017 Reporting Season Now

Access to report UDS data for calendar year 2017 
is now available to health centers through HRSA’s
Electronic Handbooks (EHB).


  • February 15: Last day for health centers to submit complete and accurate UDS reports.
  • Between submission and March 31: UDS reviewers will work with you to finalize your data submission.
  • March 31: Last day to make changes to UDS reports. It is critical that you submit your UDS report on time and that the data are verifiably accurate.

The 2017 UDS Manual and other resources are available on HRSA's website
Webinar Lunch & Learn Series focuses on clinical and financial outcomes starting February 2, 2018 . See February 2nd Agenda and Course Objectives.

Please mark your calendars for First Fridays. starting in February.

Please check back for CME & CEUs
Operational Site Visit & New HRSA Compliance
February 8, 2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.   More information here :

MPHCA One-Day Clinical Conference

When: March 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Registration/breakfast 8:30 a.m.)

Where: Holiday Inn Trustmark Park ( 110 Bass Pro Drive t Pearl, MS 39208)

The Quality Improvement Workgroup will host their Spring One-Day Clinical Conference for community health centers and interested safety net providers. This training is actually important for all health center staff…..particularly health center providers, clinical leads and quality improvement personnel as it addresses not only the dynamics of the opioid crisis but screening, linkage to care and treatment options, as well as behavioral health as it relates to opioid addiction. Click here for full details .

Please check back for CME & CEUs
Documentation & Reporting Evaluation And Management In 2018
Date/Time: January 30, 2018 - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm following by live Q&A

Where: Live Webinar with Q&A - Instructions to access will be emailed on 1/29/18

Price: Members - $29.99 Non-Members - $39.99

CEU: 1 CEU Approved by AAPC and ARHPC (If more than 1 person needs CEU’s they will need to register individually)

Each year about 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Two screening tests (Pap test and HPV test) can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early.   More than 1.9 million patients received Pap tests at HRSA-funded health centers in 2016 . Learn more about best practices for screening and preventing cervical cancer in these resources:

FQHC Medicaid Providers Revalidation of Credentials Requirement

Given that a large number of providers missed Medicaid’s revalidation cycle, the Division of Medicaid has requested that providers call Provider Enrollment at either DOM or Conduit. It may be wise to reach out to both.
Mississippi Medicaid enrolled providers were required to revalidate their credentials with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM), Spring 2017. Medicaid provider revalidation is a requirement stemming from 42 C.F.R. § 455.414 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires all state Medicaid agencies to revalidate the enrollment of all providers at least every five years. List provided by Medicaid on January 2, 2018.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
T he SAMHSA, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grants. The purpose of this program is to implement screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment services for adolescents and adults in primary care and community health settings. This program is designed to expand/enhance the state and tribal continuum of care for SUD services and reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) consumption and its negative health impact, increase abstinence, reduce costly health care utilization, and promote sustainability and the integration of behavioral health and primary care services.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018
Up to 20 rural public and nonprofit entities forming a consortium of three or more organizations will be awarded total funding of $2 million from HRSA to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at the local level. Emphasizing the role of networks, the program creates a platform for medical care providers, social service providers, and community organizations to coalesce key elements of a rural health care delivery system to improve local capacity and coordination of care. Previous grantees have focused on behavioral health and health information technology. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sara Afayee at

Funds Care Coordination, Among Other Projects
Application Deadline: Varies
See UnitedHealthcare's free Grant Guide that features more than 50 opportunities from state and federal government and national foundations. You can also register for UHC's Creating a Competitive Proposal webinar, facilitated by experienced grant writer Allison Rojas, offered on the second Wednesday of each month.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
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