Patient Consent Forms Now Available in 10 Languages!

CPWNY is pleased to announce that HEALTHeLINK patient consent forms are now available in five additional languages! Languages available include: English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Polish, Russian, and Somali. By granting consent, physicians treating you will have access to important clinical information about you that could be unavailable otherwise. To view these consent forms, visit HEALTHeLINK.

Building Community Health, Wealth, and Strength

Community Health Workers (CHW’s) and Community Partners of WNY are pleased to host “Building Community Health, Wealth, and Strength,” a seminar focused on engaging people in the community,  working with diverse stakeholders, and learning CHW’s role in the community.  We welcome and encourage policy makers, leaders, institutions, organizations and the community to attend this free opportunity.  The seminar will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 1901 Main Street.  For more details and registration, please click here.


Motivational Interviewing

P2 Collaborative is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Motivational Interviewing(MI) webinar on June 3rd.  Please join P2 and guest speaker, Dr. Michael MacLean, PhD at Meals on Wheels for this introductory session.  Attendees will have the opportunity to sign on for an extended FREE ON SITE training with Dr. MacLean.  For more details on registration and on site training provided by Dr. MacLean please visit P2 Collaborative’s website here.

Transform the Front Desk Staff

Catholic Medical Partners is pleased to host “Transform the Front Desk Staff,” a seminar focused on improving patient communication, data collection and compliance.  The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 144 Genesee Street with two sessions to accommodate all schedules.  Attendees will earn 3 CEUs.  The cost is $199/person, which includes all necessary materials.  Please visit the following links to view the brochure and poster.

Poster can be viewed here.

Brochure can be viewed here.

March 2016 MOLST Update

The March 2016 MOLST Update has been released and features updates and information on the following topics:

  1. National Healthcare Decisions Day – The 9th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) will be held on April 16.  A number of educational events will be held by members of the NHDD NYS Coalition with the goals of:  Increasing conversations that lead to completion of Healthcare Proxies (HCPs); Increase awareness of MOLST & eMOLST in the community; Support statewide implementation of MOLST & Family Healthcare Decisions Act, the Palliative Care Information Act (PCIA), the Palliative Care Access Act (PCAA ), and appropriate legislative changes to improve the quality of care near the end of life.
  2. Update on Dying in America – Have we improved quality of care for people nearing the end of life?
  3. A New Podcast Series on End-of-life Care – The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have partnered with Reach MD to broadcast a new podcast series for health care professionals based on the 2015 Institute of Medicine report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

To view the complete March 2016 MOLST Update, click here.

Colorectal Cancer Screening: 80% By 2018 – Take the pledge!

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  “80% by 2018” is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which hundreds of organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem for those 50 and older. Organizations are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. The 80% by 2018 initiative is led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).   As part of P2’s organization’s commitment to the 80% by 2018 initiative, the P2 Collaborative of WNY are asking you help them improve colorectal cancer screening rates throughout Western New York.  P2 has joined forces with hundreds of local and national organizations to shine the light on this very important topic. They are now challenging their partners to join us.  Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, despite being highly preventable, detectable, and treatable.  Regular screening for colorectal cancer can reduce the number of people who die of this disease by at least 30%.


P2 believes that colorectal cancer is a major public health problem. Partners must come together to help eradicate colorectal cancer – and to save lives.  Learn more about colorectal cancer and recommended screening tests at

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!