Announcements & Shared Resources

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As of January 5, 2022

TRAININGS: KDHE Heart Healthy Ambassador Program - HHA Facilitator Trainings: January & February 2022

To sign up for the upcoming HHA Facilitator Trainings:

*Make sure to sign up for both Part 1 & Part 2 to obtain your certificate. Please note that you must complete Part 1 and Part 2 in sequential order. You will receive an information packet to review a week before your selected date(s).

What is the Health Heart Ambassador (HHA) Program?  The HHA Program is a 4-month program to encourage self-monitoring and recording of blood pressure, as well as a heart-healthy diet.

What is an HHA? HHAs are trained lifestyle coaches and advocates that help participants monitor and understand their blood pressure readings. The HHA communicates with participants regularly during the program, both face-to-face and by phone or email. They provide support, guidance, and encouragement as participants monitor and record blood pressure at home.

Who can be an HHA? Anyone who successfully completes the HHA training, including an observation of skills learned, can be an HHA.

For more information click here for the Healthy Heart Ambassador Program FAQ and Program Considerations.

Community Health Worker Association of Missouri 2022 Conference - Call for Proposals

The conference is scheduled for March 14-16 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, with both in-person and hybrid/virtual attendance options.

Proposal Submissions:

The attached flyer contains conference details and proposal guidance. Linked here (Submit HERE) and in the attachment is the website for submitting your proposal through the online Qualtrics Survey tool.

Proposals include:

  • Presenter names and brief bio
  • Desired date/times for presentation
  • 3 Learning objectives
  • 1 paragraph description
  • 1 paragraph connection on relevance to CHWs

The deadline for proposal submission is February 7, 11:59 pm.

Accepted proposals will be notified no later than February 14, 11:59 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee at CHWSupport@missouri.edu

TRAININGS: Breastfeeding 101 & 201

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is committed to the health and wellbeing of our attendees and instructors and will therefore be presenting all KBC courses online. The courses will be taught in a “live” format to optimize participant interaction and will not be recorded.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition offers the following breastfeeding courses for those who support breastfeeding families:

Breastfeeding 101: The Basics

Agenda & outline HERE Core concepts of breastfeeding. Registration fee – $59

Breastfeeding 101 is approved for:

    • 3.0 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. IBLCE Verification Number #C2002297
    • 4.5 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number: SP1492-1222 
    • 3.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: D1382 (LTS is KDHE-BFH-Nutrition and WIC Services)

Breastfeeding 201: Building on the Basics

Agenda & outline HERE Intermediate level. Designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of staff, from WIC, hospitals, and home visitors. Registration fee – $110

Breastfeeding 201 is approved for:

    • 6.5 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. IBLCE Verification Number #C2002296
    • 6.0 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number: SP1492-1222 
    • 8.1 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: D1382 (LTS is KDHE-BFH-Nutrition and WIC Services)

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Instructors:
Stephanie Kaufman
Vanessa Flood

Community Health Promotion Summit - Registration is OPEN NOW!

We all face challenges professionally and personally, but it is our resilience that helps us through. We have adapted and withstood adversity more than we thought possible. Join us January 25 & 27 for the Community Health Promotion Summit: Power of Resilience as we get focused, connected and motivated to take on the new year.

Day 1: Grantee Training

Day 1 of this year’s Summit is built specifically for Chronic Disease Risk Reduction (CDRR) grantees. Grantees will dive deep into topics such as effective application writing, data evaluation and communication. If you are interested in applying for the CDRR grant for the first time, please contact Lisa Frey Blume at lisa.freyblume@ks.gov.

Day 2: Open to the Public

Day 2 will feature a rousing keynote by Adrion Roberson, a pastor and teacher for the Kansas Leadership Center, followed by several dynamic breakouts focused on improving Kansans’ health. Finishing with the annual Health Champion Awards, you will not want to miss this year’s event.

Registration Price

  • CDRR Grantee. $50. Includes admission to both Day 1 and Day 2.
  • Non-Grantee. $25; $15 if registered before Jan. 1. Includes admission to Day 2 only.
  • Governor’s Council on Fitness Awards, Jan. 27, 3:00 p.m. Free. Includes admission to awards ceremony only.

Visit wichita.edu/chpsummit to view the CHP Summit Agenda and to register today!

NACHW LEARNING COLLABORATIVE, WEBINARS & TRAININGS

LEARNING COLLABORATIVE: NACHW Focus on Mental Health and Self-Care

Special Guests: Representatives from Khmer Health Advocates, Indigenous Circle of Wellness, National Latino Behavioral Health Association

The NACHW Learning Collaboratives are a space for CHW members to listen to each other, learn from each other, develop our leadership skills and voices, and lift up CHW expertise and resources. Learning Collaboratives are hosted by CHW leaders from across the country. During our first meeting in Oct 2021, many CHWs mentioned the desire and need for greater mental health training, both for their clients and for their own self-care. This January meeting will focus on mental health and self-care with co-facilitators from the National Latino Behavioral Health Network, Khmer Health Advocates and the Indigenous Circle of Wellness. Similarly to the last meeting, all attendees will start the meeting together and then split off into their collaborative groups as seen above.

This meeting will take place on Thursday, January 27th from 12-1:30pm PST/3-4:30pm EST.

The Learning Collaboratives are for NACHW members! Please log-in to your account and go to “Events” to register. 

To learn more about the Collaboratives please visit our webpage: https://nachw.org/nachw-learning-collaboratives/ 

Trouble registering? Please contact info@nachw.org.

 

WEBINAR: CHW Network Capacity Needs Turing the COVID-19 Pandemic & Beyond

Learn about the data NACHW has collected on CHW networks since March 2020 and hear about their plans to provide growing technical assistance in 2022.

Learning Objectives:

    1. What is a CHW Network and why are they vital to the CHW workforce?
    2. What do CHW Networks need in relation to COVID-19?
    3. What do CHW Networks need for sustainability and capacity building?
    4. How can funders, Public Health Departments, and others help to address these needs?

Learn more and register here!

 

WEBINAR: Notes from the “Protecting Health Worker Mental Health: A Call-to-Action” 

On Thursday, November 18, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sat down with a panel of experts to discuss an issue many in the CHW space are familiar with — that of mental health among medical workers. Together with the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), John Howard, Elizabeth Royal of the National Nurse Alliance, and Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye of the Mayo Clinic, Vice Admiral Murthy laid out the sobering statistics behind the rise of stress in the industry:

    • Of the 20 million healthcare workers in the US, 93% reported experiencing stress in June-September of 2020. 
    • In the same period, 22% of nurses reported that they considered leaving their positions, citing reasons like overworking, mental and physical stress, and insufficient support.
    • 68% of physicians reported depression in Fall of 2020, and 64% of these respondents were female physicians. 
    • 53% of public health workers, including community health workers, reported experiencing symptoms of mental illness within the past two weeks.
    • Perhaps most sobering of all, 99% of nursing homes reported being understaffed. 

Public and community health workers are particularly susceptible to the mental toll that is inherent to the medical profession, given their low rates of pay, work environments that leave them open to harassment, assault, disease, and other dangers, long hours, and difficulty getting time off. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated these issues.

Yet thankfully, as the panel points out, the situation is not unsolvable. Steps are already being taken at all levels of government to relieve the amount of stress CHWs and other medical workers are facing. The Surgeon General’s office has declared mental health one of their top priorities, and Vice Admiral Murthy is working with his team to create a blueprint to address wellbeing in the nation’s healthcare systems. NIOSH Director John Howard touted a $20 million investment to support the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) initiative to reduce administrator and medical worker stress, and Dr. Dyrbye endorsed a new pilot program in Washington State that allows healthcare workers to access complimentary job coaching when they are experiencing stress, or even see a therapist anytime, 24/7, with minimal wait time. The panel agreed that steps are being taken in the right direction, but that more work still needs to be done for the sake of the entire nation. After all, greater health worker wellbeing means greater patient wellbeing as well. 

You can view a recording of the panel here. 

 

SAVE THE DATE: NEW MEMBER WEBINAR

NACHW’s latest New Member Webinar is scheduled for February 10th at 4PM EST. Recent newcomers to NACHW are encouraged to attend! 

This event is for members only. If you are not a member click here to become a member of NACHW!

 

WEBINAR: COVID-19 and Vaccines: What Community Health Workers Need to Know

This two-part webinar series offers an introduction to COVID-19 to support Community Health Workers (CHWs) in their efforts to promote acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in the communities they serve. CHWs serve a critical role in the sharing of information about COVID-19 and they regularly experience challenges due to misinformation and disinformation, which are hindering communities from being fully vaccinated. Part 1 will review the core information that CHWs need to know about COVID-19, variants and vaccines. It also will help CHWs identify trusted sources of information and resources to address misinformation and disinformation. Part 2 will focus on vaccine resources for refugee, immigrant and migrant communities and show ways to create communications campaigns and tailor materials that are responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of the community served.

This webinar is offered in English with Spanish interpretation. 

Click to register for PART 1 : Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 10:00 AM (PT) / 12:00 PM (CT) / 1:00 PM (ET) 
Click to register for PART 2: Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 11:00 AM (PT) / 1:00 PM (CT) / 2:00 PM (ET)

 

TRAINING: Epilepsy & Self-Management Virtual Training

The HOBSCOTCH Institute is pleased to share education and training opportunities for community-based providers of epilepsy health care in this virtual training. More information available here.
Date: January 18, 2022 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM EST

Register Here!

TRAINING: DCCCA Virtual Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12 – 18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis.  The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

In this course, learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 6-18.

First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in an Instructor-led Zoom Meeting. Limited to 25 adults.

Sessions available:

  • January 14, 2022, 9:00am – 4:00pm (all slots filled)
  • April 22, 2022, 9:00am – 4:00pm (Registration opens up on January 18, 2022)

You can register at https://www.dccca.org/events/virtual-youth-mhfa/ and use the code BHTTA to get access to the course for free. 

 

RESOURCE: HHS COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, We Can Do This

HRSA is pleased to share the expanded HHS COVID-19 public education campaign, We Can Do This, which aims to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing. These new materials can be used to educate your community about who is eligible for a booster (all adults!) and when they are eligible. HHS expects to make these materials available in Spanish soon and we encourage you to utilize these resources when holding events or calls with your networks about the importance of getting boosted.

RESOURCE: NACHW - Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Developments

NACHW has important information regarding COVID-19 developments to share with you!

Omicron:
The CDC has a new Omicron page that provides background information on the emergence of the variant, where Omicron has been found within the U.S., and what we know and are still learning about Omicron.

Self-Testing:
The CDC recently updated their self-testing page, adding information on when and why to use a self-test. Self-tests can be taken at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results. Consider using a self-test before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household.

  • A positive self-test result means that the test detected the virus, and you are very likely to have an infection and should stay home or isolate for 10 days, wear a mask if you could have contact with others, and avoid indoor gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading disease to someone else.
  • A negative self-test result means that the test did not detect the virus and you may not have an infection, but it does not rule out infection. Repeating the test within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests, will increase the confidence that you are not infected.

International Travel:
CDC has updated their international travel recommendations.

  • Currently, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States. Visit the Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 page for a list of frequently asked questions related to testing.
  • CDC continues to recommend that all travelers get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after arrival, and that unvaccinated travelers should quarantine for 7 days after travel.
  • Do not travel if:
    • You have been exposed to COVID-19, unless you are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
    • You are sick.
    • You tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t ended isolation (even if you are fully vaccinated).
    • You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test.

 Misinformation:

  • The U.S. Surgeon released a Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation which provides specific guidance for understanding, identifying, and stopping the spread of health misinformation in your community. This toolkit is written for librarians, faith leaders, health care providers, educators, and trusted community members.

Updated Toolkit: COVID-19 Boosters

Looking for information on the latest COVID-19 developments, such as booster shots? This toolkit from the Public Health Communications Collaborative can help! Click HERE to access. 

For more NACHW COVID-19 Resources, Click Here.

LEARNING SERIES: HRSA - Advancing Equity in Maternal & Infant Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health invite you to the third and final session in our learning series on Advancing Equity in Maternal & Infant Health. The third session will focus on  strategies to address contributors to maternal and infant health disparities.

This three-part series will define health equity, highlight disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes among disproportionally affected populations in Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), and identify systemic issues that are contributing to these health disparities. The sessions will engage participants in interactive discussions to identify strategies to improve maternal and infant health equity among communities of color and marginalized and rural populations, as well as strategies for addressing systemic issues in health care organizations that may adversely impact maternal and infant health.

The first two session recordings are available below:

For questions about the series, please contact Rae Hutchison at CHutchison@hrsa.gov.

This Learning Series is being coordinated by HRSA’s Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the March of Dimes.

RESOURCES: National Council on Aging - Insights for Professionals

How to Get the COVID Vaccine and Booster to Homebound Older Adults – Homebound seniors can access this critical tool in the fight against COVID-19. Learn how they can arrange with Medicare to receive the COVID vaccine and booster shot in their homes, and get answers to common questions about the booster.

The urgency of vaccinations and boosters – NCOA and leading aging organizations urge seniors to get the booster, as 1 in every 100 older adults has died from the virus.

The costs of Medicare Parts A and B – Our new fact sheet examines the premiums and coinsurance amounts for Original Medicare Parts A and B services in 2022.

Help older adults manage arthritis pain – The Arthritis Foundation’s new Walk With Ease program and Vim pain management app are available to help manage arthritis pain.

WEBINAR: HRSA - Addressing Meth Use in the Midwest: A Brief Overview

Use of methamphetamine impacts people across the Midwest in many ways. Join the HHS Region 7 Harm Reduction Workgroup for a series of brief, 30-minute webinars to explore strategies to address meth use, ranging from prevention to treatment. Our first webinar will provide an overview of meth use in the Midwest, laying the groundwork for future conversations.

Date and Time

January 21, 2022  | 10:30 am  – 11:00 am CT

Register for the webinar hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. 

For questions, please contact Catherine Satterwhite at catherine.satterwhite@hhs.gov.

The Addressing Meth Use in the Midwest webinar series is hosted by the HHS Region 7 Harm Reduction Workgroup: the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA), Administration on Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

WEBINAR: UMHMF - Improving Racial Equity in Kansas

Following months of discussions with community members and stakeholders, the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice developed recommendations to address racial equity in Kansas by focusing on social determinants of health, particularly looking at factors that influence the economic, educational, and health outcomes of our citizens.

The Commission’s recommendations address items that may take place on the state/agency, legislative, and/or local level. Each webinar in this series will explore recommendations applicable at a specific level of government. Each webinar will be recorded and posted at healthfund.org.

To register for this series, Click Here.

JOB POSTING: Disease Intervention Specialists

We Need Talented People from Your Community!

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is committed to employing a diverse and skilled workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.  To accomplish this goal, the Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention is reaching out to your community in order to raise awareness of job openings that offer a rewarding career focused on helping individuals, groups, and communities in need.

Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) work in health departments, community health centers and out in their communities to prevent the spread of communicable diseases by responding to outbreaks, providing education, connecting people to testing and treatment services, identifying people at risk and notifying them of possible exposure. Initially created by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to fight the spread of syphilis, these “disease detectives” have also become key components of public health programs addressing all kinds of infectious disease threats – but especially the ones that are more often experienced by people with less access to health care because of discrimination, lower levels of income, or other circumstances like addiction, abuse, trafficking, or homelessness.

Although it might seem like a person would need specific education or experience to be a DIS, we’re actually looking for people with special skills and lived experiences that can be hard to find, and these things don’t automatically come from special training or degrees.  Since we provide extensive on-the-job training, what we really need help finding are talented people with the right mix of these five mental and social traits: Click Here

If you or someone you know have strong talent in three or more of these areas, we want to hear from you!  Application information is available on the State of Kansas employment web site at https://admin.ks.gov/services/state-employment-center.

RESOURCES: HRSA Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs Region 7--Upcoming Virtual Meetings/Trainings/Webinars

Advancing Equity in Maternal & Infant Health – Session #3January 11 | 2:00pm CT. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health invite you to the third and final session in our learning series on Advancing Equity in Maternal & Infant Health. The third session will focus on strategies to address contributors to maternal and infant health disparities. Register for the webinar hereAfter registering, you will receive the confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

Expanded Eligibility Allows More Rural Clinicians to Qualify for Loan Repayment Join us for a webinar on Thursday, January 13 at 1pm CT/2pm ET to hear how qualified health care clinicians could receive student loan repayment in return for serving at NHSC-approved sites – even if their health professional shortage area (HPSA) score has not been competitive for awards in the past. Recent funding increases make it much easier for rural clinicians to qualify for loan repayment under its programs. Find out which program is right for you, and apply to one of the three loan repayment programs. Last application cycle, every eligible NHSC applicant received an award regardless of HPSA score. The deadline to apply through NHSC is Thursday, February 3 at 7:30pm ET., so act quickly!

 

Office Hours for Rural Health Care Connect – Thursday, January 13 at 2:00 pm ET.  The federally funded program that brings telecommunications to rural health care facilities will hold an hour-long session to answer questions about the new online portal for funding requests.  The deadline to file for FY2022 funding is April 1. 

Grant Writing Session Office Hour: Ask an Expert – January 14 | 10am CT. As a continuation of our grants writing trainings, Heather Zoromski, Executive Director of the DARR Family Foundation, will join us to answer any questions that you may have about applying for grants. Feel free to send us questions in advance.

The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH), a New Hospital Type – January 19 | 1:00 p.m. CT.  RHIhub webinar on Rural Emergency Hospitals to hear speakers discuss this new hospital type and recommendations from the NACRHHS to ensure the success of REHs.

Leveraging Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder CareJanuary 20 | 2pm CT. The onset of COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of telehealth as an option for health care providers to remotely engage patients in care, including those with substance use disorders (SUDs). Now, as health centers begin to plan delivering care in a post-pandemic environment, examining what strategies to continue remains crucial for engaging and retaining patients in care. In this this webinar, clinician consultants from the NCCC’s Substance Use Warmline (855-300-3595; nccc.ucsf.edu) will provide an overview of promising practices and considerations for SUD care during the age of telehealth.

Addressing Meth Use in the Midwest:  A Brief Overview January 21 | 10:30am CT. Use of methamphetamine impacts people across the Midwest in many ways. Join the HHS Region 7 Harm Reduction Workgroup for a series of brief, 30-minute webinars to explore strategies to address meth use, ranging from prevention to treatment. Our first webinar will provide an overview of meth use in the Midwest, laying the groundwork for future conversations. Register for the webinar hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. 

 

RESOURCES

Please feel free to contact us at HRSAOIEARegion7@hrsa.gov if you have questions about these resources and/or would like to meet with us to discuss current and/or future projects/priorities, and how we can best support your efforts.

JOB POSTINGS: Extension Agents and Nutrition Assistants

New Extension Agent Searches:

Extension Agent, Nutrition, Food Safety and Health, Harvey County
Office Location: Newton, KS
Applications will be accepted until February 02, 2022
For more information about this position contact Jennifer Wilson
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal

Extension Agent, Family and Community Wellness, Phillips-Rooks District
Office Location: Phillipsburg, KS
Applications will be accepted until February 02, 2022
For more information about this position contact Jennifer Wilson
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal

Extension Director, Wyandotte County
Office Location: Kansas City, KS
Applications will be accepted until February 02, 2022
For more information about this position contact Jennifer Wilson
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal

New Extension Nutrition Program Search:

EFNEP Nutrition Assistants (4 openings), Wildcat District
Office Location: negotiable between Altamont, Fredonia, Pittsburg, and Independence, KS.
Screening will continue until all openings are filled
For more information about this position contact Lisa Ross
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal

National Rural Grocery Summit: June 20-21, 2022

Join us for the National Rural Grocery Summit on June 20 and 21, 2022 in Wichita, KS

The National Rural Grocery Summit is the premier networking and resource-sharing venue for independent grocers and rural food access stakeholders. This biennial summit brings together store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, healthy food access practitioners, policy makers, and funders to learn from and strategize with one another about sustaining rural grocery stores and improving rural access to healthy foods.

Key Information:

A note on Juneteenth:

In June 2021, the federal government passed legislation to proclaim June 19th as a federal holiday known as Juneteenth National Independence Day. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States.

In 2022, Juneteenth falls on a Sunday, thus the official observation of Juneteenth is designated as Monday June 20, 2022 which also happens to be the first day of the summit. The Rural Grocery Initiative acknowledges and apologizes for the lack of coordination with the federal holiday schedule when selecting dates for the summit. We hope this scheduling oversight does not cause undue challenges to prospective summit attendees.

For more information, click here.

As of November 5, 2021

WEBINAR SERIES: Rising to the Challenge Virtual Workshops

NOV. 8

Fostering Essential Self-Care in the Workplace | 3 PM

JaNeshia Wilson & Chad Childs

Self-care is a key component of our overall well being and performance. This workshop will share sustainable routines for navigating experiences of stress and overwhelm, with more ease and grace, and how to preserve these routines in the workplace.

Register

NOV. 15

Renewing and Refreshing Your Strategic Plan: Things to Consider for Success | 3 PM

Carri McMahon & Danny Barrera

Is your 3-5 year strategic plan still relevant after the first year (especially if year 1 was 2020?) Join us as we discuss how to make sure you get the most out of the strategic planning process.

Register

Cultivating a Coaching Culture in Your Organization | 3 PM

Joyce McEwen Crane & Seth Bate

When individuals, teams, and organizations adopt the processes of coaching, they are able to see more possibility, build accountability, and foster improved relationships. Joyce and Seth will share the foundations of coaching and how to transform coaching from an individual developmental event into a shared way of life.

Register

CONTACT US:

joyce.mcewencrane@wichita.edu

LEARN MORE ABOUT CEI:

http://communityengagementinstitute.org

RESOURCE: HRSA Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence and healthcare are closely linked. The month of October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and according to a survey (see attached) of contacts with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 53% of respondents reported that an abusive partner has also controlled/and or restricted access to healthcare.

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

HRSA IEA is appreciative of your efforts to bring awareness to this public health issue in your communities.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions, concerns, or requests for support and engagement at HRSAORORegion7@hrsa.gov.  

CHW Train the Trainer in Missouri

Class dates and times will be as follows for the January cohort:

  • January 4, 2022 from 9-10 am:  Pre-Course Meeting (WebEx)
  • Week of January 10:  Participants complete Module 1
  • Week of January 17:  Participants complete Module 2
  • January 25, 2022 from 9-11 am:  Mid-Course Meeting (WebEx)
  • Week of January 31, 2022:  Participants complete Module 3
  • Week of February 7, 2022:  Participants complete Module 4
  • Week of February 15, 2022:  Participants complete Module 5
  • February 16, 2022 from 9-10 am:  Final Project Question and Answer (WebEx-optional)
  • Week of February 21:  Final Group Presentations—Participants will be in groups of 4 and will be assigned a 2.5 hour time slot in which they will present their presentations and actively listen to the presentations of those in their group. (WebEx)

If you intend to add new trainers to your organization, please send me their name and the organization for which they will be teaching.  They cannot teach your course until they have successfully completed this course.  Please let me know by November 8 at 2:00 pm if you would like to sign someone up.  I will be opening it up to the whole statewide group on November 8 at 3:00 pm.

The syllabus for the course can be found here:  https://health.mo.gov/professionals/community-health-workers/pdf/train-the-trainer-syllabus.pdf.

WEBINAR SERIES: Update on the NACHW Learning Collaboratives

NACHW is starting a pilot program of Learning Collaboratives where CHWs from across the country come together for meetings around a certain focus area. These Learning Collaboratives will be a space for members to listen to each other, learn from each other, develop our leadership skills and voices, and lift up CHW expertise and resources

The five initial collaborative groups will be:

  1. CHW Organizational Leaders
  2. Spanish Speaking Promotores/as
  3. Mental Health
  4. Immigrants and Refugees
  5. Community Health Representatives (CHRs)

The first meeting will be held Thursday, October 28th from 4-5:30pm EST.
The collaboratives are for CHW members of NACHW. To register, please sign-in to your account, please go to www.nachw.org and click on “Login” on the top right corner of the page. Then, click on the “Member’s Portal,” on the top right of the page. From there, go to the “Events” tab to register for the call.
Questions about registration or the event can be directed to Aurora, agrantwingate@hria.org.

 

UPDATE:

NACHW held its first Learning Collaborative meeting on October 28th. 150 people registered and over 65 people attended. For those interested in learning more about the collaboratives can visit our new webpage about the Learning Collaboratives, to find the recording and slides from the meeting. 

NACHW looks forward to holding more Learning Collaboratives in the future, the next one planned for January 2022.

Click here for a video update.

RESOURCE: Why Develop Careers for CHW Employees

Developing a custom career path for every one of your community health workers (CHWs) inspires them to do useful work and keep building skills for improvement. Investing in setting clear career paths for your team pays off by retaining your quality employees who strive to meet the goals you set for them and even excel. …

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WEBINAR: Intensifying Treatment to Achieve Blood Pressure Control

The Million Hearts® Learning Lab is a bi-monthly learning series focused on cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Join the next session to learn about key recommendations from the 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults and the benefits of treatment intensification for blood pressure control. Clinicians may earn up to 1.0 CME credit for attendance.

Featured Faculty:

  • Michael Rakotz, MD, FAHA, FAAHP, Vice President, Health Outcomes, American Medical Association
  • Neha Sachdev, MD, Director of Health Systems Relationships, American Medical Association

REGISTER TODAY

WEBINAR: Avanzando Hacia la Equidad en Salud para la Población Hispana

La Oficina de Asuntos Intergubernamentales y Externos, regiones 1, 2, 6 y 7, de la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud (Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA), lo invitan a participar en la serie de aprendizaje “Avanzando hacia la equidad en salud para la población hispana”.

Esta serie de cuatro entrenamientos incluirá porciones didácticas de tópicos selectos, así como discusiones sobre los factores que contribuyen a las disparidades de salud, los obstáculos a la equidad, y estrategias y modelos exitosos para mejorar el acceso al cuidado de salud y la equidad para los hispanos. Los participantes podrán relacionarse con expertos en la materia y conocer nuevos potenciales colaboradores. Los participantes también recibirán información sobre los programas y recursos de HRSA para apoyar sus esfuerzos a favor de la equidad en salud.

Participe el tercer miércoles de cada mes de 12 p.m. a 1 p. m. hora del centro |

de 1 p.m. a 2 p. m. hora del este

17 de noviembre de 2021 – Eliminación de las barreras sociales en la salud en medio de una pandemia

15 de diciembre de 2021 – Comunidades hispanas/latinas y su salud mental: la función de los trabajadores de salud comunitarios y el antídoto contra la fatiga emocional

19 de enero de 2022 – Disparidades raciales en la salud materna: retos y oportunidades

16 de febrero de 2022 – Mejorando la capacidad para procesar información digital sobre salud en las poblaciones hispanas

Audiencia: Organizaciones y proveedores de salud médica y servicios sociales, salud pública, organizaciones comunitarias y religiosas, grupos y fundaciones de apoyo comunitario, colegios y universidades, agencias federales, estatales y locales

Muy pronto se enviará más información y detalles sobre la primera sesión. Mientras tanto, por favor considere registrarse aquí.

Si tiene preguntas sobre la serie, comuníquese con Veronica Roa en VRoa@hrsa.gov.

WEBINAR: Advancing Health Equity Among the Hispanic Population

Webinar series, presented in Spanish, on best practices and opportunities for action

Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Intergovernmental and External Affairs Regions 1, 2, 6, and 7 invites you to a learning series on Advancing Health Equity Among the Hispanic Population.

This four-part series will include didactic portions on selected topics as well as discussions about factors that contribute to health disparities, barriers to health equity, and successful strategies and models to improve access to care and advance health equity among Hispanic populations. Participants will be able to engage with subject matter experts and potential new partners. Participants will also receive information on HRSA programs and resources to support their health equity efforts.

Join the 3rd Wednesday of Every Month From 12pm-1pm CT | 1pm-2pm EST

November 17, 2021 – Breaking Down Social Barriers of Health Amid a Pandemic

December 15, 2021 – Latino/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health: The Role of Community Health Workers and the Antidote for Compassion Fatigue

January 19, 2022 – Racial Disparities in Maternal Health: Challenges and Opportunities

February 16, 2022 – Improving Health Care Digital Literacy Among Latino/Hispanic Populations

Target Audience: Health Care and Social Services Organizations and Providers, Public Health, Community and Faith-Based Organizations, Advocacy Groups and Foundations, Colleges and Universities, HRSA Grantees, Federal, State, and Local Agencies

Additional information about the 1st session and the availability of interpreting services will be sent out soon.  In the meantime, you can register for it here.

For questions about the series, please contact Veronica Roa at VRoa@hrsa.gov.     

 

WEBINAR: How to Hire Great CHWs

Join us for this special event to learn how to bring community health workers into your agency. You’ll find out the most important first steps to take before hiring your first CHW.

November 10, 2021, 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern

We’ll discuss:

  • How to know if CHWs are right for your agency
  • Roles, boundaries, and job descriptions
  • What to ask during the interview
  • And more!

Presented by Monique Cuvelier, CEO and Co-founder of CHWTraining and Talance Inc.

Can’t make it to the live event? Register anyway, and we’ll send you the presentation.

Register for the Event Now >>

WEBINAR: Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series - Healthcare Workforce Resilience

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join the Webinar

What is healthcare resiliency and why is it so important for current and future clinicians? Join us to learn about the triggers within healthcare culture, as well as strategies for fostering resilience, implementing resiliency ideas and programs, and how to get employer support.

MEET OUR SPEAKERS:

Lara Zucconi Vanyo, MD serves as the Mount Sinai System Faculty Wellness Champion for the Department of Emergency Medicine, with special interests in physician burnout, teamwork, faculty development and mentorship. She also holds the title of Associate Program Director for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Beth Israel.

Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Education and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Well-Being and Resilience and Chief Wellness Officer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). He oversees efforts to assess and provide direction for system and individual level interventions designed to improve well-being for all students, residents, fellows, and faculty in the Mount Sinai Health System.

 

RESOURCE: Kansas ABC Program Results in Healthier Children

Can a 10-week parenting program result in healthier Kansas children? The results from a three-year-long initiative say yes.

From May 2017 through April 2020, the Kansas ABC Early Childhood Initiative brought the evidence-based Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) intervention to five sites in Kansas to evaluate the effectiveness of integrating the program into the existing array of early childhood programs across the state.

Learn more about the results in today’s webinar recording, “Evaluating ABC’s Impact in Kansas.” The full report is available at the link below.

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RESOURCES: HRSA Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs Region 7--Upcoming Virtual Meetings/Trainings/Webinars

Grants Writing Training Session on Evaluation and Sustainability – November 9 at 10AM Central.   Heather Zoromski, Executive Director of the Darr Family Foundation, will review types of evaluation and data, evaluation plan design, tools and resources, and program sustainability, in order to support a successful grant application.  Amanda Phillips Martinez, Assistant Project Director of the Georgia Health Policy Center, will also present on the Center’s Sustainability Framework.

Missouri Rural Stakeholders Engagement Meeting – November 10 at 12PM Central. HRSA IEA and the Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) invite partners and stakeholders to participate in quarterly engagement meetings to receive information on programs, technical resources, and funding opportunities available to rural organizations. The HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will present on new funding available through the American Rescue Plan to expand telehealth and to train new rural health care providers, including community health workers, paramedics, case managers, and respiratory therapists.

Advancing Health Equity Among the Hispanic Population | Session #1: Breaking Down Social Barriers of Health Amid a Pandemic – November 17 at 12PM Central. This four-part series will include didactic portions on selected topics as well as discussions about factors that contribute to health disparities, barriers to health equity, and successful strategies and models to improve access to care and advance health equity among Hispanic populations. Participants will be able to engage with subject matter experts and potential new partners. Participants will also receive information on HRSA programs and resources to support their health equity efforts.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: New Geographic Service Areas. – December 10. Funding to provide, on an ongoing outpatient basis, high quality early intervention services and comprehensive primary care services for individuals with HIV infection in new geographic service areas.

 

RADx-UP Mini-Grant Program for COVID-19 Testing Initiatives. – December 10.  With support from the National Institutes of Health, the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program aims to increase the capacity for COVID-19 testing expertise in vulnerable communities. Eligibility includes community and faith-based organizations, community-based clinics, and Tribal nations and organizations.

 

HRSA Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs).  – January 5. HRSA will make 59 awards with total funding of more than $5.7 million to support children and youth with special health care needs.  The program will fund one F2F HIC in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands). Up to three F2F HICs will serve American Indians/Alaska Natives.  Each center will advance a system of culturally and linguistically appropriate services in which families and health professionals partner in health care decision-making.

 

REMINDER: HRSA Payment Program for Buprenorphine-Trained Clinicians. In June of this year, HRSA launched an effort to improve access to substance use disorder treatment by paying for clinicians who are cleared to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder. Rural Health Clinics still have the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 payment for each clinician who trained to obtain the waiver necessary to prescribe buprenorphine after January 1, 2019. Approximately $1.5 million in program funding remains available for RHCs and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Send questions to Data2000WaiverPayments@hrsa.gov. There is ongoing availability of a free online course for waiver eligibility training from the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and the Providers Clinical Support System.

RESOURCES

NARHC Assistance with Federal Programs for COVID-19 Testing, Vaccine Distribution, and Provider Relief Fund. The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) includes a review of the application process for the new round of COVID-19-related funding in its collection of technical assistance webinars.   

 

National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Rural Vaccine Confidence Initiative. NRHA has developed a collection of rural-specific vaccine education materials designed to be customized by health care workers, community members, employers, and other leaders to communicate real vaccine facts in their own words. Learn more about how you can participate in the initiative in this video overview.

 

Customizable COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Rural Communities. Easy access to customizable communication templates that include print ads, poster, brochure, social media posts, and an online resource guide.

 

National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) Workforce Projections. Data tool offering information on projected supply and demand of healthcare workers through 2030, representing supply and demand trends from 2016-2030, change in demand, cumulative change over time, and projected percent of adequacy. Breaks down data for allied health, behavioral health, long-term care, oral health, primary care, and women’s health, with rural data available for primary care and women’s health. (Workforce Projections Dashboard Webinar)


Advance Briefing on New Federal Program for the Rural Public Health Workforce (video). The Rural Health Information Hub hosted a 40-minute webinar previewing a new grant program from FORHP to be launched later this year. If you’re unable to view the recording, RHIhub also provides the transcript (pdf) and slide presentation

Please feel free to contact us at HRSAORORegion7@hrsa.gov if you have questions about these resources and/or would like to meet with us to discuss current and/or future projects/priorities, and how we can best support your efforts.

CHW LISTENING SESSION: Hosted by Families USA

November 18th from 11:00AM ET- 1:30PM ET.

About the listening session:

We are seeking CHWs and CHW association leads who have played a heavy role in the COVID-19 pandemic response. We hope to hear from attendees about their experiences serving as frontline workers during the pandemic and specifically any challenges and successes experienced while responding to the needs of their communities. We will also discuss what types of policy changes need to be made in order to fully support the CHW workforce moving forward. We are especially interested in hearing from organizations that received grants from HRSA in order to support their community health work, as it specifically pertains to CHWs.

Thank you so much for your time and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Apply Here

ECHO SERIES: Setting New Standards for Coordinating Care of Pediatric Patients and their Families

Bureau of Family Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is partnering with the Kansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics for a six session ECHO series “Setting New Standards for Coordinating Care of Pediatric Patients and their Families.” Sessions will be noon to one on the following dates.

  • November 16 – Empowering and Partnering with Patients and Families
  • December 14 – Sustaining a Quality Care Coordination Workforce
  • January 19 – Identifying Patients and Families to Benefit from Care Coordination
  • February 16 – Creating Family- and Patient-Driven Action Plans (or Shared Plans of Care)
  • March 16 – Helping Patients and Families with Care Transitions

Please visit: http://www.kansasaap.org/wordpress/holistic-care-coordination-echo/ to register for any or all of the sessions.

JOB POSTING: United Healthcare Maternal CHW in Sedgwick County

Application link: https://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com/job/14197391/field-based-community-health-worker-sedgwick-county-ks-wichita-ks/

CONFERENCE: Community Health Promotion Summit: Power of Resilience

We all face challenges professionally and personally, but it is our resilience that helps us through. We’ve adapted and withstood adversity more than we thought possible. Join us January 25 & 27 for the Community Health Promotion Summit: Power of Resilience as we get focused, connected and motivated to take on the new year. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

Registration opens December 1, 2021.

As of October 4, 2021

JOB POSTINGS: Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Holistic Care Coordination (HCC) Initiative

The Bureau of Family Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is excited to share our next steps for our Holistic Care Coordination (HCC) Initiative!

As we continue to talk with providers, partners, and families our vision and excitement around the provision and access to holistic care coordination services continues to grow! We are excited to announce the next steps for our Holistic Care Coordination Initiative.

 Launch of the HCC Project Advisory Team Register now!

Click here to review the Advisory Team Overview.

Beginning in October, we plan to work directly with practices who are already providing care coordination services to gather insight, feedback, and ideas to finalize the development of our implementation toolkit. Check out the attached document “HCC Project Advisory Team Overview” for more information on getting involved!

 Provider ECHO Series on HCC – October 2021 through March 2022.

We are offering a six session provider education series on HCC. Each session will feature a topic guided by the National Care Coordination Standards. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.kansasaap.org/wordpress/holistic-care-coordination-echo/.

  • October 26: Building Relationships with Patients and Communities
  • November 16: Empowering and Partnering with Patients and Families
  • December 14: Sustaining a Quality Care Coordination Workforce
  • January 19: Identifying Patients and Families to Benefit from Care Coordination
  • February 16: Creating Family- and Patient-Driven Action Plans
  • March 16: Helping Patients and Families with Care Transitions

HCC Community of Practice – January 2022

 A limited number of practices will be selected for the first Community of Practice cohort to compliment the launch of HCC Implementation Toolkit. Participants will receive individualized supports and have opportunities for peer to peer sharing.

Starting the HCC Implementation Network. We are also establishing an email list serv to build our network of those interested in learning more and provide meaningful resources and information about HCC. This will also help keep you in the loop on all things HCC! Please let us know if you would like to opt out.

Check out the input we have already received and built these upcoming projects around by viewing the “Provider Input Summary” here: https://www.kdheks.gov/hcc/download/HCC_Provider_Input_Summary.pdf. All of this information, and the first draft of the implementation toolkit is available online at www.kdheks.gov/hcc.

LIVE WEBINAR: Unlocking American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Requirements: Grant Writing Tips with Julie Assel

Is your organization eligible and prepared to apply for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and grants? What types of projects qualify for funding? Attend this short, FREE webinar presented by Julie Assel to prepare your organization to best utilize ARPA resources. Assel will cover questions relating to hospitals, units of government, education organizations, and nonprofits as well as information for new and seasoned grant writers. Click here to save your seat for this one-hour webinar on Wednesday, September 29 at noon CDT. Following the webinar’s conclusion, a link to the recording will be posted at healthfund.org.

Julie Assel is the President and CEO of Assel Grant Services. Assel is a professional grant writer with more than 15 years of experience. Her expertise is in federal level grants with the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Insitute of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Assel holds a Grant Professional Certification from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and a Fundraising Certificate from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

We hope you can join us for this webinar. View details and RSVP here.

CONFERENCE: Register now for the Kansas Prevention Conference!

Join us October 21-22 for the Fourth Annual Kansas Prevention Conference!

A pre-conference will be held on October 20.

Learn ways to elevate prevention work in your community, connect with other prevention professionals, and discover the work being done in communities around Kansas during this virtual conference.

You’ll be able to choose from a long list of evidence-based workshops as well as learning from our two keynote speakers, Dr. Wanda Boone, and Jerry Moe, MA.

Early Bird pricing extended until October 13!

Social work professionals can receive up to 15* CEUs and Nursing professionals can receive up to 18.02*.

*based on attendance at both general and pre-conference sessions

REGISTER HERE

CONFERENCE BROCHURE

MORE INFORMATION

RESOURCES: Spanish COVID-19

On behalf of Community Health Justice Lab, we are so excited to share the launch of our COVID-19 Spanish site: https://www.chjl.org/covid19/es/covid-19-chjl-es/. This work includes our curated video on COVID-19 to encourage covid vaccinations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir62Zk6NSiM&t=17s.

JOB POSTING: Project Access Patient Navigator position

RESOURCES: New Spanish Language Education Resources on Commercial Tobacco Use Prevention and Control: Prevencion y control del tabaquismo

We are excited to announce the release of new commercial tobacco control education tools in Spanish to support community education efforts in Hispanic communities. Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network partnered with the New Mexico Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, and the New Mexico Association of Community Health Workers/Nuestra Salud, to develop Prevención y control del tabaquismo as a resource to help community health workers/promotores de salud address commercial tobacco control and promote awareness about the harmful effects of using tobacco products among Hispanics. Community health workers/promotores de salud are trusted members of the community and play a significant role in meeting the health needs of underserved communities, including tobacco-related disparities. Equipped with the right tools and information, they are effective health advocates for their communities and help advance health equity.

About this tool:

This educational material was designed to help community health workers/promotores de salud implement educational sessions in Spanish addressing commercial tobacco use prevention and control. It was developed as a PowerPoint tool that can be adapted and updated to meet the educational needs across different audiences. A series of Infographics are also included for printing and distribution among session participants. Two additional supporting tools were also developed in Spanish that specifically address nicotine dependence and family intervention support. Please see attached pdf file with a more detailed description of the resources. These resources are available for use in local community settings as well as virtually. You can access them at: https://bit.ly/MaterialesCHW

Please share this important information with your networks, stakeholders, and other partners.

Click here to view and download the flyers:

Nuestras Voces in English

Nuestras Voces en Espanol

RESOURCES: Diabetes Deeper Dive Invite

As of September 14, 2021

JOB POSTINGS: Kansas Department of Health & Environment

JOB POSTINGS: Hunter Health Clinic

JOB POSTINGS: Southern Plains Tribal Health Board & Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center

SALARY RANGE: $46,400  – $69,600 Salary

Click Here To Apply

 

DESCRIPTION:

The Epidemiologists perform much of the OKTEC’s contact tracing/case investigation efforts. This position is a public health professional providing support to Tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian clinics in the fight against COVID-19. The epidemiologist is responsible for reaching out to people (contacts) who have been exposed to COVID-19 and providing health education and guidance to interrupt ongoing disease transmission. Dialogue with contacts will be guided by standard protocols to obtain any symptom history and other relevant health information, provide instructions for self-quarantine, and make appropriate referrals to testing, clinical services, and other essential support services. This position will require prioritization, prompt action, and attention to detail in documentation and data management as multiple investigations will be conducted simultaneously.

CONFERENCE: 2021 Kansas Breastfeeding Conference

October 14, 15, 28, & 29, 2021

Find more information here: 2021 Kansas Breastfeeding Conference

RESOURCE: Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition-Breastfeeding Classes

Find more information here: Breastfeeding Classes

JOB POSTINGS: WSU Community Engagement Institute Prevention Initiatives

Prevention Initiatives is hiring a Community Program Specialist to support our current services for the Kansas Prevention Collaborative, with a distinct focus on overseeing our creation of a group connecting college and university prevention efforts across the state and supporting the year-young Kansas Youth Connect group.  Please take a look at the job posting and share with anyone you think might be interested and can help us continue to learn how to better serve Kansans in behavioral health promotion and substance abuse prevention.

Here it is: https://jobs.wichita.edu/postings/23125

LIVE WEBINAR: Unlocking American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Requirements: Grant Writing Tips with Julie Assel

Is your organization eligible and prepared to apply for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and grants? What types of projects qualify for funding? Attend this short, FREE webinar presented by Julie Assel to prepare your organization to best utilize ARPA resources. Assel will cover questions relating to hospitals, units of government, education organizations, and nonprofits as well as information for new and seasoned grant writers. Click here to save your seat for this one-hour webinar on Wednesday, September 29 at noon CDT. Following the webinar’s conclusion, a link to the recording will be posted at healthfund.org.

Julie Assel is the President and CEO of Assel Grant Services. Assel is a professional grant writer with more than 15 years of experience. Her expertise is in federal level grants with the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Assel holds a Grant Professional Certification from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and a Fundraising Certificate from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

We hope you can join us for this webinar. View details and RSVP here.

CONFERENCE: 2021 Oral Health Kansas Conference

Registration for the virtual 2021 Conference on Oral Health is now open! This year’s conference will be held virtually November 4 from 8:00am-12:00pm and November 5 from 8:00am-12:30pm with a special Dental Champions Alumni Battle Royale virtual reception the evening of November 4! National and state thought leaders will join us this year and cover topics including: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Dental Care, serving people with disabilities and a panel on new delivery models.

When: Thursday, November 4, 8:00am-12:00pm AND Friday, November 5, 8:00am-12:30pm

Dental Champions Reception Battle Royale (for Alumni) November 4 at 6:00pm

ONE registration fee will give you access to BOTH virtual session days! Students, we did not forget about you!

Individual Registration Fees

Single: $60

Student: $15

Group rates

 

Dental Team Rates

Names and contact information for each attendee will be required

  • 2 to 5 – $45 per person
  • 6 to 10 – $40 per person
  • 11 or more – $35 per person

Classroom Rate

Dental and dental hygiene classes of 12 or more people can benefit from the Classroom rate and get a set of classroom discussion questions to guide conversations based on the subjects covered during the conference. 

 

$500 + a set of classroom discussion questions 

 

Click here to view the conference agenda and speakers!

 

Watch our website for updates!

RESOURCE: Free Rides Now Available in Wyandotte County!

WEBINAR: Building the CHW Workforce of the Future

Across the country, community health workers have become trusted messengers on the front lines of strong primary care systems, accompanying patients, helping manage care, and coordinating with health centers and hospitals. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this workforce has ensured people have the social and material support they need to stay safe, while also building trust in the vaccines.

PIH, alongside community health workers, advocates, and policy experts, will lead a dialogue speaking to the essential role of this community-based workforce. We’ll examine how community health workers bolster overstretched public health systems and call for national investments in these roles.

Event date: September 21, 2021 from 3-4pm EST 

This event is hosted by Partners in Health, and NACHW Executive Director, Denise Smith, is among the speakers.

REGISTER HERE

 

As of September 1, 2021

JOB POSTINGS: Thrive Allen County

JOB POSTING: United Healthcare

Telecommuter job opening that may be of interest to Community Health Workers in western Kansas. Click here to learn more: https://careers.unitedhealthgroup.com/job/13009098/community-outreach-rep-garden-city-ks-remote/

JOB POSTING: AmeriCorps VISTA at Wichita State University

Improve the health of Kansans! Join the Center for Public
Health Initiatives in our work to promote change in public
health systems.

        The Center for Public Health Initiatives VISTA will build the capacity
of local and state partners serving Kansans who receive Medicaid
services to overcome health disparities that often result from and
perpetuate the cycle of poverty. The VISTA will develop resources,
cultivate partnerships with state and local health departments and
community health workers, and support cross-center work that
connects public health, prevention, behavioral health, and other
teams at the Community Engagement Institute.

Apply at my.americorps.gov

Click here to read more.

JOB POSTING: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

KDHE has a vacancy for its Performance Improvement Manager position, which is located in the Office of the Secretary (This position was recently held by Annie Gile). In addition to the duties outlined below, the Performance Improvement Manager will work closely with Cristi and Amy (and others) on preparing KDHE’s application for PHAP reaccreditation (2022). Please feel free to share with those you think might be interested.

Performance Improvement Manager

  • Builds, directs, manages, and ensures implementation and effectiveness of KDHE’s performance management (PM) system in accordance with national public health standards
  • Advises and collaborates with agency leadership to develop and implement quality/performance measures in the agency
  • Using performance indicators from KDHE’s performance management system, improve program linkages, reporting, and decision-making and integrate program evaluation with national standards by assisting all divisions/bureaus/programs in creating relevant operational plans, training staff, and providing technical assistance
  • Regularly reports the status of performance and quality improvement efforts and impacts. Coordinates and prepares an annual accountability report

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:   Quality Improvement

  • Evaluates data from internal and external surveys and other sources to identify quality improvement opportunities and to assess operational and program efficiencies and effectiveness
  • Integrates quality/performance improvement activities into agency culture through marketing/promotion including development of a communications plan
  • Coordinates performance management and quality improvement capacity building for all staff (includes development and provision of related workforce development opportunities)
  • Researches best performance and quality improvement practices and provides recommendations

 

More detail and application materials are at: jobs.ks.gov

JOB POSTINGS: National Association of Community Health Workers

Come work with us! NACHW is expanding and hiring for three open positions. These positions will help NACHW continue its work in unifying the voices of the CHW workforce, and strengthening the profession’s capacity to promote healthy communities.

Data and Evaluation Project Senior Associates
NACHW is seeking Data and Evaluation Senior Associate (DESA) to lead development of multi-method approaches to our data collection, data analysis and impact evaluation. This role will provide thought and implementation leadership to consider ways NACHW will evaluate how our priorities, initiatives and activities work across funding streams, communities and timelines to achieve our mission. The DESA will work closely with the NACHW staff and Board on organizational and partner strategic planning processes, develop indicators of success and track deliverables and achievements.

Learn more and apply HERE

Capacity Building Coordinator

NACHW is seeking a passionate and self-motivated Capacity Building Coordinator to help us advance the professional identity, policy and organizational leadership and capacity of Community Health Workers, the CHW Networks and NACHW partners. The Capacity Building (CBC) Coordinator is an essential part of the NACHW’s national team. Reporting to the Member and Partner Engagement Manager, the CBC increases the capacity of CHWs, CHW Networks, public health organizations, health departments, and national partner agencies to understand, engage, and utilize innovative strategies and best practice to effectively amplify, integrate and partner with communities across the U.S. This position supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of a number of NACHW COVID-19 related projects, national collaboratives and advisory partnerships.

Learn more and apply HERE

Policy Manager

NACHW is seeking a Policy Manager (PM) to develop authentic relationships and collaborations with the NACHW Board, Members and Stakeholders across the country. The PM will research, track, development and advocate for policies that respect, protect and partner with Community Health Workers and their organizations. The PM builds strategies and promotes recommendations that advance the NACHW CHW Policy Platform among public and private payers, employers and institutions who work with CHWs. They will strengthen community and public health systems by working at the intersection of public health policy and practice to create broad, long-lasting impact on CHW professional identity, sustainability, the social determinants of health, racial equity, and health systems/service transformation at the state and national level.

Learn more and apply HERE

RESOURCE: Apply to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment & Recovery Loan Repayment Program

RESOURCE: Telehealth Patient Resource in 6 New Languages

The Coverage to Care (C2C) patient resource, Telehealth: What to Know for Your Family, is now available in 6 additional languages: ArabicChinese, Haitian CreoleKoreanRussian, and Vietnamese.

These translations are available for download at go.cms.gov/c2ctelehealth.

Released earlier this year in English and Spanish, Telehealth: What to Know for Your Family helps patients learn about:

  • Types of care they can receive through telehealth
  • How to prepare for an appointment
  • What to expect during a telehealth visit

More COVID-19 resources are available in multiple languages at go.cms.gov/c2ccovid19 and go.cms.gov/omhcovid19.

We encourage you to share these resources to help everyone remain healthy during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Want to receive updates on C2C? Subscribe to the C2C listservTo learn more or download C2C resources, please visit go.cms.gov/c2c or email CoverageToCare@cms.hhs.gov.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Kansas Health Champions Awards

The Governor’s Council on Fitness is now accepting nominations for its annual Kansas Health Champion Awards. The deadline for nominations is September 30. Please see the attached press release for details on how to nominate a Health Champion today. The press release can also be found here:

https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/PDFs/Nominations%20Now%20Being%20Accepted%20for%20Kansas%20Health%20Champion%20Awards%20.pdf

Chronic Disease Risk Reduction grant recipients

RESOURCE: Rental Assistance

The HRSA Office of Regional Operations (ORO) would like to ensure that you are aware of the rental assistance resources available to tenants and landlords.  Please help get the word out to your stakeholder communities by sharing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s new Rental Assistance Finder to help renters and landlords avoid eviction. The attached Rental Assistance Call to Action toolkit can help them understand resources available to help navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic.   

JOB POSTING: Full-time CHW position at Samuel U Rodgers Health Center

CONFERENCE: 2021 Community Care Network of Kansas Annual Conference: Emerging Stronger Together-September 20-23, 2021

Please join Community Care Network of Kansas for our 2021 Annual Conference. For the second year in a row, the conference will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID still presents many challenges – however, there is a sense of optimism that we are making progress in our fight against this devastating virus. With multiple effective vaccines available, and with tools such as masking, testing, social distancing, and contact tracing at our disposal, we look toward a brighter future where we emerge from the pandemic stronger and with greater resolve.

Our theme – Emerging Stronger Together – reflects that optimism. We know health centers and community-based clinics throughout the state carry the weight of COVID-related testing, treatment, and vaccination services on top of daily clinic operations. Capacities, resources and personal mettle are tested every day. Resilient staff respond with professionalism, competence and compassion. The mighty blow of coronavirus cannot knock this network down.

Four powerful days of sessions will feature national, state and regional experts guiding attendees to higher levels of understanding related to comprehensive healthcare systems. There will be profound insights for providers, administrators and support staff; tools to support resiliency and self-care; and thought-provoking discussions on ethics and equity in healthcare. Our conference is committed to professional development, and personal growth. We will use this time together to explore the ways we can and already are emerging stronger together as individuals, staffs and clinics.

Community Care can’t wait to share this experience with all of you. We encourage clinics to take full advantage of the online platform and allow even more staff to attend. We are, after all, emerging stronger together. Please register today.

Registration Brochure

Conference Rates

Organizational/Associate member  

$225 per person full conference                                         

One day rate $99 per person (only good for days(s) registered)

Friend Member  

$275 per person full conference 

One day rate $149 per person (only good for days(s) registered) 

Non-Member  

$325 per person full conference 

One day rate $199 per person (only good for days(s) registered)    

You are welcome to register all staff to attend the Community Care Network of Kansas 2021 Annual Virtual Conference. 

For questions, please contact Kari Parker, Resource and Training Specialist. 

Register Here!

Deadline to Register is September 10!

CONFERENCE: Kansas Public Health Association Annual Conference-September 21-23, 2021

For more information on the 2021 KPHA Virtual Conference visit https://kpha.us/2021-virtual-conference.

SCHOLARSHIP: Wichita State University Badge Courses

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 Wichita State University students in a badge course by Wednesday, Sept. 8 will be eligible for a scholarship to cover tuition and fees for one badge course (fall 2021 semester only).

Enrollment is open now! You can begin badge courses between Aug. 16 and Nov. 10. All coursework must be completed by Dec. 9. Enrollment is open now. Students can begin badge courses between Aug. 16 and Nov. 10. All coursework must be completed by Dec. 9.

Scholarships will be available on a first-come basis until all funds have been awarded.

Badges are academic short courses of one credit hour or less that are designed for working, non-degree seeking professionals. They are online and self-paced. Badges allow students to demonstrate to employers their knowledge, skills and competencies in a subject area. Students who complete a badge will receive digital recognition of their accomplishment that they can share on social media and link to a digital resume.

For more information, contact workforce@wichita.edu or 316-978-7579.

Enroll and view the badge course catalog

CONFERENCE: 2021 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo-October 24-27, 2021 in Denver Colorado

Register now for APHA’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo to be a part of the year’s largest gathering of public health professionals. Join us in Denver or online Oct. 24-27. Here are the top 10 reasons to attend APHA 2021:

  1. Inspiration from nationally recognized leaders like Heather McGhee, New York Times bestselling author of The Sum of Us. McGhee will be the keynote speaker at the Opening General Session.
  2. Pre-meeting activities like live, virtual poster sessions, Section business meetings, and Learning Institutes* to amplify your networking and education and ramp up for the official kick-off on Sunday, Oct. 24.
  3. Networking opportunities with the public health community! You’ll connect with peers from around the country who work in health departments, higher education, non-profits, and more.
  4. Live demonstrations from leading companies in the Industry Expert Theater. Get a first look at new product reveals and learn how these organizations can help you improve your work.
  5. 300+ exhibitors from across the nation who want to meet you. Engage with leaders in the field at the Public Health Expo in Denver or the Virtual Expo.
  6. Earn CE credits for free. APHA is covering the cost of 1 CE type for all attendees ($60 value). Earn 20.5 CE credits by attending scientific sessions and an additional 12 CE credits by purchasing access to the Learning Institutes*.
  7. Public Health Film Festival includes on-demand short films and live, in-person screenings of full-length films covering all areas of public health. Join us in Denver to meet and hear from experts and filmmakers during the post-screening panel discussion.
  8. Fantastic events like the APHA Award Ceremony and Luncheon*, book signing parties, receptions, social media events, and more.
  9. Change of scenery to break up the monotony. Travel to Denver to learn in a new environment, get some sunshine, and boost your creativity.
  10. Public health is awesome and APHA 2021 is the place to connect with others in the field and organizations supporting your work. Join the conversation on Twitter.

*Additional purchase required.

Click here to register: https://www.apha.org/Events-and-Meetings/Annual/Registration-Information/Register

NOMINATIONS: UMHMF Kim Moore Award for Visionary Leadership

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund Board of Directors voted in the fall of 2017 to honor its founding president with the establishment of the Kim Moore Award for Visionary Leadership.  We invite you or your organization to nominate a leader who has served or is serving in the strategic area of access to care in Kansas.  For this award, leadership is defined as actions that have had a positive effect on the health of a specific group of persons.

To nominate a candidate, please use our online form or provide a letter to the Health Fund staff that includes the following

  • Describe in 300 words or less the visionary leadership the nominee has demonstrated and the specific work and actions that have benefited the health of Kansans in the strategic area of access to care.
  • Please describe (also in another 300 words or less): (1) How this individual has taken risks, shown innovation, and exhibited the flexibility and creativity needed to be effective in his/her work (2) What makes this individual an outstanding leader in this field of work?  What are his or her significant contributions to the field of work? (3) What change resulted from and/or who benefited from this person’s leadership
  • A brief summary of the nominee’s professional career

Award timeline:

Nominations need to be received in the Health Fund office by September 10.  Staff will review nominations for final selection by Board vote in mid-September.

A cash award of $500 will be given to the winner of this award.  If she/he is associated with an organization, that agency will receive an additional $2,000 to use as it deems.  Health Fund staff will schedule an appropriate time to host a brief awards ceremony at the honoree’s place of business followed by a small reception, or arrange an alternate form of recognition.

Please direct any questions about this award to Katie Schoenhoff, Director of Programs (620.662.8586 or katie@healthfund.org).  Nomination letters may be submitted online, emailed, or postal mailed to her attention.

RESOURCES: COVID-19 Toolkits

CONFERENCE: Kansas Special Olympics Leadership Conference

Special Olympics Kansas will hold the first in-person Health and Leadership Conference in Salina, Kansas on October 16-18, 2021. This is a prime opportunity to engage with individuals, families, organizations, and partners across the state that seek to better the health and leadership skills of individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

We are offering select vendor booth and sponsor benefits for groups that wish to participate in this conference.

Please see the brochure at the link here: https://kschw.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2021-KSSO-Program-Conference-Sponsorship-Brochure.pdf

TRAINING: Asthma Education & Healthy Homes Assessment for CHWs

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 5, 6, & 7, 2021
Live, online training course using Zoom.
 
Many scholarships are available for those in need.
 
Click here for more information and to download the flyer:
 
     This special three-day training course is ideal for community health workers who want to become
a state-certified asthma educator and home visitor. The training will help you understand the
connection between health and housing, and how to assess for and prioritize basic housing hazards
and educate home occupants on practical solutions. The goal of healthy homes training is to take a
holistic approach to identify and resolve problems that threaten the health and well-being of residents.
This course includes emphasis on the best practices for environmental management of asthma.
      On the first day of training Asthma Ready Communities at the University of Missouri will deliver
Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker. The goal of this course is to prepare
Community Health Workers to effectively educate clients about basic asthma management and coach
for proper inhalation technique using a medication delivery device.
      On the second and third day we will discuss the latest knowledge about how to manage, health and
safety hazards, how to collect an environmental history from a client, and how to communicate and
educate about healthy home concerns. The course includes a practice home assessment at a home
in the community. The training utilizes and applies the eight principles of healthy housing.

As of May 14, 2021

JOB POSTING: Hunter Health

Join Hunter Health’s team of individuals who are passionate about public health! Hunter Health offers great hours, competitive pay, outstanding PTO, and a competitive benefits package!

Community Outreach Coordinator: https://jobs-hunter.icims.com/jobs/1455/job

The Community Outreach Coordinator leads cross-departmental teams, builds strategic relationships with community partners, and implements Hunter Health’s organizational outreach strategies in alignment with Hunter Health’s strategic goals and objectives. The Community Outreach Coordinator also serves as an advocate for patients and their families, including Native American tribal enrollment.

NEW!! Community Health Worker-1: https://jobs-hunter.icims.com/jobs/1453/job

The Community Health Worker-1 will be responsible for building individual and community capacity to prevent illness by increasing health knowledge and self-efficacy among American Indian/Alaskan Natives through informal counseling, attendance at community gatherings, and participation in Hunter Health-sponsored community events. The Community Health Worker-1 also assists with Native American tribal enrollment.

We also have several new Clinical positions open, if you have contacts in Nursing or Health Information Management: https://jobs-hunter.icims.com/jobs/search

www.hunterhealth.org

FREE Diabetes Prevention Program Online Lifestyle Coach Training through KDHE

**Please note the updated link within the attached flyer. The link in the previous email was showing past dates.**

 

KDHE is sponsoring a FREE Diabetes Prevention Program Online Lifestyle Coach Training through ADCES. This training is appropriate for anyone who is interested in delivering the National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Change Program.  

 

The virtual 6 week course will take place June 7 – July 12 with mandatory Wednesday conference calls from  12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

Please see the attached flyer for more information on the course as well as how to register. Twelve CEs are available.

 

This workshop will cover crucial components such as the CDC’s PreventT2 curriculum, the cornerstone to a successful DPP.  You will also gain insight from practicing lifestyle coaches to learn best practices and real-life examples.

 

We encourage you to share this training opportunity with others who may be interested. Please complete registration by June 4th, 2021 to ensure your spot in the training.

 

If you have questions, please reply to this email.

 

Are you interested in offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program in an online format? Check out HALTdiabetesks.com to see a FREE virtual platform now available in Kansas! If you are interested in learning more, join us for a live demonstration webinar on May 25th! Please email kdhe.HaltDiabetesKS@ks.gov for more information.

                                                             

 

 

The Kansas HALT Diabetes Team

Bureau of Health Promotion | Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Email: kdhe.HaltDiabetesKS@ks.gov

RESOURCE: Child Care Aware

Community Resource Sheets – Child Care Aware

Information for All 105 Kansas Counties To learn more about the average cost of child care in a county, to access links to local, state and national services, and to find connections to helpful parenting information – click on an alphabetical dropdown below and select your county from the list of links.

ks.childcareaware.org

RESOURCES: Vaccines

1)Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC : We all agree that all the frequent questions should be available just in case.  Is available in Spanish as well.

2)Seguridad de las vacunas contra el COVID-19 | CDC :  Spanish 

3)Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC English version

4) V-safe Print Resources | CDC This portion is coming for the same page title Safety of Covid-19 Vaccines. This page has resources in the left hand side for us to print.

5) Find My Vaccine | KDHE Vaccine KS (kansasvaccine.gov) Having the finder available is going to be important in case clients access points may not be the first option due to the distant.

6) Resources — Voices on Vaccinations (squarespace.com): This was part of the resources that Jacob provided for us: This testimonials resources are great but is going to take more time for us to share with clients . For this reason, we think that should be part of our list just in case any staff member would like to tailor a message for specific client

 

WEBINAR: Community Health & Economic Prosperity: Insights from the Surgeon General's Report

Join us to hear panelists Ursula Bauer (HHS/CDC), Gregory Fairchild (UVA), and Douglas Jutte (Build Healthy Places Network), who served as senior scientific editors of the 2021 U.S. Surgeon General’s report, Community Health and Economic Prosperity, share findings and recommendations from the report. Anand Parekh (Bipartisan Policy Center) will moderate the discussion and Q&A.
Register below and please share this announcement with your networks. 

Click here to register.

TRAINING: COVID-19 Vaccination Training

COVID-19 Vaccination Training

 

COVID-19 vaccination training remains essential as more individuals become eligible to receive a vaccine. The Public Health Foundation (PHF), working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has compiled vaccine storage, handling, administration, and communication trainings along with trainings specific to the Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines, and made them easily accessible through the training plan, COVID-19 Vaccination Training Programs for Healthcare Professionals

 

Interested in other COVID-19 vaccination trainings? Use PHF’s live search of COVID-19 vaccination trainings available through the TRAIN Learning Network.

Bringing Down the Barriers to Vaccine Equity

California has now reached 30 million people across the state with vaccinations, a life-saving achievement. In some areas of the country we may be hitting a new vaccine landmark—supply is beginning to outpace demand. Providers and public health share the responsibility to reach communities and address obstacles including ease of access, a desire for more information, and the need to hear from a trusted messenger. See new resources from PHI to help:

  • Web Forum: Hesitancy, Equity, and Transparency: Rolling out the COVID-19 Vaccine (Upcoming 5/6/2021): Trust and trustworthiness are a significant part of achieving equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Join moderator Dr. Mary Pittman, PHI CEO & President, and speakers—including Dr. Bechara Choucair, Vaccinations Coordinator for the White House COVID Response Team, responsible for overseeing the national vaccination efforts under the Biden-Harris administration—to learn how policymakers, health care providers, pharmacies, and community-based organizations can build trust, address population-specific needs, leverage trusted community resources, and more.
  • Video: Improving Vaccination Accessibility for Individuals Living with Disabilities: Part of PHI’s Public Health Alliance of Southern California’s Vaccine Equity series, this video highlights how health leaders from The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity are partnering with community members to implement a set of core recommendations that improve access to COVID-19 vaccinations, appointments and more for individuals living with disabilities.

Strategy: Bringing Vaccine Clinics to Faith Congregations: PHI’s Together Toward Health (TTH) funds outreach efforts in 300+ organizations in communities across the state that have been hard-hit by COVID and are under-reached by vaccine and prevention efforts. CBS Sacramento profiles how TTH and the state are partnering with 200 faith-based organizations to provide more than 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses at pop-up clinics right in neighborhood places of worship.

 

Overcoming Obstacles So You Can Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine from National Council on Aging

Finding an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination continues to be frustrating for many people. This guide can make it easier. Click here to read.

Overview of Kansas’ testing & vaccine resources:

This “one pager” consolidates all testing and vaccine resources into a single page, available in both English and Spanish.

Equity Vaccine Form:

Linked here is a one page overview of our “Equity Form,” which allows community leaders & organizations like yourselves to:

  • ask for an introduction to a provider to schedule a vaccination event for your community
  • request vaccine resources from KDHE (e.g., doses, vaccination staff)
  • offer to support at vaccine sites (e.g., transportation, vaccination staff, publicity)

Please complete this form yourselves if applicable or circulate broadly to community & faith-based organizations. Thank you to those of you who have already completed it.

5/13/2021 Blog Post - Hosting Vaccination Sites: Tips for Health Plans

Telehealth Learning Series

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites you to a free webinar on Licensure Compacts.

Date: Monday, May 17, 2021

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CT | 12:30pm – 2:00pm ET

Webinar Objectives:

–      Share information on HRSA programs and resources that support licensure compacts and telehealth

–      Provide an overview of the following licensure compacts:

o    Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC)

o    Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

o    Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT)

o    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Compact

o    Physical Therapy (PT) Compact

–      Share legislative/regulatory updates regarding licensure compacts

–      Discuss the importance of interstate licensure compacts as a method for increasing access to care and addressing workforce shortages

–      Highlight examples demonstrating how expedited licensure processes have allowed health care providers extend their reach by leveraging telemedicine

Facilitator:

Dan Logsden, Manager | National Center for Interstate Compacts

Featured Speakers:

Richard Masters, JD, Special Counsel | National Center for Interstate Compacts

Marschall S. Smith, MPA, Executive Director | Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission

James R. Puente, MS, MJ, CAE, Director | Nurse Licensure Compact

Janet Orwig, MBA, CAE, Associate Executive Officer for Member Services and PSYPACT Executive Director | Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

Dan Manz, Educator | Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice

Thomas ‘T.J.’ Cantwell, MPP, Administrator | Physical Therapy Compact Commission

Register for the session here.

This webinar is part of HRSA’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series.  The series’ goal is to highlight successful projects/best practices as well as resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services. 

For more resources and tools about telehealth, visit telehealth.hhs.gov and https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth/index.html.

For more information, contact HRSAORORegion7@hrsa.gov.

WEBINAR: Meeting the Moment-Flexible and Strategic Administrative Partnership for STLT Health Departments

NNPHI strongly believes in the IOM’s wisdom that defined public health as ‘what we do as a society to ensure the conditions in which people can be healthy.’ The work of protecting and improving the public’s health has always been implemented using public-private partnerships. Throughout the COVID-19 response, state, tribal, local and territorial health departments have utilized public-private partnerships to quickly mobilize resources, apply for new funding from federal partners, engage marginalized communities, share data with state executive and legislative branches, address food insecurities and so much more. With new resources for states coming through the American Rescue Plan, health departments have an opportunity to utilize Bona Fide Agents to support writing proposals for the new resources and quickly hiring for and managing these initiatives in close partnership. The National Network of Public Health Institutes and its members collectively have decades of experience serving as flexible and strategic administrative partners. Join us for a practical discussion of how administrative partnerships and the use of Bona Fide Agents can support your state with utilizing resources quickly and strategically.

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Renée Branch Canady, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute
  • Jamie Legier, Acting Deputy Director – Global, Office of Grants Services (OGS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michael E. Rhein, President & CEO of Institute of Public Health Innovation (Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC)

Click here to register.

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

Click here to learn more: http://supportgroupsinkansas.org/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)

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