Thursday, September 18, 2014

You’re invited to Corps Community Day!

The fourth annual Corps Community Day will take place October 10 from 6-8pm at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport. The free event highlights primary medical, dental and behavioral health care for underserved in Colorado. It is an opportunity for students, residents, providers and safety net health care facilities to network. Guest speakers will also talk about their experiences with loan repayment for health professionals. View the invitation and RSVP if you’d like to attend.

ClinicNET will have a table at Corps Community Day. Please send any job openings with descriptions to johanna.gelderman@clinicnet.org and we will have them available at our table!

New Infographic: Affordable Health Care for Immigrant Families

"Colorado Consumer Health Initiative has a new infographic that explains, in both English and Spanish, health insurance eligibility for mixed status families. It breaks down qualifications for financial assistance (tax credit, Medicaid, and/or CHP+) by monthly incomes.

This easy-to-follow infographic not only provides resources for lawful permanent residents, green card holders and refugees, but also provides resources to find nearby health services for undocumented immigrants. It also clarifies that when applying for health coverage, personal information will NOT be used for immigration enforcement. This can be a significant concern among many families and can be a barrier to getting health coverage. Click here to download both the English and Spanish version.
This infographic is an excellent tool for Community Safety Net Clinics that work directly with immigrant families. We have a limited number of printed copies we can give out so if you are interested in printed copies or if you have any questions, please contact Amber Burkhart, Health Policy Fellow at (303) 839-1261 or at aburkhart@cohealthinitiative.org." [Source: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative]

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Introducing Healthier Colorado

“There are many organizations in our state that do fantastic advocacy work within the realm of healthcare. But there's never been an organization with health policy change as its primary focus -- until now, that is. We're proud to announce the launch of Healthier Colorado, our state’s first and only organization devoted exclusively to improving public policy to promote a healthier population.  We'll have a broad and bipartisan policy focus, centered on:
  • Advancing healthy living through nutritious food and physical activity
  • Expanding healthcare coverage for Coloradans
  • Improving the quality of healthcare in our state.
We want to build a grassroots constituency for health policy change, because our elected officials should hear from Coloradans who want a healthier state. Our health is worth dedicated political advocacy, and we hope you’ll join us in getting Colorado healthier.” [Source: Healthier Colorado]

HRSA Webinar: Data Sharing Among Safety Net Providers Sept. 19

“The electronic exchange of data plays a critical role in supporting high-quality and cost-effective care. The Medicare & Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program includes standards to support health information exchange and interoperability among meaningful users of certified EHR technology. The coordination and sharing of patient information across health care settings is challenging, with terminology standards adoption, lack of infrastructure to support data exchange, and concerns about privacy and security.

Despite these difficulties, solutions are being created by local health information technology (IT) networks across the country. Two grant recipients of HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Health IT Network Development Program will describe their data sharing efforts within their health IT networks.  Presenters will also share their experience leveraging ORHP funds to support the health IT infrastructure in their safety net communities.

Click here to register. For more information regarding the 9th Annual National Health IT Week during September 15-19, 2014, please visit: http://www.healthitweek.org/.” [Source: HRSA]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Colorado Health Foundation Funding Opportunity: Healthy School Meals through Scratch Cooking

The Colorado Health Foundation is excited to announce the opening of a new funding opportunity 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.

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.

Informational Webinar: Tuesday, September 23 9:30-10:30am. Register now.

Open Deadlines: October 2014, February 2015, June 2015

Program Officers: Hillary Fulton (303.953.3626) and Tiffany Perrin (303.953.3617)” [Source: TCHF]

Save the Date: CO Medical Home Community Forum

The next Colorado Medical Home Community Forum is October 14, 4:30-6:45pm at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | 4300 Cherry Creek Dr. South | Denver, Colorado 80246 | DOC Room, Building A. The topic is School Based Health Centers: An Integrated Model of Care for Children and Adolescents. RSVP here. For questions, contact Barbara Martin barbara.martin@state.co.us. [Source: Colorado Medial Home Initiative]

Monday, September 15, 2014

SIM Management Team Updates

  • “Colorado received formal questions from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on its SIM proposal. Responses were submitted on Monday, September 8th. The full response, as well as the revised SIM proposal can be downloaded by clicking here.
  • If you would like to participate in any of the workstreams, please complete the signup form located at:  www.coloradosim.org/workstreams_signup/  Descriptions and objectives for the workstreams will be provided shortly. The SIM team has received numerous requests to participate in the workstreams. To see a list of individuals/organizations who have expressed interest in these workstreams, please click here.
  • We continue to meet with stakeholder groups by request. If you would like a SIM-related update or presentation, please communicate with our Project Director, or visit the contact us section of the website. If you would like a SIM-related update or presentation, please communicate with our Project Director, or visit the contact us section of the website.” [Source: Colorado SIM]