Checklist for Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines, Scope of Project Webpage Update, and More! HRSA PHC Digest

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HRSA BPHC Primary Health Care Digest

October 26, 2021

Checklist

Action Checklist for Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations at Health Centers
The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced updated plans for COVID-19 vaccinations for kids ages 5-11. Once approved, pediatric vaccinations will be administered in accordance with all requirements and recommendations from the FDA, the CDC, and the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

HRSA collaborated with CDC to create this Checklist for Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination for health centers. It includes helpful information and tips including resources, readiness reminders, and guidance on vaccine supply and administration to children. See additional resources from CDC.

Learn more about pediatric COVID-19 vaccination:

  • CDC encourages providers to attend one of the sessions of a training hosted by Pfizer Vaccines U.S. Medical Affairs (with their partner BioNTech): Immunization Site Training Sessions for All Providers on the Storage, Handling, & Administration for Current & Potential New Formulations of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine. Note that you must download the list in order for the links to work.

  • Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines: CDC’s Recommendations for COVID-19 Primary Series in Children 5-11 Years Old
    CDC’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call
    Thursday, November 4
    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
    Join the day of the session
    The slides will eventually be available on the COCA Call webpage, and a recording will be posted on the page a few hours after the event ends.

  • Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall
    HRSA presents an opportunity for you to hear from pediatric health experts and community members about strategies to build confidence among parents and families, increase access to vaccines, and address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
    Friday, November 5
    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
    Access details coming soon.

Today With Macrae

Today with Macrae Wrap-Up
As a reminder, we post the slides and recordings for recent Today with Macrae sessions on the COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage. See the slides for links to flu guidance and COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy resources.

Here are other resources mentioned:

Upcoming sessions (3:00 p.m. ET): Tuesday, November 9 | Wednesday, December 1

The November Today with Macrae webcast will include a segment with Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., the director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, who will provide the latest guidance to health centers on COVID-19 vaccines and other updates on vaccine safety and efficacy.


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What's New

New and Improved

Improved Scope of Project Webpage and Related Resources
Last week, HRSA released a new and improved Scope of Project webpage. We improved it to help orient you to the different components of Scope of Project and to more easily guide you to resources to help ensure your health center's scope of project is accurate.

We expanded the previous list of resources, adding two NEW ones:

  1. Answers to common Change in Scope questions.
  2. A new tool for health centers to self-assess if a site is eligible for a temporary service site request, with an optional submission template for submitting a request to BPHC.

TODAY: Loan Guarantee Program Webinar for ARP-Capital Award Recipients
This afternoon, HRSA will host a health center facility Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) webinar for ARP-Capital award recipients. Presenters will provide background on the LGP and identify how it can support securing additional financing needed for approved ARP-Capital projects.

3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 160 493 0137


Fiscal Year 2022 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention Funding Now Available
HRSA released the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (HRSA-22-104). See the recent bulletin for more information. TA resources are available on the PCHP TA webpage.

FY 2022 PCHP applications are due in:

  • Grants.gov: Tuesday, December 14
  • HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

HRSA will host a TA webinar for applicants:

Thursday, October 28
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 meeting/webinar ID: 160 011 6977


Commonwealth Fund Meeting

Commonwealth Fund Discussion on Community Health Centers
Last month, HRSA Associate Administrator Jim Macrae joined a panel for the Commonwealth Fund’s session on Community Health Centers & Value-Based Payment: Current Challenges and Opportunities for the Future.

Watch the recording of the discussion on the current payment landscape for health centers and the impact of COVID-19.


Public Consultation on the Draft HHS Strategic Plan FY 2022-2026
HHS seeks public comment on its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2022-2026, which articulates how the Department will achieve its mission through five strategic goals. You can comment by email, fax, or mail through Sunday, November 7.


Implementing High-Quality Primary Care

New HHS Initiative to Strengthen Primary Health Care
HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) has launched an initiative to strengthen primary health care. In its recent report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine called upon HHS to take a leadership role in increasing access to high quality primary health care. Using the report as a roadmap, a team led by OASH’s Dr. Judith Steinberg (former BPHC Chief Medical Officer) will work with federal partners and stakeholders to develop HHS’ plan of action.


CMS Innovation Center Strategy Refresh
The CMS Innovation Center released a white paper detailing its vision for the next 10 years, “Driving Health System Transformation – A Strategy for the CMS Innovation Center’s Second Decade.” Access the white paper and learn more about this strategy on CMS' website.


COVID-19

Updated Booster Guidance
Last week, CDC recommended booster shots of the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines. See our bulletin for links to CDC guidance.

Today’s COCA Call is on the topic:

What Clinicians Need to Know about the Recent Updates to CDC’s Recommendations for COVID-19 Boosters
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the session


The Urgency and Strategies for Improving Young Adult COVID-19 Immunization Rates
HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau invites you to learn from young adult leaders about strategies to increase vaccine uptake among this population.

Wednesday, October 27
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here


People with Substance Use, Mood, and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders at Higher Risk for Severe COVID-19
CDC has updated the list of underlying medical conditions associated with higher risk for severe COVID-19. The list now includes mood disorders (including depression) and schizophrenia spectrum disorders, as well as substance use disorders.


Health Centered On

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

Cherry Health

Boosting COVID-19 Vaccination Rates among Adolescents
Cherry Health (Grand Rapids, MI) has proactively promoted COVID-19 vaccinations for adolescents and continues to increase their reach. To date, Cherry Health has administered at least one COVID-19 shot to more than 1,400 adolescents, aged 12 to 17.

They have achieved this milestone through multi-pronged, targeted efforts. This past spring, right after the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved for youth, Cherry Health hosted a vaccine clinic at a local high school and administered nearly 130 COVID-19 vaccines to teens.

The health center hosted weekly evening vaccine events for adolescents and families. Cherry Health sent text messages to patients aged 12 to 16 encouraging them to attend and invited parents to get their vaccine at the same time. They also brought their mobile unit to back-to-school resource fairs.

“By getting this shot, we keep ourselves out of the hospital and allow people who really need treatment to access care; we can start going to sports games and see our friends again,” said a teenage patient who recently received a COVID-19 vaccine through Cherry Health, encouraging others in her community to do the same.


Share Your Story

Please share stories profiling the diverse ways your health center is addressing COVID-19. We are especially interested in hearing about creative, innovative efforts to:

  • Administer booster shots and educate your community about them.
  • Support equity in vaccine distribution and increase vaccine confidence.

Send your story to our Health Center Stories inbox and you may see your story featured in this newsletter, 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.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence and health care are closely linked. According to a survey of contacts with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 53% of respondents reported that an abusive partner has also controlled/and or restricted access to health care.

HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health and BPHC are working with the Administration for Children and Families and the National Domestic Violence Hotline to address these intersections. Learn about other HRSA intimate partner violence work or view last year’s webinar, Sheltering in Place, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Healthcare Response.


Behavioral Health

People with Substance Use, Mood, and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders at Higher Risk for Severe COVID-19
See the announcement above.


Workforce

These HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAPs) present learning collaboratives:

  • Addressing Diabetes Risk Factors in Elementary School-Aged Children
    The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) and the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) invite health centers, including school-based health centers, to learn about targeted interventions to prevent diabetes in elementary school-aged children with pre-diabetic indicators. Also consider how to best reach students by leveraging school and other community-based organization partnerships. 1.5 CE available for each module. Register here.

  • The Health Center Resource Clearinghouse: Improving the Curation and Distribution of Promising Practices
    The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is looking for Primary Care Associations and health center training and staff development managers to inform and strengthen the Clearinghouse’s curation and sharing of promising practices. Participants will help develop a promising practices submission form and a checklist for vetting based on new criteria. They will also help tailor the Clearinghouse submission process to align with health center practices. Register here.

Additional Resources

HHS Launches Spanish Language App to Help Latinos Navigate Health Care Questions
HHS launched a Spanish version of its QuestionBuilder app in concert with a report on the access and insurance challenges for this population. The app can help Latino patients prepare for their in-person or telehealth appointments. Learn more.


Patient-Centered Medical Home Health Equity TA Symposium
The Joint Commission encourages you to save the date for the first annual Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Health Equity TA Symposium. The virtual event will take place from 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 31, 2022, and Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Health centers will have an opportunity to share their health equity innovations, learn from peers, and hear how PCMH initiatives drive improvements in health equity. We’ll share registration information and instructions for submitting your innovations soon.


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Training & Technical Assistance

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

Through November 2

Outreach Planning 101: Tools for Outreach Data Collection and Storage
Hosted by the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, October 26
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Ending the HIV Epidemic: National Clinical Webinar Series, HIV Prevention Strategies for Health Care Providers
Co-hosted with the National Clinician Consultation Center, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, October 26
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Centers Honoring & Serving America's Veterans: Part of NACHC’s 50th Anniversary Webinar Series
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, October 26
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Loan Guarantee Program Webinar for ARP-Capital Award Recipients
Tuesday, October 26
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 160 493 0137

Supporting Patients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence: Opportunities for Oral Health Providers
Hosted by National Network for Oral Health Access and Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation, both HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Wednesday, October 27
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Diabetes in Special and Vulnerable Populations: A National Learning Series
Hosted by 14 HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Register for the series
Sessions take place from 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET on these dates:

Developing Patient-Centered Resources for Diabetes Care
Wednesday, October 27

Improving Diabetes Care and Health Equity in a Changing Healthcare Landscape
Wednesday, November 3

Addressing Diabetes Management During a Disaster (in SPANISH)
Wednesday, November 10

Organizational Self-Care: Creating a Culture of Self-Care at Your Organization
Hosted by Health Outreach Partners, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Wednesday, October 27
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

The Urgency and Strategies for Improving Young Adult COVID-19 Immunization Rates
Wednesday, October 27
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Virtual Engagement for Professionals: Center of Excellence Web Series
Hosted by NNCC and the Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality (HITEQ) Center, both HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Thursday, October 28
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here (visit to see all dates and times)

Changing Work Systems to Improve Engagement and Reduce Burnout
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, October 28
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

NACHC's Monthly 340B/Pharmacy Office Hours: What’s Your Capture Rate? Tools for Growing Your In-House Pharmacy
Hosted by NACHC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, October 28
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

PCMH Audit Process Overview and Q&A
Hosted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance
Tuesday, November 2
11:00 a.m.-noon ET
Register here

National Advisory Council on Migrant Health November Meeting
Tuesday, November 2 – Friday, November 5
12:30-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here


Upcoming

Weitzman ECHO Webinar Series on COVID-19
Hosted by Community Health Center, Inc., a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Wednesday, November 3
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here (visit to see all dates and times)

What Do the Data Tell Us: What Can We Learn from the Latest Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Trends Over Time?
Hosted by the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table
Wednesday, November 3
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Planning a Capital Project to Accommodate Integrated Care: A First Steps Overview
Hosted by Capital Link, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, November 4
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

2021 UDS Training: Preliminary Reporting Environment
Thursday, November 4
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall
Friday, November 5
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Access details coming soon

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Tuesday, November 9
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 meeting/webinar ID: 161 531 7599

Clinicians’ Network Community Conversations: Ethical Quandaries Session 1: Managing Clients’ Romantic Attraction
Hosted by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Wednesday, November 10
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Lessons Learned: COVID-19 Health Literacy in Special & Vulnerable Populations
Hosted by the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders and NCFH, both HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Wednesday, November 10
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Emergency Preparedness and Response with Focus on Maternal and Child Health Populations
Wednesday, November 10
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Better Assess Your Community Using the UDS Mapper
Wednesday, November 10
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

National Diabetes Prevention Program Community of Practice Webinar Series
Hosted by NNCC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Wednesday, November 10
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here (visit to see all dates and times)

Medicaid and Social Determinants of Health: Options for Health Centers
Hosted by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Monday, November 15
Noon-1:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Assessing Telehealth Maturity in Health Centers
Hosted by the HITEQ Center, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, November 16
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Using the UDS Mapper for Rural Areas
Wednesday, November 17
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Prevention as a Community Effort: How Health Centers Can Support Diabetes Prevention through Their Partnerships
Hosted by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, November 18
Noon-1:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Special and Vulnerable Populations COVID-19 Forum
Hosted by several HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Friday, November 19
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here (visit to see all dates and times)

Farmworker Housing as a Social Determinant of Health
Hosted by Farmworker Justice, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, November 30
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

The Impact of Health Literacy on Diabetes Mellitus
Hosted by the National Center for Health in Public Housing, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, December 9
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Webinars are hosted by HRSA unless otherwise noted.