August 7, 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.


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Charleston, WV 25314-1518
Quick Links: In This Issue.....

 State  News


Brooke families receive boost at fair
Read the entire article from the Herald-Star  here

Will Blockchain transform healthcare?
Read the entire article from  Forbes  here
Health care mergers in doubt as Amazon looms large
Read the entire article from CNN  here

Senator Manchin holds pre-existing conditions round table discussion 
Read the entire article from WTRF here
WVPCA Announces Website Redesign
 The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) is excited to announce the formal launch our newly redesigned website!
In addition to creating a fresh, new look to our online presence, the new site allows for online registration for trainings and events. The new site provides streamlined menus, intuitive navigation and accessibility across all platforms. The site also features information and resources about the WVPCA and our programs.
The site remains accessible at
We Want to Hear from YOU! Share Your Plans for National Health Center Week (NHCW)

How will you be celebrating National Health Center Week (NHCW)? From Congressional visits to  community events including breakfasts, barbecues, open houses, or voter registration events, there are countless ways to celebrate the work health centers do in West Virginia. 

The submission period for the NHCW Picture & Video Contest is now open! Anyone who is registered as an advocate on the Health Center Advocacy Network is eligible to participate in the NHCW Picture and Video contest - Advocates are encouraged to use this year's National Health Center Week theme for contest submissions.

As a reminder,  NHCW will be held August 12-18. This year's theme is "Celebrating Health Centers: Home of America's Health Care Heroes." The national campaign runs with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Centers over the course of more than five decades.  Each day of NHCW 2018 is dedicated to a particular focus area:
If your health center is getting involved, let us know! Contact the WVPCA at 304-346-0032 or via email at

More information, tips and  ideas are available on the Health Center Week Website.
Trauma Does Not Exclude You from Healthy Relationships
There have been extensive writings provided to us regarding what ACEs is and its effect upon our mental health and physical health. The original ACEs study may be one of the most important research projects of our time. It has been a way to better understand some of the specific effects of how toxic stress has great potential to be like the thief that comes in the night and steals some of the most precious aspects of our life. One of those aspects that gets less attention is how it creates challenges and barriers to creating healthy relationships. We all want to be loved and love others while being understood. Many believe that is at the heart of human nature. However, ACEs has great potential to derail this in our lives.

There is a plethora of negative, unhealthy thoughts that many individuals carry around as a result of their adverse childhood experiences. Thoughts such as, "I don't deserve love", "I'm broken", feelings of guilt and shame, unable to accept simple affirmations of the good in them, and unable to trust anyone. Healthy relationships matter in everybody's life and it is everyone's right to have them even if a thief attempts to steal them from you forever. Remember, ACEs is not the determiner of the quality of our lives. Find out more about how three concepts can help trauma survivors move forward to healthier relationships. Click here.
August is National Immunization Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created promotional and educational resources for every audience, including  pregnant women, young children, adolescents and adults. 
The purpose of NIAM is to increase awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan and  to remind your patients about the benefits of immunization. Show your support and spread the word about the importance of vaccines for people of all ages.
Suggested themes for August 2018: 
  • July/August - Back to School: Ready for school? Make sure those vaccine records are up to date!
  • August 5-11- Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby.
  • August 12-18 - Babies and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations.
  • August 19-25 - Preteens & Teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines.
  • August 26-31 - Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids.
Tools for Back to School:
The National Public Health Information coalition has developed a toolkit to promote back-to-school vaccinations. Click here to access the toolkit.
Other useful links include:
REMINDER: 2019 Certified Application Counselor and Non-Navigator Assister Certification Training is Now Live
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced  the Certified Application Counselors and other non-Navigator assisters 2019 Assister Certification Training is now live! Navigators training will be made available following the Navigator Grant Awards. The training is hosted by the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS); the online web-based training platform for assisters providing application and enrollment assistance to consumers in Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs), including State Partnership Marketplaces (SPMs), and certain State-based Marketplaces using the Federal platform (SBM-FPs).  The training can be accessed through the CMS Enterprise Portal by logging in or registering as a new user here. Existing users can login at:

You can find training presentations and additional resources, such as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and MLMS Quick Reference Guides here.

Note: As a result of the Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization (CDO) Refresh[1], all CDOs assisting consumers for Plan Year 2019 will be assigned a new organizational designation ID. CDOs have been instructed to discontinue use of their old CDO IDs and use their newly issued CDO ID for official purposes moving forward (to generate and issue CAC IDs, take the annual certification training, and enter on the Marketplace Application when assisting consumers).

CACs should wait to take the 2019 CAC training until they have been issued their new CAC ID number by their organization. CACs should enter their new CAC ID number as the username on the MLMS training registration page. CACs in good standing may continue to assist consumers while awaiting their new CAC ID number.
State NewsState
Appalachian Addiction & Prescription Drug Abuse Conference Registration Open
Registration is now open for the West Virginia State Medical Association's Appalachian Addiction & Prescription Drug Abuse Conference. This three-day event will be held October 18-20 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Registration is available here
West Virginia Webinar and Training Opportunities 
Social Work License Exam Prep Course
When: September 8-9
Where: Charleston, WV
What: Join Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski through the National Association of Social Workers, West Virginia Chapter for a Social Work License Exam Preparation Course. 

Bachelor / BSW exam candidates attend Saturday only. Masters / Advanced / Clinical MSW candidates attend BOTH days.

For more information, visit  for a downloadable Registration Request form for mail / agency PO / invoicing. Registration is also available here For information call 304.345.6279 or email:

2018 WVGS Scientific Assembly
When September 13
Where: University of Charleston
What: Registration is now open for the 2018 WVGS Scientific Assembly, "Caregiving: Challenges and Solutions." This conference is planned for an interdisciplinary audience of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers. 

26th Annual WV Rural Health
Conferenc e
When: October 17-19
Where : Pipestem State Resort
WhatThis 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

Save the Date: 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
When: October 22-24
Where: Charleston, WV
WhatThe 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.

National NewsNational
Reminder: NHSC Site Application Closes August 14
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) New Site Application will close on August 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To submit your application, create a BHW Customer Service Portal account or login using your existing one to complete your application today!
Now Eligible to Apply : Outpatient substance use disorder treatment facilities.* If your site provides any of these services:
  • General Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD);
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT); or
  • Opioid Treatment Program (OTP)
If your site is approved, clinicians will be eligible to apply for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program or the new NHSC Loan Repayment Program Opioid and SUD Expansion, which supports clinicians who use evidence-based treatment models to treat substance use disorders. This includes those who possess a DATA 2000 Waiver, serve in an opioid treatment program, or are certified in substance use disorder interventions, such as Master's - level substance use counselors.
Helpful Resources:
If you have questions, contact your  Division of Regional Operations Point of Contact.
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program 
HRSA's Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program has released its national program brief and state fact sheets. 

The MIECHV Program supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk pregnant women and parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. 

Home visiting helps prevent child abuse and neglect, supports positive parenting, improves maternal and child health, and promotes child development and school readiness. 

The program brief includes an overview of MIECHV Program administration, research and evaluation and FY 2017 participant and performance measurement data. The state fact sheets highlight how the MIECHV Program is helping at-risk families in U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia, including home visits made, parents, children and communities served, and evidence-based models used. 

You can read the  full program brief and access the state fact sheets.
Community Health Center ResourcesResources
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 PatientAll 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.  

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial/Chief Operations Officer
Data Services & Integration  Speci alist

 Jennifer Boyd  PA-C, PCMH-CCE Clinical Consultant
Education & Communications

Health Data Analyst
J ohn Kennedy
School-Based/Behavioral Health Coordinator

Member Relations Coordinator
Shannon Parker, 
Director of Health Center Operations

Special Programs Coordinator
Staff Accountant
Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator
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