New C2C Telehealth Resources Available

In response to the increased use and expanded coverage of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, From Coverage to Care (C2C) released two new resources to support providers and patients in making the most of virtual care: Providers can learn how and when to use telehealth. Learn how to: Set up telehealth services Conduct a successful …

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program

Grant Opportunity: FR-6400-N-69 Application deadline: May 4, 2021 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes announced $30 million in grant funds and training resources to non-federal entities to establish the Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program. The grant program will assist experienced nonprofits, state and local …

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Webinar on April 26: Strengths-Based Planning for Worst-Case Scenarios

Person-Centered Planning in Disaster Preparedness April 26, 3-4:30PM EDT The events of 2020 and early months of 2021 have upended and disrupted everyone’s lives, but the impact on the lives of people with disabilities and older adults is particularly pronounced. It is now clear that planning ahead for emergencies is a must-do, particularly for those …

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Webinar on March 24: Alaska Native Traditional Foods Movement Webinar

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Traditional foods are an integral part of Alaska Native culture. The gathering, hunting, preserving, and eating of traditional foods is more than just a diet – it’s a way of life. Traditional foods offer nutritious meals that provide physical and healing benefits. They also provide comfort and a sense of home. …

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We’ve Updated our COVID-19 Resources Page

Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 resources. This month, we’re highlighting new resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), and local health departments. Updates include: CDC: COVID-19 vaccine PowerPoint for staff meetings and community presentations (Available in English and Spanish) CDC: …

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Mom’s Vaccinated: When can I visit her nursing home?

It is so great that your mom, dad, or other loved ones have received their COVID-19 vaccine. This is an important step towards protecting their health, achieving herd immunity and returning to normal life. Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize the importance of visiting your …

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Biden-Harris Administration Increases Medicare Payment for Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccine

CMS – March 15, 2021 | Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing the Medicare payment amount for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. This new and higher payment rate will support important actions taken by providers that are designed to increase the number of vaccines they can furnish each day, including establishing …

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New CMS OMH COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Vulnerable Populations Webpage

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted minority and vulnerable populations. The COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the spread of the virus and help end the public health emergency. Community partners working with racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations are critical in helping consumers …

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Webinar on April 20: What We Bring to the Room: Reflecting on the Impact of Bias in Care

April 2011AM-12PM EDT Part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP Materials Recording Slides The topic of bias is increasingly gaining attention in healthcare. We see its effects in the numbers,  outcomes, and  the ways in which it compromises the potential for establishing trusting relationships between patients and providers. Yet, there still remains a need to define what bias is and …

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CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations

March 10, 2021 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE).  This latest guidance comes as more than three million doses of vaccines …

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Biden Administration to Invest $250 Million in Effort to Encourage COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Among Underserved Populations

HHS Office of Minority Health Will Offer Localities Funding to Partner with Community Organizations to Connect Minority, Underserved Populations with Vital Services, Promote Pandemic Safety Measures As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness today, the Administration is announcing an effort to invest $250 million to encourage COVID-19 safety …

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Webinar on March 24: Physician Burnout and Mental Health

March 24, 2-3PM EDT The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and dramatically increased the long-standing epidemic of physician burnout. Around 71% of physicians reported exhaustion and burnout in 2020, up from an estimated 29% to 54% of healthcare workers in 2019. Physicians are working longer hours and facing high health risks, while trying to manage their own …

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March is National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about kidney disease. This year’s focus is on taking charge of your health and the many factors that go into managing your kidney disease. Learn more about Medicare’s coverage of kidney dialysis and kidney transplant services: Medicare.gov: I have End-Stage Renal Disease Medicare Coverage of …

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CDC Webinar on March 9: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness, and Learn How to Address Patient Questions and Concerns

March 9, 2-3PM EDT No Registration Required A few minutes before the webinar starts, please click on the Zoom link to join. Passcode: 528346 Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 551 285 1373 or +1 669 …

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May 1: 2021 CDOE Spring Seminar

Saturday, May 1, 7AM-1PM EDT  Hosted online via Zoom See below for registration fee 2021 CDOE Spring Seminar will provide up-to-date information on the diagnosis, prevention, and management of diabetic kidney disease, practical approaches for the self-management of diabetes, and integrative health practices for diabetes care. Target Audience   Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators (CDOE), registered …

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CDC Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women’s Role in Health Literacy March is Women’s History Month, a perfect time to highlight Dr. Ruth Parker. Not only is she nationally recognized for her health literacy research, teaching, and advocacy, but she’s a professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and a professor of epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins …

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Drop in Life Expectancy, Vaccine Access & Devastating Winter Storm

Check out the March Population Health Spotlight newsletter from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation In this edition, learn more about the latest news and resources on COVID-19, including the drop in life expectancy, vaccine access and the impact of new variants, as well as new initiatives for supporting vulnerable communities. Highlights …

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CDC Event on March 4: COVID-19 Learning Community Kickoff Event

March 4, 12-1PM EDT The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting the COVID-19 Learning Community Kickoff Event. Register Today! Learn more about upcoming events and engage with national, state, regional, and local stakeholders about approaches, strategies, and resources for addressing COVID-19 health disparities. Continuing Education This event …

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CMS Resources for the Emergency Preparedness Rule

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of updated emergency response plans. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) compiled a list of resources to assist state survey agencies; state, tribal, regional and local emergency management partners; and healthcare providers in developing emergency plans that are compliant with the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Highlighted Resources …

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Million Hearts® and CDC COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Partner Toolkit

A year of missed preventive care is endangering minority communities. And people with serious heart conditions are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19. In response, Million Hearts® and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a digital media toolkit to encourage people to continue their preventive cardiovascular care. The Toolkit includes: …

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CDC Webinar on March 11: The Role of Telehealth in Expanding Access to Healthcare During COVID-19

Considerations for Vaccine Uptake and Monitoring for Adverse Events March 11, 2-3PM EDT Advanced registration is not required. A few minutes before the webinar starts, click on this Zoom link to join. Webinar ID: 160 034 1756Passcode: 313248 iPhone one-tap:  16692545252,,1600341756#,,,,*313248# +16468287666,,1600341756#,,,,*313248#  For Telephone, Dial: +1 669 254 5252 +1 646 828 7666 +1 551 285 …

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Health Equity Updates: March Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? AHRQ Chartbook on Patient Safety Rural N.C. Community’s Strategies to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine National Evaluation of Social Determinants of Health COVID-19 and Food Insecurity Health Equity Webinar Materials April …

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Webinar on March 18: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities

Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities: A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association March 18, 1-2PM EDT Structural racism has been and remains a fundamental cause of persistent health disparities in the United States. This presidential advisory by the AHA reviews the historical context, current state, and potential …

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CMS News on Feb. 26: Coverage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing and Reimbursements for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured

Biden Administration Strengthens Requirements that Plans and Issuers Cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing and Ensures Providers are Reimbursed for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured      CMS NEWS – February 26, 2021 | In accordance with the Executive Order President Biden signed on January 21, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), …

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CMS Conference Call on March 3: CMS Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum

March 3, 2–3PM EDT Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. This Open Door Forum is open to everyone. This call will share updates and reminders on the on open payments and marketplace special enrollment period opportunity. If you are a member of the Press, you may listen in but please refrain …

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Webinar on March 5: Reimagined in America: Advancing Food Justice

March 5, 1:30PM EDT Deep-rooted structural racism, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, have exacerbated inequities within our food system. Millions of people—mostly Black and Latino families—have gone hungry in the past year while high obesity rates put many at risk for severe COVID-19 complications. Grocery store clerks, meat packing plant staff, and farm workers …

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Webinar on March 18: Trauma-Informed Care

March 18, 1-2PM EDT The New England Rural Health Association, the New York State Association for Rural Health, and the Foundation for Community Health invite you to a webinar on “The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health and Wellbeing and the Importance of Providing Trauma-Informed Care.” Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are one of the largest …

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National Nutrition Month

Each March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month. It’s a great time to discover and make informed food choices. Health eating can mean different things as we age. We need fewer calories, and are ability to absorb certain nutrients is reduced, especially among those with chronic health conditions. That means it’s important to choose foods that …

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Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 14–20, 2021

Patient Safety Awareness Week both acknowledges and celebrates improved safety and care practices throughout all healthcare settings. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that health care errors impact one in every 10 patients globally. We are part of a national effort working to …

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Encouraging Improved Patient Safety Practices and Celebrating Successes

Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 14–20, 2021 Patient Safety Awareness Week both acknowledges and celebrates improved safety and care throughout the health system. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that health care errors impact one in every 10 patients globally. We are …

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Webinar on Feb. 24: Changing the Narrative: What is Reframing Aging and Why it Matters

February 24, 11AM-12:30PM EDT The Maine Council on Aging (MCOA) invites you to join a conversation to learn about reframing aging and how it’s important to support healthy aging. This learning opportunity will offer guidance and tools that will help us talk about aging and demographic change in ways that foster greater public understanding of …

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Virtual Event on March 24: Envisioning the Future: Exploring Lessons Learned

March 24, 11AM-4:45PM EDT Registration Fee: $99 Individual | $1,000 Organizational CEs are included for NHA, Nurses, Activity Professionals, and Certified Dementia Practitioners. Pioneer Network is offering a one-day symposium designed to provide valuable learning within a 6-hour window through four general sessions. Participants will also have an opportunity to join one of four interactive …

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CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

CMS – February 19, 2021 | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 …

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Webinar on March 4: Overviews of CDC’s Post-Authorization/ Post-Licensure Safety Monitoring and Communications for the COVID-19 Vaccines

March 4, 1-2PM EDT Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) will host a webinar on March 4 from 1-2PM EDT. Topics will include: COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring systems, i.e., the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and v-safe CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine communication products CDC’s Vaccinate with Confidence framework Speakers These important and timely topics will be addressed …

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Webinar on Feb. 23: Addressing Disparities in Immunization Rates

February 23, 12-1PM EDT There is no fee to participate in this activity, but pre-registration is required. Join the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) for a discussion on strategies to increase coverage for all recommended vaccines, including COVID-19 and influenza. This webinar will include presentations on disparities by race/ethnicity for influenza vaccination coverage in …

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Webinar on Feb. 22: Multicultural Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccinations

February 22, 6-7PM EDT Healthcare Voices of NH is excited to launch a Zoom Series “Multicultural Perspectives on COVID Vaccinations” on Monday, February 22 from 6-7 pm.  Jane Yen, a college student living in Concord, will be a participant.  Jayme Simoes, CEO at Louis Karno & Company Communications, will facilitate, and Dr. Walter King, retired virologist and immunologist, will …

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Events from Feb. 22-March 22: MDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Live Q&A Sessions

Dates of Trainings Monday, 2/22/2021; 1-2pm – Register Here Monday, 3/8/2021; 1-2pm – Register Here Monday, 3/22/2021; 1-2pm – Register Here These live Q&A sessions are meant to be a supplement to the training modules created by Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Immunization Division.  This training includes information current as of 12/31/2020. There is a focus on …

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Webinar on Feb. 23: MIPS Call for Promoting Interoperability Measures and Improvement Activities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET to provide an overview on the Annual Call for Measures and Activities process for the Promoting Interoperability and improvement activities performance categories, which began on February 1, 2021. The MIPS Annual Call …

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What Partners Need to Know Now about Health Insurance Coverage during the Pandemic

CMS Memo – February 17, 2021 | As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out across the country, CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS. With information coming from many different sources, CMS has …

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Webinar Series Starting on March 4: Nutrition, Socialization, and Health and Well-Being

March 4, 3-4PM EDT In celebration of the March anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will be holding weekly webinars throughout the month. The webinar series will focus on understanding the intention of the act and address the trifecta of nutrition, socialization, and health and well-being.  Join us on …

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April 15-16: Anticoagulation Forum 2nd Virtual Boot Camp

April 15-16 | $249 Registration Fee Continuing Education Credit Available! This compact 2-day meeting provides a comprehensive curriculum covering essential aspects of anticoagulation, disease state, and drug management. All practitioners will benefit from the engaging discussion around quality improvement, new agents, and special situations. “Chalk Talks” (live & recorded for ongoing access) will allow for …

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AC Forum IDEA Committee & Webinar Series Starting March 18

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship (IDEA) Committee The Anticoagulation Forum is proud to launch the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship (IDEA) Committee.   The IDEA Committee was established to address systemic racism and the resulting health disparities. Through the IDEA Committee, the AC Forum will work to increase awareness and promote diversity in our leadership, membership, and programming. We hope our members will …

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Webinar on Feb. 24: Addressing Social Isolation Through Senior Housing During COVID-19

Wednesday, February 24, 2-3PM EDT Senior housing offers a space for older adults to engage and connect with their fellow residents and build a sense of community. While the pandemic has called for physical distancing, the Aging Network has found creative ways to continue offering opportunities for engagement to address social isolation. Hosted by engAGED, …

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April 13: 26th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference

April 13, 2021 | $75 Registration Fee You are invited to the virtual 26th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The 2021 theme is Immunizations: Adapting During Challenging Times. This conference is organized by the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC), and is one of the largest adult immunization activities in the …

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Feb 22-24: CDC’s National Forum on the COVID-19 Vaccine

February 22–24, 2021 The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine is a virtual event that will unite representatives from across the US government, with tribal, state, local, and territorial leaders and representatives from public health, healthcare systems, national and community-based non-governmental organizations, education, private industry, unions, and faith-based organizations. All have a role in supporting COVID-19 …

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Highlighting Health Disparities During American Heart Month and Black History Month

Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) this February as it recognizes American Heart Month and Black History Month by helping those affected by heart disease take steps toward better health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in …

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Webinar on Feb. 24: Fall Prevention for Native Elders

Wednesday, February 24, 2-3PM Sixtus Dominguez, a tribal injury prevention specialist, will share strategies, activities, and interventions that can support injury prevention and independence for Native elders. Participants will learn: about 4 evidence-based fall prevention interventions basic fall prevention strategies and assessments some simple activities to help keep elders moving and independent Have questions for …

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Webinar on Feb. 10: CCSQ Lessons from the Front Line Call: Discussion on Health Care Professional Well-being & Resilience

February 10, 12-1PM EDT Join The Office of Clinician Engagement (OCE) at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) for a discussion on Health Care Professional Well-being & Resilience. Panelists: Dr. Barry Marx, Director, Office of Clinician Engagement, Center for Clinical Standards and …

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African American History Month

February is African American History Month, which sheds light on African American culture and health. Heart disease, diabetes, and stroke affect people of all ethnicities. However, certain groups—including African Americans and older individuals—are at greater risk. Knowing more about family health histories and the early detection of predisposed health conditions helps support prevention efforts, effective …

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CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

Agency thanks nursing homes whose staff have completed free CMS training, but urges remaining homes to take advantage of this resource CMS NEWS | Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publicly recognizing the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS training designed to help …

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Webinar on Feb. 23: Building Confidence for COVID-19 Vaccines

Tuesday, February 23, 12-1PM Please join the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition for the following educational opportunity. This unbranded, unaccredited learning activity will be presented by Elizabeth Thoburn, MPH. Elizabeth is a Vaccine Medical Director of the Medical Development & Scientific Affairs Division for Vaccines at Pfizer, Inc.  This webinar is great for non-clinical providers and staff! …

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Health Equity Updates: February Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? Biden Takes Action to Advance Racial Equity & Support Underserved Communities HHS Proposed Modification to HIPAA Privacy Rule will Help Address SDOH Large Majority of Doctors Hold Misconceptions about …

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Webinar on Jan. 28: Beyond Loneliness & Social Isolation

January 28, 2:30–5PM EDT Join Mental Health America (MHA) on Thursday, January 28 for an event on loneliness and social isolation, and learn how MHA’s latest program, Peer Partners in a Box, is helping people with serious mental health conditions. Hear from MHA’s peer expert and Vice President of Peer, Advocacy and Support Services, Patrick …

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Cultural and Linguistic Competency Toolbox

This Learning Toolbox focuses on cultural and linguistic competency and their importance for helping to eliminate disparities in the delivery of quality healthcare.  The Toolbox includes a quick primer, and provides useful links to articles, tools, and resources. Quick Primer What is cultural and linguistic competency? Cultural and linguistic competency in healthcare refers to the …

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