May 3 , 2018
  WVPCA Weekly Outlook Newsletter
     A Newsletter on Community Centered Healthcare

We offer this publication as a member service of the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA).

If you have questions regarding our organization, WVPCA membership, or if you have content to suggest for this newsletter, please contact Kelsey Clough, Education and Communications Coordinator, by email or by phone at (304) 346-0032.


West Virginia Primary Care Association
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Charleston, WV 25314-1518
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

Another Harm from the Opioid Epidemic: More Heart Infections
Read the entire article, originally from the  US News & World Report 

West Virginia nonprofit aims to be addiction services hub
Read the entire article, originally from the
Tri-City Herald 

Legislation introduced to expand West Virginia's Handle with Care program
Read the entire article, originally from the  Register-Herald 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
WVPCA staff wear green in support of Mental Health Month. 

May is Mental Health Month, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is promoting the theme "CureStigma" in support of those affected by mental health conditions and the social stigma they often face, according to the NAMI website.

NAMI offers educational resources and opportunities to take action on mental-health-related issues, including guidance on how to communicate with politicians, reach out to the local community regarding these issues, or create a campaign to raise donations for NAMI. The organization sponsors online discussion groups and publishes individual stories from people affected by mental health conditions in a section of their website called "Share Your Story."

NAMI chose the current theme because stigma "creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment," according to the website. The National Council for Behavioral Health is also offering free infographics, an article, and sample social media materials on its
website for Mental Health Month; any logo or contact information can be added to these materials, and they can be used in any format-published on a blog or in a newsletter, or printed and posted in a physician's office. Health centers and free clinics may be interested in the following resources addressing mental health: the Get Safe! self-assessment tool Managing the Behavioral Health Patient in Primary Care; the Get Safe! Assessing Patients for Risk of Self-Harm; the Practice Alert  Comprehensive Behavioral Health Screening in Primary Care; the Practice Alert  Building and Maintaining Substance Use Disorder Capacity; and the tool Patient Suicide Risk: Assessment and Evaluation.
New Webinar! Protecting Our Students: Revisiting Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Gun Safety
Health care providers face many challenges when working with patients who are at risk for suicide. Some patients may not disclose thoughts of suicide, and even if they do, the health care provider must make judgement calls about possible future behavior, often with insufficient or contradictory information. 

Suicide is the  second leading cause of death  for youth. There are approximately  2.5 times  as many deaths from suicide yearly than from homicide.  F irearms  cause nearly half of all suicides. For each successful suicide there are roughly  25 attempts  with many attempts leading to hospitalization.

Please join the West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) for this free webinar with Barri Faucett, Director of Prevent Suicide WV, known for her expertise on this subject. This hour long interactive learning opportunity will address suicide prevention along with how poor mental health increases the risk and the role of gun safety. SBHCs are a critical venue for assessing not only a child's physical health, but their emotional health as well.

What You Need to Know
When: May 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM
Where: Via WebEx
Who: School-Based Health Center Staff and Behavioral Health Center Staff 

Registration and additional information is available here
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Save the Date - 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit 
 The 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit is scheduled for October 22-24 in Charleston, West Virginia. 

The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states join forces to fight obesity.
New HIV ECHO Launching in May
As part of the HepC ECHO hosted by the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a HIV ECHO is scheduled to launch at the end of May. Please find the updated schedule and additional information below.
2018 Viral Hepatitis Summit: Engaging Multi-Disciplinary Partners to Improve Hepatitis B and C Care in WV
The 2018 Viral Hepatitis Summit: Engaging Multi-Disciplinary Partners to Improve Hepatitis B and C Care in West Virginia is scheduled for May 31- June 1 at the Resort at Glade Springs. 
The event flyer is available here. If you plan to attend, please complete a brief survey here
26th Annual WV Rural Health Conference October 17-19
Registration is now open for the West Virginia Rural Health Association's 26th Annual Rural Health Conference. The conference is scheduled for October 17-19 at Pipestem Resort State Park. The conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.

Registration is available here
New Oral Health Resource for Home Visiting Programs
The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Early Childhood Oral Health Committee, Home Visiting Subcommittee recently released a new resource, Oral Health Educational Resources for Home Visitors and Families: Environmental Scan, 2018 Update. 

The environmental scan identifies oral health educational resources for home visitors and the families they serve. The environmental scan also addresses gaps in existing oral health resources and opportunities to promote oral health in home visiting programs.
To access the environmental scan, click here
Register Now! 2018 Immunization Summit
The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit is scheduled for June 21-22 at the Charleston Civic Center, in partnership with the KidStrong Conference. The conference is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in improving immunization rates in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia

To register, click here
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
Clinical Training Program for
 NEXPLANON® (etonogestrel implant) 68 mg Radiopaque
When May 4, 2018 | 9 AM 
Where: Stonewall Resort
WhatThis training is available only to US clinicians authorized to perform medical procedures as evidenced by a State
License number or a Medical Education (ME) number.

This session, which is sponsored by Merck, is not accredited for continuing education credit. The training is open only to MD/DO, NP, PA or CNMs and Residents authorized to perform the procedures entailed in the insertion and removal of NEXPLANON in the jurisdiction where they practice. 

or more information, please click  here

WVU Injury Control Research Center offers: Sleep & Suicide: Relationships & Opportunities for Intervention
When: Web-Based, no date attached
What: The WVU Injury Control Research Center is offering the next webinar in their ASYNCHRONOUS Webinar Series.

Dr. Wilfred R. Pigeon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Sleep and Neurophysiology Research Lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center will present the 40-minute webinar. 

For more information, please click here.
New Tool Maps Appalachia's Opioid Overdoses and Deaths with Socioeconomic Factors
The Appalachian Regional Commission recently distributed information about the Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool, developed by NORC at the University of Chicago and released in conjunction with ARC. The tool illustrates the impact of the opioid epidemic in the Appalachian Region and its relation to socioeconomic factors such as unemployment, poverty, education, and disability. The tool enables users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional county-level context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents. For example, in Central Appalachia, counties with the highest rates of overdose are often the same counties with the highest rates of people on disability. Additionally, those Central Appalachia counties with the highest overdose rates are often the same counties with the lowest rates of educational attainment. While Central Appalachia remains the most highly affected subregion of Appalachia, other subregions are experiencing increasing rates of overdose. In Northern and Southern Appalachia, the highest overdose rates are in urban counties. While the tool is currently focused on overdose deaths in Appalachia, it has broad implications for understanding the relationship between socioeconomic factors and overdose, as well as for other public health issues.
In August 2017, NORC's Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis produced a report for ARC titled Appalachian Diseases of Despair, which reveals the extent of mortality rates in Appalachia due to alcoholic liver disease, overdose, and suicide. The study found that in 2015, overdose-related mortality rates for Appalachia's 25-44-year-old age group-those in their prime working years-were more than 70 percent higher than for the same age group in the country's non-Appalachian areas.  

National NewsNationalNews
FTCA University Training Scheduled for June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA
HRSA, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers and KEPRO are hosting a Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCCA) University on June 7-8 in Harrisburg, PA. 

Topics covered in the training include - but are not limited to - the following:
  • FTCA Basic Policy and Program Procedures
  • Opioid Epidemic: The Role of Primary Health Care and Health Centers
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • EHRs and eDiscovery
  • Risk Management: Foundations in Clinical Risk Management & Safety
  • Claims Management
Registration is $150 per person and CME credits will be available upon completion of the two-day training. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to the training as educational materials will only be available electronically. 

Find the flyer here. Registration is open and available here
Webinar Opportunity: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Integrated Care Settings
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions recently announced a new webinar opportunity, Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Integrated Care Settings. Scheduled April 30 at 2:30 PM, this webinar addresses prevention strategies, universal education and direct inquiry techniques, and best practices approaches related to Intimate Partner Violence. 

About 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. Among the victims of intimate partner violence, 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence and 9 in 10 of male victims experienced physical violence alone. 

This  Registration is free and available here.
Grant Funding Opportunity: Cultivating Healthy Communities  
The Rural Health Information Hub announced the Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant which provides funding to empower communities to lead healthier lives by increasing the opportunities to make healthy choices in the places where people live, learn, work, play, and pray. The foundation is seeking projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities in both rural and urban areas.

Any nonprofit, including federally recognized Indian tribes, in the continental United States is eligible to apply.

For more information, click here
Community Health Center ResourcesCHCresources 
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ECRI Institute 
The  ECRI Institute  offers numerous policy templates that can be used as guidance consistent with the needs of community health centers. To take a look at their library of policy templates, click  HERE .
If you are not an ECRI member, creating a free account before accessing these materials is required. ECRI Institute resources are provided for free on behalf of HRSA.

To Access Policies: 
  • From the main page, click on the clinical risk management link on the left hand side of the page
  • Click sample policies and tools listed under tool-kits on left side of page
Click on the + sign to access individual templates.
Tracking and Referral Resources Available at ECRI
ECRI has released a Test Tracking and Follow-Up Toolkit and the Get Safe! Communication Ensuring Care Coordination of the Medically Complex Patient.  All resources are provided for free by ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA.  If you do not currently have access and would like to set up an account, just email them or call (610) 825-6000.  For those who have already registered on the site, the links will take you to these tools.  

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