Member Spotlight
East Central Mississippi Health Care Highlights Employees, Promotes Health Center
What began as a three-question and answer feature on the ECMHC intranet is currently helping promote the health center and its staff to the community. The Employee Spotlight features 10 Q&As from a staff member every other week and is posted on ECMHC social media. Some providers have also shared their spotlight feature on their own social media pages as a community outreach tool. Questions range from the number of years employed at the health center to 'What is your favorite vacation spot that you have been to." Leaders say it helps staff get to know one another and is to a fun way to build community relationships.
G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center Provider Featured
on Local Media
G.A. Carmichael staff visited Warren County/ Vicksburg, Miss. While there, WJTV-TV came by and interviewed Nurse Practitioner Yvette McLaurin, who promoted Covid -19 vaccines and monoclonal antibody infusion therapy.
Regional Training Center Named for CEO James Nunnally
The North Mississippi Primary Health Care Board of Directors has named its new regional training center to honor its CEO of 33 years. The James D. Nunnally Center for Community Health Excellence will soon be able to accommodate training for its staff and select community events.
Aaron E. Henry Community Health Care Services Recognize Staff on Administrative Professionals’ Day
The AEH - Batesville team presented admin staff with a collection of gifts of appreciation. Shown in the photo (left to right): Tywonne Gilliam, Client Care Manager; Katherine Collums, Client Care Counselor; Yolanda Poole, Client Care Counselor; and Lakeedra Giles, Community Health Worker.
Remembering Ms. Luberdia Smith,
Former G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center CEO
On April 21, 2021, at 7:30 p.m., at the GACFHC main site in Canton, Miss., GACFHC celebrated the life and legacy of Ms. Luberdia Smith with a candle lighting ceremony service and balloon release. Ms. Smith worked for the health center for 43 years in various capacities. She started her career in the health center movement at GACFHC as an administrative secretary in October 1975. Throughout more than four decades of service, Ms. Smith held the positions of interim executive director, COO, human resources director, and grants and programs director. She completed her health center career as CEO, from 2013 until her retirement in 2018. Ms. Smith died April 14, 2021.
FQHCs and Other Providers in Mississippi Approved for Telehealth Parity in 2021 Legislative Session
Among CHCAMS’ legislative priorities was the issue of telehealth parity. SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 535 during the 2021 legislative session extended the Medicaid Technical bill and included language approved by both chambers.

Telehealth continues to be an essential resource for rural and underserved Mississippians during the Pandemic and will continue to be needed in the future. The bill was approved: “TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION OF MEDICAID TO RECOGNIZE FEDERALLY QUALIFIED 30 HEALTH CENTERS (FQHC), RURAL HEALTH CLINICS (RHC) AND COMMUNITY 31 MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS (CMHC) AS BOTH AN ORIGINATING AND DISTANT 32 SITE PROVIDER FOR THE PUROSES OF TELEHEALTH REIMBURSEMENT.”
Take Action for Health Center Discretionary Funding
Please urge your Members of Congress to sign on to the bipartisan FY22 CHC Appropriations Letter led by Reps. Diana DeGette and Gus Bilirakis.

Take Action Here.
1-2 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4
COVID-19 Testing Supply Distribution Program Update
HRSA is waiting for a vendor to be selected. While the absence of this information presents a challenge in determining a health center’s anticipated demand for supplies, it also impacts the estimated timeline for the program. HRSA will provide additional details as soon as a vendor is identified and a timeline for distribution is confirmed.

Registration Coming
May 1, 2021
HHS Announces the Largest Ever Funding Allocation for Navigators
and Releases Final Numbers for 2021 Marketplace Open Enrollment
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that to continue its efforts to increase access to enrollment assistance for consumers, the Centers for Medicare & Services (CMS) will make $80 million available in grants to Navigators in Federal Marketplaces for the 2022 plan year.

The funding, which will be used for outreach and education efforts, is the largest allocation CMS has made available for Navigator grants to date and represents an eight-fold increase in funding from the previous year. CMS invested $10 million annually in the Navigator program beginning with funding awarded in 2018 for the 2019 plan year. CMS awarded $36.2 million in 2017 for the 2018 plan year, down from a high of $63 million awarded in 2016 for the 2017 plan year.

Details about the Navigator grant funding, including eligibility requirements and required Navigator duties, are available through the 2021 Navigator Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Forecast. The 2021 Navigator NOFO will be released later this spring as indicated in the NOFO Forecast. All information contained in the forecast is subject to change, including the availability of funding. No applications are being accepted at this time.

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.
Please share your vaccination photos on social media with the hashtag #ALLINTogetherMS. Also please share with the CHCAMS by emailing here.
Next Vaccine Champions Meeting
Wednesday, April 28th at 3:30 p.m.
Contact Sonja Fuqua for the meeting link.
Combating Pandemic Pounds and Coronavirus Carbs Series on the CHCAMS YouTube channel. Subscribe here.
Dentists Eligible to Give COVID-19 Vaccines
Mississippi dentists interested in becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider can go to the Mississippi Department of Health link here for further information and enroll or call 1-800-740-9889.
To sign up for the Wednesday weekly training newsletter, please contact Desiree Stinson.
Funding Opportunities
Opportunity for $100K to Support Promoting COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Efforts in Communities of Color
The Community Catalyst’s Vaccine Equity and Access Program, with funding from the CDC, has an open call for community-based organization applicants who work with people of color. 75 community organizations will be awarded $100,000 for a 12-month project period to
  • Equip influential messengers within the community to become ambassadors for COVID-19 and influenza vaccine information; 

  • Increase vaccination opportunities within the community and enhance provider relationships with the communities they serve; and 
  • Establish and/or build upon partnerships with state and local health departments to support vaccine access in both the short and long term. 

For a program description and how to apply, click here.
Register for the April 26 funding information session here.
Applications will be accepted from April 21- May 5, 2021.
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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