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Preparing to Serve MSAWs and Other Vulnerable Populations Through Public Health Emergencies (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Join MHP Salud, Project HOPE, Community Health of South Florida, and Healthcare Network for a Zoom webinar designed to equip Federally Qualified Health Centers, particularly Migrant Health Centers, with essential tools for navigating public health emergencies. More Details...

Health Center Partnerships to Support Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Early experiences and choices profoundly impact lifelong health. Cultivating healthy habits during childhood and adolescence is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, promoting physical and cognitive development, enhancing resilience, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. However, children and adolescents often encounter obstacles in managing their health and lifestyle choices due to environmental factors, educational and social influences, and limited autonomy.NNCC introduces and discusses tools and resources for health care professionals/CHWs working in health center settings and the community. More Details...

Empowering Change: Innovating and Scaling for a Healthier Tomorrow in the Face of Emerging Social Determinants of Health (SDOH): The SDOH Academy National Webinar Series (2023-2024) - Part 4 (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This session explored innovative strategies to advance population health and health equity through the power of community partnerships and transformative system delivery. Speakers highlighted unique SDOH challenges faced by special and vulnerable populations and the impact on their access to care and health disparities. Additionally, the webinar showcased strategies and best practices for building and sustaining effective community SDOH partnerships between healthcare systems and local communities. More Details...

Certificate of Excellence in Agricultural Worker Health (COE) (2024). Resource Type: E-Learning. Description: The Certificate of Excellence in Agricultural Worker Health (COE) is a self-paced, online program designed to develop the capacity and skills of health center staff and other professionals who deliver health care and enabling services to agricultural workers and their families. Consisting of 7 online e-learning modules, the COE provides interactive curriculum tailored to migrant health professionals. It is designed for upload to health center learning management systems (LMS) and is recommended to be completed together for optimal capacity building, but modules are also available for individual use to meet specific training needs. Request access at no cost to you! More Details...

Partnerships Between Health Centers and Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Programs (Bi-directional Infographic) (2024). Resource Type: Publication. Description: As health center staff are more likely to initiate conversations on IPV/HT/E with their patients after learning about domestic violence advocates and the range of services offered by their DV programs, these HC/DVP partnerships are critical to promote safety and health outcomes for patients, as well as staff, through bi-directional warm referrals. This infographic illustrates the benefits resulting from these partnerships and referrals and offers links to the sample MOU and other supportive resources to promote new and expand on current collaborative efforts. More Details...

Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Agricultural Workers (2024). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This fact sheet supplies background information about Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and data regarding these infections among the agricultural worker population. This fact sheet is helpful when wanting to understand the infection numbers, risk factors, and knowledge and behaviors surrounding STIs. More Details...

How EHRs Can Be Leveraged to Streamline Social Needs Screening (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Learn how screening for housing status and other Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) measures can be introduced or better integrated into health center clinical workflows. Presenters share guidance on implementing and systematizing social needs data collection in Electronic Health Records (EHRs), followed by a panel of expert health center representatives who that speak about their programs’ journeys with social needs screening programs. While this webinar will focus on health care for the homeless (HCH) health centers, anyone involved directly in social needs screening or interested in improving screening processes are welcome. Learning Objectives After this webinar, attendees will… ○ Describe the importance of capturing social needs screening data and how they relate to overall health center services. ○ Appraise their organization’s social needs screening workflow based on promising practices and examples of peer health center examples. ○ Describe strategies that could be applied to their health center to improve or streamline social needs screening process. ○ Identify which strategies demonstrated in the webinar can be introduced at their health center. More Details...

Advancing the use of SDOH Data to Support Value Based Care: National Training for Health Centers (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Is your health center interested in learning about how collection of social needs data can support your performance in providing value based care? This one-hour webinar, presented by Washington Association for Community Health, CHAS Health, and the HITEQ Center taught about best practices in SDOH screening and how health centers have used SDOH data for patient care, population health, and value based care. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and share the specific challenges they face regarding SDOH screening and use of data. All health center staff, particularly those involved in screening clients for social needs, connecting them to resources and using data to inform care, were welcome to attend. More Details...

Mental Health Needs Affecting Agricultural Workers: Cultivating Mental Health: The Community Health Worker's Role with Agricultural Workers (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: “Boosting Mental Health in Agriculture: The Vital Role of Community Health Workers,” a crucial conversation hosted by MHP Salud. This enlightening session, recorded on January 17th, sheds light on the significant mental health challenges faced by agricultural workers and the empowering role Community Health Workers (CHWs) play in addressing these issues. More Details...

Building Bridges between Healthcare Systems and Community-Based Organizations to Address Health Disparities: The SDOH Academy National Webinar Series (Part 3) (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This session explored innovative strategies to advance population health and health equity through the power of community partnerships and transformative system delivery. Speakers highlighted unique SDOH challenges faced by special and vulnerable populations and the impact on their access to care and health disparities. Additionally, the webinar showcased strategies and best practices for building and sustaining effective community SDOH partnerships between healthcare systems and local communities. More Details...

Building Bridges: Health Center Strategies for Maintaining Relationships with Growers, Contractors, and Employers (2024). Resource Type: Publication. Description: NCFH developed this publication to provide strategies, specifically for health centers, for maintaining relationships with growers, contractors, and employers that employ Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers (MSAWs). More Details...

Quality Improvement Strategies for LTBI Prevention and Care in A/AA and NH/PI-Serving Health Centers: National Clinical Quality Measurement - January 2024 (2024). Resource Type: Publication. Description: AAPCHO and the Tuberculosis Elimination Alliance held a learning collaborative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Health Resources & Services Administration, in April 2023. More Details...

How EHRs Can Be Leveraged to Streamline Social Needs Screening: Screening for Housing Status and other Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) measures Webinar (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Is your health center planning, implementing, or revamping a social needs screening program? The National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the HITEQ Center hosted a free webinar on Tuesday, February 6th, 2024, from 2 - 3 pm Eastern (1 - 2 pm Central) where they taught participants how to screen for housing status and other Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) measures that can be introduced or better integrated into health center clinical workflows. Presenters shared guidance on implementing and systematizing social needs data collection in Electronic Health Records (EHRs), followed by a panel of expert health center representatives who spoke about their programs & journeys with social needs screening programs. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions, share successes, or discuss specific challenges they faced regarding social needs screening. While this webinar focused on health care for the homeless (HCH) health centers, anyone involved directly in social needs screening or interested in improving screening processes was welcome to attend. More Details...

MLP in Action: Using MLP to Understand and Address the Health-Harming Effects of Climate Change: Part 3 of MLP in Action Webinar Series (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This session of “MLP in Action” aims to enhance audience awareness of the profound impact of climate change on the health of underserved populations. More Details...

Learning Collaborative: The Role of Identifying the Social Drivers of Health In Advancing Health Equity: Session 4: Children and Youth in Foster Care (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The Renaye James Healthcare Advisors’ Learning Collaborative sessions will cover how to assess health outcome disparities and barriers experienced within four different communities. Trainings will cover evidence-based health-risk assessment tools and how to use a team-based approach to incorporate them into patient care. Additional information about using these tools to identify social drivers of health and connect individuals to community-based resources and services that meet those needs will be shared. Participants will be asked to draft a workflow on how their organization will identify special populations and the process of making referrals (internal and external referrals) to address Social Drivers of Health. More Details...

Using PCMH to Improve Asthma Outcomes Webinar (2024). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The training reviews the practice of using a team approach to manage pediatric patients with asthma, engaging pediatric patients with care management, and exploring appropriate treatment options for asthma. More Details...

Incarceration and Homelessness: Reentry Considerations for Health Care Providers: Healing Hands (2024). Resource Type: Publication. Description: For clinics providing healthcare to people experiencing homelessness, understanding the specific challenges associated with reentry is key to offering effective and compassionate care during the reentry period. This care takes the form of understanding systems and processes in order to facilitate access to healthcare, and it also involves being willing to transform organizational structures to include people with experience of incarceration as experts in providing care to others. More Details...

Creating Community-Based Health Education Materials for Indigenous Farmworkers (2024). Resource Type: Toolkit. Description: This toolkit offers insight and strategies for creating culturally sensitive and accessible health educational materials for Mesoamerican Indigenous Farmworker Communities. More Details...

CalAIM Implementation of Recuperative Care Services: Lessons Learned (2024). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The purpose of this issue brief is to document what is working well with the implementation of the CalAIM recuperative care service to date, what remains a challenge, action steps California should consider moving forward, and advice for other states looking to add a statewide Medicaid benefit for recuperative care. This issue brief is based on interviews with leadership and staff at eight recuperative care programs, as well as several hospitals and MCPs from across the state (see appendix for list of participants). These interviews took place between June and August 2023, and their feedback is presented in the sections below. More Details...

Trauma-Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The Trauma-Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers webinar aims to increase the audience’s knowledge of and capacity to define key principles of trauma-informed care in a school setting, identify the diverse ways in which trauma can affect school-age children, the importance of cultural competence in trauma-informed practices, and develop effective communication strategies to foster a supportive environment.    More Details...

Trauma-Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The Trauma-Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers webinar aims to increase the audience’s knowledge of and capacity to define key principles of trauma-informed care in a school setting, identify the diverse ways in which trauma can affect school-age children, the importance of cultural competence in trauma-informed practices, and develop effective communication strategies to foster a supportive environment.    More Details...

Trauma-Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The Trauma-Informed Care in School-Based Health Centers webinar aims to increase the audience’s knowledge of and capacity to define key principles of trauma-informed care in a school setting, identify the diverse ways in which trauma can affect school-age children, the importance of cultural competence in trauma-informed practices, and develop effective communication strategies to foster a supportive environment.    More Details...

The Health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Served at Health Centers: An Analysis of the 2021 Uniform Data System (2023). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This report examines current patient demographics and utilization of health services at health centers serving Asian Americans (AAs) and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NH/PIs), and highlights the differences between these centers and the national average of all health centers in the United States. The analyses presented throughout this report are intended to improve understanding of AA and NH/PI patients served by health centers nationwide. More Details...

Suicide Prevention Strategies for LGBTQ+ Communities White Paper (2023). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The stunningly disproportionate rate of self-induced deaths among LGBTQ+ individuals is an ongoing emergency. LGBTQ+ Care clinicians and other health care workers serve sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) people every day, but adequate preparation about supporting these populations is rarely offered in professional training. This publication highlights some of the pressures that lead sexual and gender minority people to suicide, what factors elevate or lower self-harm risk, and interventions to help LGBTQ+ people build resilience in a hostile world. This publication is in partnership with the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity at Chase Brexton Health Care. More Details...

Stories from the Field: How Health Centers are Addressing Health Disparities for LGBTQIA+ People and People with HIV in Public Housing: NCHPH Webinar (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center and The National Center for Health in Public Housing held a three-part series on addressing health disparities for LGBTQIA+ people and people with HIV in public housing. More Details...

Vaccination Coverage Among Farmworkers in Selected U.S. Counties in 2022 (2023). Resource Type: Publication. Description: This fact sheet provides vaccination data among farmworkers that were surveyed during Phase 2 of National Center for Farmworker Health\'s Farmworker COVID-19 Community Assessments in 2022. Vaccination data spans across adult vaccines including COVID-19, Influenza, and TDAP. More Details...

Using Your EHR to Improve Your Diagnosis and Follow Up of Obesity (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: In this Renaye James Healthcare Advisors’ webinar, health center staff will learn tips for capturing the Body Mass Index (BMI) value, documenting a follow-up plan, capturing data, and reporting. The speakers will discuss the roles and responsibilities of care team members in the BMI documentation workflow, data capture, reporting, and best practices. More Details...

Enhancing Language Access: Assessing Health Center Staff Competency (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) will address the critical need for health centers to properly assess the language competency and qualifications of their staff, as well as highlight the significance of having adequate bilingual staff, to address language barriers for diverse patient populations. By the end of this webinar, health center staff will recognize the importance of minimizing language barriers in healthcare and access tools to assess language competency, including NCFH’s new tool, Assessing Bilingual Staff Competency Tool, to improve overall care and patient health outcomes. More Details...

Enhancing Language Access: Assessing Bilingual Health Center Staff Competency (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) will address the critical need for health centers to properly assess the language competency and qualifications of their staff, as well as highlight the significance of having adequate bilingual staff, to address language barriers for diverse patient populations. By the end of this webinar, health center staff will recognize the importance of minimizing language barriers in healthcare and access tools to assess language competency, including NCFH’s upcoming tool, Assessing Bilingual Staff Competency Tool, to improve overall care and patient health outcomes. Presented on 12/13/2023. More Details...

Enhancing Language Access: Assessing Bilingual Health Center Staff Competency (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) will address the critical need for health centers to properly assess the language competency and qualifications of their staff, as well as highlight the significance of having adequate bilingual staff, to address language barriers for diverse patient populations. By the end of this webinar, health center staff will recognize the importance of minimizing language barriers in healthcare and access tools to assess language competency, including NCFH’s upcoming tool, Assessing Bilingual Staff Competency Tool, to improve overall care and patient health outcomes. Presented on 12/13/2023. More Details...

Lived Experiences: Health disparities for LGBTQIA+ people and people with HIV in public housing: NCHPH Webinar (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center and The National Center for Health in Public Housing held a three-part series on addressing health disparities for LGBTQIA+ people and people with HIV in public housing. More Details...

Supportive Transition Care for Foster and Former Foster Youth: Medical-Legal Partnership in Action -- Webinar Series (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Explore healthcare and social service access for foster youth. Learn about promising practices for supportive transition care that improves health and social outcomes. More Details...

Suicide in Older Adults: What You Need to Know About Risk and Prevention (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar provided an overview of known suicide incidence, causes, assessment, and response in populations of community-dwelling older adults. Participants gained insight on risk factors of suicide in older patients and review basic engagement approaches in cases of suicidal ideation. More Details...

Removing Barriers and Facilitating Access: Improving Health Care Access for People with Disabilities: NCHPH Webinar (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 1 in 4 adults in the United States have some type of disability, and 1 in 5 of them did not have a routine check-up in the last year. Disability inclusion allows for people with disabilities to take advantage of the benefits of the same health promotion and prevention activities experienced by people who do not have a disability. Challenges to community integration for people with disabilities also need to be addressed through innovative integrated care programs in the community. More Details...

Learning Collaborative: Suicide Prevention and Risk Assessment Strategies: Session 4: Office Hours (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The office hours summarizes salient points covered in Learning Collaborative Sessions 1: Taking Action with 988-Equipping Your and Your Team, Session 2: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training Certificate, and Session 3: Implementing Risk Assessment Tools into Practice. More Details...

Implementing Food Rx Programs to Improve Health Outcomes (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Food Prescription (Rx) programs offer innovative solutions to addressing social drivers of health (SDOH), including food insecurity, that impact people with chronic conditions through a model that builds partnerships between the local food system, the healthcare system, and the patient population. This presentation will familiarize attendees with Food Rx programs, the NCFH Food Rx Replication Guide, and demonstrate how to use this resource to create their very own personalized Food Rx programs to improve health outcomes at the fundamental level in partnership with local organizations. Presented on 12/05/2023. More Details...

Implementing Food Rx Programs to Improve Health Outcomes (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Food Prescription (Rx) programs offer innovative solutions to addressing social drivers of health (SDOH), including food insecurity, that impact people with chronic conditions through a model that builds partnerships between the local food system, the healthcare system, and the patient population. This presentation will familiarize attendees with Food Rx programs, the NCFH Food Rx Replication Guide, and demonstrate how to use this resource to create their very own personalized Food Rx programs to improve health outcomes at the fundamental level in partnership with local organizations. Presented on 12/05/2023. More Details...

The Impact of Public Health Emergencies on Community Mental Health: Preparation and Response: NCHPH Webinar (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The burden of preparation and response to Public Health Emergencies is expected to be a prominent aspect of health center operations for the foreseeable future. More Details...

Addressing health disparities for LGBTQIA+ people and people with HIV in public housing: NCHPH Webinar (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center and The National Center for Health in Public Housing held a three-part series on addressing health disparities for LGBTQIA+ people and people with HIV in public housing. More Details...

Farmworker Health Network (FHN) Key Resources 2023 (PDF) (2023). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The Farmworker Health Network (FHN) is committed to supporting the development of leadership within Community and Migrant Health Centers and increasing access to care for the farmworker population. This document is a series of resources collected from FHN partners. More Details...

Farmworker Health Network (FHN) Key Resources 2023 (2023). Resource Type: Publication. Description: The Farmworker Health Network (FHN) is committed to supporting the development of leadership within Community and Migrant Health Centers and increasing access to care for the farmworker population. This document is a series of resources collected from FHN partners. More Details...

Best Practices for Phone and Virtual Interpretation in Health Centers (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar is provided in conjunction with a newly created best practices resource in response to the demand for more language access services in health centers especially for Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients. This project is HRSA-funded. Presented on 11/30/2023 More Details...

Best Practices for Phone and Virtual Interpretation in Health Centers (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar is provided in conjunction with a newly created best practices resource in response to the demand for more language access services in health centers especially for Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients. This project is HRSA-funded. Presented on 11/30/2023 More Details...

Implementing Evidence Based Programs for Diabetes Care (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: As World Diabetes Day approaches, the statistic of one in nine people having diabetes by 2030 is another reason to raise awareness about the importance of diabetes health screenings to detect complications early and receive timely chronic disease care. This webinar will provide an overview of the importance of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs and National Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP), the process and requirements for accreditation, as well as the benefits of implementing such programs for both health centers and patients, to offer the best evidence-based care.   More Details...

Implementing Evidence Based Programs for Diabetes Care (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: As World Diabetes Day approaches, the statistic of one in nine people having diabetes by 2030 is another reason to raise awareness about the importance of diabetes health screenings to detect complications early and receive timely chronic disease care. This webinar will provide an overview of the importance of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs and National Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP), the process and requirements for accreditation, as well as the benefits of implementing such programs for both health centers and patients, to offer the best evidence-based care. Presented on 11/14/2023. More Details...

Implementing Evidence Based Programs for Diabetes Care (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: As World Diabetes Day approaches, the statistic of one in nine people having diabetes by 2030 is another reason to raise awareness about the importance of diabetes health screenings to detect complications early and receive timely chronic disease care. This webinar will provide an overview of the importance of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs and National Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP), the process and requirements for accreditation, as well as the benefits of implementing such programs for both health centers and patients, to offer the best evidence-based care. Presented on 11/14/2023. More Details...

Lived Expertise and Data Management: Webinar on Trauma-Informed Approaches and Perspectives (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar explored why and how lived expertise must be sought after and valued by health centers and allied organizations to improve every stage of the data management process from collection and analysis to data sharing, access, and decision-making, including discussion about Information Blocking rules and navigating the tension between reporting and regulations. More Details...

Harnessing the Power of Outreach and Enabling Services to Address Social Drivers of Health Webinar (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: As a part of a collaborative project for the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), MHP Salud, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), and Health Outreach Partners (HOP) facilitated a webinar on enabling services (ES) and social drivers of health (SDOH). The facilitators and panel of speakers discussed the role of ES staff in screening for and addressing SDOH and how data can be used for meaningful change. Speakers also shared successes, challenges, best practices, and other useful knowledge on addressing social risk factors and building community partnerships. More Details...

Promoting the Health & Well-Being of Older Caregivers (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: This webinar focused on cultural considerations for understanding an informal caregiver’s experience as they age, as well as their utilization of related support services. Participants reviewed supportive strategies to promote the well-being of older patients as they are caring for their loved ones. More Details...

Enhancing Healthcare Access for Special Populations Through Telehealth and Home Visitation Services: NCHPH Webinar (2023). Resource Type: Archived Webinar. Description: Hosted by the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the National Center for Health in Public Housing, this 2-part webinar series discussed promising practices in home visitation and telehealth as ways to support improved access to comprehensive primary care for communities with high levels of disability, and isolation, lack of adequate transportation, and other social drivers of health that contribute to health inequities, particularly residents of public housing. More Details...

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