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Central Miss. Health Services Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program Hosts Drive Thru Baby Shower
On Thursday, March 11, 2021, it was all pink and blue at a drive-thru baby shower held at Central Miss. Health Services, as part of the health center's Baby & Me Tobacco Free program. Expectant parents were invited to the drive-thru to receive needed gifts for their expected family member, including diapers and wipes. Baby & Me Tobacco Free is a support program for families expecting to stop smoking to provide better health for themselves, family members, and the new baby. More than 200 soon-to-be moms and dads participated. Below are scenes from the event.
Top photo: More than 200 cars lined up for the drive-thru baby shower. WJMI-99.1 FM did a live remote. Center photo: CHCAMS Baby & Me program coordinator Maria Morris, CHCAMS Business Development Manager Desiree Stinson, and Misty McNichols of Amerigroup assisted Central staff in handing out the gifts. Amerigroup sponsored the event.
Baby & Me shower gifts included diapers and wipes to all, as the supplies lasted. There was also a giveaway for a car seat and a Pack and Play.
Board of Directors Meeting (hybrid)
Thursday, March 25th via Zoom.

Strategic Planning Session (hybrid)
Friday morning, March 26th via Zoom

For the in-person location, an email will be sent this week.
Virtual Congressional Visits Planned for March 17
As part of the annual Policy and Issues Forum, the annual Hill Visits will be held on Wednesday, March 17. If you signed up to participate, you should have received calendar invites for the Congressional Member call meetings. More information about talking points and call leaders is forthcoming.
COVID-19 Stimulus Package
On Thursday, March 11, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law. The package includes funding for community health centers along with funding for workforce programs including the National Health Service Corps, the Nurse Corps, and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program. The legislation also includes funding to implement a nationwide COVID-19 testing strategy, to increase the public health workforce, and to support COVID-19 vaccine administration and distribution.
HRSA Virtual Job Fair
March 24th 5:45 p.m. CDT
Join the next HRSA Virtual Job Fair, March 24, 5:45 - 9:45 PM CDT, which is a free online recruitment event that connects students and clinicians with health care delivery organizations. During the fair, job-seekers will learn about available training and employment opportunities across the country, benefits packages offered, and general information about patient populations. Use a computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection to access the virtual job fair. Employers Register | Job-Seekers Register .

Please save these dates for upcoming sessions (all at 1-2p.m. CDT.)

Tuesday, March 23
Thursday, April 15
Tuesday, May 4

ACA Insurance Marketplaces Open February 15 - May 15, 2021
The new Special Open Enrollment period will begin February 15 and run through May 15. During this time, anyone who is uninsured or missed the original open enrollment period may enroll in coverage through
Physician Services
State Plan Amendment (SPA) 21-0002 is being submitted to allow the Division of Medicaid to remove the list of specific CPT codes, effective January 1, 2021. View the announcement here.

REPAAIR / UPLIFT Student Ambassadors Receive Training in the History of Medicine and
Compassionate Community Engagement
The 10 REPAAIR / UPLIFT Ambassadors continue their training and mentorship sessions. On March 1st, Dr. Rick deShazo, Professor Emeritus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, provided a brief history of health care in the United States for African Americans. Dr. deShazo is the author of The Racial Divide in American Medicine.

On March 8th, the training Compassionate Community Engagement/Narrative Interviewing/Patient Storytelling was conducted by Dr. Earl N. Benjamin-Robinson, DrHSc, and Michael L. Benjamin-Robinson, MSW, LCSW, DSW(c) both of The BACH Group.

For more information, contact Desiree Stinson at 601-981-1817 or
Vaccine Champions Group - Next Meeting March 17 at 3:30 p.m.
The CHCAMS Vaccine Champions group
meets regularly to provide technical assistance to health centers to navigate the phases of preparedness and provider enrollment for administering COVID-19 vaccinations. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 17th at 3:30 p.m., which is a change from the regular Thursday meetings. Afterward, the group will not meet again until Thursday, April 1, and resume its Thursday schedule.

Contact Sonja Fuqua for the Zoom link.
CHCAMS COVID-19 Clearinghouse.
Click here to request access.
For those who missed the live discussions, recordings of the meetings are now available at the CHCAMS COVID-19 Clearinghouse.
Mississippi Vaccine Eligibility Additions
Gov. Tate Reeves announced those 50 years old and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. They join those 65 years old and up and 16-to 65-year-olds with underlying health conditions, teachers, staff, and employees in K-12, preschool, or childcare settings in vaccine eligibility.
Health Department Online Resources for Providers Planning to Give COVID-19 Vaccinations
Visit the Health Department site here.
Reimbursement for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Fees
The HRSA’s COVID-19 claims reimbursement program for uninsured patients can help health centers recoup some of the costs of COVID-19 vaccinations. Health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured individuals with a primary COVID-19 diagnosis can request claims reimbursement. Providers can also request reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine administration to the uninsured. See FAQs about the program.
Combating Pandemic Pounds and Coronavirus Carbs Series on the CHCAMS YouTube channel. Subscribe here.
To sign up for the Wednesday weekly training newsletter, please contact Desiree Stinson.
Funding Opportunities
Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 Grant Opportunity
HHS is accepting grant applications to promote health literacy in underserved communities. Health Centers can partner with cities or municipalities or local government entities to take part. The maximum award is $4 million. The closing date is April 20, 2021. Read more about the opportunity here.
Sites Funding
HRSA released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Health Center Program Service Expansion – School-Based Service Sites (SBSS, HRSA-21-093) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Technical assistance (TA) resources, including a webinar overview of the NOFO, are available on the SBSS TA webpage.
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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