Governor Cuomo Announces More than $155 Million in Funding to Strengthen and Improve Health Care in Western New York

The awards are being made through the Capital Restructuring Financing Program and Essential Health Care Provider Support Program. Both were created by Governor Cuomo to support the goals of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), the main mechanism for investing the $7.3 billion in Medicaid savings that resulted from the groundbreaking waiver between New York and the federal government in 2014.  To read the entire article, please visit the following link.

FREE! Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care Webinar

FREE! Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care Webinar:

Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services means that services are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs. Implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate services helps individuals and organizations respond to the demographic changes in the U.S.; reduce health disparities; improve the quality of services; meet legislative, regulatory and accreditation mandates; gain a competitive edge in the market place; and decrease the likelihood of liability. The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to best serve our nation’s increasingly diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Attendees will learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the National CLAS Standards.
For additional resources on the National CLAS Standards, please visit:

Webinar: Fundamentals of the National CLAS Standards
March 17, 2016 at 3 pm ET

Featured Speaker:

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Director, Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Register here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Health Equity Report

The Department of Health has released the “2016 Health Equity Report – County Edition.”  This report contains valuable information on the health status of racial and ethnic populations across New York State.  This data also serves as a great supplement to the findings of our PPS Community Needs Assessment as well as informing our strategies on cultural competency and health literacy to reduce health disparities.  You can read the report under “News” on our cultural competency page located here.

Translating Research into Practice: Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease

Prevention Agenda Webinar Series hosted by University at Albany School of Public Health

Translating Research into Practice: Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

“One of the main goals of the New York State Prevention Agenda is to increase access to high quality chronic disease preventive care and management in both clinical and community settings. A key focus for achieving this goal is to support patients to adhere to medication regiments to effectively manage their condition. Moreover, there are serious impacts of non-adherence in terms of costs and health outcomes. Through evidence-based services, medication adherence can be improved to assist those with chronic conditions maintain or improve their health. Relevant Prevention Agenda recommendations include adopting medical home or team-based care models, incentivizing quality improvement, reducing or eliminating out-of-pocket costs for clinical and community preventive services, and coordinating with clinicians to establish and implement patient reminder systems for preventive and follow-up care.”

For a full description of this program please visit the University at Albany School of Public Health’s  website.

Click here to Register

Call them at 518.402.0330 or e-mail if you need assistance. Thank you!

CPWNY Winter 2016 Newsletter

Community Partners of WNY (CPWNY) has published its Winter 2016 Newsletter.  The newsletter outlines the patient portal, CPWNY’s utilization of the MIX and provides status updates on the PPS’s workstreams and projects.  To view the newsletter, please click here.

Advancing Cultural Competence in the Public Health and Healthcare Workforce

State University of New York at Albany has launched the first structural competence program in the country. This brand-new program called Advancing Cultural Competence, offers certificates in structural competency for the American Indian, Latino/a, African American and Black, and Asian populations in New York. Certificates are now available for the American Indian and Latino/a series. Courses for those series are now available for viewing. To register for those certificates or to see a description of each course in the certificate series, click here.

Introduction to Value Based Payments (VBP) Video

The NYS Department of Health has published its latest video, Value Based Payments (VBP): An Introduction. The video gives an overview of what value based payments are, its important role in the NYS Medicaid program, and how it will help to improve patient outcomes. The video can be viewed at:

More information on VBP can be found on the DOH website,