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WVPCA Weekly Outlook
A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare
May 14, 2021
In This Issue...
WVPCA News - Emergency Management News - School Based Health Corner - State News - National News - Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities - What We're Reading
News Flash!
$100 vaccine gift cards for ages 16-35 may be ready this week or next; briefings will be cut to two per week
Read the entire article from The Dominion Post here.

Doctors urge parents to catch kids up on other shots ahead of Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Read the entire article from CNN Health here.

To vaccinate younger teens, states and cities look to schools, camps, even beaches
Read the entire article from The New York Times here.

First lady Jill Biden visits Charleston
Read the entire article from Charleston Gazette-Mail here.
Emergency Preparedness Workshop Series
Please join the WVPCA and BOLDplanning, as we are excited to offer our members a four (4) part webinar series of Emergency and Continuity Planning (ECP) Workshops. Health centers and their staff play a key role in emergency preparedness efforts for all types of events, including natural or man-made disasters, pandemic outbreaks, or terrorist attacks. To further strengthen health center emergency preparedness, BOLDplanning experts will cover plan fundamentals along with specific details. Each workshop builds off the next.

Webinar Series includes:

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plan Basics: People, Places, and Things

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Policies, Procedures, and Plan Activation

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Reporting, Gap Analysis, and Plan Maintenance

Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hazards and Risk Assessment

After attending these presentations health centers will have the opportunity to have a customized ECP consultation by a BOLDplanning expert free of charge!

Developing strong emergency preparedness plans are a critical part of effectively serving the community. The ECP is designed to help healthcare organizations of all types and sizes create practical and compliant plans. Providing you the tools, skills, and experience to develop these plans is a mission of the WVPCA. BOLDplanning is a market leader in developing preparedness plans for healthcare and is proud to be your partner.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Emergency Management Personnel

This event is intended only for Community Health Center Staff.
Registration closes on June 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.
How Does Our Judgement
Affect Others and Ourselves
We just recently celebrated Mother’s Day. While it is a day when we elevate mothers for the wonderful individuals they are, there are many other days when we inadvertently make judgements about them that have a potential negative impact on them. Regardless if we are their relatives, friends or professionals, our judgement can add another layer of pain to their struggles and we probably need to ask ourselves some questions. To find out the questions, click below.
NEW from NACHC! COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Clinic Operations Toolkit
The new COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Clinic Operations Toolkit serves as a guide for health center senior leadership and healthcare providers preparing for and honing their COVID-19 vaccine administration processes. This toolkit shares sample tools, advice, workflows, and best practices from health centers across the country. These materials reflect health centers' efforts to develop the most appropriate and tailored operations for their organization, staff, patients, and community.
FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020 for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older.
State News
Pfizer Vaccine to be Offered to Youth Ages 12 to 15
West Virginia residents ages 12 to 15 can begin receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine immediately, officials said.

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared the Pfizer vaccine safe. On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice met and voted to recommend use of the vaccine for younger teens. That recommendation will now go to the CDC director for final approval.

“This is an important step in our fight against the pandemic,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, state health officer and commissioner of the DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health, in a news release following Wednesday’s CDC approval.
AFN Oral Health Summit - Registration Open!
Oral health is critical to overall health. Poor oral health is linked to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, yet more than 1 in 5 people report not having visited a dentist in the past few years. In Central Appalachia, access to oral health care can be a major barrier. The coronavirus pandemic has aggravated the challenges, leading to dental practice closures, cancellation of school-based preventive measures, and an exodus of dental hygienists from the workforce.

The Health Group of the Appalachia Funders Network is pleased to host the virtual Appalachian Oral Health Summit on Friday, May 21, 2021. The summit will engage oral health coalition leaders from around the region, oral health researchers and practitioners, and national experts in the field advocating for oral health care access. We invite you to engage with our impressive docket of speakers, learn about the promising trends, and consider how to address current challenges.
Make Plans to Attend the May 19 Appalachian Communities Opioid Response Summit
The State Rural Health Associations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia have teamed up to gather ideas and resources for addressing the opioid crisis and other Substance Use Disorders in the Appalachian Region.

The online Appalachian Communities Opioid Response (ACOR) Summit will take place on May 19th. Registration is just $15. This will be your opportunity to (virtually) learn from experts in the field, hold discussions about specific topics related to Substance Use Disorders and meet other stakeholders in the region.

Did you know ACOR has funds available for local Substance Use Disorder Coalitions to engage in strategic planning? Whether you are just a small group of concerned citizens that want to do more or a large organization with full-time staff, this is an opportunity for you to plan your future impact. 
Stimulant Use Disorders and Contingency Management Presentation
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the State’s response to opioid use. The State Opioid Response Grant (SOR) funding was used to expand the availability of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment and evidence-based services that identify and engage individuals in treatment and provide supports to help keep them in treatment and long-term recovery.

The intent of SOR funding is to reduce/prevent Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) related morbidity and mortality by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services. SOR funding is time limited and focuses on expanding West Virginia’s service delivery infrastructure, funding mechanisms, and relationships internal to the organization that will help sustain the system. Services are trauma informed and staffed by individuals with effective client engagement skills who are prepared to link individuals—or their loved ones—with Opioid Use Disorder to a full array of early intervention, treatment, and recovery resources.

Treatment is ultimately a decision between provider and patient; therefore, individuals must be able to make an informed decision. Increasing access to and retention in Treatment with Medication, an evidence-based treatment, using the three FDA-approved medications for OUD is a key factor in the opioid continuum of care. Implementation of evidence-based approaches, such as contingency management, is essential to individuals diagnosed with Stimulant Usage Disorder.

This presentation to be held on May 24, 2021 is to learn more about stimulant use disorders and contingency management. Please register to attend this presentation by Dr. Patrick Marshalek and Dr. Josh Carter.
National News
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about and recognize the impact of viral hepatitis in the United States. Viral hepatitis is a leading public health threat in the United States, contributing to cirrhosis, liver cancer and transplants, and—prior to the COVID-19 pandemic—more deaths than any other infectious disease.

Here are some resources to help your health center improve testing and diagnosing:
Federal Medicaid Outlays
During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released a data note analyzing federal Medicaid outlays before and during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the data note analyzes the Treasury data on outlays of the federal government classified as “grants to states for Medicaid.” The analysis examines quarterly and yearly outlays to understand the implications of the pandemic and the enhanced federal matching funds. The full data note is available below. 
National Health Service Corps New Site Application Open, Inactive Sites May Apply
The 2021 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) new site application cycle is now open for eligible health care sites that have never been approved as NHSC sites. This year’s application is also open to formerly approved NHSC sites that have become inactive. Eligibility includes health care sites that provide outpatient, ambulatory and primary healthcare services (i.e., medical, dental, and behavioral health) in Health Professional Shortage Areas. Additional eligible site types include facilities providing general substance use disorder treatment, a medication-assisted treatment program, or an opioid treatment program. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 25. Click below to learn more about the NHSC new site application. 
Funding and Financial Opportunities
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.
PPP Application Deadline May 31
Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will be accepted through May 31, 2021. Health centers are eligible for First Draw PPP Loans if they have 500 or more employees but fewer than 500 employees per location. Existing PPP borrowers that did not receive loan forgiveness by December 27, 2020, can reapply for a First Draw PPP loan.

If borrowers previously returned some or all of their First Draw PPP loan funds, they may request to modify their First Draw PPP loan amount if they did not accept the full amount for which they were eligible. Second Draw PPP Loans are only available to entities that have received, plan to use, or have used the First Draw PPP loan for authorized uses in its entirety. Entities must have no more than 300 employees per location and demonstrate at least a 25 percent reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. 
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, May 27, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Access details coming soon.
Cut the Cameras:
Utilizing Media to
Talk about Unhealthy Relationships with
Young People 
Media has the power to influence how young people view, think, and act in relationships. Join the School-Based Health Alliance for a youth-led webinar where together, we will analyze unhealthy relationships and behaviors portrayed in popular media, deconstruct patterns of abuse, and discuss how to utilize media portrayals when talking with young people in a health center setting.

This webinar will be facilitated by Youth Advisory Members Audrey Gabriel and Baila Salifou and Anna Casalme, Founder of Novelly, an organization that utilizes the power of stories to create courageous conversations on taboo topics.

Thursday, May 20, 2021
2:00 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 
Addressing Financial
and Legal Problems to Improve the Mental Health of Adults and Children during the Pandemic 
Join the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP), a HRSA-funded NTTAP, for this webinar. Experts in social determinants of health (SDOH) and medical-legal partnership interventions will discuss how financial strains are associated with suicide attempts and should be considered when assessing mental health interventions. Speakers will also address how legal services delivered alongside social, medical, and behavioral health services can help improve children’s overall health and well-being.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
1:00 PM EST
As the coronavirus pandemic wanes, there is tension brewing between patients and providers versus insurers regarding telehealth. The former want the convenience and simplicity of telehealth while the latter wishes to ensure it is a good investment. A “Health Affairs” blog post explores potential compromises in terms of payment for telehealth. 

New research in “Pediatrics” regarding marketing to children finds that fast food companies—namely McDonald’s—are not following their self-imposed marketing guidelines. Instead, these companies focus their advertising primarily on “premiums” such as toys and games rather than the food. 
If you come across something worth sharing, please feel free to forward to Joshua Austin, WVPCA Policy and Communications Director, at joshua.austin@wvpca.org.
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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