March 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
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Caziano named interim health officer Kanawha-Charleston Health Department 
Read the entire article, originally from the Charleston Gazette Mail  here

The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on children 
Read the entire article, originally from the PBS News Hour  here

No downturn in obesity among U.S. kids, report finds 
Read the entire article, originally from WV Public Broadcasting  here
New Webinar: A Framework for Understanding Economic Diversity: Improving SBH 
The West Virginia Primary Care Association is offering a one-hour webinar, A Framework for Understanding Economic Diversity: Improving SBH on March 20. The presentation will begin at noon with speaker  Idress Gooden, WV Adolescent Health Coordinator. The webinar will discuss how poverty impacts the ability to provide care in school-based health centers and offer ways to improve student wellness. 

For more information, and to register, click here
Grant Opportunity | School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program 
HRSA recently announced a grant opportunity for School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program. The closing date for applications is February 17, 2018. 

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible applicants must be a SBHC or a sponsoring facility of a SBHC applying on behalf of a SBHC. A SBHC: (i) Is located in or near a school facility of a school district or board, or a school facility of an Indian tribe or tribal organization; (ii) Is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships; (iii) Is administered by a sponsoring facility; (iv) Through health professionals, provides primary health services to children in accordance with State and local law, including laws relating to licensure and certification; and (v) Satisfies such other requirements as a State may establish for the operation of such a clinic. A sponsoring facility of an SBHC includes any of the following: (i) A hospital. (ii) A public health department. (iii) A community health center. (iv) A nonprofit health care agency. (v) A local educational agency (as defined under section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 USC 7801). (vi) A program administered by the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by an Indian tribe or a tribal organization.

Additional information is available here
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Registration Open for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Skills Building Workshop 
Registration is now open for the MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center's HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Skills Building Workshop. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia.

The four-hour workshop is designed expressly for West Virginia physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses and pharmacists to provide the information and support needed to establish a patient-centered PrEP HIV Prevention program within community health care settings. 

There will be four sessions focusing on the scientific evidence of PrEP and an overview of the CDC PrEP Guidelines, the role of PrEP and HIV prevention in the primary care setting, the inner workings of an established WV PrEP clinic and billing and paying for PrEP. 

HIV PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is providing medications before an exposure, to reduce the risk of becoming infected.
In 2014, the CDC produced the US Public Health Service's "PreExposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection in the United States." Based on trial results and FDA approval, it was recommended that clinicians evaluate their male and female patients who are sexually active or who are injecting illicit drugs and consider offering PrEP as one prevention option.
Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%.
According to the guidelines, the following patients should be offered PrEP:
  • Anyone who is HIV uninfected plus:
  • Has an HIV positive partner(s)
  • Had condomless sex in past 6 months
  • Had any STI in past 6 months
  • Has a high number of sex partners
  • Lives in a high-prevalence area or sexual network
  • Is a commercial sex worker
  • Has shared injection equipment
  • Has a recent drug treatment and current relapse
For more information, find the workshop flyer here
Apply Now to Become a Presenter at the WV Rural Health Conference 
The WV Rural Health Conference is currently requesting presentations for their upcoming conference.  The conference theme is, "Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Health West Virginia," and includes the following tracks:  Leadership/Policy, Clinical and Future of Health Care/Innovation.  This year's conference will be held October 17-19, 2018, at Pipestem State Park Resort. 
If you are interested in submitting a keynote presentation, or if there are any questions about the conference, contact WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins at

Please click here to review the RFP for the conference. 
WVU Offering a Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program | May 18 & 19 and June 1 & 2
The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry, in cooperation with the Office of Inter-professional Education presents "A Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program (CTTTP)". The four-day course will run May 18-19 and June 1-2, 2018 at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in Morgantown. 

Professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, social work, pharmacy, nursing and public health will present evidence-based strategies to assist patients and clients interested in tobacco cessation. 

The training is recommended for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and other health care providers who encounter tobacco using patients/clients. 

View the flyer here for additional information and continuing education credit information. Registration is available here
WV Oral Health Coalition Launches Rethink Your Drink Website
Because we all want to create a healthier West Virginia, many health groups are seeking to reduce consumption of sugary drinks. Too many people are consuming sugary drinks that lead to high rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, heart problems and other health harms. This week, a new website called has been launched by the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition (WVOHC). Visitors to the website can type in their favorite drink and receive suggestions for healthier options. promotes water whenever and milk with meals.
* The website's "Resources" page provides learning activities that parents and teachers can use, as well as a several handouts to raise awareness.
* The website's social media kit can be used by anyone to post messages that draw attention to this important issue.
WVOHC developed the website in consultation with several organizations: KEYS 4 HealthyKids, American Heart Association, WVU's Extension Service (Family Nutrition Program), West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and the Healthy Kids & Families Coalition.
National NewsNationalNews
Register today for the NACHC Policy & Issues Forum

The NACHC Policy & Issues Forum (P&I), a great way to gain insights on the constantly evolving discussions in DC and on priority issues ranging from entitlement reform to health innovation, will be held March 14-18. The P&I will also offer an opportunity to thank legislators for their support in re-authorization of health center funding.  "Hill Day" will be Thursday, Mar. 15.  The WVPCA has scheduled visit appointments with all five congressional offices.  Click here for the conference schedule and to register.  For those unable to travel to DC, NACHC is offering a virtual participation option.  Be sure to register for the P&I today to make sure you are up-to-date on the latest policy trends affecting health centers from workforce issues, to 340B, to telehealth, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and more. Questions?  Contact  Louise Reese at 304.346.0032.
Bill Extending Health Center Funding Includes Other Healthcare Provisions 
The February 8 continuing resolution (CR) that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump did more than continue government until March 23 and extend health center funding for two years. The legislation also:
  • Extended CHIP authorization an additional four years, so the program is now authorized for 10 years
  • Eliminated the Independent Payment Advisory Board created by the Affordable Care Act to control the rising costs of Medicare
  • Addressed the Medicare prescription drug "doughnut hole"
  • Reduced some ACA funding for public health initiatives such as preventing heart disease, diabetes and cancer
  • Makes it easier to eliminate Medicaid coverage for low-income people who benefit from large lottery winnings, changing current Medicaid rules that permit income received as a lump sum, such as lottery winnings, to be counted as income only in the month they are received
  • Includes some telehealth provisions, such as expanded Medicare reimbursement for telestroke care, expansion of originating sites to include patient homes for those receiving dialysis, expanded telehealth flexibility for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and more flexibility in setting meaningful use standards
  • Increases funding for opioid prevention and treatment programs and opioid research
  • Extends the Medicare-dependent hospital and low-volume adjustment programs for two years and home health rural add-on and ground ambulance add-on payments for five years
  • Eliminate $5 billion in scheduled Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts for fiscal years 2018 and 2019
  • Extends the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program five years
  • Extends National Health Service Corps funding and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program for two years.
Webinar Opportunity: Preventing Diagnostic Errors in Ambulatory Care
As part of the Patient Safety Leadership Speaker Series, the ECRI Institute, on behalf of HRSA, will host a free live webinar featuring Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH. The webinar is on March 7 at 2:00 PM. 

Diagnostic error is a leading cause of adverse outcomes and liability claims in health centers and other ambulatory care settings. Making timely and accurate diagnoses requires fail-safe systems for tracking test results and referrals, effective communication, and patient follow-up.

Click here to register. 
OxyConton Sales Team Slashed 
Perdue Pharma,  facing dozens of lawsuits over aggressive marketing tactics and the current opioid abuse problem, will sideline half its salesforce and stop promoting its opioid painkiller to doctors. The remaining salesforce will promote its drug used to treat opioid-induced constipation. Read more in the original article by The Wall Street Journal  here
Registration is open for the HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop May 30-31 
Registration is now open for the HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop scheduled for May 30-31, 2018 at HRSA's headquarters (5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD). Registration, FAQ, draft agenda and logistics information is available here

The workshop is limited to 200 active HRSA grantees. For more information, reach out to workshop staff at
Webinar Opportunity - Get Ready for National Infant Immunization Week 
The Virtual Immunization Network is hosting a the "Get Ready for National Infant Immunization Week 20158!" webinar on Wednesday, March 7 at 12:00 PM EST. This one-hour webinar will discuss planning tools, digital communications resources and CDC activities planned for National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). NIIW will be held April 21-28, 2018.

The Houston Health Department will also share lessons learned from NIIW 2017, including outreach to pregnant women about infant immunization, as well as plans for this year. 

Registration is available here
Community Health Center ResourcesCHCresources 
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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