October 30, 2014

Open Letter from HHS re: Ebola

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Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has issued an open letter to all frontline health care providers.  The full letter can be accessed here. In short, providers need to:        Detect: Ask All Patients with Non-Specific Complaints About Recent Travel        Protect: Use Good Infection Control Practices        Respond: Have a Plan In addition, the CDC website has many important resources for clinicians to learn more about Ebola. … [Read more...]

Asthma

ACU belongs to the EPA's AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org, an interactive online community designed for asthma champions to share, learn, and connect with peers to advance asthma care. Join this national network of community-based programs and access cutting-edge tools, the latest strategies and hundreds resources in asthma care and management.   NEW! Online Professional Education Session Building an Asthma Care Home, Available On Demand - a 60-minute pre-recorded webinar. Watch this … [Read more...]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved: ACU Column on Asthma Project

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The August 2014 issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved is now available in print and online! The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is happy to announce the most up-to-date JHCPU article focusing on Asthma Disparities. This silver issue opens with a reflection on health care management in the U.S., including the impact of Asthma Disparities and how EHR use can improve health outcomes; an ACU provided column that discusses the electronic health record and the … [Read more...]

Health Care Cliff

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Senator Sanders visited a health center in Mississippi this past weekend and returned from the trip very eager to develop strategies to address the primary care cliff. Read more here. … [Read more...]

National Health Center Week 2014

In celebration of National Health Center Week, HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield posted a message recognizing the critical role health centers play in assuring more accessible, affordable, quality health care services to millions of people. See the full HRSA post here. … [Read more...]

New EPA/Air Quality Funding Announcements

EPA solicits grant applications for Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities: EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on empowering communities and individuals to take action to avoid air pollution exposure, using low-cost portable air pollution sensors. Specifically of interest is research on using low-cost portable sensors to understand and avoid air pollution exposure, on the ways communities and individuals interact with air … [Read more...]

HRSA Reorganizes Health Workforce Bureaus

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Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2014)—Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) formally announced the creation of the Bureau of Health Workforce. This new Bureau, led by Rebecca Spitzgo, will combine programs previously run by the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) and the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS). The National Health Service Corps program will be managed within the new Office of Health Careers, with the intention of enabling the program to be better … [Read more...]

Integrated Pharmacy Webinar

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Understanding the Value of Integrating Pharmacy Services To Improve Health Outcomes and Patient Safety Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2PM-3PM ET Presenter: Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, Director of Clinical Pharmacy at El Rio Health Center Host: The National Center for Health in Public Housing Summary:  Due to the vulnerable nature of the health center patient base, health professionals are interested in integrating more clinical and ancillary services into primary are. Health … [Read more...]

EPA Webinar: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools

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Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT, for EPA's Closing the Gap: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools webinar. This webinar will showcase how two innovative programs (Los Angeles Unified School District and the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey) reduced asthma disparities in their school systems through a comprehensive, partnership-based approach to promote indoor air quality management. Both leaders will … [Read more...]

EHR Incentive Programs: What’s New for Stage 1 in 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new brochure on the EHR Incentive Programs, called "What's New in Stage 1 for 2014". Beginning in 2014, there are several changes to the Stage1 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). These changes took effect on October 1, 2013, for eligible hospitals and CAHs and on January … [Read more...]