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Register Today for NRHA’s RHC and CAH Virtual Conferences

Join for NRHA’s Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences, the association’s fastest-growing events for a reason, hosted virtually for the first time. Take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities designed for clinic and hospital professionals and board members serving rural America. If you register for both events, you can save $100 on your total registration cost. A draft agenda for both conferences can be found here.

NRHA’s September Grassroots Call

Your voices and perspectives are incredibly valuable. Each month, the NRHA team hosts a Grassroots Call to deliver an update of what is moving on Capitol Hill and learn more from NRHA grassroots advocates. This call also enables NRHA to supply in-depth explanations behind their advocacy efforts and how you can help. Their goal is to empower NRHA members with the information they need to advocate on behalf of NRHA legislative/regulatory priorities. The September Grassroots Advocacy Call will be held on Wednesday, September 30th at 2PM EST. NRHA looks forward to hearing from you! Register in advance for this meeting, and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dentistry in the Era of COVID-19: What Dental Practitioners Need to Know

Plan to attend Dentistry in the Era of COVID-19: What Dental Practitioners Need to Know on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2:00 pm. This webinar, offered by the Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education & Training Center, will describe the anxiety and vulnerability medical and dental staff experience due to COVID-19 and identify how workflow practices have changed during the pandemic. It will also discuss how social and professional connectedness has changed due to the pandemic as well as discuss what practices organizations can utilize to protect and empower their staff during COVID-19 and in the future. Click here for more details and to register. One continuing education credit will be offered.

Americorps State Program: Opioid Outreach and Education Positions

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) has an Americorps State Program grant and is seeking health centers throughout Pennsylvania to participate as host sites for Americorps members. The focus of these positions will be to build outreach and education programs targeted at fighting the opioid epidemic in your communities. For more information or questions, please contact Amy Williams, PACHC Program Specialist for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder.

Save the Dates: Virtual Primary Care Career Fairs

The Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center will host two statewide virtual career fairs this October. Put these dates on your calendar and look for more details soon.

  • Oct. 8 – Medical and Dental Professions
  • Oct. 27 – Behavioral Health Professions

Contact Ama Dekyi, Recruitment Coordinator, PA Primary Care Career Center for more details.

ARC Annual Summit Goes Virtual With Summer Showcase

This year, ARC’s annual summit is going virtual with a four week seminar series discussing major themes and best practices guiding the Region’s economic future. Register now for Economic Innovation + Ingenuity During COVID: An Appalachian Perspective, a free seminar produced in partnership with the state of Ohio. Join a session every Wednesday, 11 am (ET) August 19- September 9:

  • August 19: Lessons Learned in Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine; ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas; and Coshocton Port Authority Executive Director Tiffany Swigert; moderated by Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik.
  • August 26: Appalachia’s dual pandemics: Substance Abuse and COVID 19 with Deputy Secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection in Pennsylvania Ray Barishansky; Executive Director of Ross County Community Action Commission in Ohio Julie Bolen; and Executive Director of Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board in New York Jennifer Gregory; moderated by RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson.
  • September 2: Highways to Cyberways: Innovations in Infrastructure with Natural Resources Business Specialist in Garrett County, Maryland Cheryl DeBerry; Executive Director of LENOWISCO Planning District Commission in Virginia Duane Miller; and Executive Director of DriveOhio Patrick Smith; moderated by Chief of the Office of BroadbandOhio Peter Voderberg.
  • September 9: Attracting the Socially Distant Tourist with Executive Director of the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Jeff Lusk; Director of TourismOhio Matthew MacLaren; and Producing Artistic Director of Barter Theatre in Virginia Katy Brown; moderated by Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik.

More information about the series is available at

Quality Measure Workspace Series of Webinars—Beginning July 15

CMS is hosting a series of webinars in July and August for hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and clinicians reporting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM).  The first webinar will describe the resources available for the 2021 reporting period.  Subsequent webinars will cover clinical flow (July 29) and the data element repository (August 12). Find more information here.

Pennsylvania EMS Conference Update

The annual Pennsylvania EMS Conference, now in its 42nd year, is widely known as a reliable source of high-quality EMS continuing education.  The event is relied on by hundreds of EMS providers to satisfy certification requirements and to ensure that they remain on the cutting edge of prehospital emergency medicine.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the emergency services community in ways most never could have predicted, affecting nearly every facet of the industry.  Not insignificant is the cancellation or rescheduling of numerous conferences and other educational opportunities.  Current social distancing guidelines, travel restrictions, and uncertain timelines have made planning a large, in-person event challenging at best.  As coordinators of the PA EMS Conference, the team at PEHSC has made the decision deviate from the traditional conference and transition the event to a virtual format.  This change will guarantee that the event will be able to occur, proving an opportunity for the EMS community to receive the valuable education that is so desperately needed.

The conference is still expected to take place on September 2-4, 2020, now from the comfort of your own homes!  Coordinators are working on an exciting lineup of speakers and other options that will offer attendees the ultimate convenience in choosing their sessions and viewing them either live, as they occur, or via a recording at a later date.

The coordinators are excited by the possibilities that this new format will provide and cannot wait to share more details as they are finalized!

Should you have any additional questions or comments, please email or call PEHSC at 717-795-0740

Please remember to follow the PA EMS Conference on Facebook or Instagram for all of the latest updates and announcements!

PACHC 2020 Annual Conference & Clinic Summit – Call for Proposals

PACHC is seeking presentation proposals for the 2020 Annual Conference & Clinical Summit.  The conference will take place on October 6 – 8 at the Lancaster Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Last year, over 700 health center leaders, staff and partners attended the event which included 55 educational opportunities.  Learn more about the benefits of presenting at the Annual Conference & Clinical Summit.

Presentations should be in one of the following categories:

  • Medical, Dental or Behavioral Health
  • Quality, Transformation, and Risk Management
  • Administrative Policies and Practices
  • Outreach and Enrollment
  • Human Resources
  • Finance and Billing
  • Legislative and Policy
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing and Communications

Submit today by completing the online call for presentations module by Friday, May 29.  Review these helpful tips and instructions for how to submit a presentation using the online module. PACHC also encourages you to view the topic suggestions submitted by health centers, however, your presentation is not required to focus on these topics.

For questions or additional information, please email the Events and Communications Manager, Amanda Tekely at or call her at (717) 761-6443, ext. 205.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted to the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers is Friday, May 29, 2020.

2020 Data User Conference Goes Virtual

In order to keep users and attendees safe and to stay in line with guidelines from the CDC and PA Department of Health, the 2020 Pennsylvania Data User Conference will be held virtually.

The Pennsylvania State Data Center worked with the U.S. Census Bureau to provide four sessions including a training on the Bureau’s new dissemination platform,, new privacy standards in the 2020 Census, the 2017 Economic Census, and the Redistricting Data Program.

Sessions will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on May 14. Due to limitations from the U.S. Census Bureau, attendance is capped at 90 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Click here to register today!

If you previously registered for the in-person conference, your existing registration will transfer to the virtual event. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Data Center if the date no longer works with your schedule.