Updates from the STAR² Center 
November 6, 2017

The  STAR² Center (Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention) of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) provides free resources, training, and technical assistance (TA) related to recruitment and retention in community health centers. 

STAR² Center News
We need your help!  The STAR ²  Center is fielding a short assessment with the support of HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care, to gather information on health centers' experiences with health professions training activities. We plan to use information gathered through this assessment to identify potential areas for resources, training, and technical assistance both through STAR ²  Center programming and by sharing this information with our PCA partners. Please share the following information with your members and colleagues today!

This assessment takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and should be completed by all health centers regardless of whether or not they are currently training health professions students or residents. 

Please share this with health center workforce staff to  complete the assessment online by November 17, 2017. You can preview the questions prior to completing the assessment by   clicking here. We hope to hear from you soon!
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We would love to hear from you and share your good work with our partners across the country! Please contact us with news, events, resources, and more that you would like to share. To be sure that you and your team are up to date on our recent developments,  click here to join our list and check our archive for past editions.
Partner News
HRSA has released a 508-compliant, formatted version of the UDS manual with content matching the version of the manual released on Aug. 31.

The 2017 manual describes the annual UDS reporting requirements for all health centers that receive federal award funds (grantees), as well as for look-alikes under the Health Center Program. Health center personnel use the manual-a comprehensive guide to the framework of UDS reporting requirements, including data submissions on patients, operations, and clinical performance-as a reference when preparing their center's UDS report.

The manual provides:
  • an introduction and overview of the UDS;
  • instructions for completing each table; and
  • information on how to submit the data through HRSA's Electronic Handbooks (EHB).
Click here to access the UDS Resources page to view this manual and other materials.

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is developing a new and improved website that will help you find what you're looking for quickly and easily but they need your help to do it right!

NHSC is restructuring their website to better reflect how you use it, provide you with relevant information and resources, and help you easily access NHSC content regardless of the device you're using.

Let them know how they're doing by participating in a 10-minute survey!
The next Bureau of Primary Health Care All-Programs Webcast will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST. Click here to join the webcast the day of the session.

Send a question in advance by Monday, Nov. 27. All questions will remain anonymous. You may also write in your questions during the webcast.

Join us for this four part series tackling the use of a defined compensation strategy to improve both recruitment and retention of clinicians at a high-functioning health center. This program is designed to acquaint participants with the elements essential to an effective compensation program - both in design and execution.  One registration saves you a spot at all four sessions, click here to register today!

Here at the STAR² Center we believe in a data based approach to workforce training and resources and we hope you do too! In addition to the data we already use to create our Data Profiles and other resources, we recommend taking a look at this updated Compendium of Federal Data Sources created by the  Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center.