Thursday, January 29, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Essential Perspectives for Safety Net Providers

Save the Date: March 20th, 10am-3pm
We’re hosting a convening for ClinicNET affiliates on March 20th, 10am-3pm, at COPIC. The agenda is currently being drafted. Join us for a presentation about Colorado’s State Innovation Model (SIM), networking opportunities, and much more.

Loan Repayment Opportunity for ClinicNET Safety Net Clinics – APPLICATIONS DUE JAN. 31

Applications for the Kaiser Permanente Education Loan Repayment for Safety Net Clinical Support Staff program are due SATURDAY, January 31, 2015.

The Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) was funded by the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fund to administer a loan repayment program for clinical support staff working at ClinicNET Safety Net Clinics, Community Health Centers (CHCs), and Rural Health Clinics in Colorado.  Loan repayment will help ease the burden of prior educational debt for clinical support staff in exchange for a one year service commitment to the safety net clinic.  The Kaiser Permanente Educational Loan Repayment for Safety Net Clinical Support Staff program will help modernize and expand the safety net workforce by supporting recruitment and retention of high performing clinical support staff committed to serving in underserved areas. Clinical support staff may include professions such as dental assistant, dental hygienist, expanded duties dental assistant, lab technician, licensed practical nurse, medical assistant, nursing aide, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, ultrasound technician, and x-ray technician.

Click here for more information and to access the application.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Angela Rose at 303-867-9511 or at Angela@cchn.org, or Stephanie Auxier at 303-867-9514 or at SAuxier@cchn.org.

ClinicNET Practice Administrator Group Kick-Off Meeting

In an effort to provide our affiliates with more opportunities to learn, share and network, ClinicNET will be coordinating and helping to facilitate various one-time and ongoing convenings and gatherings in 2015. We’ll be kicking off  a practice administrators cohort February 13th or 20th!

Learn from your peers in the industry, discuss challenges and opportunities! Doctors Care in Littleton has graciously offered to host the inaugural gathering. During this first convening we will meet and greet, determine future topics for discussion and education, discuss scheduling and locations for 2015 gatherings, in addition to touring Doctors Care!

Please determine which of your staff(s) would be appropriate for participation and have them complete this doodle scheduling poll: http://doodle.com/npkhsibmvueyqdfbWe will confirm date and time based on best availability. *Please note new dates/times have been added - please update your preferences if you have already completed the Doodle.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Colorado Health Foundation Funding Opportunities: Healthy Living

The Colorado Health Foundation is pleased to announce we will continue to accept applications for the following four funding opportunities within our Healthy Living outcome area. In Healthy Living, our focus is to ensure every kid in Colorado has the opportunity to eat healthy and engage in physical activity. Learn more about strategies and program areas related to this outcome area. Additional details are listed below:
  • Funding Opportunity: Empower Children and Families to Make Healthy Food Choices. The goal of this funding opportunity is to increase individual knowledge and skills regarding the purchase and preparation of healthy foods and increase consumer demand by empowering individuals and families to easily make healthy food choices. 
  • Funding Opportunity: Increase Affordability of Healthy Food and Beverages. The goals of this funding opportunity are to increase affordability of healthy food and beverages and influence customer purchasing power to increase healthy food consumption and decrease unhealthy food consumption in underserved communities.
  • Funding Opportunity: Out-of-School Time Physical Activity. The goal of this funding opportunity is to provide high quality, structured physical activity in out-of-school time settings. Specifically, we are interested in receiving proposals for: implementation or enhancement of quality, structured physical activity opportunities in out-of-school settings (school- or community-based programs).
  • Funding Opportunity: Healthy School Meals through Scratch Cooking. The goal of this funding opportunity is to ensure that all kids have healthy meals at school by supporting equipment costs and other needs for school districts that are transitioning from processed school meals to healthy meals cooked from scratch.
To be considered for funding, applicants must meet specific criteria and associated measurable results. Please visit each funding opportunity page for details and assigned program officers. Open Deadlines: Feb. 2015 and June 2015.” [Source: TCHF]

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors Oral Conference, Feb. 2

“Please view agenda and call in information for the Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors Oral Conference to be held at 225 E 16th Ave Denver CO 80203 in the 1st floor conference room on Monday February 2, 2015, 1:30-3:00 pm.” [Source: HCPF]

Caring for Colorado 2015-2018 Funding Priorities & Virtual Dental Home Intitaitve

"Caring for Colorado is hosting a webinar on Feb. 5th at 10am to discuss 2015-2018 funding priorities in preparation for the Match grant deadline. Click here to register.

Caring for Colorado announced a 5-year, $3.5 million initiative to pilot the Virtual Dental Home in Colorado. The Virtual Dental Home Initiative will work to bring access to dental services to low-income, vulnerable and isolated children and seniors throughout Colorado using a hub and spoke model of dentistry. Registered Dental Hygienists will be deployed into community settings to provide preventive dental care and will be linked to a “hub” dentist, via tele-health technology, for assessment and treatment planning. A model such as this expands access to preventive care while it also identifies those with treatment needs and facilitates access to treatment via the hub dental office. The goals of the project are to greatly expand access to care for vulnerable populations and to test a new model of delivering dental care in community settings including schools, Head Start centers, assisted living centers and nursing homes." [Source: Caring for Colorado]

Monday, January 26, 2015

Meeting Report - December 4 Stakeholder Meeting on Creating a Specialty Care Referral Hub in Denver

Click here to view the report from the December 4 stakeholder meeting that was held to gather input on the plan formulated by the Specialty Care Access Group of the Mile High Health Alliance to form a specialty care referral network in Denver. Click here to view the slides from the meeting and click here to view the matrix of referral programs studied while formulating the plan.

If you would like to participate more actively in this work, please contact Lisa McCann at Lisa.McCann@dhha.org and she will connect you to the Specialty Care Access Group.” [Source: Denver Public Health]