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Recording Now Available: Great Lakes Equity in Healthcare Quality Webinar

posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:44 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 2:00 PM ]

Learn about the important role equity plays in healthcare quality improvement efforts; effective approaches health service organizations have taken to integrate equity into their organizational quality strategies; and strategies and resources to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes in readmissions, heart disease, and diabetes.

Watch the March 23, 2018 webinar here: https://explorepsa.adobeconnect.com/prfrs43lq250/

Download the webinar recording in MP4 format here: https://tinyurl.com/GreatLakesEquityinQuality-mp4 

Great Lakes Health Equity Webinar: Equity in Quality

posted Mar 7, 2018, 6:40 PM by Tech Support

Join the Great Lakes RHEC to learn about the important role equity plays in healthcare quality improvement efforts; effective approaches health service organizations have taken to integrate equity into their organizational quality strategies; and strategies and resources to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes in readmissions, heart disease, and diabetes.

Register Here: https://explorepsa.adobeconnect.com/rhecvwebinar/event/event_info.html 

ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:09 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:10 AM ]

Date: Tuesday, February 20 
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. EST 

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, will host a webinar for public health professionals involved in programming to advance health equity or in the grant-making process based on its guide for integrating health equity language into funding announcements. 

Objectives for this webinar are to: 
  • Describe federal leadership on state/regional health equity initiatives; 
  • Provide specific examples of how a state health agency has incorporated health equity language into its funding announcements; and 
  • Describe the new tool for health equity developed by ASTHO and the HHS Office of Minority Health. 
For more information and to register: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ld5wli570ckc&campaign=3214jsngdwuc

Abstracts Sought by January 12 for Atlanta BRFSS Training Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:48 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 9:49 AM ]

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Conference Committee is encouraging the submission of abstracts for a presentation or poster for the BRFSS Training Workshop, April 9–13 in Atlanta, Georgia. The submission deadline is Friday, January 12. Notifications of accepted presentations will be sent by Friday, February 16. 

Click on the link below for additional information and abstract guidelines. This is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of the great work that you are doing. 

https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/factsheets/pdf/CallforAbstractsCleared4WebPg.pdf

A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities: The 4 I’s for Health Equity is now available

posted Oct 17, 2017, 6:18 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

Despite the nation’s advancements in health and medicine, care is still not equally available and accessible across communities, populations, socioeconomic groups, and ethnicities. The National Quality Forum (NQF) created a roadmap for the U.S. healthcare system (i.e., providers and payers) to reduce health and healthcare disparities through performance measurement and associated policy levers. The final report, A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities: The 4 I’s for Health Equity is now available. View or Download from below.

Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC V) Seeking New Members

posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:45 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 5:36 AM ]

The deadline to submit an application to become a member of RHEC V is November 10, 2017. RHEC V is seeking energetic and proactive members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. To submit your application, please click here.

Summer 2017 Issue of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Now Available

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:31 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

The latest issue of the BRFSS features Wisconsin. This state uses yearly data from the BRFSS to track the prevalence of the health issues and behaviors. Get the latest issue.
https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/factsheets/pdf/Issue_9_508_tagged.pdf

Patricia Canessa (RHEC V) Appointed to American Public Health Association Committee on Health Equity

posted Aug 14, 2017, 1:32 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

Join us as we congratulate Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council member Patricia Canessa on her appointment by the president and leadership of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to the association’s Committee on Health Equity. The committee is charged with assuring APHA meets its diversity, inclusion, and social justice goals by monitoring the diversity of its sections, committees, councils, and boards; encouraging APHA to maximize inclusion in decision-making at all levels; and recognizing and promoting best practices by APHA units, affiliates, and caucuses.

CHW Summit Materials Available

posted Nov 9, 2015, 5:03 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:54 PM ]

On October 30-31, 2015, Community Health Workers (CHW) and CHW stakeholder leaders throughout the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI), convened at the first Region V Great Lakes CHW Summit. The Summit was the culmination of over a year of careful planning by CHW-focused organizations from each of the six states of Region V and it was a rousing success. Virtually every seat was filled. There were over 90 participants on Day1 at the US Department of Health and Human Services Region V – Chicago Regional Office and over 70 participants on Day 2 at National Louis University.

Download the Summit Agenda and select the presenters’ name(s) to download session handouts and PPTs, where available. You may also read more about the Region V CHW Summit in the Spotlight below.

Great Lakes RHEC Announces the Region V Community Health Worker Summit

posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:41 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:55 PM ]

Community Health Worker (CHW) leaders throughout the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI) have collaborated to convene regional CHWs and stakeholders at the first Region V Great Lakes CHW Summit on October 30-31. This two day event will foster multi-sectorial and interdisciplinary synergy by disseminating best practice models impacting the CHW workforce and educating CHW and our allies on how to advocate for and develop policies conducive to the profession. The goal of the CHW Summit is to increase knowledge about the value of CHW programs and how to effectively integrate CHWs into the healthcare and social services delivery systems.

Are you a Community Health Worker (CHW) Stakeholder or CHW? Do you represent a community or faith-based organization, health care provider, academic institution, health insurance provider, foundation, government agency, CHW organization, or CHW vendor? Then join us for the first day, October 30, to learn more about how Community Health Workers are crucial for a thriving health system.

Community Health Workers: be sure to join us on the second day, October 31, as we share the discussions from the first day and explore the best practices and strategies to increase the presence of CHWs in our region. We will share conversations from the first day and explore the best practices and strategies to increase the presence of CHWs in our region. This includes conversations on training and certification, advocacy, policy development, workforce development, supervision, and leadership. We will also discuss actions that all CHWs can take after the Summit.

This Summit will take place in two locations:
October 30, 2015, 8:00 am – 5:30 on - US Department of Health and Human Services Region V – Chicago Regional Office, 233 North Michigan Ave, 13th Floor
October 31, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00pm - National Louis University, 122 S Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor Atrium, Reception to follow from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Summit presenters include:
  • Dr. Sarah Redding (OH) and Bob Harnach (IN) of Care Coordination Systems (CCS). CCS is an innovative company that focuses on building all of the tools and training needed for a community to implement the Pathways Community HUB Model. They will discuss the Community HUB model and their experience creating the Community Health Access Program and CHW models in Ohio. This discussion will include care coordination, training and funding models. 
  • Kiara Bembry, BSPH, MAOL-candidate, is the CHW Program Coordinator for Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana, Inc. This presentation will introduce Indiana’s model for the training and certification of CHWs and Certified Recovery Specialists. Information about the application process, training components, testing requirements and certification maintenance associated with this model will be included. A snapshot of Indiana’s workforce will be shared as well as ways to calculate the value of the workforce to clinical practice. 
  • Allison Vidal-Jones, MA, is a Program Director for MHP Salud. There, she’s developed a training recognition program, Pasaporte de Promotor(a) de Salud. Core competencies covered throughout the modules: how adult education methodologies are incorporated to create a more dynamic learning environment and the role of the training recognition program within the context of state certification and standardization. Additionally, we will highlight the value of training supervisors of Promotores(as)/CHWs and MHP Salud’s approach to developing the skills needed to be an effective and supportive manager. 
  • Jeff Waddy, MCHW, DrPH(c), is the Dean of Allied Health & Career Programs at South Suburban College. He will present an academic CHW training program which allows students to earn CHW certificates (basic or advanced) and/or an CHW associate degree. Core competencies and program curricula will be discussed. 

There will be additional panel discussions, including several Region V administrators (including SAMHSA & the Office of Minority Health) as well as training and funding. Also included in the Summit are facilitated conversations with subject matter/content experts in several areas such as education and certification, workforce development, interdisciplinary practice, sustainability and policy.

To register for the Region V CHW Summit, please visit: https://www.regonline.com/regionvchwsummit

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