1115 Medicaid Redesign Team Waiver Public Comment Session Materials Available

The public comment session took place on June 24, 2019, in Albany, New York. The forum featured a presentation from the NYS Department of Health and a comment period where representatives of various PPSs and healthcare providers involved in DSRIP were able to voice their opinions about the progress that has been made and the future of the 1115 waiver.

The 1115 Medicaid Redesign Team Waiver Public Forum slides, video recording of the public forum, and transcript of the public comment session are available on the NYS Department of Health website.

 

 

Healthy Community Alliance – join the CBO Consortium!

The Healthy Community Alliance has been awarded with funding from the NYS Department of Health to assist Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with the development of long term sustainability plans. CBOs that have addressed Social Determinants of Health for over two years are invited to join the Rest of State CBO Consortium. While technical assistance webinars have begun (a list of those can be found here *updated schedule posted 6/24*), they are still accepting CBOs into this consortium to participate in this support and plan for their futures. More information on the CBO Consortium and key benefits of membership can be found on their benefits and key messages pages.

To register with the CBO Consortium, the CBO Agreement form must be completed and submitted to Tony Sanfilippo (contact information on the flier below), and the CBO applying for membership must fulfill the requirements listed on the flier. If your organization is interested in participating in the next regional meeting on June 27 for the CBO Consortium, Tony Sanfilippo is also the contact to register for the call. The presentations from the first meeting on May 30 are also available here.

CBOs that do not meet the criteria can also register using the affiliate CBO form organizations and are invited to participate in the Consortium, but will not receive incentive payments to do so.

 

Live Well WNY

Live Well WNY is a movement led by the Population Health Collaborative and funded by the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. The program seeks to address three behaviors that lead to four chronic conditions that account for over 50% of our premature deaths. These three behaviors are smoking, inactive lifestyle, and unhealthy diet.

Any organizations or programs that are interested in supporting this work by listing themselves as a resource for community members working on these issues, please register on the WNY Healthy Communities Coalition webpage.

Also, please feel free to join the WNY Healthy Communities Coalition on June 28, 2019 at AcQua on the Buffalo waterfront for a chance to meet and speak with others doing similar work around healthy living. For more information and to register for this free event, please sign-up on their eventpage.

1115 MRT Waiver Public Comment Day

The Medicaid Redesign Team public comment day is June 24, 2019 at Meeting Room 6, on the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany. This event is meant to provide a forum in which DSRIP participants can comment on the future of the 1115 waiver. Written public comment may be submitted through July 5, 2019 to 1115waivers@health.ny.gov, with subject line “1115 Public Forum Comment”.

The live webcast can be viewed at this address:

https://www.health.ny.gov/events/webcasts

More information on the event and the post event recording can be found here:

https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/medicaid_waiver_1115

 

PCMH Study Reports Positive Impact of DSRIP

According to a new study completed by the United Hospital Fund, the DSRIP program has played a key role in increasing the adoption of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) healthcare model in New York State. Between May of 2017 and 2018 there has been a 35% increase in the number of primary care providers adopting the model, which is a huge jump from the average of 15% in previous years. The model was created by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and works to improve quality outcomes by coordinating care through a patient’s primary care provider.

The full story can be viewed on the United Hospital Fund website, and the full study can be viewed here.

June Quarterly Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting

The next Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting is being held on June 11 from 8:00 – 9:30am. The meeting will be hosted at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo and will feature a presentation from Kristin Woodlock, of Woodlock and Associates, on the CPWNY Innovations Projects, providing an overview of each project and discussing strategic lessons learned. There will also be a budget update for CPWNY.

light breakfast buffet will be served with fruit, pastries, coffee, tea and juices.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit the PAC meeting’s Eventbrite page.

 

NYS 2019 DSRIP Learning Symposium – Compendium Released

The New York State Department of Health has released a collection of descriptions and pictures of the exhibits that each PPS created for the 2019 DSRIP Learning Symposium. CPWNY’s section is on page 18 and 19 of the compendium, and details our presentation. There is also a description of a video CPWNY produced to show some of our DSRIP projects and partners.

Community Partners of WNY Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Community Partners of WNY (A DSRIP PPS) Spring 2019 Newsletter Now Available!

The newsletter includes updates on:

  • Cover Story Feature: 4th Annual NYS DSRIP Learning Symposium
  • Features Highlighting:
    • CPWNY By the Numbers
    • The Launch of the Nurse-Family Partnership at Catholic Health
    • and more!

For the complete quarterly update, access the newsletter by clicking here.

New E-Cigarette Information! Youth most likely to use – information for parents, providers, educators and e-cig users

Partners at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have developed an informative packet explaining the dangers of electronic cigarettes. Research based evidence is showing that 40% of e-cigarette users 18-24 have never been cigarette smokers and over 2 million middle and high school students smoke these devices.

The full information packet can be found here.

Free Film Screening – Unnatural Causes: in Sickness and in Wealth

Is inequality making us sick?

On Monday April 1, 2019, as part of National Public Health week, D’Youville College, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, and Community Partners of Western New York, will be co-sponsoring a film screening and discussion of Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth which explores racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health. The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion including a presentation of regional data mirroring the health-wealth gradient seen in the film. We will discuss the issues as well as solutions at the policy, institutional, and program levels.

There are zip codes in Buffalo where 1/6 babies are born low birth weight and infant mortality is more than three times the national rate (19.8 versus 6.1 per 1000 births). The rate of free/reduced lunch eligibility in Buffalo Public Schools is about 70% compared to 7% in suburban school districts like East Aurora and Orchard Park. A marker of poverty, this is accompanied by many other adverse health outcomes including higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Health inequalities are not natural; they result from decisions that we as a society have made.

To register, please visit the event website