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340b Recertification DEADLINE March 9, 2016
Have news to share with us? Want to be featured on our next E-Digest? Want to read about something in particular? Please email us at aneeqa@machc.com. 

March 4, 2016
MACHC SPOTLIGHT
Mountain Laurel's Grand Opening of In-House Pharmacy
On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Mountain Laurel Medical Center celebrated a successful Grand Opening of their 340B in-house pharmacy in collaboration with Cardinal health.  The addition of the in-house pharmacy, supports the ongoing integration of service delivery for our patients.  With the 340B pharmacy, patients are able to fill prescriptions at a discounted rate, which allows better medication compliance and overall quality of health.  "With the integration of this service, we are realizing the vision that was established when the health center opened in 2006." -Mtn. Laurel

MACHC HAPPENINGS
  
MACHC EVENTS
   
(1)  Policy & Issues (P&I) Forum is OPEN! March 16-20, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Join MACHC and your FQHC colleagues from across the state and country to get the most up-to-date information and tools to stay ahead, competitive and ready for another year of health center advocacy. 

(2) Outreach & Enrollment Call 
Friday, April 1, 2016
1-866-740-1260 Access 4319483
Who: Outreach Staff
Discuss state updates, best practices, barriers/issues that need attention and provide any support and advocacy where needed.

(3) *SAVE THE DATE*
Cultural Competency Conference (Pick one day) - Dover Downs, DE
Thursday, May 5th OR May 6th, 2016

(4) TENTATIVE - SAVE THE DATE
MACHC Clinical Informatics/Quality/Finance Conference 
Thursday, June 16-17th, 2016
Transformation inHealthcare Delivery: Shifting from Volume to Value
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers provides an opportunity for community health centers providers / clinicians and other safety net providers to receive professional development and ongoing education while networking with colleagues in the primary care settings across Delaware, Maryland and other states in the region. Transforming health care payment and delivery systems is essential in order to achieve improvements in health care quality and reductions in costs that are needed to achieve the Triple Aim.  This conference seeks to share information and educate attendees on concepts of volume to value in all four breakout tracks - Finance, IT, Clinical and Quality. This is a conference you will not want to miss!

  • OTHER EVENTS

  • (1) 
    Webinar Series:  Population Health Management
    and Health Systems Transformation
    to Insure Value Based Care 

    January 28-March 10, 2016
    NACHC, along with Shannon Nielson, VP of Consulting Services at Centerprise, Inc., is proud to present a five-part webinar series on Population Health Management and Health Systems Transformation to Ensure Value Based Care. The emphasis will be on helping PCAs and HCCNs understand the necessary components for success within Population Health Management at a state level as well as an introduction to how health centers approach these same concepts.  The focus of this webinar series is to partner with PCAs and Health Center Controlled Networks to operationalize the principles of health system transformation and integrated clinical networks to position health centers strongly in a managed care environment.

    Webinar 5 - Alternative Payment Models and Systems
    Date/Time:  Thursday, March 10th, 2016 | 12pm -1pm Eastern
    Register Now


    (2)  National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Virtual Job Fair for Indian Health Service and Tribal Health Clinic Sites- Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6:45pm - 10:00pm, ET - The NHSC is hosting a job fair for IHS and Tribal sites to promote vacancies to primary health care providers interested in serving communities with limited access to health care. More here.

    Apr 10 - 12, 2016
    Cambridge, MD 
    Type: Conference/Meeting
    Sponsoring organization: Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center


    (4) Practice Operations Management, Level II(POM II) Training 
    April 20-21, 2016 | Charlotte, NC
    NACHC is pleased to present the Health Center Practice Operations Management Training - Level II (POM II). POM II offers health center Chief Operating Officers, Practice/Clinic and other managers, and Board Members an opportunity to learn and apply the critical management and leadership skills necessary to optimize performance. This training features a multidimensional approach to effective management and continuous improvement the areas in the health center: profitability, staffing, and patient workflow.

    (5) An In-Depth Look at FTCA Coverage for Health Centers.  Learn More
    Nashville, TN - May 4 & 5, 2016
    Philadelphia, PA - June 7 & 8, 2016
    Operating a health center within the confines of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) has never been more challenging. The myriad requirements and involvement of various agencies coupled with increased accountability and responsibility can make providing health care services to your patients a risky proposition. This training provides information from trusted and experienced health center attorneys, Marty Bree, Molly Evans, and Matthew Freedus, who for years have provided advice and counsel on the day-to-day issues that arise around FTCA at health centers.
    Emergency Preparedness Events: 

    Emergency Preparedness in the Community Health Center Webinar - Thursday, March 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET
    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is hosting this webinar to educate participants on how to develop an internal emergency and disaster plan. The plan will address the risks of their health center; how to implement simulation-based training using clinical scenarios; and how to develop corrective action plans based on the evaluation of health centers' drills to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency management. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1L7z648

    Zika Virus: Updates from the Approaches to Managing the Epidemic Meeting
    ***Important information regarding the Zika Virus:
    • Maintained in two cycles: (1) Zika infected-mosquitos to non-human animals, and (2) Zika infected-mosquitos to humans
    • Methods of transmission: Mosquite-borne, maternal-fetal transmission, sexual transmission via semen, blood transfusions
      • o   Theoretical methods of transmission: through transplantation and breast milk
      • Transmission will likely be low within the United States due to a much less aggressive mosquito population
      • The symptoms of Zika virus tend to be mild
      • Microcephaly concerns: Zika virus has been detected in newborn infants as well as amniotic fluid from pregnant women
      • Zika virus diagnosis is made difficult by its similarity to other flaviviruses (Dengue Virus, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever virus)
      • NSAIDs should be avoided by affected individuals until dengue is ruled out (due to fear of hemorharrages)
      • Advice for individuals visiting Zika-virus affected areas:
        • o   Sexually active individuals should use contraception for the duration of their stay in the zika-affected area and for 14 days after
        • o   To avoid mosquito exposure, wear long-sleeved clothing to cover limbs, stay in enclosed and air-conditioned areas, and use insect repellents 
    Get to Know Your Regional Coordinators!
    Please get in touch with your Regional Coordinators if you have not already done so and be more active in your Regional Coalition. MACHC has reached out to you in order to make sure you know who your coordinators are and has planned MINI GRANTS as incentives to help with travel for the Coalition meetings.
    You should already have their contacts in emails I have sent within this year numerous times. Please find them below: 
     
    Regions I and II Health Care Coalition 
    [Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington Counties]
    *VACANT*
    Allegany County Health Department
    12501 Willowbrook Road
    Cumberland, MD  21502
    301-759-5238 (Office)
    443-934-2232 (Mobile)
    301-777-2069 (Fax)
    alison.robinson@maryland.gov 

    [Baltimore City; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties]
    *VACANT*
    Harford County Health Department
    120 S. Hays Street, Suite 230 
    Bel Air, MD  21014 
    410-877-1031 (Office)
    443-388-6290 (Mobile)

    Region IV 
    [Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester Counties]
    Kristin McMenamin
    Kent County Health Department
    A.F. Whitsitt Center
    300 Scheeler Road, P.O. Box 229
    Chestertown, MD  21620
    410-778-4861 (Office)
    443-690-3091 (Mobile)
    410-778-4862 (Fax)

    Region V  Emergency Preparedness Coalition
    [Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties]
    Casey Owens
    Office of Preparedness & Response
    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    300 W. Preston Street, Ste. 202
    Baltimore, MD  21201 
    casey.owens@maryland.gov


    Preparedness Resources 
    September is National Preparedness Month, a time for everyone to plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed resources that can help you spread the word about preparedness in your community.
    , and public service announcements. 
     
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    How Prepared Is Your Community for an Emergency? 

    Download the kit checklist: 

    Family communication and evacuation plan: 


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    *** Look for the latest EP related updates RIGHT HERE!
    Policy, Advocacy and Legislation
    National News
    Iris recognition explored for healthcare ID solution
    Researchers at the Lawson Research Institute in London, Canada are studying how iris scans could help homeless people get healthcare.  The project, being led by directed by the institute's Cheryl Forchuk, will involve iris scans for the homeless, who often find it almost impossible to get health care due to a lack of ID. Forchuk told LFPress: "In speaking with the people about alternate forms of ID, we heard that they didn't want fingerprints because it was too close to the justice system, and facial recognition might not work because people lose so much weight." The iris scan project will begin later this month. First, researchers will ask those at the Salvation Army Centre of Hope whether they'd be comfortable having their irises scanned as a form of ID. 

    340B Recertification Deadline
    HRSA requires all 340B covered entities to annually recertify their program information in order to continue participation in the 340B Program.  To remain in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and continue purchasing covered outpatient drugs at discounted 340B prices, HRSA grantees must complete the annual 340B recertification by Wednesday, 
    March 9, 2016. 
    Currently-certified entities have received their username and password necessary for recertification. Entity Authorizing Officials must log into the 340B database, update information as needed and attest to the entity's compliance with 340B Program requirements.
    For more information about the 340B program and to see a 340B Recertification webinar, visit HRSA's Office of Pharmacy Affairs website. For questions or concerns related to recertification or any other 340B matters, contactApexusAnswers@340Bpvp.com, 1-888-340-2787 or online at www.340Bpvp.com

    Boston's Heroin Users Will Soon Get A Safer Place To Be High
    A Boston nonprofit plans to soon test a new way of addressing the city's heroin epidemic. The idea is simple. Along a stretch of road that has come to be called Boston's "Methadone Mile," the program will open a room in March with a nurse, some soft chairs and basic life-saving equipment - a place where heroin users can ride out their high, under medical supervision.
    Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which initiated the project, walks the avenue several times a day on her way to and from work. The path takes her past the city's needle exchange program and a methadone clinic, as well as past one of the city's busiest emergency rooms, at Boston Medical Center.

    To Survive on this Shore
    In pop culture, most representations of transgender people focus on younger generations-the one exception that comes to mind is Amazon's "Transparent," which stars a cis male (Jeffrey Tambor) as a trans woman beginning her transition at age 70. And then of course there's the real-life pop cultural fascination with Caitlyn Jenner, now in her sixties; but as a white, mega-rich conservative, she represents a very, very small fraction of the world's transgender and gender non-conforming population and yet she's the only trans person a lot of Americans seem to be aware of. Point being, folks whose stories began several decades ago have kind of gone under the radar or have not been adequately represented in the past few years of remarkable trans visibility. To address this discrepancy, a new multimedia art exhibition hosted by Chase Brexton and the Maryland Institute College of Art focuses on transgender and gender-variant individuals over the age of 50 through photography and interviews. Check out the show opening night for a discussion with the "To Survive on this Shore" project's co-creator, Jess T. Dugan. Opening reception 5 p.m., on view through June 24, Chase Brexton Health Care, 1111 N. Charles St., (410) 837-2050, tosurviveonthisshore.com, free.

    e University of Maryland Medical System shared preliminary designs with the city Thursday for a $50 million-plus outpatient center in midtown Baltimore as it grows on the campus of the former community hospital.
    The 10-story, 212,000-square-foot building would be built roughly opposite the Mount Calvary Church north of Madison Street between Linden and Eutaw Streets. Presented Thursday to the city's Urban Design & Architecture Panel, it would contain an outpatient surgery center, HIV clinic and diabetes center, plus five floors of parking.
    Mark Wasserman, a senior vice president at UMMS, said the project reflects broader trends to treat more patients outside of hospitals and will allow the University of Maryland Medical Center - the system's academic flagship - to expand its presence at the midtown campus, the former Maryland General Hospital.


    *REMINDER* Medicare Part D Prescribers 
    As a reminder, all providers that prescribe medications for their patients covered by Medicare Part D must be enrolled in the Medicare program by June 1, 2016.  
    For those who were unable to participate in the first webinar in the free five-part 2016 Corporate Compliance webinar series, The Current State of the HRSA Review Process, you can view the webinar recording.  Click here to view.

    Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law 
    The Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana abortion regulation Friday, temporarily stopping the state from requiring doctors to hold admitting privileges at local hospitals while litigation over the issue continues. ... The high court said it was granting the Louisiana stay "consistent with the court's action" in the Texas litigation. The Supreme Court last summer prevented parts of the Texas law from going into effect while that case continued, so Friday's move may have been made to maintain the status quo until the court announces the Texas ruling. Both laws were blocked by federal judges who found they were a "substantial obstacle" for women seeking abortions. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which oversees Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, overrode those decisions, prompting abortion providers to appeal to the Supreme Court. 

    State News
    DELAWARE
    The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging everyone who has not yet been vaccinated against the flu to do so as soon as possible. DPH is currently reporting 92 new lab-confirmed flu cases for the week ending Feb. 27, which is more than double the number of cases from the week before. The numbers, which officials say could grow even higher by week's end, don't include the cases identified at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution (HRYCI).
    At the beginning of February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported seeing influenza activity increasing across the country, and had received reports of severe respiratory illness among young- to middle-aged adults with the Influenza A H1N1pdm09 virus. Most of these patients were reportedly unvaccinated, according to the CDC. In the past, the H1N1pdm09 virus infection has caused severe illness in some children and young- and middle-aged adults.
    MARYLAND
     Most Maryland workers have paid time off from their employers to take care of a sick child, an ailing parent or when they become sick themselves-but some workers go without those benefits.
    Gigi Barnett explains state lawmakers are now considering a bill that would give them sick time off.
    "I would do anything I had to to take care of my family," Megan Sennett said.
    Even go to work sick. That's what Megan Sennett did about a year and a half ago to keep her three part-time jobs. She ignored signs of illness because none of her positions offered paid sick leave.

    In pop culture, most representations of transgender people focus on younger generations-the one exception that comes to mind is Amazon's "Transparent," which stars a cis male (Jeffrey Tambor) as a trans woman beginning her transition at age 70. And then of course there's the real-life pop cultural fascination with Caitlyn Jenner, now in her sixties; but as a white, mega-rich conservative, she represents a very, very small fraction of the world's transgender and gender non-conforming population and yet she's the only trans person a lot of Americans seem to be aware of. Point being, folks whose stories began several decades ago have kind of gone under the radar or have not been adequately represented in the past few years of remarkable trans visibility. To address this discrepancy, a new multimedia art exhibition hosted by Chase Brexton and the Maryland Institute College of Art focuses on transgender and gender-variant individuals over the age of 50 through photography and interviews. Check out the show opening night for a discussion with the "To Survive on this Shore" project's co-creator, Jess T. Dugan. Opening reception 5 p.m., on view through June 24, Chase Brexton Health Care, 1111 N. Charles St., (410) 837-2050, tosurviveonthisshore.com, free
    Finance & Business
    Price transparency in the healthcare industry is becoming more and more pertinent and sought after. Research has shown that there is still insufficient price transparency within the medical field including hospital services. However, a new report from the Health Care Cost Institute called Spending on Shoppable Services in Health Care reveals that offering greater price transparency so that consumers can shop for high value non-urgent medical services or products does have a "modest effect" on cutting medical spending.
    While 43 percent of healthcare spending does implicate consumer shopping based on price, only around 7 percent of total medical spending is paid out-of-pocket by consumers, according to a press release from the Health Care Cost Institute.
    The
    Latest News on ACA
    OUR WORK CONTINUES

    The Obama administration, responding to consumer complaints, says it will begin rating health insurance plans based on how many doctors and hospitals they include in their networks. At the same time, the maximum out-of-pocket costs for consumers under the Affordable Care Act will increase next year to $7,150 for an individual and $14,300 for a family, the administration said. Consumer advocates said those costs could be a significant burden for middle-income people who need a substantial amount of care. 

    Tax Season Readiness 101 Webinar 
    Wednesday March 9, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET 
    CMS is hosting this webinar for agents and brokers to highlight information on how to assist consumers during the 2015 tax season, and explain why consumers must reconcile advance payments of the premium tax credit. View more resources for agents and brokers in the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

    IRS and Marketplace scams are more prevalent during tax season.  Consumers report receiving automated calls stating the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace of their State) is going to financially penalize them.  Some received threats of large fines or pending jail time if they did not comply.  Inform your consumers of this and protect your patients!  Additionally, remind them not to give callers any personal information and to contact the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint.

    New Special Enrollment Confirmation Process 
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced another step that will "help enhance program integrity and contribute to a stable rate environment and affordability for consumers: a Special Enrollment Confirmation Process in the 38 states using the HealthCare.gov platform."  For consumers who qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) due to change in health coverage status or other "qualifying life changing" events, documentation to verify eligibility to use an SEP is now required. 
    MACHC Conference Call Updates
    Join MACHC's next Outreach & Enrollment Call ON FRIDAY, April 1, 2016
    What would you like to included as part of Maryland & Delaware's Outreach & Enrollment assistance from MACHC? Please send Aneeqa Chowdhury an email at aneeqa@machc.com.

    Post MACHC OE3 March 4, 2016 Call
    Here are the resources from Enroll America discussed during the call:

    Co-branding Instructions:
    Place an image or object in a pdf:
    1. Choose Tools --> Contents --> Edit Object Tool
    2. Right--click the page and choose Place Image
    3. Choose one of the following file formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG2000, PCX, PNG, or TIFF
    4. Select an image file, and click Open
    5. A copy of the image file appears on the page with the same resolution as the original file

    Maryland--Call Center Note:
    Direct Line for Navigators and CAC to MHBE Call Center--Regarding the Call Center # 844-224-6762 It should be noted that: If you need customer assistance from the call center, CAC's should call this number.
    Grants & Funding Opportunities

    Application Deadline:  March 31, 2016
    The Accountable Health Communities model, as authorized under section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), provides funding opportunities to community-based organizations, healthcare provider practices, hospitals and health systems, institutions of higher education, local government entities, tribal organizations and for-profit and non-profit local and national entities for the purpose of testing whether systematically identifying the health-related social needs of community-dwelling Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and addressing their identified needs impacts their total healthcare costs and their inpatient and outpatient utilization of health care services.

    Ongoing Accepted Applications

    Application Deadline: None 
    Eligible state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, including health centers, can obtain property that the federal government no longer needs through the Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program.

    Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Funding for hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education to those who are underserved. 

    Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
    Provides seed funding to emerging nonprofits, or to new projects of established organizations in the areas of education; environment; health and human services; and hunger and nutrition. Pennsylvania is one of 13 eligible states.

    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 underserved, 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 underserved populations will also be considered. The program will also support Missions of Mercy clinics.


    Rural Health Funding Opportunities

    Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement - applications due March 14, 2016.  FORHP is funding up to seven Rural Health Research Centers to conduct policy-oriented health services research on rural issues and synthesize the issues into publically available policy briefs designed to be easily understood by a non-technical audience.  Applicants can take part in a technical assistance webinar on Wednesday January 27th from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST. 

    Building Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Capacity - applications due March 22, 2016. Community-based, faith-based and tribal organizations are among those eligible to apply for funding intended to build national capacity for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients and engage People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) to increase their access to health care.  Funded organizations will work with HRSA, CMS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assess and disseminate best practices culturally appropriate methods for improving health outcomes of PLWH.  Interested applicants should attend a technical assistance webinar on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET; go to https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/coag/ and enter as Guest. To join the audio, dial 888-603-9810  with participant passcode 1165029.  



    Community Response Fund
    The Community Response Fund supports organizations, activities, and events that address access to needed oral healthcare 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 underserved, 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 underserved populations will also be considered. The program will also support Missions of Mercy clinics.
    DEADLINE: ongoing basis
    ELIGABILITY: The DentaQuest Foundation makes grants to a variety of organizations that are engaged improving oral health. Grants are not made to individuals.
    CONTACT: Matthew Bond, Grants and Programs Manager: Matthew.Bond@DentaQuestFoundation.org 

    340B Peer-to-Peer Program
    The purpose of the 340B Peer-to-Peer Network is to connect 340B entities and stakeholders with high performing sites, called leading practice sites that have exemplary 340B pharmacy service offerings. These sites serve as guides for covered entities that are interested in improving patient care. This approach provides the opportunity for practice sites to reach their peers and strengthen the 340B program from inventory management to quality care initiatives.
    Sites that receive the status of a 340B Peer-to-Peer recognized site will be asked to dedicate two members of their team to share their expertise and leading practices - for a limited amount of time per month - with other safety-net organizations to help these organizations achieve results and establish sound business practices.
    FUNDING AVALIABLE: Peer-to-Peer annual stipends of $10,000/year
    ELIGABILITY: Applications must be submitted by a 340B entity listed on the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) 340B database as a participating 340B entity.
    Healthcare Connect Fund
    The Healthcare Connect Fund provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications and internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity.
     
    FUNDING AVAILABLE: Participants will receive a flat rate discount of 65%. There is an annual spending cap of $400,000,000.
    ELIGIBLITY: Rural public or nonprofit healthcare providers (HCPs) are eligible. Consortia may be comprised of both rural and non-rural HCPs. All consortia must consist of more than 50% rural participation within three years of receipt of the first funding commitment obtained through the HCF Program. Connections to, and equipment located at, eligible off-site data centers and administrative offices are eligible for support.
    CONTACT: rhc-assist@usac.org

    USAC Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
    Health care providers are permitted to apply to receive reduced rates for a variety of telecommunications services under the Rural Health Care Program. Health care providers may seek support for multiple telecommunications services of any bandwidth and for monthly Internet service charges.
     
    FUNDING AVALIABLE: The level of support depends on the HCP's location and the type of service chosen. Health Care Providers are permitted to apply to receive reduced rates for a variety of telecommunication services under the RHCD program. HCPs may seek support for multiple telecommunications services of any bandwidth.

    As a result of recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) action, health care participants may be eligible to receive a 25% discount on their monthly Internet service charges. These services are limited to the monthly Internet net access charge, monthly charges for web hosting and web addresses.
    ELIGIBILITY: Community health centers or health centers providing health care to migrants
    CONTACT: rhc-admin@universalservice.org

    Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs
    Wells Fargo supports nonprofit organizations that work on a community level in the areas of human services, arts and culture, community development, civic responsibility, education, environmental consciousness, and volunteerism.
    CONTACT: Ashley Williams -- Community Support Rep -- Wells Fargo
    ashley.l.williams@wellsfargo.com   

     
    Maryland Small Grants Program
    The Maryland Small Grants Program awards funding to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to poor and vulnerable populations.
    FUNDING AVALIABLE: Award Ceiling: $50,000
    CONTACT: Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs
    410-654-8500, ext. 268
    Email: akleine@hjweinberg.org


    Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches in Health
    Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches in Health will support innovative population health programs and policies that work to improve health at the community level, including the use of new financial models to achieve cost effective solutions.
    CONTACT: Phone: 248.643.9630
     

    Commonwealth Fund Health Grants
    The Commonwealth Fund promotes a high performing healthcare system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including people with low-incomes, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
    The Fund supports independent research on healthcare issues and makes grants to improve healthcare practice and policy. The Commonwealth Fund actively seeks to support projects on innovative approaches to addressing problems within its areas of focus.
    CONTACT: Email: grants@cmwf.org
    Phone: 212.606.3800

    USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program
    The USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program provides loans, grants, and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to healthcare, education, and public safety projects. Funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve facilities.
    AVALIABLE FUNDING: Amount varies. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants.
    CONTACT: Bill McGowan, State Director
    1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200
    Dover, DE  19904
    Voice: (302) 857-3580 www.rd.usda.gov/de
    www.rd.usda.gov/md
    PCMH Corner 
    Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Technical Assistance Training 
    Monday, March 7, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., ET. The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) is hosting a live forum to address questions related to PCMH 2014 standards, the application and survey process. 
    Register by sending an email to pcmh-grip@ncqa.org. Registration closes on Sunday, March 6, 2016. 
    Clinical Quality 
    Having Sex? Let's Talk About PreP: New Campaign to Promote HIV Prevention for Black Women
    Black women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. That's why the Black Women's Health Imperative launched Let's Talk About PrEP, a campaign to educate Black women about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) as a new way to take charge of their sexual health and protect themselves from HIV infection. Women tell us their primary sources for health-related information are nurses and doctors.  They trust you and the information you share with them.  So, please join the Imperative and talk to women about PrEP.  Here are a few resources to arm you with the information necessary: 
    We can turn things around, but we cannot do it alone. Join the Imperative in spreading the word! Let's Talk About PrEP!
    To learn more visit letstalkaboutprep.com. For more information about the Black Women's Health Imperative, visit bwhi.org.
    Health Observances This Week


     
    Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
    The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.
    How can Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?
    We can use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved and spread the word.
    Here are just a few ideas:
    • Encourage families to get active together - exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
    • Talk to people in your community about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
    • Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients age 50 and older about the importance of getting screened.
    How can I help spread the word?
    We've made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
    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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