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Upcoming Events

North Carolina “Not Just a Ride” Learning Collaborative Face-to-Face Meeting
Jun 1 all-day

Event Date(s): June 1, 2017, 10 AM – 3:00 PM
Event Location: NCCHCA Conference Room, 4917 Waters Edge Dr., Suite 165, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

Transportation barriers keep many patients from accessing the services they need, especially the people in our communities who are the most vulnerable and underserved. The “Not Just a Ride” Learning Collaborative will foster a supportive environment for health center staff, community partners and stakeholders to come together to collectively discuss possible solutions to transportation barriers.

During this forum, participants will work together to brainstorm and develop a road map for addressing ways to remove and overcome these transportation obstacles to accessing much-needed care. At the end of this forum, participants will be to identity 2-3 concrete actions they can use to further examine and address transportation barriers in their respected communities.

This is a free event. Lunch will be provided.

Event Page: http://www.ncchca.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=940317&group

HRSA WEBINAR: Transportation and Health Access
Jun 8 all-day

Transportation and Health Access Webinar
Overview of a Quality Improvement Toolkit and the Veterans Transportation Program

“Learn How to Use a Continuous Quality Improvement Process to Reduce Missed Appointments Due to Transportation Barriers”

June 8, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PDT

The goal of this webinar series is to earn how to use a continuous quality improvement process to reduce missed appointments due to transportation barriers and to learn about the various Veterans Transportation Programs.


Target Audience:

HRSA-funded Health Centers
Primary Care Associations
Community-based Organizations
Rural Providers/Veterans Choice Providers

Webinar Agenda

10:00 AM – 10:05 AM
Gary Gant, Moderator -HRSA ORO Region X

10:05 AM – 10:25 AM
Sonia Lee –Health Outreach Partners
Overview of Transportation and Health Access

10:25AM – 10:40AM
Alexis Wielunski –Health Outreach Partners
Transportation Needs Assessment

10:40AM – 10:55AM
Darren Wallace, Veterans Health Administration
Veterans Transportation Programs

10:55AM – 11:00AM
Webinar Feedback, Next Steps and Adjourn

2017 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium
Jun 21 – Jun 24 all-day

Dates: June 21-24, 2017

HCH2017’s “Working Together for Health Access” promises to be NCHCH’s largest conference, with up to 1,300 attendees expected in Washington, D.C.

WORKSHOP: Self-Care: Taking Care of Ourselves to Sustain the Health of Our Communities
Jun 23 all-day

Don’t miss our workshop on self-care practices at the 2017 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium that can be adopted at the individual or organizational level at your health center!

Date & Time: June 23, 10:30-11:30am EDT.

May 19, 2017

HRSA Webinar: Transportation and Health Access

Don’t miss your chance to register! Join us on Thursday, June 8, at 10am PDT for HRSA’s webinar, “Transportation and Health Access.” Health Outreach Partners will present on the following:

  • What are transportation barriers to health care?
  • Who is most impacted by this issue?
  • How can health centers and other organizations use a continuous quality improvement process to reduce missed medical appointments due to transportation barriers?

We look forward to sharing our Transportation Initiative findings with you as well as our Transportation Quality Improvement Toolkit!

Click Here to Register

Click below for additional details

May 19, 2017

Job Openings at Maine Migrant Health Program.

Our partners at the Maine Migrant Health Program have two job openings based in lovely, DownEast, Maine. Please distribute to interested parties.

April 3, 2017

Self-Care: Taking Care of Ourselves So We Can Take Care of Others

self-care-resourceHOP’s newest resource, Self-care: Taking Care of Ourselves So We Can Take Care of Others, was developed to support outreach and other health center staff who often face challenging and overwhelming situations in the workplace. This resource introduces self-care, its benefits, and strategies to build a culture of self-care that support staff health and well-being and helps health centers recruit, motivate, support, and retain staff.

Learn More and Download the Resource!

March 22, 2017

Office Hours: Community Health Needs Assessments

commhealthJoin HOP for Office Hours on conducting community health needs assessments! Office Hours are an opportunity for health center employees to present questions for HOP’s seasoned staff and hear concerns and experiences from other health center colleagues.

Whether you are gearing up for an upcoming needs assessment, thinking about how to reach out to a new patient population, or simply planning for your next funding cycle, the process can be confusing and we are here to help. During this session, we will briefly present HOP’s Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit and how you can use it at your organization, answer any pre-submitted questions, and allow for open Q&A.

This session will be held on Tuesday, April 18th from 12:00-12:45pm PDT, 3:00-3:45pm EDT. To attend, please submit your questions and register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7832546284281366786

HOP hosts: 
– Sonia Lee, Senior Manager of Client Services and Communications
– Liam Spurgeon, Project Manager

March 21, 2017

Celebrate with Us on Facebook!

Join HOP in celebrating the following events in the upcoming weeks. We will be posting and sharing pertinent information all week long on our Facebook page. Don’t miss our updates! Like us here https://www.facebook.com/outreachpartners/.

National Farmworker Awareness Week: March 24-31, 2017
National Farmworker Awareness Week is a week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities. In 2017 we celebrate the 18th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week to raise awareness about farmworker conditions and to honor their important contributions to us every day!
Learn more here: http://saf-unite.org/farmworkerawareness/

LGBT Health Awareness Week: March 27-31, 2017
National LGBT Health Awareness Week’s theme of 2017 is “ACT OUT for LGBT Health! Action on Health Access and Equity.” Throughout the Week, the National Coalition for LGBT Health will lead advocacy and education efforts in partnership with numerous member organizations and advocates dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity.
Learn more here: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50800/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1341733 

National Public Health Week: April 3-9, 2017
National Public Health Week 2017 celebrates the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.
Learn more here: http://www.nphw.org/

Outreach Voices
March 17, 2017

Outreach Voices @ the 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Elia Ortiz-Cruz
Promotora de Salud
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center | Cornelius, OR

Note: video recorded in Spanish

Outreach Voices
March 17, 2017

Outreach Voices @ the 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Natalie Kotar
Community Health Promoter
Mercy Housing Northwest | Kent, WA

Outreach Voices
March 17, 2017

Outreach Voices @ the 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Chloe Molla
Community Health Outreach Worker
LifeMoves | San Mateo, CA

March 13, 2017

Clinical Outreach: Taking Services Beyond the Health Center Walls

February 16, 2017

PEER-TO-PEER WEBINAR – Advancing Health Through Care Coordination: A Discussion with Community Health Centers


Between 2000 and 2030, the number of Americans with one or more chronic conditions will rise 37 percent, an increase of 46 million people. As the number of chronically ill and medically underserved populations increase, health centers must enhance their current service delivery models. Care coordination emphasizes collaboration between providers to increase quality of care and ultimately improve patient outcomes. In addition, this model can help reduce the overall cost of care by reducing medication errors, repetitive tests, and prevent hospital admissions. During this webinar, panelists share information about their care coordination efforts and offer important considerations for health centers hoping to start, improve, or expand care coordination programs.


  • Kelly Volkmann, Health Navigation Program Manager, Benton County Health Services
  • Sonia Shanklin, Director of Practice Transformation, Clinical Integration, Affinia Healthcare

Learning Objectives: By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of care coordination and the role that outreach workers can play.
  2. Describe how care coordination programs can improve patient health outcomes.
  3. Identify at least one strategy for successful care coordination.

View the Recording Here!

February 2, 2017

Celebrating One Year of the Outreach Starter Kit!

word cloudHealth Outreach Partners is excited to celebrate one year since the release of our online Outreach Starter Kit. We are thrilled to report just over 1,000 visits to the resource homepage since it was first launched.

HOP is committed to providing health centers and community-based organizations with easy access to appropriate and up-to-date outreach-related tools, strategies and resources. We have just updated the Outreach Starter Kit to include additional relevant resources as well as a brief webinar that provides tips for navigating through the Starter Kit.

Check it out today!

January 27, 2017

Register for the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health!


Spend three days immersed in learning more about tackling zika, digital storytelling and CHWs, immigration and the way forward, social change, and numerous other timely topics.

Health Outreach Partners will be attending and presenting workshops on Migrant Health 101, Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data from Outreach Workers and Promotores(as) de Salud for Effective and Responsive Community Health Needs Assessments, and Not Just a Ride: Opportunities to Address Healthcare Costs and Strengthen Patient-Centered Transportation Solutions. Look for our sessions and come say hello to our staff!

Register today!

January 26, 2017

Community Health Worker Training Program

Partners and collaborators in Pennsylvania: take a look at this upcoming training opportunity for Community Health Workers at Temple University Harrisburg funded (in part) by HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce.  Please see below for more information.

Are you ready for a new career?

Community Health Workers are:

  • Trusted members of the community who have an unusually close understanding of the community served.
  • Liaisons between health and social services and the community who facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
  • Individual and community capacity builders who increase knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

Questions?  Contact susan.washinger@temple.edu or CLICK HERE for more information about the Community Health Worker Training Program and the Orientation Dates.

January 23, 2017

Register Now: Webinar on Nail Salon Worker Patient Health

Join our partners, AAPCHO and Asian Health Services, for this webinar to learn about the tools and strategies that health centers can utilize to support engagement with patients who work in the nail salon industry and improve their health!

Nail Salon Worker Patient Health: A Health Center Guide
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
1:30-2:30 p.m. PST / 4:30-5:30 p.m. EST

Due to a major gap in federal legislation, known carcinogens, reproductive toxicants and endocrine disruptors are prevalent in numerous nail care products. Nail salon workers, the majority of whom are immigrant, low income women, handle these products on a daily basis, sometimes for 8-10 hours a day. As a result, nail salon workers disproportionately experience significant health issues and health disparities.

Health centers have a unique opportunity to address the health disparities faced by this overlooked population of workers and contribute to local and national advocacy that upholds their health, safety and rights. AAPCHO, working closely with Asian Health Services, an AA&NHPI*-serving health center that has spearheaded innovative services and work for its nail salon worker patients, has compiled a toolkit to assist health centers improve care for patients who work in the nail salon industry.

Register Here