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Voicing the latest news on Communities in Need
In This Issue
"From pain comes purpose, from purpose comes passion and from that passion comes policy."
-MD Senator, Elijah Cummings

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Let's Stay Connected
May, 10 2013 
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Community Health Center (CHC) Spotlight
MACHC extends hearty congrats to Dr. Sarah Leonhard, CEO of Maryland's Greater Baden Medical Services Inc , who was honored May 2 by Prince George's Hospital Foundation for her years of dedication to improving the availability of health care! 
Thank you for all that you do Dr. Leonhard! We are proud of you!!
We are so proud of our member CHCs and all your accomplishments!
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MACHC Happenings
May 23rd, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This webinar will talk about the Community Health Center branding initiative that is encouraged by NACHC for FQHCs nationwide.  It will also be discussing the vision behind the initiative and how effective implementation can help all Community Health Center's with patient outreach, recruitment, partnership, education and support by working as a "Community of Community Health Centers.
CFO Workgroup 
When: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Where: Henrietta Johnson on Tuesday, May 28 2013.
When: Friday, May 31, 2013  12:00 pm-1:00 pm
  • Would  you like to be notified in Real Time when your patient has a hospital visit(Admit, discharge, or ER)
  • Would you like to proactively coordinate your patients care and schedule necessary follow-up ?
  • ENS is a FREE service , provided by CRISP, Maryland's Health Information Exchange.

To register for the virtual workshop and learn more about the CRISP services, please click on the underlined title.

When: Thursday, June 13th OR Friday, June 14th, 2013

Due to the changing landscape of healthcare, particularly the implementation of Health Care Reform, the focus of this year's cultural competency training is on cultural and linguistical barriers to accessing care. The training will provide new techniques in addressing cultural and linguistic barriers to care with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of Cultural Competency for Health Care Professionals and will assist participants in providing more culturally sensitive services in a health care setting.  


SAVE THE DATE for the MACHC Annual Conference

When: September 19-20, 2013

Where: Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD

*more details to come in the coming weeks!*  

Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News
New HIPAA Provider Education Tools Available
The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the right of local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. As dispensaries have proliferated since 1996, when California became the first state to allow medical marijuana, many municipalities across the state have used zoning laws to prohibits dispensaries from opening inside city limites.marijuana
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for    Civil Rights (OCR) has developed an array of new tools to educate health care providers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. A video, The HIPAA Security Rule, has been designed for providers in small practices and offers an overview of how to establish basic safeguards to protect patient information and comply with the Security Rule's requirements.This video and others are available on thHHSOCR YouTube channel 

State News
Maryland to hire staffers to gear up for Obamacare
A first-ever surveillance of children's health in Delaware by Nemours Health and Prevention Services has found that the number of children considered overweight or obese has remained flat in recent years, but there are pockets of improvement based on race and gender.
The state is hiring more than 400 staffers as it proceeds to implement the federal health program known as Obamacare.
The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, a key element in the plan.
Finance & Business
Earlier this year, Rite Aid became the first retailer to enter telemedicine in a big way when it announced plans to roll out its NowClinic program to 58 in-store health clinics in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Most business accelerator programs give entrepreneurs a bit of cash, connect them with mentors, and run boot camps to help turn their ideas into products. At the New York Digital Health Accelerator, tech startups get two other things to help them build software to improve health care: access to New York State's many hospitals and their data.

Seven entrepreneurs are trying to solve some of the thorniest tech problems doctors and hospitals have: How do you keep patients who leave the hospital from returning? How do you keep track of treatments prescribed by different doctors and ensure they don't conflict with each other? How do doctors securely communicate with each other and with patients once they leave the clinic?

Affordable Care Act News

Healthcare Reform "Widgets and Badges" Available

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created website widgets and badges that Community Health Centers     and other organizations can use to encourage patients to visit the website, where they will find information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and can sign-up for e-mail and text updates.

Grants & Funding Opportunities

 Innovative Approaches for Treating or Preventing Childhood Obesity

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013 

This Safeway Foundation grant opportunity funds innovative and collaborative projects that prevent and/or treat obesity in children and adolescents, including programs that increase access to healthy foods, increase physical activity, and/or improve food choices. Eligible applicants must be within 10 miles of a Safeway store; some flexibility offered for rural applicants.


EMPOWERED Community Grants Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013

The EMPOWERED Community Grants program looks to play a strategic role in supporting the development of model programs that address the needs of underserved women and offers support to the HIV/AIDS community to continue progress of recent decreases in HIV among women.



2013 UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2013

The program provides an intensive eleven days of management and leadership development at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California. Johnson & Johnson covers the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals) for both the participant and their co-participant.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health

Application Deadline: May 23, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.


Happy Nurse Appreciation Week! 

Thank you to all nurses who spent countless hours taking care of those who need it most!! 
We appreciate all you do.

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