Member Spotlight
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Moves into New Administration Building
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services moved into its new administration building on June 16, 2020. In addition to housing the offices of the CEO and COO, and the human resources, marketing, and information technology departments, the new building houses the CHCs optometry services and an optical shop. AEH expanded its wellness center, which is now in the new building and available for community use.
Leadership plans on naming the new administrative building and holding an open house in the near future.

Photos from top to bottom on left: Ayanna McIver-Portillo, AEH Optician, holds a mirror for patient Treashon Clark in the optical shop. Pictures also show the front of the new building, and (below) the AEH new wellness center.
CHCAMS Works for New Telehealth Legislation to help FQHCs
Both NACHC and CHCAMS have worked with Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) to introduce legislation to protect patients receiving care through telehealth services by shielding certain clinics in underserved communities from impending Medicare clawback payments.
The  Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act  would provide payment parity for telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiaries at rural health clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This would fix an unintentional problem created in the CARES Act that will force most RHCs and all FQHCs to owe money back to Medicare in July for every telehealth service provided during the public health emergency. The complete news release on the legislation introduced can be found  here .
New Law Makes It Easier to Get Forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program Loans
On June 5, 2020, the President signed a bill into law that significantly increases borrowers' ability to get their Paycheck Protection Loans forgiven. Specifically, the new law:
  • Gives borrowers up to 24 weeks to spend the loan funds (up from the previous limit of was 8 weeks).
  • Requires that at least 60% of the forgiveness amount be spent on payroll costs (down from the current 75% threshold).
  • Provides more flexibility for employers who reduced staff or wages due to the pandemic to obtain loan forgiveness.
Stand Up and Be Counted - the 2020 Census Count Ongoing Now

Summer is a critical time for the U.S. 2020 Census in collecting accurate population data. These data are used for apportioning representation in government, setting voting districts, and determining eligibility, and allocating funding for infrastructure and services, including resources for health care . Using reports from the Census Bureau and George Washington University coupled with data on Mississippi's population, it has been estimated that approximately $5,000 per person, per year is allocated across more than 300 federal programs on the basis of Census data.

57.6% of Mississippi households had self-responded to the 2020 Census (6/17/2020)). The summer months are critical in getting an accurate count. Because of COVID-19 challenges, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the self-response time period. Now is the time to take action.
Here are things you can do in the community:

  • Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to participate in the Census.

COVID-19 Response Updates
Free Face Coverings
Available to
Community-based Organizations
 The HHS Partnership Center is supporting HHS and FEMA’s efforts to make face coverings widely available in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The face coverings, produced and delivered in partnership with USPS and the National Council of Textile Organizations, are being made available to community-based organizations at no cost (while supplies last). Please feel free to share this important information with additional partners (community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, or faith-based organizations). Please review the enclosed information sheet and click this link for information on the face coverings and how to order. 
Link to flyer.

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.
Please Save the Dates
Registration Open
The 33rd annual conference, held online this year, promises to engage and enlighten participants. Sessions on lessons learned and best practices in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be offered. Visit this link to register or for more info.

Thursday, June 29th
1-2 p.m. CST
News To Use
CHCAMS Training Opportunity
Friday, June 26, 2020  (RESCHEDULED FROM June 12, 2020)
noon - 1 p.m. CST
Developing Strategic Partnerships to Optimize Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Daniel Edney, M.D., FACP
Addiction Medicine Specialist
CHCAMS in collaboration with the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance
(STR-TA), known as the Opioid Response network, will host a Lunch & Learn webinar to discuss the development of partnerships with other providers to expand access to substance use disorder treatment. The expected outcome is for participants to identify at least one collaborative model for consideration in SUD treatment.
Clinical Leaders
Training Opportunity
Thursday, June 25, 2020

1 - 2 p.m. CST

Leading in Uncertain Times: a Clinical Leaders Webinar
This peer-to-peer forum for clinical leaders in rural and underserved communities will be led by Dr. Luis Padilla, Associate Administrator of HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW). Join for a discussion with clinical peers about issues related to telehealth, student training staffing models, and provider wellness.
Register here.
More Training Opportunities
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
11 a.m. - noon CST
Taking Care of the Compassionate Care Team: Conversations
about Moral Distress and Moral Injury
Recognize early signs and symptoms of moral distress in members of primary care teams and take effective action to prevent and/or reduce its impacts. The webinar features Gerri Lamb, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor and Director of the Center of Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research (CAIPER), Arizona State University.
Register here
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
1 – 2:30 p.m. CST
The New Normal
The webinar will focus on getting health center staff back to work, patients back into the clinic, and patient guidance on returning to work.
Register here.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
10 - 11 a.m. CST
CISA Cyber Hygiene/Vulnerability Scanning Services
DHS-CISA via HSIN-Connect webinar to discuss cybersecurity threats facing the Healthcare Sector and how the agency can support your organization’s cybersecurity efforts.
Join the webinar by clicking this link (Enter as “Guest” with your first and last name)
Audio dial-in information:  (Note: must dial into the conference line for audio)
Toll-free Number: 855-852-7677
Access Code: 9999 8791 9623

Friday, June 26, 2020
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST
Creating Access and Optimizing Care: Virtual LGBTQ Health Disparities Conference
Presented by the University of Mississippi Center for LGBTQ Health, Mississippi AIDS Education and Training Center in collaboration with the National LGBT Health Education Center
Join us for our third year as we continue to address the health disparities impacting persons who identify as LGBTQ. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for health care professionals to gain information on how to provide treatment while creating environments that are culturally responsive to persons who are LGBTQ.
Register  here .
Funding Opportunities
Grants with ongoing deadlines can be found here .
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