Announcements & Shared Resources

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As of April 29, 2021

JOB POSTING: CHW at Vibrant Health

CHW’s to support expansion of testing in Wyandotte County

Click here for the position description.

JOB POSTING

CHW Job Posting at Community Health Council of Wyandotte County: Click here for more information.

Candidates can send their resume to, Donna Young  at: dyoung@wycohealth.com

WEBINAR: Emerging Lessons from COVID Response: Action Towards Equity National Network of Public Health Institutes

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 1-5pm ET

SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Investing in Community Health Workers as Members and Leaders within the Public Health Workforce

Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline workers who are deeply embedded within the communities they serve, offering health care and social services supports in at-home or community-based settings across the country. When the pandemic struck, CHWs in various states were utilized in vastly different ways – from supporting response and recovery efforts to losing their jobs as funds shifted to address COVID-19. Through interviews with CHWs, their employers, and associations, and a review of the literature, a workgroup of NNPHI member public health institutes developed a report intended to spur shifts in policy, practice, and research to invest in CHWs as valued members and leaders of the public health workforce. This session will explore the ways in which COVID-19 changed the role of the CHW and will discuss a series of recommendations for a path forward.

Speakers: 

Stephanie Moir, Community Initiatives and Training Coordinator, Hawai’i Public Health Institute

Click here to register.

Blog Post: Outreach to Racial and Ethnic Minorities to Promote COVID-19 Vaccination

WEBINAR: Learn How to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) will host a Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence webinar on Thursday, May 13 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET.

Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of CMS OMH, will share information and resources to help you address vaccine hesitancy in your community. Dr. McIver will be joined by Dr. Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at FDA, who will give an overview of vaccines and their safety. This webinar will equip you to speak persuasively about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas related to vaccine confidence.

Webinar Details

Title: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Dates and Time: Thursday, May 13, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET.

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6555661473692736014

New Publication: The Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines - Tackling Issues of Access and Hesitancy

Immunization against disease is among the most successful global health efforts of the modern era, and substantial gains in vaccination coverage rates have been achieved worldwide. However, that progress has stagnated in recent years, leaving an estimated 20 million children worldwide either undervaccinated or completely unvaccinated. The determinants of vaccination uptake are complex, mutable, and context specific. A primary driver is vaccine hesitancy—defined as a “delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite availability of vaccination services”. The majority of vaccine-hesitant people fall somewhere on a spectrum from vaccine acceptance to vaccine denial. Vaccine uptake is also hampered by socioeconomic or structural barriers to access. 

On August 17–20, 2020, the Forum on Microbial Threats at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a 4-day virtual workshop titled The Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines: Tackling Issues of Access and Hesitancy. The workshop focused on two main areas (vaccine access and vaccine confidence) and gave particular consideration to health systems, research opportunities, communication strategies, and policies that could be considered to address access, perception, attitudes, and behaviors toward vaccination. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussion of the workshop.

Click here to read the publication.

Wichita Area YMCA LiveStrong Program

YMCA’s Livestrong program is now enrolling new sessions each month, across the Wichita, Andover, El Dorado and Newton YMCA locations.  I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide in sharing information about the Livestrong program to cancer survivors within your networks. 

 

We understand that everything looks a little different this year (support groups, events, offices cleared of print materials), and that has in some ways cut down on the opportunities for survivors to hear about this resource for their cancer recovery journey.  I would be happy to provide physical brochures if that would be helpful within your networks or clinics; our website continues to be updated regularly as we have the upcoming sessions enrolling, www.ymcawichita.org/livestrong.

If you would like to learn or understand more about the program and how it works, I would be more than happy to set up a call with you personally.

 

Even as more folks complete their Covid vaccine doses, I want to assure you that the YMCA continues to take precautions to create a safe, healthy environment for all, with some extra measures taken within this program:

  • Enforcing a strict limit of 8 participants per session/class
  • Full duration of program (90 minutes) is held in a studio space to reduce contact/exposure on the larger fitness floor to other members
  • Instructors will wear mask during the entire session   (Wearing of a mask when moving throughout the YMCA and/or during exercise will be up to the discretion of the participant.)
  • All equipment being used will be cleaned prior to use and after use.  Any sharing of equipment will result in cleaning between participants.
  • Social distancing between participant will be maintained at all times

At this time, we are enrolling survivors into classes at the Steve Clark YMCA on WSU campus and Andover YMCA.  Thank you again.

WEBINAR: Diabetes Care Assessment, Planning, and Management during COVID-19

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Time 12pm-1:30pm ET

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on dually eligible individuals with diabetes, particularly those from communities of color
  • Identify approaches to providing both clinical management and self-management education and support while adhering to physical distancing protocols
  • Recognize barriers to telehealth for some members and identify ways to successfully overcome them
  • Name strategies for effectively connecting members to resources and supports, including food, medications, and supplies, during COVID-19

Article: Community Health Workers, Often Overlooked, Bring Trust to the Pandemic Fight

Resource: Free Online Therapy

It’s critical that mental health services are accessible to all who need help, regardless of income or healthcare coverage, and that people feel sufficiently supported during these challenging times and beyond. Our new resource outlines the best free and low-cost online therapy chat services available. 

You can review it here: https://www.onlinetherapy.com/free-online-therapy-chat/

WEBINAR from Public Health Institute: Hesitancy, Equity, and Transparency: Rolling out the COVID-19 Vaccine

In this Web Forum on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 1pm-2pm CST, speakers will address: 

  • Issues related to building trust and trustworthiness between communities and those bringing vaccinations to the communities;
  • Successful strategies for reaching vaccine-hesitant communities;
  • How data can be used to ensure an equitable vaccine response;
  • How vaccine distribution strategies have evolved as supply increases; and
  • What we have learned about how to build stronger and lasting relationships between communities and public health in preparation for the next pandemic or natural disaster.

Click here to RSVP Today.

Kansas Health Institute's Medicaid Expansion & Main Street Project Effects of Expanding KanCan on Kansas Employers

AARP Kansas will host a “Coffee Chat” on social isolation on Thursday, April 29, from 10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. CDT on Facebook Live. During the chat, they will review findings from the January 2020 KHI report, Disrupting Disparities in Kansas: A Review of Social Isolation Among Older Adults, then they will discuss their subsequent research with focus groups as well as how social isolation and health care disparities have played out before and during the pandemic. Select this link to watch live.

WEBINAR: AARP Kansas "Coffee Chat on Social Isolation

Join us on May 13 from 1:00-2:00pm ET / 10:00-11:00am PT for a free webinar focused on COVID-19 travel safety communications. With school vacations and family travel season approaching, it’s imperative to use consistent, timely, and fact-based messaging to ensure COVID safe behaviors while people enjoy the summer months. Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner for Columbus, Ohio, will share insights and answer your questions.

COVID-19 Misinformation Alerts

Our misinformation tracking and response tool provides insights about misinformation that is circulating. This week, a trending article shared on social media reviews anecdotal claims that getting vaccinated has made some women’s menstrual cycle worse despite a lack of medical evidence.

WEBINAR: Public Health Communications Collaborative Webinar: COVID-19 Travel Safety Communications

“The potential effects of Medicaid expansion on businesses in Kansas is relatively under-addressed question. Whiles other studies have looked at the macroeconomic effects of expansion – for example on tax revenues and state economies – no study has examined potential effects on industries and businesses in Kansas as  employers. This report estimates that employees switching to Medicaid from employer-sponsored insurance would save private-sector employers in Kansas between $39.6 million and $80.6 million per year. Employers could experience non-financial effects of Medicaid expansion as well, including a healthier workforce. This report was prepared by the Kansas Health Institute for the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas. Read More.”

Kansas Assistance Network, LLC

Kansas Assistance Network, LLC provide assistance and education to Kansas with Health Insurance Marketplace, KanCare, and Medicaid Applications. Find out more here https://www.facebook.com/kanllc

U.S. DHHS Marked Black Maternal Health Week by Announcing Measures to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH) wants your help to learn about your experience as a new mom. They want to learn how to make it easier for new moms to get help if they feel pressure with a new baby and other life issues. They are looking for new moms to take a survey about their experiences. If you are a woman who has had a baby within the last year and you are willing to answer questions about your experience as a new mom, you will be helping other moms in the future. The survey will take about 20 minutes. If you are willing to help, please click on the link https://forms.gle/dgiRYiGdHt2FX4mp8  – or paste it into your Web browser – that will take you to our sign-up form.

 

Once a mother completes the form, a link to the survey will be sent to their email address in a few days. The survey can be completed online or over the phone.

 

OWH has partnered with LTG Associates and NORC to conduct the survey. If you have questions about the survey, please reach out to the New Mom’s Health & Wellness Survey Team at momshealth@norc.org.

 

Thank you for helping to promote this survey to mothers!

From the Kansas Health Institute:

2021 County Health Rankings County Profiles: The annual County Health Rankings were released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Kansas Health Institute has produced individual county profiles that include a five-year comparison of County Health Rankings data and the “drivers,” or measures with the greatest impact, on the rankings in each county. READ MORE.

National Policy Platform

“It is with great excitement that we share with you all the NACHW National Policy Platform. This document is an important tool to promote national professional identity, leadership, and capacity of CHWs and our Associations. This document was created over the past year of town hall calls with over 30 CHW Associations, 3 national CHW polls, numerous partner meetings, member imput on the Biden administration’s nation plan to Build Back Better and in consultation with many of you. READ MORE AND ACCESS THE DOCUMENT HERE.

WEBINAR SERIES

The American Public Health Association has released an update to the Advancing Racial Equity Discussion Guide. There are now questions, activities, and resources for all six webinars in the series:

  1. Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition
  2. A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice, and Policies
  3. Reborn Nort Reformed: Re-Imagining Policing for the Public’s Health
  4. Racial Healing for Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Future
  5. Housing is a Human Right
  6. Mobilizing Public Health to Achieve Environmental Justice

Click here for more information: http://apha.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0zMjY2NDI5JnA9MSZ1PTQwODAxNDY2OCZsaT0yODY3Njk5MQ/index.htmlwebinar series

As of March 31, 2021

 Eligible health center patients may apply for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program when it opens in late April. This notice provides background information, ideas on how you can prepare to help, and resources.

Background

The EBB program lowers the cost of high-speed internet service to ensure people have the connectivity they need during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. By the end of April, $3.2 billion in funding will be available to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet. The EBB program is similar to the Lifeline program with expanded eligibility, vendors, and subsidies. This benefit is available directly to eligible consumers on a first come, first served basis. For more information, see the recorded technical assistance webinars and other materials from the FCC-supported technical assistance provider Universal Service Administrative Company.

How You Can Help

    • Share information about the EBB program with patients.
    • Provide access to the internet at your health center and basic technical support so that patients can complete the application.

 

We encourage you to develop your plan now to support patients to apply promptly after the application period is announced; funds are expected to go quickly. Health Center Program strategic partners (Health Center Controlled Networks, National Training and Technical Assistance Partners, and Primary Care Associations) can support health centers in their efforts.

Resources

The FCC is creating a community of outreach partners to whom they will send important resources and information to be shared with consumers (i.e., health center patients). If you are interested, fill out and submit the “Become an Outreach Partner” form on the FCC’s EBB webpage. When possible, we will include resource materials in our weekly Primary Health Care Digest. We appreciate your help in ensuring your patient populations are aware of this valuable opportunity.

Direct your questions about the EBB program and how you can support health center patients with enrollment to your regional Telehealth Resource Center.

The Kansas Nutrition Council assists in providing structure and leadership for linking Kansas professionals in nutrition and related fields.
 

About this Event

The agenda is still being finalized but our speakers and topics include: 

  • Brenda Bandy, IBCLC – Importance & Impact of Breastfeeding
  • Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN – Child Nutrition & Feeding
  • Quin Lund, RD – Nutrition Support to Patients with COVID-19
  • Katie Martin, PhD – Food Insecurity During COVID
  • Claudia Martin-Ayoade, MBA, MS, RD – Spice Up Your Life! Discover the healing powers of the spices in your kitchen.
  • Sandy Procter, PhD, RD, LD – 2020 Dietary Guidelines
    • Ann M. Renteria-Mexia, PhD – Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress on Youth with Type II Pre-diabetes

 *Registration cost includes one-year membership with KNC.

Date And Time

Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 8:30 AM –

Fri, May 7, 2021, 6:00 PM CDT

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April 5-11, 2021 is National Public Health Week!

During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

This year, NACHW will be participating, and we would like your help showcasing the importance of Community Health Workers in public health. We ask that during this week, you create and share short videos through your social media. If you are able to participate, follow the instructions below.

  1. Record a short video (no longer than 90 seconds) about the value of CHWs in public health and/or how you as a CHW contribute to public health
  2. Hold the camera horizontally (on its side)
  3. Upload the video and a caption to your social media profile. This can be on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  4. When uploading to your social media, make sure to tag NACHW. We will receive a notification and can then share your video
    • Twitter: @chwnational
    • Facebook: @chwnational
    • Instagram: @chwnational

Thank you!

Aurora GrantWingate

National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW)

Member & Partner Engagement Coordinator

NACHW NCRN Coordinator

https://nachw.org/

https://www.facebook.com/CHWNational/

Upcoming Webinar! Strategies for Health Plans to Support Access to COIVD-19 Vaccines for Vulnerable Populations

Date: Thursday, April 1, 12:30-2:00pm ET

Click here to register: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3082160/8B73B3510418FFE6269712C5B367C731

Description: 

Individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 infection, and are hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate three times higher than Medicare-only beneficiaries.[1] As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available to beneficiaries, it’s critical that high risk individuals are provided equitable access to the vaccine.

Health plans play a key role in promoting equitable access to and educating members on the importance of COVID-19 vaccines. This webinar will share strategies for how health plans can leverage benefits (e.g., transportation services), care coordination resources, and community-based partnerships to support members’ access to vaccinations; use data to identify and target outreach to the most vulnerable members; and utilize effective and culturally competent communication and outreach strategies to address vaccine hesitancy. By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Identify strategies to promote equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, including effective collaborations with community partners
  • Describe how to use data to identify high-risk members and target outreach to encourage uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Identify key considerations for effective communication and outreach strategies to increase vaccine confidence

Featured Speakers:

  • Marvin Figueroa, Director,Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Shelly Winston, Division of Part D Policy, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Beejadi Mukunda, MD, Medical Director, MyCare Ohio, CareSource
  • Jennifer Anadiotis, Director, Integrated Care Post-Acute Strategy, CareSource
  • Alex Li, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan
  • Misty de Lamare, Director of Communications, L.A. Care Health Plan

Intended Audience:

This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders including administrators, clinical leadership, care coordinators, and case managers at health plans (including Medicare-Medicaid Plans, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, and managed long-term services and supports plans), as well as providers and other health care and community-based organizations who are interested in strategies related to the communication and delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

 

National Public Health Week is April 5-11

In 2021, National Public Health Week (NPHW), an initiative of the American Public Health Association, celebrates “Building Bridges to Better Health,” with daily themes:

  • Monday: Rebuilding
  • Tuesday: Advancing Racial Equity
  • Wednesday: Strengthening Community
  • Thursday: Galvanizing Climate Justice
  • Friday: Constructing COVID-19 Resilience
  • Saturday: Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness
  • Sunday: Elevating the Essential and Health Workforce

Learn how to get involved in NPHW. 

Kansas Health Institute in the News

COVID-19 has proven time and again that it isn’t an equal opportunity virus. Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H., senior fellow at KHI, offered an Op-Ed in the Topeka Capital-Journal, about COVID-19 disparities. “We have a unique opportunity to stop COVID-19 from creating even more health disparities in a country where we already have too many. Let’s make sure we don’t waste it.” Read More

Administration for Community Living's COVID-19 Resources: Updates & a new look

The new acl.gov/COVID-19: You may have noticed that our COVID-19 page has a new look. On the relaunched site we’ve reorganized our resources to create a few new pages:

The new acl.gov/COVID-19: You may have noticed that our COVID-19 page has a new look. On the relaunched site we’ve reorganized our resources to create a few new pages:

Speaking of webinars … mark your calendars!

The latest on vaccines: Earlier today, Pres. Biden announced an exciting partnership between ACL and CDC to provide nearly $100 million to the disability and aging networks. The funding will be used to help increase vaccine access for older adults and people with disabilities.

Here are a few more vaccination resources from our partners and grantees:

Updated guidance for CILs: ACL has released updated FAQs about Centers for Independent Living and COVID-19 Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) Funding.

The latest from the ADA National Network: The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network’s COVID-19 page has over 250 resources designed to help people with disabilities protect their rights during the pandemic

New report on the pandemic and people with disabilities: the Association of University Centers on Disability recently released a new report, The COVID-19 Pandemic and People with Disabilities: Primary Concerns, the AUCD Network Response, and Needs for the Future. The report highlights examples of the great work being done by University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

A back to school resource: The Washington University School of Medicine has developed a new website, Safe Return to School For All which summarizes best practices for returning safely to school based on information from the Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center working with staff at the Special School District of St. Louis County, Missouri.

Community Health Workers & Pharmacists: Their Frontline Role in the Response to COVID-19

DATE & TIME
Thursday, April 8, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Speakers

Denise Octavia Smith
National Association of Community Health Workers

Chris Reiten
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Rick Gates
Walgreen Co.

Pharmacists and Community Health Workers (CHWs) are embedded in the community and part of the nation’s critical frontline workforce in the ongoing public health response to COVID-19. Policymakers and health care leaders are calling for the rapid scale up and integration of CHWs to strengthen COVID-19 prevention plans and address longstanding inequities. Pharmacists are needed because they play a unique role at the local level to address vaccine hesitancy, ensure equitable distribution and access. These trusted messengers are central to reaching vulnerable communities and addressing determinants of poor health, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

This webinar will outline opportunities and strategies to support these workers and strengthen their ability to improve public health and promote health equity. Speakers will discuss:  

    • The role of CHWs in the COVID-19 response and key strategies to build and support the workforce
    • A health plan’s partnership to strengthen the CHW infrastructure in communities and address health disparities
    • Pharmacies’ critical role in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine and their evolving role in public health and community engagement

Click here to register: Register Today

 

CDC-CHEO Listening Session Announcement

The CDC Chief Health Equity Officer (CHEO) Unit is hosting CHW listening sessions and is looking for CHWs who work with minority and rural populations. Results from these sessions will be shared with the CDC COVID-19 pandemic task forces and teams to inform the development of diverse external messaging and communication strategies for CHWs to use when engaging and educating the communities they work with.
CHWs who are interested should contact Sima Razi at auk3@cdc.gov.
Please respond with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Organization where you work
  • Population(s) you serve

We would like to conduct these listening sessions by April 9, 2021. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon!

New Grant Opportunity: National Resource Center on Nutrition & Aging

ACL has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to establish a cooperative agreement to operate a National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA). The NRCNA will provide training, technical assistance, and support to ACL discretionary grantee recipients and Senior Nutrition Program Title III-C network organizations in every state, territory, and the District of Columbia.

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging – Cooperative Agreement                           (HHS-2021-ACL-AOA-PPNU-0090)

 

Applications are due on May 24, 2021.

 

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging supports the aging network, ACL Innovation in Nutrition grantees, and other Older Americans Act stakeholder organizations to leverage and strengthen Senior Nutrition Program Title III-C efforts across the nation, and works collaboratively with the Senior Nutrition Program network to promote the development of impactful, cost-effective and person-centered services that align with the purposes of the Older Americans Act. In this capacity, the NRCNA prepares the aging network’s nutrition programs to be ready, relevant, and sustainable during normal operations and times of emergency.

Learn more about the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging Funding Opportunity Announcement at www.grants.gov.

2021 All for Pink Webinar Series: Tools for Assessing Breast & Cervical Health of Priority Populations

SERIES SCHEDULE

April 6, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Examining the Disproportionate Impact of Breast & Cervical Cancer and COVID on Communities of Color

Speaker: K. Allen Greiner, M.D., M.P.H.
April 13, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Early Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing Tools for Breast and Cervical Cancer Among Priority Populations

Speaker: Lauren Nye, M.D.

April 20, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Specific Approaches and Tools for Assessing Breast and Cervical Health of Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community

Facilitator: Lauren Nye, M.D.
Panel Members: Meredith Gray, M.D.; Tori Gleason, D.C., DACBSP; Molly A. Uhlenhake, D.O., FACP

April 27, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Meeting the Needs of Priority Populations: Success Stories from the Field

Facilitator: Judy Johnston, M.S., RD/LD
Panel Members: Racquel Stucky, D.O.; Veronica Kariuki, RN, B.S.N., M.P.H.; Kimberly Tilson, RN; Kayla Del Rio, APRN-C; Amanda Mogoi, APRN

Click here to learn more about each speaker.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This series is designed for health care and behavioral health providers and professionals including physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers, therapists and psychologists, as well as health care workers and organization leaders interested in understanding and addressing equity concerns of priority populations.

HOW TO REGISTER

There is no fee to participate. However, registration is required.

Registration deadline is Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Register online at www.eeds.com/live/572108

The webinar link will be e-mailed to preregistered participants 24 hours prior to each session. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, call our office at 620-235-4040.

For further assistance with registration, please contact the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center at (620) 235-4040.

Click here to learn more.

Event sponsors include:

 

WEBINAR: Diabetes Care Assessment, Planning, and Management during COVID-19

Resources for Integrated Care invites you to attend an upcoming webinar on . This webinar offers Continuing Education (CE) credit at no cost to participants.

Registration link: https://thelewingroup.cmail19.com/t/i-l-mhtkyhk-fiiatyyu-r/

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Event Description:

The physical distancing protocols associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have made it difficult for health plans and providers to connect with individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in order to identify needs, develop care plans, and provide ongoing care management. Consistent care management is particularly important for people with diabetes — 23 percent of dually eligible beneficiaries aged 21-64, and 25 percent of dually eligible beneficiaries 65 and over[1] —  as uncontrolled diabetes can lead to poor health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, or damage to the kidneys, eyes, and feet.[2]

Additionally, emerging research indicates that those with diabetes are at increased risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.[3] The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color, in part, because they are up to three times more likely to have diabetes than white adults.[4],[5],[6],[7],[8] These statistics only heighten the need for health plans and providers to strengthen strategies for successful diabetes assessment, planning, and management.

This webinar will feature speakers with expertise in diabetes care management who have adjusted approaches to diabetes care assessment, planning, and management since the onset of the pandemic. Speakers will address the use of telehealth in providing both clinical management and self-management education and support. They will also share concrete strategies for connecting people with diabetes to resources, including secure housing, food, medications, and diabetes management supplies. Finally, a person with diabetes will share their first-hand experience in managing their diabetes during the pandemic.

By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on dually eligible individuals with diabetes, particularly those from communities of color
  • Identify approaches to providing both clinical management and self-management education and support while adhering to physical distancing protocols
  • Recognize barriers to telehealth for some members and identify ways to successfully overcome them
  • Name strategies for effectively connecting members to resources and supports, including food, medications, and supplies, during COVID-19

Featured Speakers:

  • Vivian Cheng, PharmD, BCPS, Primary Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist; Talya Salant, MD, Interim Medical Director: Bowdoin Street Health Center
  • Nicole Kohler, MS, CDCES, Clinical Design Specialist – Diabetes; Katie Sheridan, MSW, LSW, Supervisor, Medicare Case Management; Gateway Health
  • Vivian Nnacho Ayuk, PharmD, CDCES, Chief Executive Officer; Sorogi
  • TBD, Consumer

Intended Audience:

This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders, including staff at Medicare-Medicaid plans, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, and managed long-term services and supports plans; providers, including physicians, nurses, and social workers; care managers, family caregivers, staff at social service agencies, and consumer organizations.

As of March 12, 2021




RESOURCE: Support Group Toolbox
Kansas Self-Management: VIRTUAL Group Leader Training
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Zero Meeting: March 17, 2021, at 1:00 pm

Training Dates: March 22 & 24, March 29 & 31, April 5 & 7, April 12 & 14, April 19 & 21, April 26 & 28

Each Session is 2.5 hours from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Click here to read more and register: https://kschw.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021.03.12_Virtual_CDSMP_LdrTrn_-Registration.pdf


National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

Learn how to personalize your plate!

CHW Health Specific Modules Registration

Registration for the Community Health Worker (CHW) Health Specific Modules are now open! These courses are available to those who have completed DOH’s CHW Core Competency Training. 

The Health Specific Modules will be conducted from March 10-20, 2021.

Below are the topics that will be offered:

  • Immunizations
  • Health Advocacy
  • Health Coaching
  • Navigating Health Insurance
  • Providing Social Support
  • Social Determinants of Health

Register now for the Health Specific Modules.

2021 Virtual Forum for Migrant and Community Health

The 2021 Virtual Forum for Migrant and Community Health will be hosted virtually March 22-26, 2021. The Forum for Migrant and Community Health provides education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development for community centered health professionals and their partners.

Registration is complimentary. Register by March 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.

El 2021 Virtual Forum for Migrant and Community Health se celebrará virtualmente del 22 al 26 de marzo del 2021.  El Virtual Forum for Migrant and Community Health ofrece educación y capacitación, intercambio de información y recursos, creación de coaliciones y desarrollo de programas y políticas para la salud centrada en la comunidad profesionales y sus socios.

La inscripción es gratuita. Registrarse antes del 5:00 PM EST el Marzo 26, 2021.

Project Firstline Seeking CHW Input

Help us learn more about what you need to reduce COVID-19 and other infectious diseases

To better fight COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Health is working with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to give an infectious disease survey to frontline healthcare workers. This survey is part of a project called Project Firstline.

Project Firstline is trying to prevent the spread of infections in Washington healthcare settings through interactive trainings and resources.

Help us in our efforts to improve continued training for community healthcare workers by taking this survey. Tell us your learning needs. Results will help us plan future trainings across the state of Washington.

Don’t miss this opportunity to provide your input!

Please complete the survey by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 26th. For questions, please contact mady.schuh@doh.wa.gov

Please share this survey with other healthcare workers at your facility or organization.

NACDD Launches New Prevention Website

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has launched a nationally syndicated public service announcement series and a companion, bilingual website, YourHealthBeyondCOVID.org, to help Americans manage chronic diseases safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

YourHealthBeyondCOVID.org is available in both English and Spanish and provides tips and information for those with illnesses whose health could worsen during the pandemic, whether through lack of treatment, lack of access to treatment, or by becoming ill from COVID-19. The website, developed by Nicely Built and NACDD, in collaboration with the Black Creative Group and the Hispanic Communications Network, has the latest news and information about chronic disease and COVID-19.

Northwest Rural Health Conference

The Northwest Rural Health Conference brings together rural healthcare professionals and subject matter experts from the field to collaborate, educate, and brainstorm innovative ways to bring quality care to our rural communities.

The virtual conference will take place from March 22-25, 2021.

Learn more at www.nwruralhealth.com.

Kansas Self-Management: VIRTUAL Group Leader Training
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Join NACHW and our partners on March 25th from 3:00-4:30 PM ET as we host a webinar about the CHW Core Competency (C3) Project. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to name and define the C3 core competencies, recognize the value of implementing C3 core competencies in CHW training programs, and be able to apply and layer the C3 core competencies into their COVID-19 response.
This webinar is for CHW networks and coalitions, health departments, community based organizations, employers of CHWs, and individual CHWs. 

Speakers:

  • Alex Fajardo, Executive Director, El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center
  • Kim Jay, Senior CHW Consultant & Trainer, Sinai Urban Health Institute
  • Paige Menking, Director of Community Health Programs, Project Echo
  • Floribella Redondo, Co-Founder, President and Executive Director of the Arizona Community Health Workers Association (AzCHOW)

 REGISTER HERE

FEATURED FREE WEBINAR: Eat at Moms–Maternal Diet and the Breastfed Infant

March 24, 2021, 12pm-1pm CDT

Dr. Anne Eglash’s webinar will address maternal diet, including Vitamin D, and its impact on the breastfed infant.

Join Here

New Online Breastfeeding Education Courses!

BREASTFEEDING 101: The Basics

April 15, 2021, 8:30am-12:00pm

Continuing Education available

Registration Fee $59

Details and Registration

BREASTFEEDING 201: Building on the Basics

April 15 & 16, 2021, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, both days

Continuing Education available

Registration fee: $110

Details and Registration

Resource: The Pleural Mesothelioma Center

Click here for more information: pleuralmesothelioma.com/cancer/prognosis/

Colorectal Cancer Training
from the Outreach Network of the University of Kansas Cancer Center

Short educational videos with pre/post surveys to gain insight into a participant’s knowledge on colorectal cancer and clinical trials. Please complete the survey before viewing and after viewing the video. This presentation is tailored to African American men and women yet the information pertains to all populations.

Please complete this pre-test survey before watching the attached video: https://bit.ly/CRCPreTest

Video: https://www.facebook.com/108246854225056/videos/682386092443781

After watching the video please complete this post-test survey after watching the video: https://bit.ly/CRCPostTest

Clinical trials surveys and video:

Please complete this pre-test survey before watching the video: https://bit.ly/CTPreTest

Video: https://www.facebook.com/108246854225056/videos/456772482365495

After watching the video please complete the post-test survey after watching the video: https://bit.ly/CTPostTest

2021 All for Pink Webinar Series: Tools for Assessing Breast & Cervical Health of Priority Populations

Significant data exist documenting the disproportionate impact of chronic disease, including breast and cervical cancers, on communities of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified these inequities. Additionally, the pandemic has reduced the number of people accessing preventive health services, including mammograms and PAP tests, especially in under-served and hard-to-reach priority populations. This webinar series offers specific strategies and tools for reaching and assessing the breast and cervical health of members of the African American, Hispanic/Latino, LGBTQIA+ and immigrant communities.

Register Today!

SERIES SCHEDULE

April 6, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Examining the Disproportionate Impact of Breast & Cervical Cancer and COVID on Communities of Color

Speaker: K. Allen Greiner, M.D., M.P.H.
April 13, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Early Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing Tools for Breast and Cervical Cancer Among Priority Populations

Speaker: Lauren Nye, M.D.

April 20, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Specific Approaches and Tools for Assessing Breast and Cervical Health of Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community

Facilitator: Lauren Nye, M.D.
Panel Members: Meredith Gray, M.D.; Tori Gleason, D.C., DACBSP; Molly A. Uhlenhake, D.O., FACP

April 27, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Meeting the Needs of Priority Populations: Success Stories from the Field

Facilitator: Judy Johnston, M.S., RD/LD
Panel Members: Racquel Stucky, D.O.; Veronica Kariuki, RN, B.S.N., M.P.H.; Kimberly Tilson, RN; Kayla Del Rio, APRN-C; Amanda Mogoi, APRN

Click here to learn more about each speaker.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This series is designed for health care and behavioral health providers and professionals including physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers, therapists and psychologists, as well as health care workers and organization leaders interested in understanding and addressing equity concerns of priority populations.

HOW TO REGISTER

There is no fee to participate. However, registration is required.

Registration deadline is Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Register online at www.eeds.com/live/572108

The webinar link will be e-mailed to preregistered participants 24 hours prior to each session. If you do not receive the email, check your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, call our office at 620-235-4040.

For further assistance with registration, please contact the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center at (620) 235-4040.

Click here to learn more.

Event sponsors include:

It is with great excitement that I share with you all the NACHW National Policy Platform. This document is an important tool to promote national professional identity, leadership and capacity of CHWs and our Associations.

 

This document was created over the past year of town hall calls with over 30 CHW Associations, 3 national polls, numerous partner meetings, member input on the Biden administration’s national plan to Build Back Better and in consultation with each of you. It centers the policies and best practices that are already nationally endorsed within our field and can be applied to COVID-19 response efforts as well as long term policy development.

Read the NACHW National Policy Platform 2021 by clicking here.

Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW

Executive Director

National Association of Community Health Workers

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader

Universal Health Care Foundation Leader in Action

Updates on NACHW current COVID-19 activities:

 

  1. NACHW is a strategic partner in the Morehouse School of Medicine’s National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) and NACHW has launched a webpage on our partnership. In addition, we have hired 10 CHWs to support this work, their bios and contact information can be found on the webpage.
  2. NACHW along with Health Leads, Partners in Health, and other partners has launched a Vaccine Equity Resource Repository, where you can find a variety COVID-19 materials.
  3. NACHW is constantly updating our COVID-19 Resource page.
  4. Last week, we sent out a COVID-19 Newsletter.

Ascension Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc. Certified Insurance Navigators are available to assist anyone who is needing assistance finding insurance coverage. We are a free of charge service funded by a federal grant. Now is a great opportunity since President Biden issued an open enrollment period from February 15 – May 15. Consumers may qualify for a premium tax credit to help pay monthly insurance premiums.

If anyone in the group knows of someone needing assistance we would be happy to help.

Insurance Navigation Services 316-268-5890

2020 Top 10 Most Viewed Reports

Experts at the Kansas Health Institute explore a wide range of health policy topics, which is why visitors to KHI.org are just as likely to find county-level health data as they are to learn how proposed health policy changes in Topeka and D.C. could affect Kansans.

To illustrate, we’ve ranked the most-read items in 2020 from the KHI website.

1. A Kansas Twist — Reopening Plans for Kansas Counties (May-December 2020)
2. Medicaid Expansion in Kansas: Estimated Enrollment and Costs (January 2020)
3. Health at the Capitol: Special Edition — Summary of HB 2016 (June 2020)
4. HI-C: Health Impact Checklist (February 2020)
5. A Kansas Twist: The Rapidly Changing National Marijuana Debate (February 2020)
6. 2020 Kansas Legislative Preview (January 2020)
7. Uninsured Rates Across Kansas Counties (September 2020)
8. 2020 County Health Rankings: County Profiles (March 2020)
9. ICYMI: Virtual Event — Prescriptions for Change (September 2020)
10. Insurance Coverage in the Medicaid Expansion Target Population (February 2020)

Don’t miss out on our in-depth analysis in 2021. Keep up-to-date by subscribing to our email alerts, checking out our online events and by following us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Look for our recently released 2021 Legislative Preview describing the major health policy issues we anticipate dominating discussion in the upcoming legislative session. And throughout the session check out our weekly summaries of health policy discussions in the Statehouse in our Health at the Capitol series. If you need a quick recap of what happened in the last legislative session, take a look at our 2020 Legislative Recap

As of March 1, 2021

FREE 3-part training on Trauma-Informed Care! Limited Spots Available!

See below regarding the training. Feel free to forward this announcement. Click here to register: https://wichitastate.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/preview/SV_3fmX0hkdw1X5a86?Q_CHL=preview&Q_SurveyVersionID=current

Training spots are limited and priority will be given to Community Health Workers!

Now Available in Spanish: Breastfeeding Workers COVID-19 Know-Your-Rights

Breastfeeding Workers COVID-19 Know Your Rights is now available in Spanish.  We have posted this on our resources in Spanish page as well as our Workplace page. Please share widely.

https://worklifelaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Sus-derechos-en-el-trabajo-durante-COVID-19-Amamantamiento-y-lactancia-.pdf

FREE Training: We All Have A Role in Preventing ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences–commonly known as ACEs affect children and families across all communities.

ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being. They can have long-term effects on adult health and wellness. Their consequences can affect families, communities, and even society. Thankfully, ACEs are preventable.

These trainings will help you understand, recognize, and prevent ACEs. Get the insights you need to create healthier, happier childhoods for kids today and bright futures for adults tomorrow.

Click here for more information. Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences | VetoViolence (cdc.gov)

Ascension Via Christi Certified Insurance Navigators are available to assist anyone who is needing assistance finding insurance coverage. We are a free of charge service funded by a federal grant. Now is a great opportunity since President Biden issued an open enrollment period from February 15 – May 15 . Consumers may qualify for a premium tax credit to help pay monthly insurance premiums.

If anyone in the group knows of someone needing assistance we would be happy to help. I have listed our contact information below.

Insurance Navigation Services 316-268-5890

Shannon Little-Haines, MBA
Clinical Program Coordinator
CORA
Ascension Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc.
817 N Emporia | Wichita, KS 67214

t: 316-268-5348 | f: 316-268-5854

 

The Office of Regional Operations – Region 7, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites you to a free Grants 101 Virtual Workshop.

Date:  Monday, March 8th – Tuesday, March 9th

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST (both days)

Location:  Zoom

Who Should Attend:  Community and Faith-based Organizations, Hospitals, Health Centers, Colleges and Universities, Public Health Departments, Tribes and Tribal Organizations or any Organization/Individual who wants to learn more about working with Federal Funders, as well as Foundations.

Topics at a Glance:

  • The Federal Grant Application Process
  • Federal Funding Opportunities Panel
    • Health Services and Resources Administration
    • Administration for Community Living
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Technical Resources Demonstration
    • HRSA Data Warehouse
    • Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
    • Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper
  • Engaging and Collaborating with Foundations
    • Missouri Foundation for Health

Please register here.

For more information, contact HRSAORORegion7@hrsa.gov.

From Kansas Action for Children: Medicaid expansion update, anti-vaccine bill heard

At the end of week seven – did we FINALLY get a Medicaid expansion bill? Yes, but not quite. The governor’s Medicaid expansion plan was introduced into committee but doesn’t have an assigned bill number, yet, as it hasn’t been introduced on the House floor. We continue to monitor its progress. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Fund released a short documentary on Medicaid Expansion and rural hospital closures in south-central Kansas.

SB 213 (an employer-related vaccine bill) had its hearing this week (partial videofull audio); KAC submitted opponent testimony. The conversation was concerning, as some senators seemed quite open to the concerns raised by proponents. However, it does not appear this bill will be worked any further in 2021; we’re keeping watch.

Finally, both chambers introduced and fast-tracked plans to revise the Kansas Emergency Management Act (HB 2416SB 273). The Senate version includes problematic language focused on public health emergencies, including taking away authority from local health officers to act quickly (in response to a measles outbreak, for example); the House version does not. With SB 273, there is also an effort to put into statute a definition of “acceptable scientific” evidence for public health emergency decision-making – a terrible idea. Stay tuned as we track these bills.

You can contact Health Policy Advisor Heather Braum at heather@kac.org.

 

As of February 18, 2021

 

Action Alert: Two Bills Would Limit Authority of Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Regulating Vaccinations.  Please take action now!

Legislation:

SB 212

Kansas bill SB 212 would weaken the ability of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) from regulating important rules in regards to vaccine regulations. Similar to Kansas Bill HB 2601 from the 2019-2020 session, this bill would limit the authority of the KDHE in determining important safety measures for students in public education. With the introduction of SB 212, vaccine regulation would be authorized by the state legislature, which meets four months out of the year and lacks necessary background and medical expertise to determine appropriate action. Along with this language, Kansas Bill SB 212 would limit KDHE’s authority in regulating vaccination during statewide public health emergencies (i.e. COVID-19). As of February 11, this bill has been referred to the Committee on Public Health.

Action Needed Now:  Please reach out to members of the Senate Health Committee now with the following message:

  • SB 212 removes decision-making authority from vaccination experts and places it with the political body.  Being able to react to disease based on science and timeliness is essential to preventing the spread of disease.  Vaccination is science not politics.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic only reinforces the importance of public health in retaining its authority to regulate vaccines in a way that serves all Kansans based upon best practices rooted in science and facts.
  • Please vote “no” on SB 212 and maintain the vaccination structure that works for Kansas.

Senate Committee on Public Health

Chair: Sen. Richard Hilderbrand

Vice Chair: Sen. Beverly Gossage

Ranking Minority Member: Sen. Pat Pettey

Sen. Molly Baumgardner

Sen. Renee Erickson

Sen. Cindy Holscher

Sen. Kristen O’Shea

Sen. Mark Steffen (Bill Sponsor)

Sen. Mike Thompson  

 

SB 213

Kansas bill SB 213 would prohibit an employer from taking action against employees who choose not to vaccinate. This bill would limit the types of mandates that companies in Kansas could place on employees who don’t choose to vaccinate. This bill is particularly problematic for hospitals and local health departments as vaccination is a contingency of employment to protect patients from vaccine preventable diseases. As of February 11, this bill has been referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Action Needed Now:  Please contact Senators on the Senate Commerce Committee with the following message:

  • SB 213 infringes on the rights of employers to protect the health of their employees by requiring vaccination, potentially putting all workers at risk.
  • SB 213 ignores and dilutes vaccination standards that have eradicated outbreaks for generations of workers.
  • SB 213 ignores the necessity of certain employers, such as hospitals and public health departments that must require vaccination as a contingency of employment to protect patients.
  • Please vote “no” on SB 213 and protect the rights of workers to avoid preventable disease in the workplace, along with the customers they serve.

Senate Committee on Commerce

 

Chair: Sen. Robert Olson

Vice Chair: Sen. Mark Steffen (Bill Sponsor)

Ranking Minority Member: Sen. Tom Holland

Sen. John Doll

Sen. Cindy Holscher

Sen. Kristen O’Shea

Sen. Virgil Peck

Sen. Alicia Straub

Sen. Caryn Tyson

 

Next Steps:

Activity:

Hearings are imminent. Nurture KC (MAIC)  will keep you updated with an additional action alert when hearings are scheduled. It is important that Nurture KC, including members of the Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC) and our valued partners, provide testimony informing the committee of the importance of retaining the current process on immunization regulations. Most of all, please reach out to your legislators and discuss the importance of vaccination and the KDHE in preventing disease.

Contact:

Shelby Ostrom

Director of Community Initiatives, MAIC

Nurture KC

913-909-7197

sostrom@nurturekc.org

 

CHWs Building Resilience: TIE it Together Through Teaching, Integration & Empowerment

The Community Health Workers Association of Missouri and the Department of Health and Senior Services are pleased to announce the second Missouri Community Health Worker conference to be held virtually on March 16-17, 2021.

The goals of the conference are to improve attendees’ knowledge of Community Health Worker activities within Missouri and how Community Health Workers can be utilized. Attendance at the conference will also increase Community Health Workers’ knowledge about available resources.

It is anticipated approximately 250 individuals, comprised of employers, potential employers, insurers and Community Health Workers, will virtually attend the conference. Sponsorship is being sought for meals, refreshments and Community Health Worker travel expenses.

Click here for CHWAM Annual Meeting Information.

As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out across the country CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS.

With information coming from many different sources, CMS has compiled resources and materials to help you share important and relevant information on the COVID- 19 vaccine with the people that you serve. You can find these and more resources on the COVID-19 Partner Resources Page and the HHS COVID Education Campaign page. We look forward to partnering with you to promote vaccine safety and encourage our beneficiaries to get vaccinated when they have the opportunity.

If you are a healthcare provider:

Both the CDC and CMS have useful resources for your practice. Look to CDC for the latest science, vaccine administration information and patient-focused resources.

You can find additional resources on the CDC Resources for Health Care Providers Page.

CMS released aCOVID-19 Provider Toolkit to ensure health care providers have the necessary tools to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The toolkit includes information on:

You can also review the set of COVID-19 FAQs, which has information specific to health care providers who bill Medicare for administering COVID-19 vaccines.

Here’s what else you should know:

  • Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there will be no cost to your patients with Medicare.  Medicare will reimburse you for administering the vaccine.
  • State governments are handling the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Look for updates from your state and local officials as more doses of the vaccine become available for additional priority groups.
  • People without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of the vaccine can also get COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.  Providers administering the vaccine to people without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of the vaccine can request reimbursement for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Provider Relief Fund.
  • Most professional associations have pages devoted to COVID-19 vaccination.  Your association may have advice tailored to your discipline, specialty and/or location.

How can you help educate your patients?

  • You are a trusted source…encourage your patients to get the vaccine when it is available to them.
  • Let them know the vaccine is no cost and will help keep them from getting COVID-19. Learn more about the benefits of the vaccine.
  • Let them know the vaccine is safe and that safety is a top priority for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Remind them to continue practicing the 3Ws (Wear a Mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands).

Questions? Please e-mail us: Partnership@cms.hhs.gov

The Midwestern Public Health Training Center has created many podcasts on a variety of topics like rural public health, COVID-10, a ten-part series on Tackling Equity, and Leadership. Since the Kansas Legislature is in session, now might be a good time to re-visit Advocacy. In this series, we explore why advocacy is important for public health, how to do it, and learn from stories of public health practitioners, elected officials, and other advocates.

Overcoming Public Health’s Humility ListenTranscript

Celebrate Every Win ListenTranscript featuring our very own Becky Tuttle

We Have to Ask for What We Need ListenTranscript featuring our very own Dennis Kriesel

Change Comes Through Relationships ListenTranscript

Please consider giving these podcasts a listen or a read to strengthen our collective will to reengage in policy advocacy.

Community Health Worker Training Program for High School Students & Young Adults ( MSM HSYACHW) provided through Morehouse School of Medicine and it is 100% virtual. During the MSM HSYACHW program, students undergo a 7-week training utilizing the Morehouse School of Medicine HSYACHW Digital Learning Curriculum. The MSM HSYACHW training includes a combination of virtual shadowing experiences, self-guided and facilitated curriculum activities, and interactive virtual sessions led by medical and public health professionals. The program is open to rising 10th–12th grade students and recent High School graduates. The June application is now open; the deadline to apply is March 31. Website:  https://www.msm.edu/Education/PipelinePrograms/hscommunityhealthworker.php

2021 Kansas Health Institute Health Policy Series: Bring It!

Whether it’s your lunch, your questions or your opinion, be sure to bring it!

You’re invited! Join us for a series of virtual events.

For five lunch hours over three weeks, the Kansas Health Institute is offering a series of health policy conversations. Grab your lunch and join us for free-flowing discussions about these critical topics from noon to 1:00 P.M. CST.

Register here for individual sessions or the whole series!

    • February 16: A Playbook for Modernizing the Kansas Behavioral Health SystemJoin us to discuss recommendations developed by the working groups of the Special Committee on Mental Health Modernization and Reform.
    • February 18: When “Don’t Spit on the Sidewalk” is Not Enough: Public Health and the COVID-19 Response – Join us for a frank conversation about the successes and challenges of the public health system as the pandemic response continues.
    • February 23: A Shot at Vaccine Policy – Join us for a discussion of both the State and Federal components of vaccine policy decision-making, particularly as it relates to the COVID-19 vaccines.
    • February 25: Telehealth: Portal to Health – Join us in this session to unpack recent policy changes and future considerations around telehealth, as well as understanding variations in internet access across the state.
    • March 2: Covering Kansans: A Snapshot of Public and Private InsuranceJoin us for a lively discussion of health coverage options in Kansas, including the potential impact of legislation that would expand KanCare.

Self-Paced Course: A Brief Introduction to HIPAA for Community Health Workers

Self-guided course now available!

After completing the training, you will be able to:

  • Define HIPAA
  • List key components of protected health information
  • Identify at least three circumstances where CHWs apply HIPAA during their workday
  • Recognize one circumstance when you have an obligation to report HIPAA covered information.

Click here to register: https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnephtc.us13.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D0e2d5447755dbd4ee61d67ce4%26id%3D026abaf468%26e%3D161bd5e48d&data=04%7C01%7Camy.gaier%40ks.gov%7C14ce536779b744b080a508d8d27eef54%7Cdcae8101c92d480cbc43c6761ccccc5a%7C0%7C0%7C637490789910924865%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=QOm5IuK2FW%2F5NsSsJbj%2B38w7rlp29K2lirQRifC0ewQ%3D&reserved=0

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center (PHTC) Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

The Office of Regional Operations – Region 7, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites you to a free Grants 101 Virtual Workshop.

Date:  Monday, March 8th – Tuesday, March 9th

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST (both days)

Location:  Zoom

Who Should Attend:  Community and Faith-based Organizations, Hospitals, Health Centers, Colleges and Universities, Public Health Departments, Tribes and Tribal Organizations or any Organization/Individual who wants to learn more about working with Federal Funders, as well as Foundations.

Topics at a Glance:

  • The Federal Grant Application Process
  • Federal Funding Opportunities Panel
    • Health Services and Resources Administration
    • Administration for Community Living
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Technical Resources Demonstration
    • HRSA Data Warehouse
    • Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
    • Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper
  • Engaging and Collaborating with Foundations
    • Missouri Foundation for Health

Please register here.

For more information, contact HRSAORORegion7@hrsa.gov.

NACHW JOINS NATIONAL COVID-19 NETWORK TO BUILD RESILIENCE AGAINST PANDEMIC 
Nearly 40 national partner organizations band together to bring communities culturally appropriate information and health services. 

The National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW) has joined the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)’s National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) of partners to inform community-driven response, recovery, and resiliency strategies for addressing the impact of COVID-19 on communities. 

In response to the needs of communities most impacted by COVID-19, NACHW has partnered with Morehouse to integrate the qualities, roles and expertise of Community Health Workers (CHWs, including Promotoras de Salud and Community Health Representatives) to improve the cultural humility and appropriateness of community engagement, education, data collection and information dissemination strategies with communities that experience physical and social vulnerabilities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. NACHW has been awarded a contract from Morehouse to recruit, hire and support eleven CHW Liaisons who share trusting relationships, lived experience, culture, language and geography with specific priority communities in the NCRN initiative. Liaisons will develop and cultivate partnerships with individuals and organizations in these geographic areas, as they support six national goals in the NCRN initiative.

“Our partnership with Morehouse provides a unique opportunity for NACHW to amplify CHWs as equity leaders, community partners and skilled providers who can increase access to COVID-19 education, testing, contact tracing, health and psychosocial services and vaccines for communities who experience historic and systemic barriers,” says NACHW Executive Director, Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN. 

The launch of the NCRN occurs alongside the release of new digital technology accessible through the NCRN website. It provides location-based recommendations on where community members can get a COVID-19 test, fill prescriptions and get a COVID-19 vaccine when distribution increases in the coming months.

“Our national network connects individuals, families, community organizations and clinical providers to timely and relevant COVID-19 information and services in their neighborhood,” says Dominic Mack, MD, MBA, Professor of Family Medicine and Co-Director of the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network in the National Center for Primary Care at MSM.

The NCRN launch follows a $40 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to coordinate a strategic network focused on delivering COVID-19-related information to communities hardest hit by the pandemic. 

To access new COVID-19 resources, visit www.msm.edu/ncrn. 

The University of Kansas has developed a Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). They are currently recruiting for the Spring 2021 session. Their goal is to increase the number and reach of Tobacco Treatment Specialists in Kansas. To achieve this goal, they are reaching out to behavioral health organizations throughout Kansas that do not currently have a Tobacco Treatment Specialist on staff.

 Scholarships are available through the Kansas Health Foundation Tobacco Treatment and Recovery Behavioral Health Initiative. Spots are limited. Entry is competitive. With your organization’s help, they can fill this session with deserving individuals working hard to serve the clients in your community on their journey to recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.

 Details on the Spring 2021 training are below. Please share this information with the appropriate contact at your organization.

 The upcoming TTS training program consists of:

  • An online training that takes 14-18 hours to complete
  • Interim quizzes and a final exam
  • Required one-day virtual skills building workshop
  • National as well as Kansas-specific treatment resources

 Important dates to remember:

  • You must attend a brief, virtual orientation session the week of March 22nd. Date and time TBD.
  • You must complete the online coursework in a 6-week period (March 29 – May 9, 2021)
  • You must attend the one-day virtual training on Friday, May 21, 2021.

 Free continuing Education credits are available, and you will receive a certificate of attendance.

If you are interested in enrolling and are able to attend the required in-person components (listed above), please complete the online application: KU Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training

Application deadline is February 21st at 11:59pm.

 You will be notified of your status the week of March 1st. Keep an eye out for this email as you will be required to confirm your enrollment if accepted.

 If you have any question, please do not hesitate to email: Lety Sarmiento or Karla Van Goethem at tobaccoed@kumc.edu

KU Tobacco Treatment Specialist (pdf)