Foundations of Faith Community Nursing – Educational Courses Available

Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) are registered professional nurses who practice patient-centered care: a combination of nursing knowledge and spiritual care. Although FCNs do not participate directly in hands-on care, they are invaluable as health educators and counselors who promote health and prevent illness. The Foundations of Faith Community Nurses course explores this specialty, which can be adapted to various faith traditions and communities.

This three-weekend, in-person, 34 contact hour format will take place on the following weekends: October 4th and 5th, November 11th and 12th, and November 18th and 19th. Registration for the training closes September 27. For more information on the course and how to register, please read the program brochure.

Opioid Summit: Innovation Collaboration for Change

HANYS’ Opioid Summit: Innovative Collaboration for Change is designed for healthcare professionals delivering opioid use disorder prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services across the continuum of care. This education and networking event will explore innovative opioid use disorder programs and evidence-based strategies, offering resources, tools, and best practices. The Summit will be held at the Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn on Sept. 24 and will be followed on Sept. 25 by buprenorphine training for eligible clinical providers.

Sessions will include education on health equity and integration of medication-assisted treatment. This event will also cover topics related to early identification, stigma, pregnancy, harm reduction and treatment of infectious diseases for people with opioid use disorder. In addition, HANYS will offer a free, in-person Buprenorphine Waiver Training on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in partnership with the New York State DOH AIDS Institute. The course is required for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical residents seeking to qualify to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine.

Registration can be found here, but space is limited and sign-up ends Sept. 10.

Igniting Hope Conference

The African American Health Disparities Task Force has announced “Igniting Hope 2019: Building A Culture of Health & Ending African American Health Disparities” will take place Fri., Aug. 17, and Sat., Aug. 18, 2019 at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. , Buffalo. The Conference is free and open to all community members.

According to Rev. George Nicholas, MDiv, Senior Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist; and AAHDTF Convener, the 2019 Conference features leading African American public health experts who have experience in initiating and engaging communities to effect a change in minority health disparities including Moro Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center; John Ruffin, PhD, Founding Director, National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities; and Lisa A. Nicholas, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California Los Angeles Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

To register, click here.

Promising practices, United Hospital Fund report

A new report from the United Hospital Fund, DSRIP Promising Practices: Strategies for Meaningful Change for New York Medicaid, highlights case studies of various DSRIP projects across New York State. The report provides key takeaways from the first four years of the DSRIP program, such as the focus on combating the social determinants of health in partnership with community-based organizations. The NYS Department of Health funded this study as a companion piece to the DSRIP Stories of Meaningful Change in Patient Health, published in January, 2019.

A summary of the report can be found on the UHF website, as well as the download page for the full report.

NY Medicaid Population Health Symposium Registration Open and Keynote Speakers Announced!

The NYS DSRIP program will be hosting a Population Health Symposium on November 18th and 19th in Manhattan, NYC. The purpose of the event is to provide a platform for organizations across the continuum of care to share their perspectives and insight on addressing the social determinants of health.

Nationally recognized leaders at the intersection of population health and healthcare delivery, Sandro Galea, Rebecca Onie, and Rocco Perla to keynote:

  • Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH: Physician, epidemiologist, and author, and Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health. Galea previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published more than 800 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 15 books. His latest book is “Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health”; Arianna Huffington has called it “A deeply affecting work from one of the important and innovative voices in American health and medicine”.
  • Rebecca Onie, JD: Founding Partner, The Health Initiative. As co-founder of Health Leads, Onie, is a nationally recognized leader in the intersection of social determinants, population health, and health care delivery. A MacArthur “Genius” awardee, Onie is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an Aspen Institute  Health Innovators Fellow. She has received the APHA Avedis Donabedian Quality Award; Network for Excellence in Health Innovation “Innovator in Health” Award; Robert Wood Johnson Young Leader Award; and Forbes’ Impact 30 Award for leading social entrepreneurs.
  • Rocco Perla: Founding Partner, The Health Initiative. Perla most recently served as President of Health Leads. Previously, he directed the Learning and Diffusion Group at the CMS Innovation Center, where he established the national learning system to test new delivery and payment models through the Affordable Care Act. He received the 2014 Impact Article of the Year Award from the National Association for Health Care Quality, the 2015 Federal Executive Board Award for Outstanding Creativity and Innovation and, in 2016, the Deming Medal by the American Society for Quality.

More information on the presenters is available on the DSRIP Learning website. To register for the Population Health Symposium, please visit the symposium’s registration page

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.