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WVPCA Weekly Outlook
A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare
June 4, 2021
In This Issue...
WVPCA News - Emergency Management News - Outreach and Enrollment News - State News - National News - Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities - What We're Reading
News Flash!
Google rolls out Health Equity Tracker platform, highlighting disparities between communities
Read the entire article from MobiHealthNews here.
Science chief wants next pandemic vaccine ready in 100 days
Read the entire article from WVNews here.
Trauma Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers: Moving from Awareness to Practice
Please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association for Trauma-Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers: Moving from Awareness to Practice on Thursday, June 10, 2021, presented by Dr. Audrey Stillerman. Being trauma aware has been promoted for several years. As a result, there is an increase of awareness of the effects of stress, adversity, and trauma on people’s lives. The evidence is clear that the effects of child neglect and abuse, as well as other forms of traumatic stress, impact the health, mental health, and behavior of individuals.

This virtual learning opportunity will describe the challenges in moving from being trauma aware to implementing trauma-informed care in SBHCs. There will be a short review of the lifelong effects of trauma while identifying the steps in becoming a trauma-informed SBHC. The discussion will also include the benefits of integrated care in SBHCs and how to identify and overcome barriers to the integrated care model. Finally, the presenter will discuss the implications for trauma-informed care for staff.

The presenter, Dr. Stillerman has extensive experience in delivering trauma-informed education and services directly in SBHCs. This webinar will guide SBHCs through the process of moving from trauma-informed to trauma-responsive care in the context of an integrated care model.

By practicing trauma-informed care, SBHCs can implement effective practices to support students with trauma exposure. In doing this, it increases student resilience and hope for a more healthy and productive life.

Following this webinar, participants will:

  • Describe the lifelong effects of trauma, recovery needs, and implementation of trauma-focused treatment interventions.
  • Identify steps in the process of becoming a trauma-informed SBHC.
  • Identify and overcome barriers to integrated care model in SBH.
  • Will learn about the implications of trauma-informed care for staff.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary Care and Behavioral Health staff in School Based Health Centers.

This event is intended only for Community Health Center Staff.
Registration closes on June 9, 2021 at NOON.
AZARA ACADEMY Webinar Series Announced
Ready to take your Azara DRVS utilization to the next level? Want to learn more about maximizing the Azara tools for performance improvements? Need to refresh your knowledge of the basic concepts DRVS? If so, please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) and Azara Healthcare for the exciting AZARA ACADEMY webinar series. During these ninety minute webinars, health centers will have the opportunity to learn more about Azara DRVS, digging deeper into functionality and tools. Azara DRVS experts will demonstrate how DRVS can be leveraged for value based initiatives, care management, efficient patient visit planning, quality improvement, and other important functions and uses.  

Each webinar will have a separate registration (links included) for the upcoming sessions:

Here are just a few of the topics to be covered:
  • Leveraging clinical, payer and HIE data to improve your performance.
  • Exploring the continuum of care management tools to support population health and PCMH.
  • DRVS Patient Visit Planning Best Practices
  • Implementation of the Care Management Passport amongst the Care Team
  • Development and optimization of scorecards and dashboards
  • How to use DRVS to track patients with chronic conditions
  • Overview of Social Determinants of Health in DRVS  

Click below for details of the webinar series.

After attending these sessions health centers will have the opportunity to schedule their NO-COST ninety-minute WVPCA AZARA ACADEMY Learning Lab session hosted by an Azara Coach. The Learning Lab will offer hands on training to assist the health center in further exploring the topics covered in the DRVS Academy sessions within their own organization. Please contact the WVPCA for more details.

Target Audience: All levels of DRVS users including but not limited to: CHC Leadership, Clinical Managers, Quality and Care Management Staff, Nurses, IT/EHR Managers, Behavioral Health and School Based Health Directors.

This event is intended for Community Health Center Staff at no cost for participants.
Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization Application Open Season
Organizations operating in a Federally-Facilitated Marketplace state that want to provide enrollment assistance to consumers for plan year 2022 must apply to CMS to become a certified application counselor designated organization (CDO), if they are not already a CDO. Open season for applications begins on Tuesday, June 1, and ends on Tuesday, August 31. CDOs oversee certified application counselors, who are trained and able to help consumers seeking health coverage options through the Marketplace.
Join the Month of Action to Get People Vaccinated
The White House announced a Month of Action to mobilize an All-of-America sprint to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sunday, July 4. Read the White House fact sheet.

In addition, HHS’ We Can Do This campaign is mobilizing national organizations, community-based partners, influencers, celebrities, athletes, and thousands of volunteers across the nation to empower their communities to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The campaign will work with organizations and trusted messengers throughout this month to promote vaccines across the country.

This month, health centers are encouraged to further expand their efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines by extending hours (e.g., on nights and weekends) and conducting expanded outreach and education events, specifically for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines. These activities can be supported with the recently awarded American Rescue Plan funding. 

Other ways to help:
  • Promote ways to get vaccinated: The We Can Do This website has more information and toolkits you can use to get the word out.
  • In addition, share these websites and text messaging tool on your social platforms to help your followers access available vaccines near them: 
  1. Vaccines.gov (English) and Vacunas.gov (Spanish)
  2. Text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX) in English or 822862 (VACUNA) in Spanish
  3. Call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance in English, Spanish, and 150+ other languages
  • Join the COVID-19 Community Corps: As a member, you’ll receive the latest resources and invites to events through the Month of Action to help build vaccine confidence in your community.
Department of Health and Human Services Commits $4.8B for Uninsured COVID-19 Testing
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that it is designating $4.8 billion to provide relief funding for COVID-19 testing for uninsured people in the U.S.

The administration intends the funding from the American Rescue Plan to ensure the approximately 29 million uninsured U.S. residents have access to COVID-19 testing in order to track where the virus is prevalent for appropriate responses.
State News
Who Wants to be a Vaccinated Millionaire?
As an incentive for more West Virginian's to get the COVID-19 vaccination it has been announced that there will be a lottery with a first prize of $1 million. With Ohio's program showing success at bumping up vaccine rates (a 28% increase in vaccination rates in the days following the announcement), Maryland is also trying its luck while Oregon considers it.
2021 West Virginia Addiction Conference
Save the Date: October 28-29, 2021
Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference:
Pain and Addiction Best Practices and Proper Prescribing
2-Day Virtual Event!
National News
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
(WEAAD) is June 15, 2021
This observance was launched in 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. 

Health Centers are crucial in the recognition and prevention of elder abuse. In our recent Learning Collaborative, Aging with Respect: A Framework for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Older Adults, Lisa James, Director of Health at Futures Without Violence and Dr. Peter Maramaldi, discussed ways that health centers can establish partnerships to improve the health, wellness, and safety of their patients. Visit IPV Health Partners to download a toolkit to build a comprehensive and sustainable response to intimate partner violence (IPV).
Other Ways to Help Include: 
  • Administration for Community Living: Spark a movement within your community by planning a WEAAD Caravan event where each car displays messages or images to raise awareness of WEAAD. Don’t have promotional tools? Customize this WEAAD caravan flyer.
  • Use social media to spread awareness of older adult abuse. 
  • Involve younger people to send letters, offer assistance with chores to older adult relatives, neighbors and friends.
Funding and Financial Opportunities
HRSA Announces $50 Million in Funding to Optimize Use of Virtual Care in Health Centers 
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the availability of up to $50 million for HRSA-funded health centers to further efforts to advance virtual care. This competitive, one-time funding opportunity will support health centers in optimizing the use of virtual care to increase access and improve clinical quality for medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

Application Due Date:
  • Friday, July 16, 11:59 p.m. ET in Grants.gov 
  • Tuesday, August 17, 5 p.m. ET in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) 

Visit the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Optimizing Virtual Care technical assistance (TA) webpage for the Notice of Funding Opportunity, pre-recorded TA webinar, and other resources.
HHS Announces $1 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Construction and Renovation Projects
HHS has announced the availability of $1 billion for HRSA-Health Center Program funded health centers to support major construction and renovation projects across the country. The funding builds on President Biden’s commitment to ensuring equity in access to COVID-19 response efforts and high quality primary health care services.

Health centers that receive this funding will be able to use it for COVID-19 related capital needs and to construct new facilities, renovate and expand existing facilities, and purchase new equipment. Read the press release.

Applications are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 24. Visit the American Rescue Plan funding for Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements technical assistance (TA) webpage for award submission guidance, information about upcoming question and answer sessions, and other resources.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates 
Join Jim to hear the latest information on funding, the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and more.

Thursday, June 17, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Thursday, July 8, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Telehealth and PrEP/HIV Care Outcomes 
This webinar is hosted by The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a HRSA-funded NTTAP. Participants of this training will learn about the current research in telehealth and PrEP/HIV care outcomes, including PrEP @ Home and considerations for the administration and management of PrEP during COVID-19. Additionally, training participants will explore the topic of PrEP program implementation in a health center setting, including best practices for systems of care and improving adherence.

Friday, June 11, 2021
1:00 PM EST
Social Determinants of Health Community of Practice 
This community of practice offers a deep dive into the myriad of social and economic factors that contribute to health outcomes. Participants will discuss strategies and resources they can employ to identify and screen for social determinants of health (SDOH), as well as ways to mitigate their impact.

Participants can earn 1.5 CE credits for each session they attend, with a maximum of 9 CEs for participation in all six sessions. Register now for the series, which starts in June.

Starts June 8, 2021
2:30 PM EST 
Maternal Health Webinar Series: Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Office of Regional Operations (ORO) in Regions 5, 6, and 7 invite you to a webinar on Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy. This webinar is part of ORO Regions 5, 6, and 7’s Maternal Health Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight innovations and promising practices as well as resources to promote and further maternal health and well-being across the lifespan.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
12:00 PM EST
Community Health Center Resources
Jackson Kelly attorneys provide limited consultation to all members of the WVPCA at no charge, as part of the WVPCA contract. There is no limit to the number of calls which any member may make. All inquiries within the scope of professional competence of firm attorneys will be addressed. Inquiries which require expertise not available through the firm will be promptly identified and, when requested, Jackson Kelly will assist in referring the matter to accounting firms, insurance agents, or others as circumstances warrant.

All inquiries, responses and consultation services provided by the firm lawyers will be provided without additional charge beyond the retainer amount, except for matters which require formal opinions, representation of record in litigation, transactional work, e.g. the purchase or sale of real property, or matters which require continued representation, research or consultation beyond a single inquiry or document review.

Justin M. Harrison is a labor & employment lawyer with Jackson Kelly PLLC. He is available for consultation through a special retainer relationship with the WVPCA. Justin can be reached at 304.340.1358 and via email at justin.harrison@jacksonkelly.com.
ECRI Institute
Pandemic Operational Recovery Guide
Operational disruptions to ambulatory care during and after a pandemic are significant. These disruptions may change many aspects of care delivery in ways that impact providers, staff, and patients alike.
Care may be temporarily limited or delivered in nontraditional ways, and recovery of operations may represent a "new normal."
The Pandemic Operational Recovery Guide for Health Centers and Free Clinics was written to assist health centers and free clinics in identifying and minimizing risks as they recover from operational disruptions related to a pandemic.
The handbook contains links to tools as well as links to additional resources for a more comprehensive discussion of individual topics. Readers can refer to descriptive "Strategy" headings in each section, and consult the recommendations, tools, and resources that follow for more detailed information. Although some tools and resources focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, they can be adapted to respond to other public health emergencies.
Risk Management Manual for Health Centers Now Available!
The Risk Management Manual for Health Centers is now available on the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website! Designed to support a proactive approach to risk management at health centers and free clinics, the Manual provides background, tips, and how-tos in a manageable format.

Specific areas that are covered include:
Risk Management Programs & Plans
Claims and Lawsuits
Role of the Risk Manager
Patient Grievances and Complaints
Communication with Patients
Credentialing and Privileging
Communication among Providers, Staff, and Community Partners
Tracking Systems for Diagnostic Tests, Referrals, and Hospitalizations

View an archived webinar that provides a guided tour of the Manual and key features. For access to the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website or any other questions, email clinical_rm_program@ecri.org.
Sherri Ferrell, MBA | Chief Executive Officer
Debra Boyd | Chief Financial/Chief Operations Officer
Staci Arnold, MBA | Data Service & Integration Specialist
Joshua Austin | Policy & Communications Director
Paula Beasley | Education & Communication Coordinator
Jennifer Boyd, PA-C, PCMH-CCE | Clinical Consultant
John Kennedy, MA | School-Based Health/Behavioral Health Coordinator
Pam Moore | Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, MBA, PCMH-CCE | Director of Health Center Operations
Ruby Piscopo | Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator
Amanda West | Staff Accountant
Emma White, RN, PCMH-CCE | Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator
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