Community Health Centers in the United States provide health care for more than 300,000 veterans. On this Veterans Day, we want to thank all the veterans for their service to our country.
Member Spotlight
100% Compliance Score for Operational Site Visit
Congratulations to  Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center   CEO Aurelia Jones Taylor and staff for earning 100% compliance on the HRSA Operational Site Visit! Celebrating the health center's success is (front row)Tana Vassel, Aurelia Jones-Taylor, Patricia Cummings, Dartenya Davis; (back row) Richard Sheriff and Dr. Johnnie Cummings. 
Delta Health Center CEO John A. Fairman was the Keynote Speaker at the 2019 New Jersey Primary Care Association's Annual Conference celebrating 30 years. Delta Health Center, which opened its doors in 1965, is the first rural Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the United States, located in historic Mound Bayou, Mississippi. The success of Delta Health Center and Columbia Point Health Center, the first urban Health Center
located in Boston, Massachusetts, led to
the establishment of more than 200 Health Centers in the United States by
John A. Fairman, CEO, Delta Health Center

1973; approximately 1,200 by 2010; and 1,400 today. Mr. Fairman shared eye-witness accounts of his life growing up in Mississippi, how the early Community Health Center movement started, and FQHCs’ relevance from the 1960s to today.
 Annual UDS Training
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Hilton Jackson
1001 E. County Line Road
Jackson, MS 39211

The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training is a full-day program covering the preparation of the 2019 UDS report. The training addresses each of the report’s tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report. The UDS training is for those responsible for gathering and reporting
the data elements included in the UDS report, management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used, and staff who use the data

in program management and quality improvement activities.

$225 per attendee - Member Rate
$275 per attendee - Non-member Rate

Hotel reservations can be made directly through the  Hilton Jackson at the CHCAMS group rate of $119.00 per night. 

Group Name:  Community Health Center Association of MS UDS Meeting
Group Code:  CHC121
Check-in:  December 2, 2019 Check-out: December 3, 2019
Book by November 22, 2019
Roby Named Director
of Strategic Partnerships at CHCAMS

CHCAMS is pleased to welcome Christopher Roby as the newly appointed Director of Strategic Partnerships. Chris brings extensive public health and behavioral science experience in the areas of research and evaluation, public health management, leadership and grant development. He has been a community activist for the LGBTQ community while lending support to individuals from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Currently, he is also a Ph.D. candidate at Jackson State University in the Department of Public Policy and Administration where his research is focused on HIV Health Care Policy.
Come Together as the Mississippi Health Center
CommUNITY Nov. 12th
November 12th is a day of Health Center Advocacy in Mississippi and around the country. Under the banner "Unity for Community Health Day," all health centers are encouraged to meet with members of congress or staff in your home districts. CHCAMS along with NACHC are coordinating these efforts due to the funding cliff on November 21st. Congress must take action by then to reauthorize health center funding. Please urge your members of congress to take action as soon as possible and reauthorize health center funding for as much as possible, for as long as possible.   Please let us know your plans for advocacy and congressional visits for November 12th.
2020 Open Enrollment
Now Thru December 15, 2019
Please note: 2020 Open Enrollment is only for a few weeks. Those seeking health insurance throug the ACA must sign up by December 15 to get 2020 coverage unless applicants qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2020.
Miss. Rural Health Day Nov. 20th / Nat'l Rural Health Day Nov. 21st
The Mississippi Rural Health Association, in partnership with the State Office of Rural Health, will celebrate Mississippi Rural Health Day on November 20, 2019. This annual celebration of rural health in the state is in conjunction with National Rural Health Day, which will be held on November 21st. The National Association of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) will screen the movie 'The Providers' through the website from November 7 - 21. Click here to get a screening code for the film. Then, a special live NRHD web event titled "The Art of Telling Your Power of Rural Story", will be held on November 21 at 1:00 pm CST.  Click here to register. Resources are available on the  SORH and Community Engagement Toolkits. Toolkits include free, downloadable, customizable resources and ideas to help with NRHD plans. 
FPL Guidelines for 2020
Federal Poverty Level (FPL) guidelines are issued each year by the Department of Health and Human Services. They're based on information gathered by the Census Bureau. The Bureau uses that data to calculate the total cost of essential resources used by an average person in a year. Federal poverty levels are used to determine eligibility for certain programs and benefits, including savings on Marketplace health insurance and Medicaid and CHIP coverage. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has created an FPL Guideline chart for 2020 .  
The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use: A National Program for Antibiotic Stewardship
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at The University of Chicago, created the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use. FQHCs are eligible to participate. To learn more about joining the program, visit this link .
Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) Applications Due
December 16
The ACE Program goals include increasing the number of advocates on the ground, building the health center movement, and passing long-term stable funding by the September 30th deadline. Find more information on the ACE program here.
Reminders: Medicaid Policy Changes that Impact Provider Reimbursement
Prior authorization requirement for certain physician administered drugs and implantable devices-Effective 12/01/2019
Read more here.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) provide a copy of protocols and practice settings approved by the appropriate licensure board- Effective 12/01/2019 Read more here .

Read more here .
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule addressing Medicare payment and quality provisions for physicians in 2020.
See new CPT code alignment with E/M and new codes for telehealth and updates on ACO measures. See full updates here .
HR and Workforce Resource to Help Make Competitive Offers
O*NET OnLine is an application created to provide broad access to the O*NET database of occupational information. It is a helpful tool for HR managers when creating job descriptions for health center staff and looking at salary data to make a competitive offer. This application was developed for the U.S. Department of Labor by the National Center for O*NET Development. Check it out!"
Telehealth Office Hours
2nd Thursday of each month | 1:00 PM CST
NACHC’s Telehealth Office Hours is a monthly opportunity for health center, PCA, and HCCN staff to ask questions and share information about telehealth-related policy and operational activities. In addition to updates and time for Q&A, each session will include Q&A and a discussion of a specific topic. Participation is free and there is no pre-registration required. Please add the WebEx link to your calendar . Archived presentations and resources can be found here. Please submit questions to  
News To Use

HIV PrEP Practices
Watch the recording of Promising Practices to Advance PrEP Implementation in Primary Care Settings . Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)is a highly-effective tool used to prevent new HIV infections for individuals at high risk. Speakers Christopher Hurt and Paul Seligmann shared their experiences supporting PrEP prescribing and implementation in primary care settings.

BPHC All-Programs Webcast Recording
Watch the recording from the All-Programs webcast for important Health Center Program updates, including:

Patient-Centered Medical Home Teleconferences : PCMH Standards, Part 1
Hosted by NCQA
Call-in for all sessions: 1-844-676-8471
Conference ID: 1362694
Two opportunities:
Thursday, November 14, 1-3 p.m. CST
Monday, December 9, 1-3 p.m. CST
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: November 25, 2019
The purpose of the Rural Health Network Development Program is to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services, and enhance the delivery of healthcare in rural areas . HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants for healthcare networks in rural areas to assist with increasing access to and improving the quality of healthcare services. The purpose of this program is to support rural integrated healthcare networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Details can be found here .
Deadline: November 29, 2019
The major focus of the Network Planning Grant is to support multiple (at least 3) rural healthcare entities that have not previously collaborated in a formal manner, but want to work together and form a healthcare network. RSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants to promote the planning and development of rural health care networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole. More information can be found here .
Deadline: December 6, 2019
Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program
Grants for the development of integrated healthcare networks that work to address health problems that could not be solved by single entities working alone. Networks will achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system. For more info, click here .
Deadline: December 16, 2019
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) will make 13 awards of up to $400,000/year for a five-year project. The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation of a community infrastructure that integrates substance use disorder treatment, housing services, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness. Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities, including tribal organizations, public or private universities and colleges, and community and faith-based organizations. For more information, click here .
Deadline: December 20, 2019
Healthy Minds Alliance Helping Bring Americorps Members
to Address Community Mental Health Needs
Healthy Minds Alliance is accepting applications from agencies interested in hosting a full-time Healthy Minds Alliance AmeriCorps member to help build capacity for mental health initiatives . Notice of Acceptance – Jan 10, 2020 AmeriCorps Member Service Year Start Date is flexible based on host site's needs. Click here to complete our host site application:  HMA Host Site Application

Deadline: January 24, 2020
HRSA Primary Care Training
and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program
The purpose of this program is to enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas.

Eligible entities include accredited public or nonprofit private hospitals, schools of allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine, or a public or private non-profit entity which the Secretary has determined is capable of carrying out a residency training program in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (“med-peds”), which for the purposes of this program are those accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Click here for more info.
Grants with Ongoing Deadlines

DentaQuest Community Response Fund
The Community Response Fund supports organizations, activities, and events that address access to needed oral healthcare and community resources that improve oral health. Priority is given to projects that: address an immediate response to an urgent issue that impacts access to clinical care; provide short term access to needed care for the underserved; and sustain oral health organizations experiencing short term challenges. For more info, click here .

COMPASS Initiative Core
Grants to community-based organizations that prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention and/or care services across the southern United States. Funding may be used for a variety of organizational and staff resources, including technology and software, meeting space costs, conference attendance fees, professional development, and continuing education. For more info, click here.

Grants for community-led campaigns and education initiatives across the deep south that work to reduce stigma and change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around HIV and AIDS. For more info, click here.

Grants for projects that effectively impact arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, education and literacy, the environment, and healthy families. For more info, click here .

Foundation For the Mid South
Grants for organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi working in the areas of health disparities, physical health, mental health, education, financial security, and the growth and prosperity of communities. For more info, click here .
Mississippi Capital Improvements Revolving Loan Program (CAP)
Loans for municipalities and counties in Mississippi for the improvement of public facilities and infrastructure, including hospitals, sewer systems, and water supply systems. For more info, click here .
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