Member Spotlight:
Delta Health Center (DHC) Continues Work to Combat Childhood Obesity
Excerpt from “Uproot” 2018. Children and their parents participate in this evidenced-based program by participating 2 days per week in planned exercise with healthy meal planning for parents as key to the program’s success.
DHC MEND TEAM: Left to right: 
Alex Cummins, Exercise Leader
Joyce Roundtree-McCoy, Program Assistant 
Robin Boyle’s, Program Organizer
Kirsten Westerfield, Mind and Nutrition Leader
Ashley Taylor, Program Assistant
Robin Boyles is Chief Program Planning and Development Officer for DHC and serves as program manager for MEND at the Community Health Center. Robin shares with Uproot that “the purpose of MEND is to introduce productive, sustainable changes to participants’ exercise and eating habits, not to get caught up on weight. The practice is validating to the youth participants, who can exercise without being judged by their peers. We remove all those barriers so they can engage in physical activity without having to worry about being shamed. The kids are loving it, look forward to it, it’s fun.” Read full article here
MPHCA will add to the spotlight this week to inform everyone that we have had a name change: Pictured here is our new name and logo. We are excited to embark upon a major branding campaign to more closely align with the work done on behalf of Community Health Centers statewide. The new name was approved by the Sectary of State’s Office effective July 31, 2018 and revealed at the closing of the 31 st annual conference. We will update our web site ( and email addresses changes in the very near future.
With a theme entitled Laser Focused: Elevating the Patient Experience , CHCAMS closes out its 31 st annual meeting engaging patients in meaningful dialogue:

Patients from across the state were invited to speak of their experiences and values as well as challenges with access to care. Moderator, CHCAMS’ Jeron Ravin asked patients to consider “When ranking access to care, what’s most important?” Ranked responses were in the following order: 1) Distance; 2) Cost/Financial; 3) Relationship with Provider
Patients from Coastal, Outreach, and SEMRHI share their experiences
Note: Please look for more 2018 conference highlights on our new web site soon
Celebrating Health Centers:
Home of America’s Health Care Heroes

Events in Mississippi Commemorating the Event:
August 11 th , 2018 MPHCA Statewide CHC Obesity Challenge – MPHCA and its 21 CHCs across the state host the central race, while other CHCs throughout the state host races, which include 5k and 10k races and a health fair at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson (7:30 am on 8/11/18) more infoCheck individual CHC web sites for local race information.

August 13, 2018 - Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, (SEMRHI) Inc. will be hosting a Free Check-Up Day at all clinic sites. Providing Free screenings: Blood Pressure, Glucose, BMI, Dental, Vision, Clinical Breast Examinations, Prostate Examinations, and HIV Testing.

August 15, 2018 - SEMRHI hosts a press event at Hattiesburg Family Health Center (66 Old Airport Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401) at 10:00 a.m. More info on SEMRHI events here.

August 16, 2018 East Central MS Health Care, Sebastapool: 4:00-6:00 PM – 40 th Year Anniversary Celebration.  Contact ECMHC

August 18, 2018 Coastal Family Health Center – 40 th Anniversary Celebration and Gala. Contact Coastal here.
(Click hyperlinks for additional information)
Sunday, August 12th, 2018
Monday, August 13th, 2018
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Friday, August 17th, 2018
Saturday, August 18th, 2018
HRSA’s Maternal & Child Health Branch (MCHB) Launching Grand Challenges
MCHB needs your innovative ideas for a health issue affecting moms & kids! 
MCHB Grand Challenges will award up to $1.5 million in prize awards across four competitions launching over the next few months: Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN), Remote Pregnancy Monitoring, and Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms.
Learn more and sign up for updates on the Challenges website

Coinsurance and Deductible:
Coinsurance is 20% of the lesser of the FQHC’s charge for the specific payment code of the PPS rate, except for certain preventative services. Patient cost-sharing requirements for most Medicare-covered preventative services are waived, and Medicare pays 100% of the costs for these services. No coinsurance is required for the IPPE, AWV, and any covered preventative services recommended with a grade of A or B by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. For a complete list of preventive services and their coinsurance requirements, refer to
There is no Part B deductible in FQHCs for FQHC-covered services.

FY '19 SAC NOFO was issued on June 7 (for Jan. 1 project starts; deadline Aug. 21 ) and the second on June 14 (for Feb. 1 project start; deadline Aug. 30).  Check the SAAT table  to see if your health center must compete this year. Additional SAC NOFOs will be issued in the coming weeks.
Effective July 1, 2018 and contingent upon approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Division of Medicaid will begin reimbursing FQHCs outside of the encounter rate for the administration of physician administered drugs covered and reimbursed through the pharmacy benefit.

Public notice and draft pages can be viewed via this link :

Physician-administered drugs" means drugs other than vaccines covered under the Social Security Act that are typically furnished incident to a physician's services.
News to Use
Training Opportunities
General Medication Assistant Therapy and SBIRT Training forthcoming.
MPHCA/CHCAMS is working with partners from the MS Public Health Institute regarding the  State Targeted Response (STR) Technical Assistance (TA) Consortium resource, which is created to support provider efforts in addressing opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. This project, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), offers local expertise in your communities to help address the opioid public health crisis. We have applied for trainings to be offered to health center sites in general MAT and SBIRT. Please look for further updates in the next newsletter in regards to training dates and times.
MOHCA (Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance) Annual Meeting - New Seats Opened
August 17, 2018|10:00 am – 2:00 pm (CDT)
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent, June 12, 2018; Application, Aug. 6, 2018
A funding and technical assistance opportunity for organizations working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities in the United States, with an emphasis on small cities, rural areas, and places with high rates of poverty. Sponsors are Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and The Rockefeller Foundation.
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent by Aug. 31, 2018; Application by Sept. 28, 2018
Grants to support community-based organizations providing direct services, education, or research in the areas of HIV and AIDS, with priority given to smaller communities and rural areas.
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2018
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education.

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).