Community Health Grant FY 2022 RFA - NOW AVAILABLE
DEADLINE: February 15, 2021
CEO Update
Randy Jordan, CEO
Extended COVID-19 Funding and What’s Next?

We are so pleased to learn that the U.S. Congress has authorized an extension of the deadline for using funds appropriated by the CARES Act. Our friends at NC Office of State Budget and Management are still working on the details about how there may be a corresponding extension of the December 30, 2020 deadline under the NCPRO COVID-19 grant. We have a little more than $3 million in NCPRO grant funds that may carry over from 2020 and can be used by participating clinics and pharmacies to cover the cost of expenses that are eligible under the grant. Many thanks to Allison Kelly and Cindy Jones for helping to administer this important grant during the COVID-19 crisis. Allison will provide you with additional information as we learn more about the grant from NCPRO.
 
Although you can expect NCAFCC to continue to approach the NC General Assembly with the worthiness of our programs for additional COVID-19 funding, it is probably time for all of us to take stock of how we will manage our organization’s finances after the NCPRO COVID-19 funding runs its course. For many, fundraising events were forced to grind to a halt due to the state-mandated social distancing requirements and individual donations may have grown stale. It’s not too soon to consider how you might restart and strengthen your fundraising activities as COVID-19 is brought under control. Many clinics have experienced an increase in their daily patient counts due to the newly uninsured residents of our state. Do you need to revisit your budgets and operational plans to take care of these patients? And, what ongoing role should telehealth play when your practices return to a new normal later in 2021. We believe, with a little forethought, that NCAFCC”s Member clinics can emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever.  
Quality & Clinical Support Update
Cindy Jones, Director of Quality & Clinical Support
2020 Annual Outcomes Survey
Instructions and the LINK to complete the web-based survey went out to the membership on January 28. Completion of the survey is due by February 28. If you did not receive this email correspondence, please contact cindy@ncafcc.org.

NCAFCC Accreditation
Congratulation’s goes to the Free Clinic of Rockingham County, in Reidsville. They were granted NCAFCC Re-Accreditation status on January 26, 2021.

New Funding Opportunity Coming
In April, NCAFCC will announce a funding opportunity to encourage and support our Members in addressing the impact of health disparity and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic within their patient populations and the communities they serve.
The total available funding pool is $200,000. The grant award amount will be limited to $50,000 per applicant, and contingent upon the number of meritorious applications submitted as identified by a reviewed scoring matrix.
Further details will be made available in the April announcement.

NCAFCC COVID-19 Vaccine Providers
Currently NCAFCC has 15 Members that have enrolled with NCDHHS to administer COVID-19 vaccines, and 7 more that are in the process of enrolling or plan to enroll. Please contact me if you need assistance in enrolling to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider.

Thanks goes out to all our Members for taking on the challenges and burdens of this pandemic.
Update on the NCPRO COVID-19 State Appropriation
Allison Kelly, COVID-19 Grant Manager
The year of 2020 marked a significant milestone in the life of the Association and its Members with the COVID-19 state appropriation. The Association was appropriated $12.425 million in 2020 by the General Assembly to cover the cost of eligible health services during the COVID-19 emergency by way of the NCPRO grant.

As of December 31, 2020, organizations participating in the NCPRO grant expended $9,008,957.87 toward eligible health services serving 12,677 new patients, many of which became newly uninsured due to the pandemic, and 128,885 established patients.

Importantly, these organizations cared for 2,576 confirmed COVID-19 patients as well as 7,239 suspected COVID-19 patients. Sadly, to date, seven COVID-19 patient deaths have been reported by organizations participating in the grant.

The majority of eligible expenses went toward offsetting the cost of credentialed, clinical providers at subrecipient organizations. In fact, 93% of the funding was used for employee expenses and contract staff, either substantially or partially dedicated, to the COVID-19 emergency. Other significant areas of expense included the cost of PPE, infection control measures, COVID-19 screening and testing equipment, telehealth equipment and services, as well as renovations to accommodate social distancing.

A report of our collective efforts was submitted to the NC General Assembly at the end of January. This report can be viewed on the Member’s Portal of the NCAFCC website in the COVID-19 Appropriation section. Additionally, new advocacy work is being undertaken as we speak to secure additional funding for 2021, as well as allow NCAFCC members to continue to access the $3.4 million remaining unspent in the NCPRO grant at the end of 2020.

As new funding becomes a reality, we anticipate a new entry point for members who may not have participated in the past to now access COVID-19 funding. As this effort develops, we will keep everyone posted. Onward and upward! 
Upcoming Programs and Deadlines
February.
03xxxRegion 7 Meeting / 10 - 12:00 noon

10xxxRegion 5 Meeting / 10 - 12:00 noon

15xxxCommunity Health Grant Deadline

16xxxRegion 2 Meeting / 10 - 12:00 noon

17xxxRegion 3 Meeting / 10 - 12:00 noon

22xxxRegion 4 Meeting / 1 - 3:00 p.m.

25xxxRegion 6 Meeting / 1 - 2:30 p.m.

28xxx2020 NCAFCC Annual Outcomes Survey Due
Articles, Resources & News of Interest
Welcome!
Tim Clontz, the new Executive Director of Community Care Center for Forsyth County.

Keep Children Engaged During Virtual Learning or While School’s Out

Helpful information from the Rural Health Information Hub
Learn about how rural communities are innovating in the face of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information - Updated
Updated Vaccine FAQs
Updated Fact Sheet in Spanish: What are we learning about children and COVID
NEW vaccine resources added in Spanish (postcards, flyers)

COVID-19 Information Hub - North Carolina specific
We have a new website with a better way for people to find a clinic along with many other changes and enhancements. www.ncafcc.org

Download copies of the 2019 Annual Outcomes Survey to share with your staff, donors and volunteers.
Member and Accredited Member logos available on the Members Only section of our website. Download and use on your website, letterhead and other clinic produced materials.
Staff Members
CEO
ext. 104

Deputy Director
ext. 101
Director of Quality & Clinical Support
ext. 103

COVID-19 Grant Manager
ext. 105
www.ncafcc.org
336-251-1111
Board of Directors
Board Chair
Tony Price
Moore Free and Charitable Clinic

Vice Chair
Tracy Salisbury*
Open Door Clinic of Alamance County

Secretary
Krista Woolly, MS
Community Care Clinic of Rowan

Treasurer
John Price, MPA
ORH - Retired

April Cook, MBA, Past Chair, NCAFCC
Lake Norman Community Health Clinic

Sherri Fisher
The Good Samaritan Clinic of Morganton
Andy Kurtzman, MHCA
Scotland Community Health Clinic

Sissy Lee-Elmore, MBA, MPA
WATCH Healthcare Program
Past Chair

Janet Jarrett
Albemarle Hospital Foundation Community Care Clinic

Michael Lischke, EdD, MPH
Northwest AHEC
WFU School of Medicine

John Mills, CPC
ECHO

*Tracy passed away on December 5, 2020. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and were impacted by her tremendous spirit, kindness, and love of life.
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