- In a Rural California Region, a Plan Takes Shape to Provide Shade from Dangerous Heat
- New Native American Health Alliance to Address Physician Shortages in Tribal Communities
- How NRHA, USDA Are Helping Rural Hospitals
- Hundreds of Thousands of US Infants Every Year Pay the Consequences of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs, a Growing Crisis Particularly in Rural America
- Rural Maternal Health Series Webinars
- Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Make the Switch to Value-Based Payment, But Need Assistance
- New Program Aims to Boost Tribal Access to Care, but Advocates Says More Can Be Done
- Tribal Schools to Get 24/7 Behavioral Health Crisis Line
- As More Rural Hospitals Stop Delivering Babies, Some Are Determined to Make It Work
- PCORI Advisory Panels: Panel Openings
- Tribes in Washington Are Battling a Devastating Opioid Crisis. Will a Multimillion-Dollar Bill Help?
- HHS Launches Postpartum Maternal Health Collaborative
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Releases Annual Agency Equity Action Plans to Further Advance Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
- Rural Emergency Medical Team Touts Using Whole Blood to Help Save Lives
- New Black-Owned Freight Farm in Rural Minnesota to Tackle Food Insecurity, Health Inequities
The ASTDD Dental Public Health Policy Committee released a new policy statement on “Reducing Emergency Department Utilization for Non-Traumatic Dental Conditions.” Seeking care in emergency departments for non-traumatic dental conditions has increased substantially in recent years. Reported barriers to oral health care include misdistribution of dentists in rural areas and the cost of dental treatment.
The Jefferson College of Population Health is excited to announce registration for the Colloquium is now open!
March 30- April 1, 2020
The Colloquium will showcase the groundbreaking work of organizations that are leading health transformation.
Practicing population health is critical to improving access to care, managing rising costs and improving health care quality. Join us as we discuss today’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.
Conference Highlights include:
- More than 100 healthcare leaders sharing best practices and expert insight
- 3 Mini Summits, 5 concurrent tracks with 16 individual presentations
- Announcement of the 2020 Hearst Health Prize
- Pre-conference session focused on Redesigning Healthcare Delivery
- Special Tuesday night dinner program featuring venture-backed population health startups
- Population Health Alliance Forum 2020
Find more information here.
The Office of Children, Youth, and Families is offering Family First Prevention Act Training to has once commissioners, CYS agencies, providers, and others interested in learning more about Family First and Pennsylvania’s implementation efforts. You can learn more and register here.
Start Strong PA kicked off 2020 by delivering a New Year’s resolution frame to every member of the general assembly, asking them to sign the frame in support of the healthy development of all Pennsylvania infants and toddlers and show their commitment to ensuring all children start strong. Read here to see how you can help.
The House Education Committee held a public hearing the week of January 19, 2020, on HB 1897. The bill, authored by Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie), would require all school districts to offer full-time cyber education programs by the 2021-22 school year, as well as set regulations for school district-run cyber education programs. Three panels of education experts testified on the proposed legislation and offered opinions on whether or not the bill should become law. Continue reading here.
Pennsylvania was one of ten states selected in April 2019 to develop a comprehensive prenatal-to-age-three policy agenda as part of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative 9-month planning grant process.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children formally submitted Pennsylvania’s policy agenda and implementation plan. The overall goal of the project is to increase the number of children and families receiving high-quality services by 25 percent by 2023 (or just about 45,000 kids and their families) and 50 percent by 2025.
From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children:
“We’d like to thank our partners who helped lead the work at the collaborative table with us, including: Allies for Children, the Maternity Care Coalition, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) and the United Way of Pennsylvania, as well as our partners in our ongoing campaigns in the Early Learning Pennsylvania Coalition – Childhood Begins at Home and Start Strong PA – and our health care table, the Medicaid and CHIP Watch Group. We were also thrilled to submit with our application letters of support from Governor Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and several of our in-state early learning funders: The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Hillman Family Foundations, Vanguard and the William Penn Foundation.”
Five states will be selected for a 3-year implementation grant, and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children hope to share news by the end of March.
In the last census, Pennsylvania undercounted 25,197 kids, resulting in nearly $44 million in lost federal funding. The 2020 Census is approaching and it’s critical to #CountAllKids. When we miss young children in the census, it has serious consequences for them, their families, their communities and our nation – with many of those consequences lasting for at least 10 years; most of their childhood.
Download the 2020 Census toolkit and help to spread the importance of counting every child in Pennsylvania. Together, we can ensure an accurate and fair share of federal funding for education, health care, child care and more. Find more information here.
Community Health Choices (CHC) is now active across the entire state of Pennsylvania effective January 1, 2020. CHC is Pennsylvania’s mandatory managed care program for individuals 21 years or older and have both Medicare and Medicaid or receive long-term services and supports through Medicaid. One of CHC’s goals is to improve coordination between Medicare and Medicaid so participants experience better services and outcomes. Billing will not change for Medicare services, but it may change how service providers bill Medicaid and Medicare for coinsurance and deductibles. Click here for more information.
The State Board of Dentistry is seeking input on proposed fee regulations. The regulation proposes four changes detailed in the below document. The Board will review comments received at the May 15, 2020 meeting. Please submit all comments to RA-STRegulatoryCounsel@pa.gov and reference 16A04634 (Fees). Submit comments by February 20, 2020.
The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering “Seal the Deal: Dental Sealants and Community Health,” a free webinar on February 6 at 3 p.m. ET. Three dental providers will share their expertise on dental sealants.