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The Week Ahead

January 14, 2019
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
    February 27, 2019
    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
    February 6, 2019

    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

    February 26, 2019
    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
    April 11-12, 2019
    Sheraton Chapel Hill
    Registration is OPEN

    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.
  • Call for poster presentations a the Clinical Conference. Submit your poster here.

New on OneDrive
If you need instructions for accessing OneDrive, contact Marti
  • FTCA University hosted by NCCHCA 
    May 15-16, 2019
  • FTCAU Flyer.pdf
  • 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
NCCHCA Trainings
Other Events

Funding Opportunities
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program - Apply by April 25

New to Community Health Centers? Learn about them here. 

New on OneDrive



HRSA announced $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program.

This NAP funding opportunity furthers the Health Center Program’s mission to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services.

Applications are due in by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET). HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.

For more information, please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity and visit the NAP technical assistance webpage.

If you have questions, contact the NAP Technical Assistance Team.

Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals

from ECRI
Medication Safety Practices
High-alert medications are defined as those with increased risk of causing significant harm when they are used in error. High-alert medications can be safe when used correctly but may cause more severe effects when an event occurs. Examples of high-alert medications identified by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices include heparin, warfarin, insulin, narcotics, opiates, and pediatric liquid medications that require measurement.
Medications deemed as high alert may differ by health center based on factors such as patients served (e.g., pediatric patients), new drugs added to the formulary, new drugs used as replacements during medication shortages, and drugs previously involved in adverse events among health center patients. Health centers should identify high-alert medications and take steps to ensure safe prescribing and monitoring practices, proper storage and handling, and effective patient and family education.
Health centers and free clinics can use the attached checklist or access it online to address general strategies for ensuring safety related to high-alert medications and high-risk prescribing practices. 
Upcoming Webinar: Patient Safety Two Decades After "To Err Is Human," Featuring David Bates, MD, MS, and Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
In 1999, The Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human, sparked the modern patient safety movement by highlighting the devastating effects of adverse events in healthcare. In the two decades since, various initiatives have been implemented across all care settings to keep patients safe and improve the quality of healthcare. So, where are we now?
Please join us on February 5, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time for our next Patient Safety Leadership Series webinar, featuring David Bates, MD, MS, and Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH. These internationally recognized experts in patient safety will explore what healthcare entities have learned since To Err Is Human, how the patient safety movement has progressed over that time, and what health centers and free clinics can do to continue improvements in the future. Specific areas covered include test tracking and follow-up, tracking patient referrals, and follow-up after patient hospitalizations. References to tools and resources will be provided. ECRI Institute on behalf of HRSA presents this FREE program.
Register now!
Now Available! Continuing Education Opportunities Address Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Awareness of sexual harassment and misconduct has come to the forefront in many environments and industries, including healthcare settings and workplaces. Providers and staff need education on these topics, not only to understand behaviors to avoid, but also to build skills in preventing, identifying, and responding to harassment and misconduct should they occur. ECRI Institute, on behalf of HRSA, has released Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in Healthcare: Fostering Civil Behavior for Patient Safety. This three-part interactive suite of courses examines the problems of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in healthcare. It imparts knowledge and skills for prevention, recognition, and response to sexual harassment and misconduct. Each of the three component courses is accredited for 1.0 CME or CNE; learners will also receive a certificate upon completion of all three courses.
  • Login to e-Learn.
  • Enter your username and password in the Member Login area of this page.
  • If you do not have a username and password, click "New to ECRI e-learn? Register here" on the upper right hand side of the page.
  • If you have a username and password but do not remember it, click the link underneath "Forgot Your User Name or Password?" You will be asked to enter your last name and email address.
  • Once you are logged in, go to the Learning Catalog to enroll in the courses. Courses are listed alphabetically by title (navigate to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, Course 1) or browse through the entire catalog of courses.
ECRI Institute’s e-Learn system is a catalog of patient safety and risk management courses accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This program is offered to Section-330 funded health centers, free clinics, and FQHC Look-Alikes for free on behalf of HRSA as part of the Clinical Risk Management Program.
Information provided by ECRI Institute is intended as guidance to be used consistent with the internal needs of your organization. This information is not to be viewed as required by ECRI Institute or the Health Resources and Services Administration.

from HRSA
Webinar: Workforce Approaches to Violence Prevention and Response Across the Life Course

Thursday, January 31: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
As part of HRSA's Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence, HRSA will host a webinar to discuss workforce approaches to violence prevention and response across the life course. Topics will include:
  • Advanced Nursing Education – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (ANE-SANE) Program Overview
  • The Developing Brain and Preventing Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs)
  • Dynamics of Elder Abuse
  • Overview of Intimate Partner Violence Toolkit
Register for this webinar. For questions contact Michael L. Jenkins, Jr. at
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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