Mass Shootings Raise Awareness About Emergency Preparedness
Two mass shootings within hours of each other over the weekend are once again raising questions and awareness about emergency preparedness. The first shooting happened Saturday at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and left 22 people dead and several more injured. Police say the suspect in that shooting could face hate crime charges. Then early Sunday morning, a gunman wearing a mask and bulletproof vest opened fire on a downtown entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio. He killed nine people and injured dozens more before police shot and killed him.
 
Our Emergency Mana gement Team has been fielding questions about emergency preparedness fro m health center leaders, who want to be sure they’re doing everything they can to keep staff and patients safe in the event of an active shooter situation.
 
Our CHCANYS’ Emergency Management Team put together this list of resources and helpful information:

Additionally, you may find the following resources useful:
 
You may also want to reach out to your local police department to explore the possibility of them doing a hands-on training/exercise for the health center.
National Health Center Week is Underway!
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have declared August 4-10 "Community Health Center Week" in New York State and New York City respectively.
Each year, we celebrate National Health Center Week (NHCW) to recognize the work of New York’s 800 community health centers that provide comprehensive primary care services to 2.3 million New Yorkers and build ongoing support for the health center program. With the health center funding cliff approaching, NHCW is way to engage your lawmakers and demonstrate the value of CHCs.

CHCs across the state have been hosting events all week. Click here to view our Facebook album and to share your own photos. There are several more events planned in the coming days. To find one near you, click here!
 
Click here to read a message from CHCANYS president and CEO Rose Duhan, asking Congress to fix the cliff!
CHCANYS19 Register Now!
Date: October 28-30, 2019
Location: Tarrytown, NY
Register today for CHCANYS Annual Conference and Clinical Forum! CHCANYS19   will provide FQHC leadership, staff, and partners with an o pportunity to learn from industry experts and one-another about current issues and initiatives impacting New Yo rk’s community he alth centers – and to learn about our onsite sponsors and exhibitors.  
Click here to register . Email us at  conference@chcanys.org  with any questions.
NEW DATE! Save the Date: 2019 Jeffrey T. Latman Family Day at the Races
Please hold Sunday September 22, 2019 for this year’s CHCANYS / Jeffrey T. Latman Family Day at the Races at Belmont Racetrack. This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of The Jeffrey T. Latman Family Day at the Races and benefits CHCANYS and its mission to ensure access to affordable, high-quality health care for all New Yorkers. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Latman Scholars - Apply Now!
Jeffrey T. Latman was a visionary leader in community health center finance. In his name, The Jeffrey T. Latman Scholarship program was established in 2008 to provide financial assistance to community health centers who wished to send staff to the CHCANYS Annual Conference and Clinical Forum. This scholarship program benefits those selected by covering the  CHCANYS 2019 Annual Conference and Clinical Forum registration fees.
 
Those interested in applying are asked to complete and submit a brief application form by  September 2nd, 2019 . If you experience any difficulty in submitting your application electronically, or if you have any questions, please contact Michael Sardone at  msardone@chcanys.org . Applicants must be employed directly by the health center they represent. Please share this application notice to your health center colleagues that you feel may benefit from the opportunity.
 
To access the application form, click here .
 
HRSA Awards NYS-HCCN $1.56 Million for Health IT Innovation 
CHCANYS is proud to announce the award of a three-year grant of $1,560,000 annually to support the New York Statewide Health Center Controlled Network (NYS-HCCN), which is the second largest of 49 HRSA-funded networks nationally. "Our HCCN has designed a comprehensive, progressive training and technical assistance program to address the needs of 51 participating community health centers across the state of New York in advancing the use of health technology," said Rose Duhan, president and CEO of CHCANYS. "This includes the use of population health tools, health information exchange, and data analytics to strengthen quality of care and improve patient health outcomes for the more than 2 million New Yorkers served by health centers." Key contacts from participating health centers can expect follow-up communications in the next few weeks with more information about available services. Contact  hccn@chcanys.org  with any questions.
 
Community Health Centers Receive $26.8M in State Funding
On July 31, Governor Cuomo announced $187 million in Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program funding for 25 projects. The State FY 2019-20 budget authorized the Department of Health to allocate up to $300M of the FY 2018-19 funds to support project applications that were not awarded grants during the previous round of funding announced in February 2019. Five federally-qualified health centers received a total of $26.8 million in funding. Congratulations to the health center awardees: The Chautauqua Center, Mount Vernon, Neighborhood Health Center, Premium Health, and PROMESA! Requests for applications for the next round of Health Care Facility Transformation Program awards will be issued later this year, according to the Governor’s office.
CHCANYS Compliance & Risk Management Academy with FTLF- Register Today!
This fall, CHCANYS will launch the Compliance & Risk Management Academy, our latest initiative in partnership with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP (FTLF). The academy will consist of a series of four training events (two in-person meetings & two virtual meetings/webinars). Each session will focus on health center-specific considerations for effective program development and strategies for addressing substantive risk areas. The target audience for the academy is health center leadership and compliance officers, as well as risk management and quality improvement staff. The first session will take place on the third day of our annual conference, CHCANYS19 with additional dates through June 2020.  Please note space is extremely limited for the in-person events.  Early Bird discounted rate applicable through August 31 st . Registration options and more information available  here .
CHCANYS 340B Webinars with Hudson Headwaters Available On-Demand  
Join CHCANYS and  Hudson Headwaters 340B    for two webinars on navigating 340B Program Compliance. The first webinar  Staying Afloat: 340B Program Fundamentals  is available  here  and an intermediate level webinar,  Diving In: 340B Program Complexities  is available  here . There is no cost to view the webinars but registration is required. 
 
Save the Date: CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention 1-day Workshop coming to NYC on September 14!  
We are excited to announce a great training opportunity for NYC-based health centers -  Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® 1-day Training . Please note that this training is available exclusively to CHCANYS organizational FQHC members.  
 
About This Training:  
CHCANYS staff have been certified to teach the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) hands-on training on Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® techniques. Developed by CPI, this training is an internationally recognized behavior management program that has proven effective in managing disruptive and assaultive individuals. The goal of the program is to give you the skills to provide the best possible Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security for staff and those in your care, even during crisis situations.
 
During This Workshop You Will Learn:  
  • How to identify behaviors that could lead to a crisis. 
  • How to most effectively respond to each behavior to prevent the situation from escalating. 
  • How to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to defuse hostile behavior and resolve a crisis before it can become violent. 
  • How to cope with your own fear and anxiety. 
  • How to assess risk levels and consider the issues that impact decision making. 
 
The training takes place   Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Registration starts at 8:45 AM) at the CHCANYS NYC Office – 111 Broadway, Suite 1402, New York, NY  (NOTE: we have about 10 spots remaining) . The training costs $249 ( NOTE: CPI charges $1,175 for same training ). Groups of 3 or more will receive a 20% discount on registration. Registration information will be released shortly. Meantime, to learn more about CPI, click here

Want to Meet CMS Rule Requirements? These Two Templates to the Rescue!  
We are happy to announce that the National Nurse-led Care Consortium , a national cooperative agreement (NCA) holder with HRSA, in partnership with CHCANYS, has released two templates specifically developed for community health centers to assist with meeting the CMS Emergency Preparedness final rule requirements  for FQHCs. 
 
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. (2019).  Health Center Emergency Management Plan Template . (Free registration is necessary to download the Word version of this template.)   
 
  • Health center staff can use this template to create and customize their own emergency operations plans, compliant with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule. 
 
National Nurse-Led Consortium. (2019).  Health Center Communications Plan Template . (Free registration necessary to download Word version of template.) 
 
  • Health center staff can use this template to create and customize their own emergency communications plans, compliant with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule.   
 
For additional information or questions, please contact  emteam@chcanys.org .    

New DOH Small Clinic Physical Plant Guidance
The State Department of Health has released new physical plant standards guidance focused on smaller outpatient clinics. This guidance was prepared based on input from several CHCANYS members. To access the new physical plant guidance, click here . Representatives from DOH have been invited to speak at the CHCANYS conference in October regarding this topic.
 
BPHC Health Center Program Resources from the July 23 All-Programs Webcast
The following are helpful links from the HRSA’s weekly newsletter for the health center community, the Primary Health Care Digest. The newsletter is published on Tuesdays (except Federal holidays).
To learn more about the important updates, the July 23 All-Programs Webcast is available  here .

CHCANYS-CPG Partnership to Save You Money
More than forty FQHCs Statewide actively participate in CHCANYS’ unique partnership with the Commonwealth Purchasing Group (CPG) to save on operational expenses. Collectively these centers realized $2.7 million in savings last year. With an expansive portfolio of vendors including employee screening, credentialing and compliance services, telehealth, language services, recruitment services, medical and dental suppliers and day-to-day business solutions to name a few, for 20 years CPG’s strategic contracts are designed to benefit FQHCs. To learn about a no-obligation assessment of current purchases or to discuss new site or specific project needs, please click here. Do you have plans for a new site or expansion or need to assess your operations for savings? By joining CPG, you are able to leverage the following resources. Click here for the 2019 catalog. Contact: rwynn@chcanys.org, pdubois@cwpurchasing.com or smason@cwpurchasing.com to schedule an appointment today!  
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