Member Spotlight
Central Mississippi Health Services Clinic, Provider and Staff Featured in Associated Press Story Carried Nationally
Central Mississippi Health Services Tougaloo Health Clinic was the setting for an Associated Press feature. The story included an interview with Janice Bacon, MD, and staff with a focus on the continuity of care, health equity, and health disparities among those at high risk for COVID-19. To access the article and photos, click this link.
Physician Dr. Janice Bacon was featured in the Associated Press story focusing on health equity. The story was carried by multiple news outlets around the country. Photo credit: R. Solis/The Associated Press
Delta Health Center Announces CADRE Grant from HRSA
Delta Health Center has been awarded a Capital Assistance for Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts (CADRE) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in the amount of $1 million, which will fund the construction and expansion of its Dr. Robert Smith Greenville Central Medical Center located at 1414 Hospital Street in Greenville.  

With this funding, Delta Health Center plans to construct a new stand-alone structure to replace the existing 58-year-old building, which has housed the clinic since 1990. The current building will be demolished to make room for a larger, modern clinic facility that will provide space to add an additional primary care provider and a new dental clinic, enabling the expansion of services to include dentistry and dental hygiene. “We are excited to have the opportunity to build a larger, more modern clinic space to serve our patients in Greenville and Washington County and to be able to offer dental services to the community,” stated John Fairman, Chief Executive Officer. 

News Briefs
CHCAMS CEO Presents at National Meeting of Health Center Leaders
Janice Sherman presented at the September 9, 2020 PCA and HCCN General Session. Ms. Sherman presented on telehealth during the Policy Opportunities and Challenges Ahead session. Ms. Sherman serves on the PCA Leadership Team, representing Region 4.
Oral Health Value-Based Care White Paper Available
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are remaking modern health care with an integrated oral health care approach. Health center dental programs are using telehealth and implementing value-based tools for prevention, creating
better disease management and positive patient oral health and overall health outcomes. Released 8/31/2020 during NACHC’s CHI@Home, a new white paper from the DentaQuest Partnership and NACHC explores how. Find the white paper here.
Tobacco Free Info
Available for Schools
The Mississippi State Department of Health's Office of Tobacco Control has many resources to assist schools, communities, and others in the fight for preventing and reducing tobacco use. For additional resources, please see our website or call (601) 991-6050.
Community Health Worker (CHW) Registry Launched at
The Community Health Centers Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS) has launched The Community Health Worker (CHW) Registry. This registry will serve as a statewide database of CHWs in Mississippi. Beyond the numbers, we are also looking for information about the health services CHWs provide and their capabilities and training. CHWs provide a vital link between communities and healthcare systems that are critical to achieving health-related goals. Join the count today! Click the link to complete the registration form here.
340B Tool Kit that addresses changes in the program can be found here. NACHC is working on several strategies including, legislation to address the Executive Order and against the attack by Big Pharma, a public relations campaign, sign-on letters in the House of Representatives, potential legal actions and continuation of a campaign educating Members of Congress. HRSA is evaluating whether the manufacturer policies to restrict 340B pricing at contract pharmacies is a violation of law.
USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep its customers, partners and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. 
Read the announcement here.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Issues One Journey
to Help Advance
Racial Equity
The Kellogg Foundation has made the document One Journey available for free download. One Journey provides guidance for the role of board leadership; how to approach reviews of internal policies and practices; and how and where to leverage our networks, research and voice. It is meant for those providing individual service on a board of directors, as a senior leadership member, as a human resources professional, or as an individual seeking to help your organization advance toward racial equity. Download the guide here.
COVID-19 Response Updates

All Mississippi CHCs continue with COVID-19 testing at open clinic locations, and some continue to offer testing at locations in the community with drive-thru events.
Source: HRSA as of 8-28-2020
Link to flyer.
New Info Added - COVID-19 Clearinghouse
As CHCs continue to navigate the COVID-19 response, CHCAMS continues to provide a Clearinghouse for information and guidance. If you need a reminder for how to access the Clearinghouse, please email Kathryn Rodenmeyer.

CHCAMS Training Opportunities
Registration Now Open

Thursday, September 23, 2020
2 – 3:30 p.m. CST
Health Profession Training Seminar - Readiness to Train Assessment Tool  (RTAT) for Workforce Development

Community Health Center, Inc. and the Weitzman Institute will introduce health centers to the Readiness to Train Assessment Tool RTAT™ instrument developed and validated by CHC’s National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) on Clinical Workforce Development, now known as the National Technical and Training Assistance Partners (NTTAP). This will include a call to action for all health centers to complete the RTAT™.
This tool covers dimensions of health center readiness for developing and engaging with HPT programs. You will leave the webinar equipped with knowledge on its usability and an understanding of how health centers can use it to identify barriers in advancing HPT programs. The session will clearly outline how you will be able to access the tool and provide information on the continued partnership with the CHC Technical Advisory Panel as we engage health centers in this national assessment.

All health centers, including those with existing HPT programs or interested in launching HPT programs, are encouraged to join a webinar to learn more about this Bureau of Health Workforce/Bureau of Primary Health Care Strategic Workforce Initiative.
Friday, October 2, 2020
9 a.m. - noon CST

Join CHCAMS for the
Fall conference held online

Utilizing Clinical Markers
to Impact Health Outcomes
Patient Portal Webinar Series

This webinar series is designed to orient staff to the history and current state of patient portal and engagement utilization, educate on the current marketplace and requisite processes for selection of new technology tools and transfer knowledge and recommendations for optimizing current patient portal and messenger platforms as well as marketing existing or newly deployed functionality. Dr. Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera M.D. Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of BlueNovo, will be the lead presenter, and each of the webinars in the series has a defined set of assoicated learning objectives.
Presenter: Dr. Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera M.D. Ph.D, Chief Medical Officer
More info, including the learning objectives, can be found in the flyer.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
11 am - noon CST
Marketing for Portal & Engagement
This webinar reviews effective strategies and recommendations regarding marketing patient portal and engagement tools both internally and externally. There is a lens on driving efficiency.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
11 a.m. - noon CST
Portal Optimization
For community health centers that have patient portal technologies already deployed via Electronic Health Record applications or otherwise, this webinar is meant to review considerations and recommendations for optimizing use based on available features and functionality. This webinar also includes discussion around patient portal infrastructure and maintenance.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
11 a.m. - noon CST
Messenger Optimization
This webinar focuses on optimizing use of existing patient engagement tools. Common uses of patient engagement tools will be reviewed along with recommendations and workflow considerations.
Additional Training Opportunities
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
1 p.m. CST
Real-World Examples of Telehealth
Presented by Dr. Tearsanee Davis, Clinical and Advanced Practice Operations Director, UMMC Center for Telehealth
Click here to register.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
4 - 6 p.m. CST
Round 2: Financial Reporting (FFR) into the Payment Management System (PMS) for HRSA Recipients
All recipients responsible for the financial reporting at their organization must have proper access to the PMS FFR Module before September 17, 2020. This session will focus on the FFR in PMS. The session will not be recorded. Please direct questions to 

Register here.
Webinar Link
Friday, September 18, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST
Oral Health and Diabetes Summit
The Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance (MOHCA) hosts this virtual meeting. The Summit will be free to attend. Dental CEs offered.
Register here.
Tuesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 24, 2020
9 a.m. - noon
Virtual Care Coordination & Case Management Training
Help Me Grow Mississippi is offering training to enhance care coordination and
case management with a knowledge base and skill set to enable high quality care.
Whether you’re new to the job or simply want to boost your expertise as a valued
member of the health and mental health care team, this training is for you.
CEUs available for Social Workers.
For more information and a registration link, contact:
Regina Lewis, LMSW
Help Me Grow, Program Director
Mississippi Families for Kids
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1 - 2:30 p.m.
COVID Testing and Mitigating Flu Season
Remaining up to date on COVID-19:
- Testing methods
- Guidelines
- Turnaround times
Strategies for influenza and COVID-19 testing and vaccination. Presented by Health Choice Network & AllianceChicago.
Register here.
September 24, 2020
11a.m. -noon (CST)
Unconscious Bias in the Clinical/Health Care Setting 
Learning objectives
  • Define unconscious bias
  • Interact more authentically with peers and patients
  • Determine patterns of bias
  • Practice strategies and tools to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias
Register here.
Mark your calendar for the following upcoming Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates. Session will be held from 1-2 p.m. CST.

**New Date** Thursday, September 17
Fill Out the 2020 Census

Deadline to complete the Census is September 30, 2020
Are You Registered to Vote?
Deadline Fast Approaching to Register for the General Election

According to the Mississippi Secretary of State's official website, October 5th is the Voter Registration Deadline for the upcoming General Election. Applicants who register in-person in the Circuit Clerk’s office on October 5th, and those who mail registration applications postmarked no later than October 5th, are eligible to vote in the General Election. (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-47)

The General Election is
November 3, 2020.
Polls open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Services

Summary: This filing is being submitted to move language for expanded rehabilitative services for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) beneficiaries from Part 206: Mental Health Services to Part 223: EPSDT Services, effective November 1, 2020. This filing corresponds with MS SPA 20-0022 Community Mental Health Services Coverage and Reimbursement, effective September 1, 2020. The full text is available here.

Summary: This AC is being filed to add verbiage outlining 1) provider requirements to enroll as an off-site EPSDT provider and 2) the requirements a provider must follow while EPSDT off-site screenings. The full text is available here.
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Funding Opportunities
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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