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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
Health Outreach Partners remains committed to its vision of a country in which all people are valued, and in which equal access to quality health care is available to everyone, thus enriching our collective well-being. HOP stands together with our national, state, and local partners in our shared commitment to promote and preserve a path towards health equity and social justice for all members of our communities.
3.6 million Americans miss a minimum one medical appointment each year due to lack of transportation. Check out these infographics about the impact of transportation the health of your patients and the burden of missed appointments for health centers. To learn more, check out HOP’s new infobook, “Transportation and Health Access: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go?”
Interested in learning more about how transportation impacts access to health services? See below for key transportation terms and definitions as they relate to health access, and to learn more about some of the populations disproportionately impacted by transportation barriers. For more information, check out HOP’s new infobook, “Transportation and Health Access: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go?”
HOP is excited to announce a new resource: “Transportation and Health Access: A Quality Improvement Toolkit.” As part of our Transportation Initiative, the toolkit was developed for health centers to better understanding the impact of transportation barriers on their patients and ways to improve existing efforts. The toolkit is a practical and easy-to-use tool that guides the user through the quality improvment process: Needs Assessment and PDCA cycle.
HOP is deeply committed to ensuring access to health and social services. According to one of HOP’s board members, “Health equity is the number one reason why we are doing this work… why we are all here.”  We understand that it is impossible to achieve health equity without a just and equitable society. Our commitment to social justice and health equity (SJHE) recognizes that health and well-being is affected by a host of factors, including where people live, work, and spend time. As a result, one of our central strategies is to promote SJHE to those serving underserved and vulnerable communities.
We are continually exploring the role of SJHE in our work in various ways. In 2014, a SJHE workgroup was formed to delve into the relationship between social justice, health equity, and HOP’s work. In 2015, it was included as a key theme in our Strategic Plan. In 2016, the SJHE workgroup hosted an all-staff, full-day retreat facilitated by Human Impact Partners to examine and expand the way SJHE influences our work with clients as well as explore how it could further shape our organizational culture and norms.
Health Outreach Partners (HOP) has released a 15-minute coffee break webinar titled “3 Key Lessons Learned Conducting Needs Assessments.” HOP provides 3 key strategies on how to plan and conduct an effective needs assessment process.
Health centers and PCAs are invited to apply for the first-ever Social Determinants of Health Academy hosted by eight BPHC-supported National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) holders. The Social Determinants of Health Academy is a six-month virtual training series pilot designed to help health centers and PCAs develop, implement, and sustain SDOH interventions in their clinics and communities. Selected organizations will participate in six web-based trainings covering program implementation, evaluation, and best practices. They will also learn about training and technical assistance resources, and they will have opportunities to network with others engaged in similar work. Short applications are due Thursday, September 15. For more information and for the application, visit http://medical-legalpartnership.org/national-center/the-sdoh-academy/.
Community Outreach Specialist
Heart City Health Center | Elkhart, IN
By Caitlin Ruppel, Associate Project Manager, and Sonia Lee, Project Manager, Health Outreach Partners
This article is reposted from and featured in the April 2016 Issue of NWRPCA’s QuickNotes.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
As millions of Americans gain access to comprehensive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they are increasingly turning to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) as their preferred provider of care. One in fourteen people in the U.S. now identifies an FQHC as their primary source of preventive health care. Health centers are adopting patient-centered and coordinated approaches to balance meeting the complex needs of a growing patient population while ensuring the delivery of quality care. One such approach is through the provision of excellent customer service, which helps health centers to remain a provider of choice for current patients and also become one for community members newly accessing care at their site.
Health Outreach Partners presents “Using Outreach to Support Health Center Governing Boards”. On this webinar, we review the purpose and composition of health center governing boards. We discuss how outreach data is an important source for planning and decision making and present two key tools for how this can be put into action.
HOP is excited to give you a sneak peak at our newest transportation resource, “Transportation and Health Access.” This resource, currently in poster format, highlights national data on transportation as a barrier to care. It also features solutions from different organizations around the country that are addressing these barriers in their communities. We’ll be releasing the final resource in late November as a graphic booklet. Click on the title and let us know what you think in the comments section!
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Using the Promotora (Community Health Worker) Model to Engage, Empower, and Organize Patients for Positive Community Outcomes
Clínica Romero strives to reduce barriers to care and ensure access to comprehensive health services by functioning as a “one-stop-shop.” Collectively, the clinics offer general family practice, pediatric care, prenatal and post-partum care, women’s health, mental health and substance abuse counseling, dental care, optometry services, and a pharmacy. To further support its patient population, Clínica Romero has maintained a Community Organizing Department from its inception. The current department is comprised of five staff: a director, a manager, one program lead, and two organizers, both of whom are former promotoras…
Our flock has moved to a new nest! The new office is located in the beautiful Uptown neighborhood of Oakland at 1970 Broadway, Suite #200, Oakland, CA 94612. We are very excited and fortunate to be in this new space, and we are looking forward to welcoming our friends and collaborators to an open house mid-July. Please stay tuned!
Work collaboratively with our experienced staff to enhance your outreach and enabling services! HOP offers in-person trainings for health centers and primary care associations, designed to build on the knowledge and skills of participants. Popular training topics include: (1) Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment; (2) Planning and Evaluating Integrated Health Outreach Programs, and (3) Customer Service to Become a Health Center of Choice.
Contact Kristen Stoimenoff at email@example.com for more information about HOP’s trainings!
Did you know that HOP’s webinars are recorded and available for viewing on our website? These include full-length training webinars, as well as short Coffee Break Webinars (CBWs).
Check out all of our 2015-2016 webinars: