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Outreach Connection Newsletter
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Monday, January 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST / 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST
Diabetes affect more than 30 million Americans every year in the United States. Health centers are often one of the main ways many patients access primary care and for diabetic patients, they are often the only way to get screened and treated for diabetes. With Type I and Type II diabetes on the rise, many health centers struggle to properly diagnose patients of all ages with diabetes. There are many challenges that are specific to each age group in terms of what risk factors to look out for, best practices for screening, and approaches for treatment and care management. Join us for the third webinar in the continuation of our Diabetes in Special and Vulnerable Populations: A National Learning Series focusing specifically on diabetes and those affected by it.
This webinar will explore diabetes prevention and strategies across the lifespan. Presenters will discuss standards of care in the screening and prevention for children, adults, and the elderly, sharing experiences from the field. Presenters will also engage participants around case examples of successful diabetes prevention programs along with pediatric, adult, and geriatric guidelines for prevention and screening. Finally presenters will connect participants with resources to outreach opportunities and tools they can apply and adapt for their own health centers.
This series is pending accreditation by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) through Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN). This series is also accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) through MCN. In order to receive continuing education units an evaluation will need to be submitted for each session. Please allow up to two weeks for continuing nursing certificates to be awarded and up to one month for continuing medical education certificates, as stated above approval through AAFP is pending.
Gina Trigani-Kirk, Director of Training and Capacity Building, Health Promotion Council
Andrea Vettori, Nurse Practitioner, PHMC Mary Howard Health Center
Tanicia Daley, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Egleston Hospital Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Elena Toschi, Endocrinologist, Joslin Diabetes Center
We are very excited to announce a new member of the Health Outreach Partners team, Emmanuel Williams! Emmanuel joined HOP in October as our new Associate Project Manager. He will be working with all project managers at HOP and is supervised by a Senior Manager. Emmanuel recently moved to the Bay Area from Greensboro, NC, where he was very active in direct service work with refugee and immigrant communities from Northern Africa and the Middle East. We are also excited to leverage his background in training on cultural competency and understanding racism. Emmanuel graduated from Guilford College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice & Policy Studies. Emmanuel loves playing and watching sports, especially Rugby and Basketball. Going on adventures, attending concerts, and exploring new music are just a few activities he enjoys.
Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,
As I take a moment to reflect on 2017 and look ahead to the possibilities of 2018, it is with admiration and gratitude for all the work you do to promote access to care and advance health equity. Reflecting back on 2017 and looking ahead to the new year, it is all of you— community advocates, health care leaders, social service providers, outreach workers, and other caregivers to our communities—who are working to keep our country’s health care and safety net systems accessible to those who need it.
While our dedication is strong, we are facing many challenges. We continue to await the fate of two invaluable health programs: The Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) and the Community Health Center Program. Furthermore, new policies and laws are unfairly targeting low-income and immigrant communities, especially with the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). With that in mind, I would like to specifically recognize staff from health centers and other safety net organizations for their continued work in the face of financial uncertainty and unprecedented attacks on our most vulnerable communities.
Witnessing immigration and health advocates come together in 2017 to jointly fight for health equity and the right of our communities to lead healthy and dignified lives, provides me with encouragement and gives me hope for 2018. HOP’s own response included a new initiative: The Silent Crisis Immigration Convening Series. Between June and August 2017, HOP collaborated with local health centers and other partners to host and facilitate four convening events for Community Health Workers (CHWs) in California, Oregon, and Washington. These convening events provided the space for CHWs to come together, share challenges, and develop solutions for conducting outreach efforts in an anti-immigrant climate. HOP is now updating our Silent Crisis resource, which we will disseminate nationwide.
HOP recognizes that now, more than ever, it is imperative for individuals and organizations to be equipped with the resources and knowledge they need to cultivate to sustain their work. We continue to offer our self-care resource free of charge, and provide collaborative, one-on-one support to health centers and other community-based organizations amidst this climate of apprehension. We are here to support you.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and best wishes for the new year ahead.
Read HOP’s new report, Transportation and Health Access: Rides to Wellness Community Scan Project, which describes transportation barriers and its financial impact due to missed appointments, based on the findings of a national survey with health centers. The report also includes six profiles of communities who are taking action to address barriers and decrease loss of revenue.
This 5-part series, led by Health Outreach Partners (HOP), will cover a variety of topics to support outreach workers, directors, and supervisors in outreach program development. HOP, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, and the National LGBT Health Education Center will present content and share strategies to help effectively reach specific populations, create a healthy work environment, and engage in medical-legal partnerships.
HOP’s new resource Outreach & Value-Based Care: Impacting Health Care Delivery and Cost through Integrated Community Health Outreach Programs, describes how health centers can use their outreach teams to enhance value under service delivery models such as Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) and Accountable Care Organizations. It offers examples of how outreach programs can enhance revenues from alternative payment models such as shared savings, pay-for-performance, and PCMH supplemental payments. The resource is a complement to HOP’s Outreach Business Value Toolkit.
Health Outreach Partners (HOP) recently finalized and debuted our new Theory of Change—a way to visually represent how we contribute to desired change in the world. We express our long-standing beliefs that health care is a human right. We recommit to the idea that fighting for health equity means standing up for equal access and opportunities for people to lead healthy and dignified lives. We underscore that outreach is key to creating trusting relationships and ensuring access to quality care for marginalized and vulnerable communities. The Silent Crisis Convening Series on Health & Immigration encapsulates these values and beliefs.
Currently, there is an anti-immigrant climate sweeping the nation. It is instilling fear and mistrust, and generating misinformation among immigrant communities. The current environment is forcing immigrants and their families to live quietly and out of view, unable to fully participate in or be supported by their communities. This “silent crisis” has many consequences, one of which is that immigrants and their families are choosing to forgo necessary health services, resulting in complications for their physical, mental, and behavioral health.
We asked ourselves, what more could HOP do to support Community Health Workers (CHW) and their outreach efforts to immigrant families currently experiencing this fear and mistrust. Given the limited opportunities available to CHWs to network, share stories, and learn from one another, we developed the idea to coordinate and facilitate a CHW convening series to directly address the negative impact of the current anti-immigrant climate. The convening will provide an opportunity for CHWs to discuss challenges and together develop solutions that work for their community. These findings will inform an update to the Silent Crisis resource that we developed several years ago. We plan to disseminate this updated resource nation-wide, as well as, share key highlights, messages, and personal stories with health center leaders and policy makers across the country.
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association formally partnered with HOP last month to expand these events beyond California and bring them to CHW’s in Oregon and Washington states. A total of four convenings will be held from June through August 2017. Given the restrictions with our federal funding, and the compressed time frame for this event, we need your support through individual donations and sponsorships. If you are interested in learning more about these events, what we are hoping to accomplish, or would like to directly support them, please visit the Silent Crisis Convening page on our website.
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 below for additional details
Our partners at the Maine Migrant Health Program have two job openings based in lovely, DownEast, Maine. Please distribute to interested parties.
- Program Manager (year-round, full-time, bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Creole): http://www.mainemigrant.org/2017/04/job-opening-downeast-program-manager/
- Community Health Worker 3 (year-round, full-time, bilingual in English/Creole): http://www.mainemigrant.org/2017/05/job-opening-community-health-worker-iii-downeast/
HOP’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.
Join 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
– Sonia Lee, Senior Manager of Client Services and Communications
– Liam Spurgeon, Project Manager
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/
Promotora de Salud
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center | Cornelius, OR
Note: video recorded in Spanish
Community Health Promoter
Mercy Housing Northwest | Kent, WA
Community Health Outreach Worker
LifeMoves | San Mateo, CA