The role health center clinicians and other providers play in driving effective and powerful advocacy at their health centers, both personally and as an organization, cannot be overstated. Active participation by health center staff who engage day-to-day with patients is a key element to building a successful advocacy program at all levels of health center operations and outreach. This session will share best practices on how health center clinicians and other providers can and should work with health center leadership to drive advocacy initiatives, and effectively leverage relationships with other community leaders and organizations to raise awareness and increase power and influence.
In 2000, Congress created the Medicaid Prospective Payment System (PPS) to provide health centers with stable funding and protect federal investments. The law also created the option for an FQHC Alternative Payment Methodology (FQHC APM). Health centers in several states have or are in the process of working with their state primary care association and state Medicaid agency to leverage the FQHC APM option to create new payment methodologies that allow for a more transformative use of the medical home. This session will provide attendees with basic information about FQHC APMs and an overview of development and implementation trends across states. Speakers will discuss what led them to pursue an FQHC APM and what they’ve learned along the way.
Diversity in the health center workforce is a factor to be considered in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities that continue to exist in the U.S. It is particularly of importance to health centers as they strive to provide culturally responsive and competent care. In August 2017, HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce released a report on Sex, Race, and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2011-2015). What is the state of diversity in the health workforce? How are health centers attempting to achieve diversity in staffing? What barriers exist to strengthening diversity and how can they be minimized? This session will highlight the findings of the aforementioned report and explore efforts by selected health centers to meet the challenge of realizing and sustaining workforce diversity.
Many health centers have turned to creating foundations to increase their funding, but foundations require sustained commitment, good counsel, and long-term vision to serve their purpose. What are the benefits to a health center of running their own foundation, and what do they need to get started? This session will break down the essential tasks of the fundraising arm of a health center, introduce issues associated with the sustainability and growth of a foundation, and provide general information interested centers can use to develop their plans for a foundation.
It’s never too late to invest in yourself! Learn the nuts and bolts of an Individual Development Plan (IDP): what it is, why it’s important, and how to build or update one. The Health Center Program needs young professionals and middle managers who are strategically planning their leadership journey in the future Health Center Movement. An IDP is one tool that can guide you if you invest the time, thought, and reflection required. Try out this practical session!
As oversight and challenges to the 340B program keep expanding, it is critical that every health center's C-Suite have a thorough understanding of the program's risks, benefits, requirements, and limitations. This session will discuss what the C-Suite needs to understand and do to protect and optimize 340B. Topics will include preparing for audits, demonstrating use of savings, overseeing contract pharmacies, and ensuring appropriate policies and procedures.
2018 Emerging Leader Awards, a presentation of The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Presenting 2018 Emerging Leader Award Recipients: Alice Pollard, MSW, MSPH, Program Manager for Health Access, North Carolina Community Health Center Association Amanda Pinder Hynes, DDS, Associate Dental Director, Pediatric Dentistry, El Rio Health Cheng-I Jacqueline Chen, MSN, RN, FNP, NP, Fellowship Director, Asian Health Services Cherise Fowler, Apprenticeship Training Coordinator, Alaska Primary Care Association Elizabeth J. Quinn, MD, Family Physician, Lynn Community Health Center Janelle Sauz, Program Manager, Population Health, LifeLong Medical Care Jessica Garcia, Health Center Manager, CCI Health & Wellness Services Jose Otero, MBA, Assistant Director of IT, Urban Health Plan Katie Fitzsimmons, MSW, Manager of Care Navigation, Squirrel Hill Health Center Leah Schulz, DDS, Dental Director, Salud Family Health Centers Maria Villagomez, MPH, Quality Assurance and Improvement Manager, Community Health Partnership of Illinois Martha Farlow, Policy and Legislative Coordinator, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Sandy Castro, CMA, Pediatric Team Lead and Medical Assistant, People’s Community Clinic