NACHC CHI, Quality Improvement Awards Webinar, and More! HRSA PHC Digest

A Newsletter from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA BPHC Primary Health Care Digest

August 27, 2019

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A Vision for the Future
Last week, HRSA senior leaders joined health center staff and partners from around the country at the National Association of Community Health Center’s (NACHC) annual Community Health Institute (CHI) & Expo in Chicago, IL. NACHC is a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA).

During the Federal Update, Health Center Program Associate Administrator James Macrae (top) shared his vision for the program, “We are continually raising the bar on what we expect from health centers.”

Associate Administrator for HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau Dr. Laura Cheever and Associate Administrator for Health Workforce Dr. Luis Padilla joined Macrae on stage (bottom). They discussed critical opportunities the Health Center Program will have in ending the HIV epidemic and bolstering the health workforce in key clinical areas such as substance use disorders.  

Macrae also reflected on the outstanding, quality work being done by health center staff. “Thank you for all you do. It makes a tremendous difference,” he said.

Be sure to watch the upcoming BPHC All-Programs webcast (Tuesday, September 24) to hear more about what Macrae and others discussed during NACHC CHI.


Quality Improvement Awards Reminders
Last week, HHS announced nearly $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards (QIAs) to 1,273 health centers across all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Have questions about your QIAs? Visit the QIAs webpage to learn more about fiscal year (FY) 2019 award categories and criteria.

Please also join us for a webinar for an overview of the impact of QIAs and FY 2019 QIAs categories, criteria, payout, badges, and terms of award.

Thursday, September 5
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of session
Call-in: 888-790-3532
Passcode: 5774459

Register here and we’ll send you presentation materials ahead of time.

Need QIA badges? Health Center Program Awardee Data pages now display the QIA badges that a health center has received. High-resolution QIA badges are available by contacting Health Center Program Support online or by phone (877-464-4722). Health centers with questions about QIA certificates should also contact Health Center Program Support.


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What's New

Service Area Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity Released for May 1 Starts
HRSA released the FY 2020 Service Area Competition (SAC) Notice of Funding Opportunity, HRSA-20-019, for service areas with a May 1, 2020, project period start date (current project period end date is April 30, 2020). Current award recipients should refer to box 6 of the most recent Notice of Award to obtain their project period end date.

Applications are due in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 21, and in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 20. Technical assistance (TA) materials are available on the SAC TA webpage.


Deadline Reminder: SAC Applications for February 1 Starts
SAC applications for service areas with a February 1, 2020, project period start date (HRSA-20-016) are due in EHBs by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 4. TA materials are available on the SAC TA webpage.


Integrated Behavioral Health Service Webinar Recording Available
A recording of the August 15 webinar for FY 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) award recipients is now available. In this presentation, HRSA covered action steps for project implementation and new behavioral health integration resources.


Emergencies Happen: What Health Centers Need to Know
Health centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) play a critical role in providing services and resources before, during, and after emergency events. HRSA may request that PCAs gather critical health center information and report the status of service delivery sites, depending on the severity of the emergency. When your health center is impacted by an emergency event, your PCA will contact you, and we ask that you be prepared to report site-level operational status as soon as you are able.

Please also review the HRSA Health Center Program Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources.

Want to see an example of how a health center helped patients after a natural disaster? Read Morovis Community Health Center Uses Home Visits to Manage Diabetes after a Hurricane.


A Guide for Rural Health Care Collaboration and Coordination
This new HRSA publication describes how rural hospitals, health centers, public health departments and other organizations can work together to identify health needs in their community and develop partnerships and strategies to address those needs.


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2019–20 Influenza Season: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Flu season is coming and CDC recently published an update to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. See their updated recommendations.


Apply to Become a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization for Plan Year 2020
CMS invites organizations that would like to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs) to submit an application by Monday, September 16. Any organization seeking to use certified application counselors to provide enrollment assistance to consumers for plan year 2020 must be a certified CDO. Access the CDO application and email your questions to CACQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.


Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health

SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report Data Findings
Last week, SAMHSA released the latest data findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). It provides estimates of the use of illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States. NSDUH data also help to identify the extent of substance use and mental illness among different sub-groups; estimate trends over time; and determine the need for treatment services.


Technology Transfer Centers Network
SAMHSA’s Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) Network program develops and strengthens the specialized behavioral health care and primary health care workforce that provides substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. The TTC Network comprises these groups:

  • Addiction Technology Transfer Centers
    These organizations support national and regional activities. They focus on preparing tools that practitioners need to improve the quality of service delivery and on providing intensive TA to provider organizations to improve the delivery of SUD treatment and recovery services.
  • Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers
    These centers work with organizations and treatment practitioners involved in the delivery of mental health services to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective evidence-based practices to individuals, including the full continuum of services spanning mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery support.
  • Prevention Technology Transfer Centers
    These centers develop and disseminate tools and strategies needed to improve the quality of substance abuse prevention efforts; provide intensive TA and learning resources to prevention professionals in order to improve their understanding of prevention science, how to use epidemiological data to guide prevention planning, and selection and implementation of evidence-based and promising prevention practices; and develop tools and resources to engage the next generation of prevention professionals.

Workforce

Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program Funding Opportunity
HRSA is accepting applications for the FY 2020 Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Apply by Friday, August 30. The THCGME Program provides funding to support the training of residents in a new or expanded primary care residency training program in rural and underserved communities.


Additional Resources

Reinforcing Resilience in a Culture of Safety
Registration for the 2019 Federal Tort Claims Act Risk Management Virtual Conference is now open! Join us for a full day of practical recommendations and informative guidance—all focused on the theme, Reinforcing Resilience in a Culture of Safety. ECRI is hosting this conference on HRSA’s behalf.

Wednesday, September 11
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET
Register now

Presentations and panel discussions will cover these topics:

  • Preventing staff burnout and creating joy and meaning in work
  • Addressing clinician burnout: a closer look at EHRs and workflow
  • Introduction to safety
  • Responsiveness and preparing for the future

See the full agenda and speaker information.

You do not need an active ECRI account to sign up for the virtual conference. For access to the ECRI Institute Clinical Risk Management Program website or any other questions, email clinical_rm_program@ecri.org.


Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds, Special Session: Best Practices to Prevent Eating Disorder Progression in Primary Care
Join HRSA’s informative preventative medicine webinar focused on eating disorders, presented in partnership with CDC. Primary care providers will:

  • Learn about evidence-based practices to manage patients with eating disorders;
  • Examine level of care guidelines for patients with eating disorders; and
  • Discuss best practices for collaborating within an eating disorder specialty team. 

Wednesday, September 11
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
See access and continuing education information


Developing Youth Leadership Teams: Creating a Space for Youth Experiencing Homelessness to Engage with Service Providers
Corporation for Supportive Housing, a HRSA-funded NCA, presents a learning collaborative to help health centers establish or grow youth leadership or advisory teams. The four-session opportunity starts in September. Sessions will highlight exemplary programs with components of youth leadership and integration, and will facilitate interactions among participants to share local and organizational strategies, challenges, and successes. Participants will use the framework of a change map to guide their work. Apply by Friday, September 6.


Deadline Extended! Building an Inclusive Organization Learning Collaborative
Join the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s STAR² Center, as well as expert guest faculty from the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, for a three-month learning collaborative focused on the development of policies and procedures that support diversity and cultural humility at health centers. All three organizations are HRSA-funded NCAs. Learn more and apply by Friday, August 30.


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Technical Assistance & Training

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Visit the training calendar to learn details about or register for events.

Upcoming

Fiscal Year 2019 Quality Improvement Awards
Hosted by HRSA
Thursday, September 5
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of session
Call-in: 888-790-3532
Passcode: 5774459

Register here and we’ll send you presentation materials ahead of time.

Introduction to the UDS Mapper Hosted by HRSA
Monday, September 9
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

2019 Federal Tort Claims Act Risk Management Virtual Conference: Reinforcing Resilience in a Culture of Safety
Hosted by ECRI on behalf of HRSA
Wednesday, September 11
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET
Register now

Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds, Special Session: Best Practices to Prevent Eating Disorder Progression in Primary Care
Hosted by HRSA and CDC
Wednesday, September 11
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
See access and continuing education information

BPHC All-Programs Webcast
Tuesday, September 24
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Webcast link coming soon
To submit questions in advance, send an email to bphcta@hrsa.gov by Friday, September 20, with the subject line "BPHC All-Programs Question."