Updates from the STAR² Center 
January 2, 2018
Happy New Year from all of us at the STAR² Center! We hope that you've been able to take some time to rest, reflect, refresh, and put up a fun new calendar for the coming year. We are excited to continue working with you in 2018 and beyond, and can't wait to share our upcoming resources and training opportunities with you and your workforce colleagues!
STAR² Center News
Coming Soon - State Level Recruitment & Retention Data Packets

We are looking forward to starting off the new year with the release of the STAR² Center State Aggregate Reports and packets of Data Profiles for each state. 

These packets contain confidential data from health centers in each state and therefore, any individual from a PCA or PCO who would like to access this information will be asked to complete a data use agreement. Data use agreements and supporting documents are located in the Data Profile Information Center on our website.

The STAR² Center team released updated individual recruitment and retention  Data Profiles to each health center CEO in the country throughout the week of November 27, 2017. Please contact us if you have not yet received your Data Profile.
The STAR ²  Center hopes to be able to share another set of state level data with our partners but we need your help! We have extended the deadline for health centers to complete the Assessment of Health Professions Training in Health Centers  to January 31, 2018

Health center staff can opt-in to share  their data with our PCA partners at the completion of the assessment. We hope PCA workforce staff will help us to get the word out.  Contact Mariah Blake for a count of the health centers in your state who have completed the assessment so far!
Partner News

The Team-Based Care Learning Collaborative is a 10-month participatory learning experience designed to provide transformational strategies and coaching support to help primary care practices in Federally Qualified Health Centers implement an advanced model of team-based care.

The Collaborative will provide a series of video conference learning sessions with 10-12 primary care teams from across the country, as well as in-person quality improvement training, ongoing mentoring for coaches in your organization, technical assistance, and access to web-based tools.  Teams will complete an assessment of their current practice using a nationally recognized method to identify opportunities for improvement, and will work between learning sessions to meet their aims.

The learning collaborative is FREE for health centers to join. 

Applications can be found here: Learning Collaborative Application and can be completed and emailed back to  NCA@chc1.com 


The STAR² Center is excited to announce the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Academy, a 6-month HRSA-funded virtual training series designed to help staff from health centers, health center controlled networks, and primary care associations develop, implement and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities. Designed and led by staff from 14 organizations (all HRSA-designated training and technical assistance hubs) the coordinated curriculum exposes participants to a range of SDOH strategies and community-based interventions in a single place, and covers everything from screening to implementation and practice transformation. The Academy also provides an opportunity for health centers to engage in peer-learning and share their SDOH needs and work.

Each month from January through June, the Academy offers a virtual training on a different SDOH topic and hosts corresponding virtual office hours where participants can ask questions and share their experiences. Building on the success of the 2017 pilot with 58 health centers and PCAS, the 2018 SDOH Academy is now open to staff from all health centers, health center controlled networks, and primary care associations. There is no formal application to participate; simply register for the sessions you wish to attend. Trainings are free for participants.

Click here for more information on the 2018 trainings and to register. Please direct questions to Sharena Hagins at SHagins@gwu.edu.


The STAR² Center and Capital Link teams will kick off the 2018 SDOH Academy programming on  January 11 at 3:00pm ET . By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify major financial and workforce considerations for implementing a new program focused on addressing social determinants of health, particularly diabetes management, 
  • Describe the operational impact of developing new programs, and best practices to mitigate risk and minimize challenges, and 
  • Access resources and evaluation tools.
Click here fore more information on this free webinar and register to attend!

Applications are now being accepted for the STAR² Center 2018 Retention Academy. A cohort of 25-30 health center c-suite and management staff will convene for 30 minutes a week from February to April in a mix of webinars, office hours, and assignments to understand and implement organizational strategies to reduce clinician burnout. Please click here for more information and to apply by January 17, 2018!