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March 28 – April 1, 2017 is LGBT Health Awareness Week. Join us in celebrating on HOP’s Facebook where we will be posting and sharing pertinent information all week long!
Learn more about LGBT Health Awareness Week at http://www.healthhiv.org/sites-causes/national-coalition-for-lgbt-health/lgbt-health-awareness-week/.
Dates: March 29-April 1, 2017
The Policy & Issues Forum is an opportunity for community health leaders to bring perspectives to Members of Congress and offer constructive solutions to the issues at hand. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from government officials, leading health care experts, and peers.
Learn more here: http://www.nachc.org/conferences/policy-and-issues/
HOP Workshop: Strategies from the Field: How Health Centers Are Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in their Own Communities
Date/Time: March 30, 2017 at 10:30 am EDT
We hope you’ll join HOP and our colleagues from 4 other National Cooperative Agreement organizations for an interactive discussion between peers about how health centers addressing addressing social determinants of health such as transportation, housing, and legal needs.
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
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:
- Understand the basics of care coordination and the role that outreach workers can play.
- Describe how care coordination programs can improve patient health outcomes.
- Identify at least one strategy for successful care coordination.
Health 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.
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!
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.
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.
Photograph from HOP’s most recent BOD Gathering
(includes non-HOP staff and BOD)
As 2016 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2017, Health Outreach Partners would like to recognize our Board of Directors, and extend our thanks to them for their support and leadership. We are grateful for the opportunity we had this year to continue working with long-time board members as well as to bring on three new members.
HOP’s Current Board of Directors:
Senior Vice President, Sea Mar Community Health Center
David B. Vliet, BHA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc.
Jana Eubank, Associate Vice President
National Association of Community Health Centers
Leanne Ta, Associate
Morrison & Foerster
Rigoberto Sabori, Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer, St. Barnabas Senior Services
Roxana Cruz Medical Director
Hunt Regional Medical Partners
Sharon Brown-Singleton, MSM, LPN
Director of Health Center Services and Support, North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Vernita Todd, MBA, FACHE
Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Health Center Partners of South Carolina
We look forward to strengthening the efforts of HOP together in the coming year.
Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,
On behalf of Health Outreach Partners (HOP), I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the meaningful and important work you do. From conducting outreach in the community, providing much-needed care to our country’s most vulnerable, or advocating for just policies, you are on the forefront of advancing the health and wellbeing of our communities. Thus, we recognize HOP’s success is based on the important work you do.
2016 has been a busy year for us. Here are a few highlights:
- HOP launched a new Transportation Initiative funded by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In June, I had the opportunity to present our transportation work at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C.
- Understanding the need to share outreach stories from the field and make available the most up-to-date information on resources, HOP debuted the Outreach Connection Blog.
- Gearing up for HOP’s 50th Anniversary, we kicked off our new Road to Wellness: 2020 Annual Campaign.
- We relocated to a new and improved office space for our Oakland staff. Our Deputy Director also relocated from Helena, MT to Olympia, WA.
- I had to opportunity to visit our founding Board Chair, Sr. Maurita Sengalaub. Our visit remains one of my most memorable highlights for the year. At 98 years old, Sr. Sengalaub remains passionate as ever about creating a more equitable and healthier world. She continues to inspire us at HOP to move forward with our work.
As I look ahead to 2017, I know that there are lots of uncertainties and possible changes to the health care environment. Regardless of how things unfold, HOP will continue to strengthen and expand its work to advance health equity and improve the health of our most vulnerable and underserved communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to create a country where all people are valued and in which equal access to health care is available to everyone, thus enriching our collective well-being.
Once again, thank you for your work and support. Best wishes to everyone this holiday season and for the new year ahead!
Oscar Gomez, CEO
Every year, Health Outreach Partners staff travel to different places around the country to provide on-site trainings to health centers, conduct regional trainings for Primary Care Associations, attend and present at conferences, and do research for our various informational resources. Here are all of the places we’ve visited in 2016.