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 November 15, 2014!!!
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April 21, 2014 
IMPORTANT: Be mindful of the 2015 FTCA Guidelines that have to be submitted this year and the Super Circular 2014.
MACHC SPOTLIGHT
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New Website & Updates COMING SOON!!!!

 

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Access is the Answer Petition Success! 

Thanks again to the 89,000+ Health Center Advocates who made the first phase of the Access is the Answer campaign a huge success by signing the petition. 67 AWESOME Health Centers achieved the goal of collecting at least 500 signatures each by the end of March, and many Health Centers went above and beyond that goal! 
There is an Access is the Answer Teleform on April 24th. Please find Event details below under the MACHC Happenings tab. 


Join the Access is the Answer Campaign and advocate for CHC Funding!

Health Centers are facing an unprecedented threat and a unique opportunity in 2014. Like every year, Health Centers will have to fight to secure annual funding from Washington. But unlike any year in Health Center history, this year we face a looming Health Center funding cliff - a potential 70% reduction in Health Center program funding scheduled to take effect in 2016. As Health Center Advocates we will also have to make sure that programs, like Medicaid, that are essential to our survival remain intact and strong in the face of efforts to save money.

These are threats to Health Centers AND to the more than 22 million patients Health Centers currently serve and the millions more that Health Centers will need to grow to serve in our communities. Your advocacy through the Access is the Answer campaign is essential if we are to ensure that Health Centers will be there for everyone who needs access to health care.

What can YOU do?

To make the Access is the Answer campaign a success, commit to taking 3 easy action steps:

Number 1: Sign the Access is the Answer petition. 

Number 2: Work with your Health Center leadership to collect Access is the Answer support letters from local elected officials

Number 3:  Work with your Health Center leadership to collect community support letters. 

The value of advocacy:

All politics is local. Congress and the President do really pay attention to the voices of those back home in the community. That means the most effective advocacy has to come from YOU back home.

The Access is the Answer Campaign will be asking Advocates to weigh in on many issues as the campaign goes forward, but if YOU and tens of thousands of Advocates take the 3 steps, we will be laying the foundation for success in a fight neither Health Centers nor our patients can afford to lose. Thanks for joining the Access is the Answer campaign and building the power of Health Center Advocacy.  

MACHC Happenings
MACHC EVENTS & WEBINARS
OTHER EVENTS & WEBINARS
(1)  Transformational Conference Call
When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

1-866-740-1260 Access Code: 4319483

Target Audience: FQHC leadership

Discuss State news including trends, issues, best practices. The call also addresses concerns and issues of the leadership to help ease. To get on the listserv to receive the agenda and invites, email Aneeqa Chowdhury at aneeqa@machc.com.

 
(2) Grants Management Training

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 9:00am- 4:30pm EST

Location: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute

692 Maritime Boulevard

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 

Please join the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC) as we welcome Edward (Ted) Waters of Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP for an important session on the Supercircular/Omnicircular and what grantees need to know. 

Grantees and sub-grantees should begin to understand the ins and outs of the new "common rules" for grants administration, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements so that you can come into compliance quickly.

Click here to register

 


(3) ACA Moving Forward - Webinar
Friday, May 2, 2014   I   10 AM- 11 AM

Guest Speaker: Matthew Molloy, Maryland State Director - Doctors for America 

The first open enrollment period for qualified health plans has come to a close.  How did Maryland do?  What's next? This webinar will review the successes and challenges of the first open enrollment period in Maryland and provide the numbers covered to date through the Maryland Health Connection and Medicaid expansion.  It will also take a look forward into the rest of 2014 and beyond to discuss the ways that the ACA will continue to impact patients, including the continued closing of the Medicare donut hole, the individual mandate, and how patients can qualify to enroll in qualified health plans before the next enrollment period in November.  The webinar will also discuss challenges, including issues of network adequacy and educating patients on how to use their health coverage.

* Check this column next week for registration link.

 

 

(4)  Outreach Team Conference Call
When: Friday, May 2, 2014
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1-866-740-1260 Access Code: 4319483

Target Audience: Outreach staff members

Discuss latest Outreach and Enrollment resources, best practices, trends and issues. These issues are presented on HRSA reports and other platforms to find resolutions.

 

 

(5) Cultural Competency 

Where: Dover Downs Conference Center, Dover, DE

When: May 8th - May 9th (attend 1 of the two 1/2 day sessions for the conference)

The training will consist of didactic training and panel discussion and will offer:

*   Discussions on cultural competency techniques

*   Importance of utilizing culturally sensitive language and behavior

*   Strategies for health entities to foster greater engagement with clients and co-workers 

*   Excellent networking opportunity   

*   Continuing Education Credits for Nurses have been applied for 

Register HERE  

 

 

(6) SAVE THE DATE

Recent Hypertension Guidelines
May 7th   I   12:30 - 1:30

Target Audience:  Physicians, Nurse Practitioners & Nurses

This webinar will provide an overview of new guidelines including the 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: Report from the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8).  Featuring Dr. Lawrence Fine, Eighth Joint National Committee Panel Member, the webinar will also offer considerations for health care providers and public health practitioners when selecting and supporting implementation of hypertension guidelines.
Presenter: Lawrence J. Fine, MD, DrPH, FAHA, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Member of Panel Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee 

Register HERE

  

(7) SAVE THE DATE
MACHC's Annual Conference
When: Thursday, September 18th - Friday, September 19th, 2014 
Where: Dover Downs Conference Center, Dover, DE

(1) NACHC Access is the Answer TeleForum 

Scheduled for Thursday, April 24th at 2PM ET

Health Center Advocates are invited to join NACHC President and CEO, Tom Van Coverden as well as NACHC Policy and Advocacy staff for this important call regarding the outlook for health centers in the year ahead and the next phase of the 

Access is the Answer campaign. Save the date to receive the latest updates on Health Center policy and advocacy strategy and take advantage of this opportunity to ask your questions directly to the experts. If you missed this year's Policy & Issues Forum you won't want to miss this call to learn more about health center policy priorities, messaging, and advocacy strategy to ensure continue success of the Health Centers Program. Click here to sign-up to receive the call Thursday, April 24th at 2PM ET, or join directly by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and entering PIN: 15035. 

  

(2) Webcast: Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes Comparative Effectiveness Study (GRADE):

Utilizing Novel Approaches for Recruitment and PCP Engagement in a Comparative Effectiveness Study
Friday May 9, 2014 2:00-3:00 PM EDT 

This webcast is pending for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). 

Click here to register.
 

(3) Maryland Rural Health Association

Call for Proposals The Call for Proposals is now open. The conference will gather rural health leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to discuss the major issues facing rural Maryland. Past conference attendees have pointed toward the value of illustrating best public health and community level practices as most useful to participants. Additionally, the conference planning committee is hoping to illustrate how recent statewide programs and policies have been implemented or are impacting rural Maryland both in terms of health and the economy. Examples include, but are not limited to the following: behavioral health, CMS Waiver implementation, Community Transformation Grant, the Affordable Care Act, oral health. Every proposal will be given consideration by the Rural Health Conference Planning Committee and presenters will be notified by June 13, 2014. 

Please submit proposals online at Call For Proposals Due Date May 23, 2014.

Outline of Information Asked on Online Submittal: Link

 

(4) Office of Women's Health Quick Health Data Online

The Office of Women's Health has announced the availability of telephone trainings on their new online information system - Quick Health Data Online.  The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories.  It also includes data on prevention, violence, and mental health at the state level.  Where possible the data provided includes race, ethnicity and gender and, if able, age.  It incorporates graphing and mapping features so that the data of interest can be used directly as tables, graphs/chart and maps.  There will be two one-hour trainings per month: a basic training of an overview of the system and mapping and a second training that will provide emphasis on mapping techniques.  To access the calls, use the toll-free number:  1-877-925-6129; passcode, 410171 and go to the Quick Health Data Online website.  

Quick Health Data Online 101 Trainings:

  • Monday, May 19, 2-3 pm, ET (Basic)
  • Wednesday, May 21, 11-12 pm, ET (Focus on Mapping)
  • Tuesday, June 17, 3-4 pm, ET (Basic)
  • Thursday, June 19, 1-2 pm, ET (Focus on Mapping)

(5) Community Guide for Community Health Centers Webinar

The Public Health Foundation, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) are offering a webinar on May 12 at 1:00 pm highlighting The Guide to Community Preventive Services, or "The Community Guide."  Hear from a health center that used the Community Guide to improve their patient's cancer screening rates.  The web-based resource was developed to complement evidence-based recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force.  It can be used by health centers to develop evidence-based systems of population management, support care planning and coordination, and build partnerships with public health agencies and community resources.  Registration is required.

 

(6) Enroll America's State of Enrollment Conference

When: June 16th-18th

Enroll America will be convening their first national conference in Washington DC . This conference will offer trainings, workshops, keynotes, and events to learn and exchange best practices and prepare for the next open enrollment period. Early-bird registration rates expire on Friday, April 11th. Click here for more information.

Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
National News

Primary Care Access the Focus on Capitol Hill

Health Center leaders were front and center last week at a hearing chaired by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. The hearing, "Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges: Voices from the Field" focused on the primary care access crisis, doctor shortages, and strategies to boost the number of providers around the country. Gary Wiltz, MD, NACHC's Board Chair and CEO of Teche Action Clinic in LA, was among those who testified before the panel. You can listen to the Wiltz's testimony and the rest of the hearing witnesses here, or read more about the hearing on the Health Center News and Happenings blog.

HRSA Issues Temporary Sites in Emergencies PAL

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has released Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2014-05, Updated Process for Requesting a Change in Scope to Add Temporary Sites in Response to Emergency Events.  The purpose of the PAL is to update information regarding the process for requesting a change in scope to the federal scope of project to add temporary locations in response to emergency events.  It does not address a health center's scope of project for purposes of Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement during an emergency or eligibility for 340B Drug Pricing Program during an emergency.  It also does not address FTCA coverage as that is addressed in the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Health Center Policy Manual (PIN 2011-01). For general information on health center emergency preparedness, please refer to Health Center Emergency Management Expectations, (PIN 2007-15).

New: Updated State Fact Sheets

NACHC has released updated State Fact Sheets that provide a brief overview of Health Centers and the most recent state-level data on Health Center patients, services, staff, visits, and costs. A national fact sheet is also available that provides a data profile of the United States. Click here to access the state-level and national fact sheets.

New Brief Looks at the Availability of New Patient Appointments at Health Centers

A newly released brief from the Urban Institute suggests that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are more willing than other providers to accommodate new Medicaid patients and offer low-cost appointments to uninsured patients.  Using an audit study that was conducted in late 2012 and early 2013, the analysis found that FQHCs were 24 percentage points more likely than non-FQHC providers to offer a new patient appointment to Medicaid callers, and 39 percentage points more likely to offer an uninsured caller a visit for less than $75. 
Hospital Visits Fell When Seniors Got Drug Coverage
Researchers at the University of Illinois and the Johns Hopkins University have made the broadest test yet of Medicare Part D prescription drug program's promise - that covering drugs would keep seniors out of the hospital. Comparing national records from before and after 2006, when Part D kicked in, they found that drug coverage was associated with an 8 percent drop in hospital admissions and nearly as much in hospital-cost savings - an amount they calculate to be $1.5 billion a year.
With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections. Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread. 
The Affordable Care Act has significantly increased insurance coverage for mental health care. But that may not be enough to expand access to sparse mental-health-care resources. Besides, the government is already spending billions on mental illness treatment; it has an interest in making sure taxpayers get results. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) has a bill that would do so. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is more comprehensive than other recent efforts to reform the system and perhaps has the brightest prospects in a divided Congress
Kaiser Health News staff writer Jenny Gold writes: "One of the main ways the Affordable Care Act seeks to reduce health care costs is by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to form networks which coordinate patient care and become eligible for bonuses when they deliver care more efficiently. ... While ACOs are touted as a way to help fix an inefficient payment system that rewards more, not better, care, some economists warn they could lead to greater consolidation in the health care industry, which could allow some providers to charge more if they're the only game in town. Here are answers to some of the more common questions about how they work.
America's prescription drug epidemic reaches deep into the medical community. Across the country, more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professionals struggle with abuse or addiction, mostly involving narcotics such as oxycodone and fentanyl. Their knowledge and access make their problems especially hard to detect. Yet the risks they pose - to the public and to themselves - are enormous. A single addicted health care worker who resorts to "drug diversion," the official term for stealing drugs, can endanger thousands. 
 When it comes to coverage of abortion services in plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces, opponents and supporters of abortion rights are in complete agreement on one thing: Coverage details need to be clearer

Focus On Marketplace Enrollment Overlooks Millions Who Bought Private Insurance

APRN's Annie Feidt, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: "Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the health care law itself, the answer is complicated. The Obama administration is tracking the number of plans purchased on HealthCare.gov and on the state exchanges, and this month reported that they had exceeded expectations by signing up 7.5 million people. In addition, federal officials have said that 3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid this year.

 

State News
DELAWARE

State Obamacare enrollment tops federal goals

Delaware ended its first enrollment period for the nation's new Obamacare health plans with 11,335 people enrolled - about 3,000 more than federal goals for the state.

Another 3,411 people gained coverage through the state's expanded Medicaid coverage, which extended eligibility to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.  

The numbers were released Thursday morning by Rita Landgraf, secretary of the state Department of Health and Social Services, during the monthly meeting of the Delaware Health Care Commission.  

 
MARYLAND
Md. exchange enrolls nearly 329,000 in health plans 
Nearly 329,000 people have enrolled in insurance through the Maryland health exchange, officials reported Friday. 

As of April 15, 262,619 people have gained Medicaid coverage and 66,203 enrolled in a private plan sold on the exchange website.

Open enrollment ended March 31 for private plans, though some who notified the exchange that they were having trouble signing up were given more time. Those who have a change in family, residence, income, work status or other consideration may qualify for a special enrollment. Call 855-642-8572 for more information. Medicaid enrollment is year-round.

Finance & Business
In another sign that the Affordable Care Act is working as intended, states that have embraced the president's signature health care law are reducing their uninsured rates faster than those that have not. Gallup's latest survey shows states that have set up their own exchanges and expanded their Medicaid programs saw their uninsured rates for those 18 and older drop to an average 13.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014. That's about a 2.5 percent year-over-year drop.
 
During the Great Recession and in the years that followed, the job market in the U.S. had its legs taken out from under it. Millions of jobs disappeared, across virtually every sector of the economy but one. Throughout even the worst months of the crisis, the health care sector added jobs as reliably as sunrise and sunset. Last year, however, even as the broader economy showed signs of slowly reviving itself, the health care sector began to stumble  

 

UnitedHealth Group Inc. on Thursday said its first-quarter earnings fell 7.8%, hurt by government cuts to Medicare Advantage programs and new taxes resulting from the Affordable Care Act. The health insurer also reported an increase in members year over year but a decrease sequentially. UnitedHealth is the first major health insurer to report its results for the latest quarter, the first period to reflect the Affordable Care Act. Planned reductions in government funding for Medicare Advantage and other provisions of the health law were expected to affect the managed-care provider's performance this year. UnitedHealth reported a profit of $1.1 billion, or $1.10 a share, down from $1.19 billion, or $1.16 a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4.5% to $31.7 billion. 

Key players in the health care industry want to help consumers find out how much they will pay for a medical visit or procedure - well before it takes place. A report released Wednesday by a coalition of hospitals, insurers, doctors and consumer advocates recommends the ways providers can make that information easily available. An accompanying guide tells consumers how to go about getting it. The documents are a response to Americans' growing demand to be able to shop for health care much like they shop for everything else, especially as they pay an ever-larger share of health costs out of pocket.  
The
Latest News on ACA
 
OUR 

WORK IS NOT OVER... 

 

Some NEW Helpful O/E Resources: 

Consumers now have the opportunity to learn about and enroll in affordable health coverage in a variety of ways, including through in-person enrollment assistance from a trained and certified person in their community. In-person assistance has played a crucial role in maximizing enrollment during this first open enrollment period. Read this issue brief here:

 

Helping Consumers Keep Affordable Health Coverage: Providing outreach and enrollment assistance is critical to maximizing the number of people who enroll in health coverage. However, it is just as important to educate consumers about their responsibilities once they are enrolled to ensure that they keep their coverage. This issue brief describes how to help consumers retain their coverage. Read this issue brief here: 

http://www.enrollamerica.org/helping-consumers-keep-affordable-health-coverage/

 

Get Covered Guide to Insurance Terms in English or Spanish: 

http://www.enrollamerica.org/resources/toolkits/outreach/get-covered-guide/

  

Click here to access a Chart of the Consequences of Not Enrolling in Coverage.   

 

Post March 31st Enrollment period, all in-person assisters, including Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) will continue many of their existing functions. 

1. Post enrollment responsibilities of Outreach staff, please click here.

2. Connect the Newly Insured to the Healthcare System, click here.

3. HRSA QPR reports will continue to be collected. Supplemental Grantees will be reporting their QPR 4 from April 1 - June 30. For additional information on the QPR, see HRSA slides on QPR 4.

4. Outreach & Enrollment Assistance, check out the HRSA - Bureau of Primary Healthcare (BPHC) FAQs here.

Any questions on O/E QPR not answered on the FAQ page can be emailed to bphc-oe@hrsa.gov.

 

For other helpful outreach and enrollment resources, please click here

For General FAQs on HRSA Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance Supplemental Funding, click here

Transformational Team Talk & Outreach Upates

Question: HRSA Supplemental O/E Grant Funding for next year?

In accordance to recently updated FAQs located here, "In FY 2015 and beyond, HRSA anticipates that O/E funds will be annualized to the amount that matches the amount awarded in July 2013 (excluding the $5,000 in one-time finding). This is reflected as the Recommended Future Support (RFS) commitment on O/E awardees' most recent Notice of Award. Since the funds will become a part of grantees' base awards, no further applications are required."

 

Exchange Updates for ACSE (CACs):

For those application counselors that could not complete the previously scheduled Webinars, they will need to get in touch with mhc.trainingsupport@maryland.gov to unenroll in order to be notified of future Webinar training.

 

Exchange Call with ACSE:

The Exchange has sent ACSE's an email around monthly webinar/calls with all to discuss the CAC Program and Maryland's Marketplace progress. The webinar.calls would take place every 4th Monday of the month and this will allow CHCs a platform to discuss success, obstacles and make suggestions for improvement. The first of these webinars/calls took place on March 24 at 10 am - 11:30 am. Slides from the webinar can be found here. 

The NEXT call will take place on Monday, April 28th. 

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Kresge Foundation Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

This program supports promising new practices that serve vulnerable populations by advancing prevention, improving access, and integrating primary community and clinical care. The goal of the program is to increase the health of vulnerable, low-income, and minority populations by addressing social and environmental determinants of health, as well as health care access. Some examples of projects that may be funded include: reports highlighting the work of community health centers in promoting health and working to eliminate conditions that adversely affect the communities they serve; and medical-legal partnerships that address patients' non-medical needs.

  

Summer Food Service Program

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Funding to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need during the summer months. 

 

Federal Surplus Real Property Available for Public Use

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis 

Enables certain non-federal organizations to obtain property that the federal government no longer needs

 

DentaQuest Foundation Community Response Fund 

Application Deadline:  Applications Accepted on an Ongoing Basis

The Community Response Fund supports organizations, activities, and events that address access to needed oral health care and community resources that improve oral health. Programs that address an immediate response to an urgent issue that impacts access to clinical care, provide short-term access to needed care for the under served, or sustain organizations experiencing short-term challenges are the focus. A limited number of program concepts that provide longer term solutions or essential services for particularly under served populations will also be considered. The program will also support Missions of Mercy clinics.

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Corner 
Researchers found 17 practices operating as "medical homes" in Pennsylvania significantly reduced costs for high-risk patients -- countering negative results published last month that looked at the same patient-centered medical home (PCMH) pilot.
Clinical Quality 
Why Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Oral Health Care?

Have you ever had a time when you did not know how to best serve a patient from a different background than your own? Have you ever been frustrated when trying to communicate with patients from diverse populations? As the U.S. population becomes more and more diverse, did you know that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to have worse oral health outcomes?

This e-learning program gives you the basic cultural and linguistic competency knowledge and skills so that you can:

  • Expand your patient base by providing more culturally and linguistically appropriate care to a wider diversity of patients;
  • Deliver a higher quality of care to help your patients meet their oral health care goals, while honoring and respecting their cultural beliefs and practices;
  • Decrease clinical errors that may arise due to cultural and linguistic differences in communication and differences in oral health literacy;
  • Gain essential tools to help recognize and lessen the racial and ethnic health care disparities that persist in oral health.

The courses target Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Dental Specialists, and any other professional who has the unique opportunity to help improve access to care, quality of care, and oral health outcomes of all patients.

 

 


Health Observances This Week

Remember......

 

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month!

It's important to take a little extra time this month to reach out to friends, family members, colleagues, and people in your community to help them learn more about Parkinson's disease. 

Below are some tools you can use to help you educate your local community or elected officials about Parkinson's disease and support PAN's mission to find a cure.

State and Local Government Proclamations
We encourage all Parkinson's advocates across the country to work with their state and local governments to proclaim April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. Below is a letter you can customize and send to your Governor or Mayor asking them to declare April as Parkinson's Awareness Month. We've also included a sample proclamation you can include with your letter to provide the basic facts about Parkinson's disease and why Parkinson's Awareness Month is important to you.  [Template Letter]   [Sample Proclamation

Please contact us to let us know of your successes; we will keep an updated list of state and local proclamations below.

Letter to the Editor  Take a moment to write to the editor of your local newspaper to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease, and also encourage your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support funding for Parkinson's research.  [Sample Letter to the Editor

Social Media  Using social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and your personal blog is a great way to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease year-round, not just in April:

  • Tweet or post to your Facebook page relevant news stories about Parkinson's research and community resources.
  • Use #tulips4pd to help raise awareness and funds through the Tulip Tribute Garden. (See above for more details).
  • Encourage your friends and followers to learn more about Parkinson's and the work PAN and other organizations do.
  • Change your Facebook profile photo or Twitter photo to the Parkinson's tulip for the month of April.
    Upload a video of you telling your personal story of living with or caring for someone with Parkinson's disease.
  • Let us know how YOU are using social media to promote Parkinson's Awareness Month - we'd like to hear your ideas! 
Has your FQHC joined the National Branding Campaign?

 

With more than 43 billion people  eligible to enroll in private insurance starting this October 1, FQHCs strive to create an identifiable unifying identity for themselves. This is where the National Branding Campaign for Our Health Centers comes into place. 

The campaign is a national branding effort to strengthen recognition of our Health Centers as a unified and nationwide network of quality community-based primary care providers.  Initially created at the state level by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) and its membership, the National Association of Community Health Centers has expanded the campaign nationwide.

 

The FQHC Brand Components  

MACHC recently hosted a Branding Webinar for MD and DE Health Centers with CEO of PACHC, Cheri Reinhart and Event and Communications Coordinator, Kirsten Keyes, as guest speakers. If you missed the webinar and would like access, please click here.

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