Member Spotlight:
Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative (SEMRHI), one of 21 statewide CHCs hosts over 100 women during National Women’s Health Week Event

Tracy Suber, WHNP, SEMRHI talks with female patient
Dr. Dyse receiving the proclamation from Ann Jones, Chief Administrative Officer, for the City of Hattiesburg
The Event included sharing the Community Health Center story by CEO, Dr. Geroldean Dyse and receipt of a proclamation from the City of Hattiesburg recognizing this national event. Congrats SEMRHI!
Congratulations to Mallory for 25 Years!!!
25th Anniversary Celebration
Dr. Arenia C. Mallory Community Health Center
June 22, 2018
Off to School Again:
ACCESS Family Health Services Partners with Monroe County Schools
Plans for preventive care to over 2,000 students in the district.  
See the full story here .  Marilyn Sumerford, Executive Director at Access Family Health Services, thinks a new collaboration with Access and the school district is a great opportunity for schools and students in providing the next step in health services. She adds “community health centers have a long history of providing health services to their communities”.  The many benefits of school health are well documented.

Also want to send a huge shout out to ACCESS for passing Joint Commission survey this week! Congrats on both accomplishments!
Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Scoring: 

HPSAs are areas, population groups, or a facility designated by the Federal government as having an acute shortage of primary health care professionals.

K ey take-aways from a recent HRSA webinar held on May 23, 2018:
  • Scores of 14 or higher receive priority; but funding availability is also key
  • If you received a re-score, you are not required to keep it; you can request a change
  • No changes to Auto HPSA process via the Modernization Project at this time
  • Updates planned for 2019
  • Series of sessions will be provided prior to the updates
  • Current process to request your score remains the same: SDB@hrsa.govto request a score

News From UnitedHealthCare Mississippi
Correct Use of Billing Modifiers Aids in Better Payments to FQHCs: See UnitedHealthcare Updates for this and other information here.
Spring Stories Premiere:
ACCESS and Aaron E. Henry
The ACCESS Farmacy initiative is a response to a lack of fresh produce in the town of Smithville, MS. This video outlines the program, from the local farmers who take part in it to the patients who benefit from it.
Aaron E. Henry in Clarkesdale has had great success helping patients getting their weight down. This video outlines two success stories of patients watching what they eat and exercising in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Cyber Security Best Practices Information

Protecting your organization from cyber threats and data breaches is critical, especially for those who deal in sensitive information like HIPAA data. There are several things you need to be aware of and to be sure everyone else in your office is also aware.
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News to Use
Training Opportunities
National Health Center Week Kick-off
If you missed the National Health Center Week Kick-off Webinar last Wednesday, you can access the slides and recording online . This year's National Health Center Week theme is "Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America's Health Care Heroes."  The webinar will give you everything you need to know about the focus days, event planning, and more. Visit to learn more. 
Properly Reporting Preventive Services in 2018 for FQHCs (webinar)
June 8, 2018|12:30 pm – 1:30 pm| Price:  $25
CEU:  1 CEU Approved by AAPC & ARHPC for individuals with CH-CBS certification (If more than one individual needs CEUs, they will need to register individually). CEUs received after completing 10 queson quiz.
Phone:  (404) 937-6633 Option 1

"You Are the Key: Best Practices for HPV Cancer Prevention"
Tuesday, June 12|2:00 -3:00 p.m. ET
Continuing education credits are pending  

Overview of HITEQ Center Resources (Webinar)
June 13, 2018|11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Price:  FREE

Effective Use of Medication Assistance Treatment in an Opioid Dependent Population Part Two
Thursday, June 21, 2018|8:00 – 5:00 PM|Hilton, County Line Road, Jackson
For More Information Click Here .

Homeless / Social Determinants of Health Panel Discussion (Webinar)
June 21, 2018|11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Price:  FREE
Encourage Your Patients to Register To Vote!
Primary Election Day Registration Deadline Approaching:  
Deadline to register to vote on Primary Election Day, June 5

To update name and address registration information online, individuals must already be a registered voter in MS and have a current and valid MS driver’s license or photo identification card issued by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

New Opioid Funding Opportunities:
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities aims to identify, award, and share successful community health innovations with other safety net providers, officials, and the public to generate awareness of health centers’ unique ability to address community needs.

Up to five (5) Awards of $200,000 each will be made in 2018 for Medication Therapy Management Programs.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Organizations from all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must be federally-qualified health centers, or look-alikes, and NACHC member
  • Regional health center consortia and statewide associations are not eligible to apply
  • Past Award winners may reapply if they have not received funding the past two award cycles
To learn more about the awards program and to apply, click here.
Community Health Center Capital Fund, Capital Link
Application Deadline: May 30, 2018
Awards up to seven qualified health centers with grants of $20,000-$50,000 each to support technical assistance provided by Capital Link.  To date, Capital Link has assisted health centers in raising more than $614 million through NMTC—more than half of all funds raised through the NMTC program for FQHCs.
We are accepting applications from health centers planning capital projects of $5 million or more for which they intend to seek NMTC financing in 2019 and 2020. 
Applications are due on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Awardees will be announced in early June 2018. Download the application requirements here.  Please contact with any questions.

Don’t delay! Applications are due on  Wednesday, May 30, 2018 .  
Awardees will be announced in early June 2018. 
Application Deadline: Monday, June 4, 2018
SAMHSA is accepting applications from Federally Qualified Health Centers, opioid treatment programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to expand access to FDA-approved drugs or devices for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. SAMHSA expects to fund up to five grantees with as much as $200,000 per year for as many as five years.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity is now accepting applications for the next   Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)  program cycle. The 5 - year cooperative agreement will "provide funding to communities to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease." Deadline, July 16th.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2018
Awards grants in the areas of education, human services, and health. Specific project initiatives include food and hunger; economic development; daycare programs; hospital and healthcare agencies; health screenings; health education; AIDS/HIV prevention and education; and equipment for healthcare facilities.

Application Deadline: Rolling
Support well-established nonprofit organizations across the nation that address issues within four major areas of interest: education, health, culture, and social service. Health interests include cancer, geriatrics, neonatology, perinatology, pediatrics, women's health, and the disabled.
The Hearst Health Prize , in partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health, is now accepting applications for the 2019 award. The winner will receive a $100,000 prize, with $25,000 awarded to up to two finalists, in recognition of outstanding achievement in managing or improving population health. The goal is to discover, support and showcase population health programs that have made a measurable difference. Deadline, August 9th, 3:00 p.m. (ET).