Today with Macrae, American Rescue Plan Funding, and More! HRSA PHC Digest

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

HRSA BPHC Primary Health Care Digest

May 4, 2021

Today With Macrae

TODAY! Today with Macrae
Join HRSA’s new Chief of Staff, Jordan Grossman, and Jim to hear about the HHS vision and priorities, funding, and more.

2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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ARP Partnerships

American Rescue Plan Funding Awarded for Training and Technical Assistance
Last week, HRSA, awarded over $32 million to 122 organizations that provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) support to HRSA-funded health centers nationwide. These organizations—Primary Care Associations (PCAs), National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAPs), and Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs)—will use the funds to provide health centers with critical COVID-19-related T/TA and health information technology support.

Read last Thursday's bulletin for information about upcoming question and answer sessions and access to the technical assistance (TA) webpages.

Award recipients will have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, June 28, to submit information about planned activities and costs. Award recipients should add these grants to their HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) portfolio to view and complete the submission in EHBs.


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What's New

American Rescue Plan Funding for Health Center Program Look-Alikes
HHS announced the availability of nearly $150 million to community-based health care providers to aid their response to COVID-19. These funds will support approximately 100 Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) to respond to and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, support vaccination efforts, and enhance health care services and infrastructure in communities across the country.

Visit the TA webpage for a complete list of eligible LALs, application instructions, deadlines, and other resources. Applications are due in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 14. Additional information is available on the FAQs webpage.

Join a newly scheduled question and answer session for applicants:

Thursday, May 6
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 161 902 0776


American Rescue Plan Funding Opportunity for Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements
HRSA also recently announced the availability of $1 billion for HRSA-funded health centers to support major construction and renovation projects across the country.

Applications are due in EHBs by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 24. Visit the TA webpage for award submission guidance, information about upcoming question and answer sessions, and other resources.

See the sidebar for details on the overview session for applicants on Thursday, May 6. We also posted a new page of FAQs.


March 1 Start Date? Review Your Patient Target
We recently updated patient targets for Health Center Program award recipients with a March 1 budget period start date. On Thursday, April 29, we sent an email message to the Authorizing Officials and Project Directors of these health centers, which indicated whether the health center would complete a fiscal year (FY) 2022 Service Area Competition (SAC) or Budget Period Progress Report (BPR). The email also included a direct link to the updated patient target. Health centers that will complete an FY 2022 SAC for awards starting March 1, 2022, should review their patient targets and take appropriate action in EHBs by Thursday, May 20.

View the recorded tutorial on the EHBs Patient Target Management Module. Other resources are available on the SAC TA webpage, including how to access your patient target in EHBs.

Submit questions using the BPHC Contact Form (select “Patient Targets” on the “BPHC Category” screen).


Updated Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol
HRSA uses the Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol (SVP) to assess compliance with Health Center Program requirements for all Operational Site Visits (OSVs) and Look-Alike (LAL) Initial Designation (ID) Site Visits. We are making updates, based on stakeholder feedback, to increase the SVP’s effectiveness, clarity, consistency, and transparency. See a summary of key changes. We are not changing the Health Center Program Compliance Manual.

The updated SVP will be effective for all OSVs and LAL ID visits that start after Friday, May 28. Federal representatives have contacted site visit teams and health centers with visits scheduled between Monday, May 31, and Friday, July 30, regarding the updated protocol. We will post the updated SVP and all related site visit tools online on Thursday, May 27. Please contact your Project Officer with specific questions.


National Advisory Council on Migrant Health to Meet this Month
The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) will hold a four-day virtual meeting Tuesday, May 25, through Friday, May 28. The event is open to the public. Visit the NACMH webpage to register, see the agenda, and view the Federal Register Notice.

NACMH advises and makes recommendations to the HHS Secretary on policy, program development, and other topics related to migrant health centers and other organizations that serve migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families.


Healthy Grants Workshop

Healthy Grants Workshop Begins in May
The 2021 Healthy Grants Workshop web series begins Tuesday, May 18. The web series is for current HRSA award recipients and will offer multiple presentations on how to successfully manage your HRSA award.


COVID-19

Health Center COVID-19 FAQs
We continue to add new questions to our COVID-19 FAQs webpage and our American Rescue Plan Funding for Health Centers (H8F) FAQs webpage.

Other resources:


Updated Recommendations for Use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine After Reports of Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Among Vaccine Recipients
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently concluded that the benefits of resuming Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccination among persons aged ≥18 years outweigh the risks and reaffirmed its interim recommendation under FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, which includes a new warning for rare clotting events among women aged 18-49 years. Read more.


Promising Practices for Recruiting Vaccinators
Some health centers are facing challenges recruiting qualified individuals to support and expand their vaccination capacity. If you have promising practices, sample recruitment tools, or template documents, please consider sharing on the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) Health Center Resource Clearinghouse Vaccine Distribution page. NACHC is a HRSA-funded NTTAP.


Messaging Strategies to Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in Agricultural Communities
Join the National Center for Farmworker Health to address concerns and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines. The facilitator will review research-aligned communication strategies and then use a series of real-world scenarios to demonstrate how the strategies can be used to respond to concerns about COVID-19 vaccines. The National Center for Farmworker Health is a HRSA-funded NTTAP.

Wednesday, May 5
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here


Resource Guide for Health Centers

Resource Guide for Health Centers: Community Health Workers and COVID-19 Vaccine
Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) de Salud can play a crucial role in addressing disparities in accessing COVID-19 education and resources in special and vulnerable communities. In this resource guide, MHP Salud provide examples, tools, and best practices to help health centers better integrate Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) into their COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Complete a free registration to access. MHP Salud is a HRSA-funded NTTAP.


Health Center and Look-Alike COVID-19 Survey
The survey you received on Friday, April 30, is due by 11:59 p.m. your local time today. With this survey, we made updates to address your feedback:

  • Right before you submit your survey, you will see a summary of your responses. New language on that page emphasizes that you must hit “Next” in order to submit your responses. If you do NOT hit “Next,” your data will NOT be submitted.
  • Once you successfully submit your survey, you will receive an email confirmation. Beginning with last Friday’s survey, that email confirmation will include a summary of your responses for your reference.
Important

If you skip the survey one week, please DO NOT report two weeks of data in the next survey. Report ONLY data for the timeframe listed in the survey email. (For the survey due today, the timeframe is April 24-30.)

For guidance on how to complete the survey, visit our Survey User Guide.


COVID-19 Vaccination Training
The Public Health Foundation, working with CDC, has compiled vaccine storage, handling, administration, and communication trainings, along with trainings specific to each vaccine, and made them easily accessible at COVID-19 Vaccination Training Programs for Healthcare Professionals. Access trainings on topics such as building vaccine confidence and vaccination planning by searching the TRAIN Learning Network. Create a free account on TRAIN and begin training today.


Health Centered on COVID-19
Health centers across the nation have distinguished themselves in responding to the current pandemic. Here’s a recent example:

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Community Clinic, Inc. (CCI) provides affordable, accessible, quality primary health care services to more than 33,000 patients across seven delivery sites in Silver Spring, MD. Throughout the pandemic, they have been a vital partner in removing barriers to health care for their community.

As they began receiving COVID-19 vaccines early this year, CCI realized their staff would need to take the lead to get vaccinated, setting a positive example for their patients. They quickly designed an internal education campaign for staff, including videos, newsletters, and open dialogue with their CEO and President Sonya Bruton. Dr. Bruton was among the first at CCI to get vaccinated, seeking to boost vaccine confidence among both staff and patients.

A participant in the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, CCI has vaccinated more than 4,200 of their patients, with approximately 92% of vaccines given to racial or ethnic minorities. CCI proactively calls eligible patients to schedule them for their first and second doses and provides car service vouchers through Uber and Lyft to remove transportation barriers. They also actively conduct community outreach, including through tailored social media and “Ask Me Anything” videos. Learn more here.


Share Your Story

How is your health center helping your community address COVID-19? Send your story to our Health Center Stories inbox. We are especially interested in hearing about efforts to promote equity in vaccine distribution and boost vaccine confidence. We may share your story in future issues of the Digest, on Today with Macrae webcasts, or via HRSA social media.

If sharing a photo, please include a high-resolution image along with the names of everyone in the picture, and make sure each person has signed a HRSA Photo Release Form.


ICYMI


These COVID-19 related items ran in previous issues of the Digest.

HHS Mask Distribution Program is Shipping Masks Now
As explained in the bulletin we sent last week, mask shipments have begun. Project Directors should expect to receive an email with a FedEx tracking number a day or two prior to shipment. Health centers will need to ensure that staff are available to receive the masks.


Coverage for the Uninsured: Fact Sheets on COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage
Some patients have faced access barriers regarding documentation requests prior to receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, and some individuals have been billed inappropriately for COVID-19 vaccine fees. In response, HRSA created fact sheets to help patients and providers better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding access to COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines are free to anyone living in the U.S.

Learn more on HHS’ COVID-19 Care for Uninsured Individuals webpage.

Health centers should consider HRSA’s COVID-19 claims reimbursement program for uninsured patients. Through this program, health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured individuals with a primary COVID-19 diagnosis can request claims reimbursement. Providers can also request reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine administration to the uninsured. See FAQs about the program.


Webinar

Special Populations Roundtable – Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program
Join several HRSA-funded NTTAPs for a bi-weekly roundtable discussion about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout for special populations.

Friday, May 7 | Friday, May 21
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here


National Nurses Week

Thank You to Our Nurses

Follow HRSA’s social media for our National Nurses Week virtual observance from May 6-12. Join our tribute to the nation’s nurses, who provided the best care possible for our nation’s underserved and most vulnerable communities over this most challenging past year. Through our digital showcase of photos, videos, and key program data, you’ll learn more about HRSA’s work to grow, diversify, and enrich our nursing workforce and nursing programs.


Behavioral Health

Implementing Depression Screening in a Primary Care Setting
Speakers will introduce research documenting the positive outcomes integrated care can have for patients and health centers. They will also introduce evidence-based screening tools and discuss workflow considerations and factors for implementing a sustainable screening process into your care setting.

Participants can earn 1.0 CE credit for attending.

Wednesday, May 5
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here


Social Determinants of Health Community of Practice
This community of practice offers a deep dive into the myriad of social and economic factors that contribute to health outcomes. Participants will discuss strategies and resources they can employ to identify and screen for social determinants of health (SDOH), as well as ways to mitigate their impact.

Participants can earn 1.5 CE credits for each session they attend, with a maximum of 9 CEs for participation in all six sessions. Register now for the series, which starts in June.


HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines, Expanding Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
HHS is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that, among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied to training, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people. Read more.


HIV

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: Existing Geographic Service Areas
Three new notices announce opportunities to apply for funding under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: Existing Geographic Service Areas. The purpose of this program is to provide comprehensive primary health care and support services in an outpatient setting for low-income, uninsured, and underserved people with HIV.


Diabetes

2021 ECHO Diabetes Series
Migrant Clinicians Network's 2021 ECHO Diabetes six-part series (presented in Spanish) will address essential issues including mental health, technology, nutrition, patient education, and clinical skill-building. Facilitators will use the ECHO model, with discussions led by faculty, guest presenters, and participants. Register here for the series, which commences in mid-May. Migrant Clinicians Network is a HRSA-funded NTTAP.


Living a Healthy Lifestyle: The Role of Community Health Workers in Preventing Diabetes through Family Connection
This article provides strategies for diabetes prevention with a focus on both adults and children. MHP Salud and Health Outreach Partners pull from field-tested strategies using Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) de Salud to educate adults and families on how to improve health by incorporating healthy eating and physical activity. Both organizations are HRSA-funded NTTAPs.


Workforce

Advancing Medical-Legal Partnership in Health Centers: Connecting with Peers to Better Address the Legal Needs of Special Populations
Health centers and civil legal services staff will connect with peers at different levels of medical-legal partnership (MLP) implementation for support with addressing the health-harming legal needs of special populations. Subject matter experts will facilitate discussions and share resources with participants to help them advance their MLP practice. Apply here. Presented by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP), a HRSA-funded NTTAP.


Additional Resources

Heart Health Office Hours

What are Innovative Approaches to Lifestyle Modifications for Hypertensive Patients?
Join our second quarterly Heart Health Office Hours, a web-based learning series highlighting evidence-based interventions to improve patients’ heart health. Speakers will highlight innovative approaches to lifestyle modifications for hypertensive patients. Learn best practices and strategies for controlling hypertension, patient challenges, and lessons learned from the YMCA of the USA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program and a HRSA-funded health center.

Wednesday, May 26
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here


Northwest Regional PCA 2021 Virtual Spring Summit
The Northwest Regional PCA Spring Summit includes carefully curated content plus innovative workshop and skills-enhancing opportunities. Learn from prominent speakers, hear federal policy updates, and network with colleagues in a digital setting. New this year: Region X peer learning, collaboration, networking, and professional development. This conference does offer CE credits.

Wednesday, May 19-Friday, May 21
Register here


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Training & Technical Assistance

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

Through May 11

Addressing Barriers to Diabetes Prevention for Older Residents of Public Housing
Hosted by the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, May 4
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care
Hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Tuesday, May 4
1:00-2:15 p.m. ET
Register here

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Tuesday, May 4
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 160 975 3924

Mental Health Amongst Agricultural Workers
Hosted by the National Center for Farmworker Health, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, May 4
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Messaging Strategies to Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in Agricultural Communities
Hosted by the National Center for Farmworker Health, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Wednesday, May 5
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Implementing Depression Screening in a Primary Care Setting
Wednesday, May 5
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CE available**

American Rescue Plan Funding for Health Center Program Look-Alikes
Thursday, May 6
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 161 902 0776

2021 Uniform Data System Reporting Changes
Thursday, May 6
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Diabetes 101
Hosted by the National Center for Farmworker Health, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, May 6
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

American Rescue Plan Capital Funding Overview
Thursday, May 6
2:30-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 160 936 3792

Patient-Centered Medical Home Office Hours: Behavioral Health
Hosted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance
Thursday, May 6
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Special Populations Roundtable – Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program
Hosted by several HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Friday, May 7, and
Friday, May 21
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Understanding Housing and Substance Use System Partnerships
Hosted by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Friday, May 7
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Going Viral for Hepatitis: Getting Back to the Basics
Co-hosted with CDC
Tuesday, May 11
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Center Showcase: The National Diabetes Prevention Program
Hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, May 11
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here
**1.0 CME/CNE available**

American Rescue Plan Funding for HCCNs
Tuesday, May 11
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter webinar ID: 161 677 9160


Upcoming

Women’s Health Twitter Chat
Wednesday, May 12
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
To participate, email HRSA's Office of Communications your organization name, Twitter handle, and contact person.

Business Continuity Institute
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Register for the series

Creating a Business Continuity Plan
Wednesday, May 12
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Ensuring a Human Resource Strategy
Wednesday, May 26
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Heart Healthy Women: Supporting Women’s Unique Cardiovascular Health Needs
Wednesday, May 12
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Buying Home Blood Pressure Monitors to Support SMBP: How to Get Started
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, May 13
12:30-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

American Rescue Plan Funding for PCAs
Friday, May 14
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter webinar ID: 160 932 5940

Integrating Behavioral Health Approaches to Address Gender, Violence, and Homelessness
Hosted by Futures Without Violence and The National Health Care for the Homeless Council, both HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Friday, May 14
3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here

American Rescue Plan Funding for NTTAPs
Monday, May 17
2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter webinar ID: 161 446 1390

Addressing Financial and Legal Problems to Improve the Mental Health of Adults and Children during the Pandemic
Hosted by NCMLP, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, May 18
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Northwest Regional PCA 2021 Virtual Spring Summit
Hosted by the Northwest Regional PCA
Wednesday, May 19-Friday, May 21
Register here

Exploring Mental Health and the Impact of the Climate Crisis in Agricultural Communities
Hosted by Migrant Clinicians Network, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Wednesday, May 19
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Cut the Cameras: Utilizing Media to Talk about Unhealthy Relationships with Young People
Hosted by the School-Based Health Alliance, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, May 20
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Network: A Care Coordination Program for Mobile Patients
Hosted by Migrant Clinicians Network, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, May 20
4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Register here

National Advisory Council on Migrant Health May Meeting
Tuesday, May 25-Friday, May 28
1:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Register here

The Importance of Recognizing and Responding to Toxic Stress in Primary Care Settings
Hosted by the National Center for Farmworker Health, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, May 25
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Virtual 2021 Biennial Workforce Summit
Co-hosted by NACHC, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s STAR2 Center, and Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute
Wednesday, May 26, and
Thursday, May 27
Noon-5:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Adapting Telehealth in Medical Home
Hosted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
Wednesday, May 26
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Quarterly Heart Health Office Hours: What are Innovative Approaches to Lifestyle Modifications for Hypertensive Patients?
Wednesday, May 26
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Thursday, May 27
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Access details coming soon

National FQHC Telehealth Training and TA Partners Roundtable
Hosted by the HRSA-funded National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and NACHC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Friday, May 28
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

AgWorker Health 102: Supporting Agricultural Worker Health
Hosted by Farmworker Justice, MHP Salud, Migrant Clinicians Network, Health Outreach Partners, and National Center for Farmworker Health, all HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Thursday, June 3
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Webinars are hosted by HRSA unless otherwise noted.