- 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
HRSA published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that, if published as final, will rescind the insulin/injectable epinephrine final rule impacting FQHCs participating in the 340B Program. There is a 30-day public comment period. NACHC is working on a comment template and encourages health centers to weigh in on this proposal by submitting comments supporting the premise that the existing Trump Administration final rule would not increase access for patients but would place an immense burden on the health center program. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective July 1, 2021, the Pennsylvania State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) currently named APPRISE, will be renamed Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight, PA MEDI; same program, same services for Pennsylvania’s Medicare beneficiaries, now with a new name. The new branding is designed as a unique opportunity for PA’s SHIP to grow, innovate, connect with beneficiaries and organizations, tap into new populations and to be relevant to beneficiaries’ needs.
Young Invincibles released its 2021 State of Enrollment Report: Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment During COVID-19. This report is based on extensive interviews with dozens of partners representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders within the enrollment community, representing 13 different programs across 15 states. The report focuses on consumer assistance and education and Navigator programs established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the challenges confronted during the global pandemic. The report also discusses the current enrollment landscape, COVID-19 and enrollment and offers suggestions to improve the Navigator program for federally facilitated marketplaces using Healthcare.gov.
After negotiations between the White House and lead Republican negotiator Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) broke down last week, a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers proposed a nearly $1 trillion package, primarily focused on traditional infrastructure. The details of the package and how Congress would pay for it remains unclear. Congressional Democrats continue to consider reconciliation to seek a larger funding package with more progressive pay-fors. However, it is unclear if a partisan infrastructure package would receive 51 votes in the Senate. Advocacy is vital to push lawmakers to include health center capital funding in whatever infrastructure proposal moves forward. Click here for an Infrastructure Toolkit and additional advocacy resources.
The Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s Administration and the United Way of Pennsylvania launched the Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania project (LIVE PA) to administer $4 million in mini-grants to local organizations aimed to reduce vaccine hesitancy and ensuring an equitable vaccine distribution throughout the commonwealth. With a reimbursement rate of $10 per shot achieved, the grants are designed initially to range from $200 to $20,000 per vaccination event. It also includes a requirement that the nonprofits and the local United Way chapters involved promote the events using traditional and digital media to help fight vaccine hesitancy. The pilot phase of LIVE PA will target the zip codes and census tracts with the highest levels of health disparities, poverty and vaccine inequity in the commonwealth. After the pilot phase is complete, the grant opportunity will scale to cover the entire commonwealth over time, targeting vulnerable populations with barriers to vaccination in rural, urban, and suburban communities. Individuals or organizations interested in learning more about eligibility and the application process should reach out to their local United Way chapter or the United Way of Pennsylvania at email@example.com. Click here to learn more.
DoorDash is donating $2 million in gift cards to be distributed by Direct Relief to Community Health Centers across the country as incentives to support vaccine outreach and participation. More than 300 FQHCs have already signed up and some Pennsylvania health centers have already received their gift card supply. Health centers that are part of Direct Relief’s network of FQHCs received direct emails on earlier this month and notifications on Direct Relief’s process for ordering the cards. Other health centers can click here to learn how your health center can participate.
The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign aims to get children and teens vaccinated so they are protected when they go back to in-person learning. Whether your organization is looking to catch children up on missed vaccines or promoting the COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents, you can find the Campaign’s many resources to promote well-child visits and vaccines on InsureKidsNow.gov.
A new study that focused on the presence of medications in many medication organizers that could prove fatal to a child, reveals that nearly three-quarters of medication organizer packages contain a drug class from which a single pill could be lethal. The “one pill that can kill” (1PCK) drugs include tricyclic antidepressants, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, sulfonylureas, opioids and many others. These organizers are used to help support treatment adherence, particularly in older adults.
The PA Department of Health has issued Health Advisory 576 regarding 2021 West Nile Virus (WNV). The first WNV-positive pools were identified in Pennsylvania in Lebanon and Beaver counties for the 2021 arbovirus season through the routine seasonal monitoring conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance program. This indicates that WNV may have begun to circulate in Pennsylvania. Risk of human WNV infection is likely to remain elevated over the next several months. This is a reminder to consider the diagnosis of arboviral infection in persons presenting with undifferentiated febrile illness or signs of meningoencephalitis. To read more on this advisory, click here. Additional surveillance data is available by clicking here. For questions, please call your local health department or DOH at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
This updated chapter of the NNOHA Operations Manual provides helpful tools and resources for tackling issues related to workforce in health center dental programs, including recruitment and retention strategies, academic partnerships, and staffing ratios.