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The Week Ahead

Important Dates
Work Groups
  • Behavioral Health Work Group
    NCCHCA Offices 

    Staff Contact: Alice Pollard
  • Dental Directors Meetings
    11 am to 2 pm
    NCCHCA offices
    **Friday, April 5, 2019 NEW 

    Friday, July 19, 2019
    Friday, October 18, 2019
    Staff Contact: Marti Wolf 
  •  Diabetes Work Group
    10:30 am to 1:30 pm
    April 10, 2019 at Clinical Conference
    July 18, 2019
    October 30, 2019 
    Staff Contact: Carey O’Reilly
  • MAT Discussion Group
    Staff Contact: Alice Pollard
  • Pharmacy Directors Meetings
    11 am to 2 pm
    NCCHCA offices

    May 8, 2019
    August 14, 2019
    November 6, 2019
    Staff Contact: Marti Wolf
  • Medical Directors Meeting
    April 11, 2019 5:30 pm -7:30 pm 

    Staff Contact: Marti Wolf
  • QUICHE Work group  
    2019 dates
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    NCCHCA offices

    April 10, 2019 - Clinical Conference
    July 31, 2019
    October 17, 2019
    Staff Contact: Carey O’Reilly
Signature Events

Clinical Conference on Quality and Chronic Disease
CONFIRMED! Dr. Judith Steinberg, CMO, BPHC will present the opening plenary.
Tracks include care coordination, team-based care, behavioral health, oral health, diabetes, SDoH and more.
Tentative agenda here.
New on OneDrive
Upcoming Events
  • Health Center Resiliency Bootcamp: presented by Americares
    April 3-4, 2019 
    Register Here
  • NEW! FTCA University hosted by NCCHCA 
    May 15-16, 2019
    FTCAU Flyer.pdf
    Registration and Information Here
  • NC Primary Care Conference
    June 2019
    More information coming soon
  • Finance Essentials Academy
    September 10 & 11, 2019
    Crowne Plaza Executive Park, Charlotte, NC
    More information coming soon
  • East Coast Migrant Stream Forum 
    October 2019
    More information coming soon
Partner Events

New to Community Health Centers? Learn about them here. 

New on OneDrive

Clinical Conference on Quality and Chronic Disease
CONFIRMED! Dr. Judith Steinberg, CMO, BPHC will present the opening plenary.
Tracks include care coordination, team-based care, behavioral health, oral health, diabetes, SDoH and more.
Tentative agenda here.
April 11-12, 2019
Sheraton Chapel Hill

Emergency Preparedness: Americares Health System CHC Resiliency Bootcamp

April 3-4, 2019, at NCCHCA
Join us for an intensive hands-on disaster preparedness bootcamp for community health centers, hosted by the North Carolina Community Health Center Association. With guidance from Americares emergency preparedness specialists, participants will develop clinic-specific emergency documents that will enhance their existing plans. 
Register here (no registration fee)



Seeking Primary Care Practices to Participate in Improving Opioid Management
Get resources and guidance on how to implement effective team-based opioid management strategies in primary care by participating in the AHRQ-funded “Six Building Blocks” project. Selected practices will implement the Six Building Blocks toolkit to improve opioid prescribing and collect metrics to monitor progress. An anticipated 15 participating practices will each receive the resources and a $2,500 honorarium/practice to offset costs of data collection for the evaluation. The estimated start date for practices is late April 2019. Learn more here.

Evidence-based Tobacco Use Cessation and the Truth About E-Cigarettes

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Vance-Granville Community College, Henderson NC

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Johnston Medical Mall, Smithfield NC
Click here to register!

from HRSA eNews
Technical Assistance Resources for Health Centers Health Center Resource Clearinghouse

HRSA and the NACHC, a HRSA-funded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA), developed the Health Center Resource Clearinghouse, which provides an up-to-date selection of high-quality TA resources relevant to health centers. The Clearinghouse collects, in a single location, resources on a variety of topics created by HRSA’s TA partners. Priority topics include:
  • Diabetes
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • Behavioral health/Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • Special and vulnerable populations
  • Health IT/data
  • Finance
  • Workforce

Febrile Infants
A new clinical prediction rule for emergency department physicians, recently published in JAMA Pediatrics, could help rule out life-threatening bacterial infections among infants up to 2 months of age with fevers, potentially eliminating the need for spinal taps, unnecessary antibiotics and expensive hospital of a doctor holding an infant

The new prediction rule recommends using three measures: the levels of bacteria in urine, and serum procalcitonin (a substance produced in response to bacterial infection) and neutrophils (an infection-fighting white blood cell). The researchers can then better rule out a serious bacterial infection (SBI) if tests showed low levels of bacteria and procalcitonin and a normal neutrophil count. They were able to accurately rule out all but three of the 170 cases of SBI ultimately detected, including all cases of meningitis.
PECARN supported Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) developed the rule from a study of more than 1,800 infants seen at 26 emergency departments around the country. Learn more information about HRSA Emergency Medical Services for ChildrenResearchers from the
Read the abstract from JAMA Pediatrics.
The site is searchable by keyword, topic area, type of resource, and other search fields. Health centers can submit resources and promising practices to be considered for the site, ask questions about resources, and get connected with HRSA’s TA partners. Stay tuned for new resources and promising practices to be added soon.
Oral Health Funding Opportunity
HRSA announces the availability of $76 million in one-time supplemental funding for Oral Health Infrastructure to support health center infrastructure enhancements that will increase access to new or enhanced high-quality, integrated oral health services, including those provided via telehealth and virtual dentistry.
This funding opportunity will support:
  • One-time physical infrastructure investments, such as:
    • Minor alteration and renovation (A/R), and/or
    • Equipment purchases.
  • Organizational infrastructure investments such as training, consulting, and health information technology.
Organizations currently receiving Health Center Program operational grant funding are eligible to apply for up to $300,000. 
Applications are due in by Monday, April 22 (11:59 p.m. ET) and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Tuesday, May 21 (5:00 p.m. ET). HRSA expects to make
approximately 250 supplemental awards in September.
For more information, please:
If you have questions, contact the OHI Technical Assistance Team.

Medicaid Managed Care- Provider Transition
Provider Transition to Medicaid Managed Care:
New Webinar Series Will Launch Thursday, March 28, 2019
NC Medicaid will launch a webinar series to support providers and practices during their transition to NC Medicaid Managed Care. "General" webinars are overviews of significant changes and features of the managed care program. "Topical" webinars are in-depth reviews of specific managed care topics.

The first webinar in this, Provider Transition to NC Medicaid Managed Care 101, is an overview of the state's transition efforts and includes the vision and background for the transition to a managed care system, an overview of key initiatives, and a closer look at managed care and engagement from a provider perspective.
Provider Transition to NC Medicaid Managed Care 101
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM EST
Registration is required

A recording of each webinar, including a summary of the questions and answers shared during the session, will be posted to the Mediacid website.
NC Medicaid Provider Transition Support, (919) 527-7200

2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion

Did you know that there are 16 states* that have not yet had a Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion? Your health center could put your state on the map! We encourage all health centers to complete the 2019 Hypertension Control Champion Challenge application by Monday, April 1. (*Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont.)

The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is a competition to identify clinicians, practices, and health systems that have demonstrated exceptional achievements in working with their patients to control hypertension. Champions will have achieved at least 80% blood pressure control (blood pressure reading <140 mmHg/<90 mmHg) among their hypertensive population aged 18 to 85.

Last month HRSA hosted a webinar featuring three 2018 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions sharing their best practices. Watch it now to learn how they did it.

This newsletter is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number 5 U58CS06835-13-00, State and Regional Primary Care Association Cooperative Agreement for $1,415,574.00 with 0% financed with non-federal sources.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

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