COVID-19

Addressing Physician Burnout during the COVID Pandemic

June 15, 2021 | 7:30-9 AM Wellness Series for Health Care Professionals This is the first summit of a two-part series supporting health care professionals. The second summit will be scheduled for September. About this event: Dr. Wendy Cohen and Kathleen Boyd, leading area physician health experts, will discuss physician wellness and burnout. They will …

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CDC Webinar on May 14: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

May 14, 2-3PM EDT Overview This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents who are 12-to-15 years of age. Clinicians will learn about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, vaccine recommendations, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents in this age group. Access …

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Post-COVID-19 Strategies for Building Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems

Wednesday, May 19, 3PM EDT COVID-19 has exposed deep fissures in our national and local healthcare systems, which comes as no surprise to mental health providers already accustomed to treating behavioral health needs rooted in systemic racial and economic disparities. Addressing these needs requires targeted outreach and robust community engagement efforts aligned with the principles …

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COVID-19-Related Coverage and Payment

HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund (CAF) On May 3, 2021, HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced a new program covering the cost of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing. This new program is called the …

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CMS Launches Community Champions Video

On May 5, 2021, as a part of CMS’ ongoing COVID-19 response efforts to support the long-term care community, CMS debuted it’s first social media videos. The videos highlight staff, also referred to as Community Champions, who moved from being initially uncertain about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to accepting the vaccine–and encouraging their peers to …

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May 8: Past and Present: Addressing Racism and Intolerance Against Asian Americans

May 8, 2-3:30PM EDT THE HHS Office of Minority Health invites you to join the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Virtual Panel Discussion The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), the National Park Service (NPS), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) …

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CMS Webinar on May 13: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

May 13, 12-1PM EDT Please note: You will receive an email with login information from GoToWebinar upon registration. If you do not receive an email in a few days’ time, please contact CMSOMHTeam@ketchum.com. Hosted by the CMS Office of Minority Health, Join Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of CMS OMH, who will share information and resources …

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Healthcare Triage 6-Part Video Series

In a new Healthcare Triage YouTube series, funded by NIHCM Foundation, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains the history of vaccines and vaccine development–one of the greatest public health achievements of all time–in six short, consumer-friendly videos covering: the timeline of COVID-19 vaccine development and the mRNA vaccine approach the history of anti-vaccine sentiments, vaccine legislation, and societal …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar: Live Demo Entering COVID-19 Vaccine Data into NHSN

The IPRO QIN-QIO held a live demonstration of using NHSN to submit and track COVID-19 vaccine data. At the end of this demonstration, participants will: Learn how to submit COVID-19 vaccine data for staff and residents. Understand the steps to successfully submit data. CDC Resources Training and Instructions: Reporting Summary Forms: Data Tracking Worksheets: These Excel documents …

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OMH Webinar on May 13: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

May 13, 12-1PM EDT The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) will host a Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence webinar on Thursday, May 13 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of CMS OMH, will share information and resources to help you address vaccine hesitancy in your community. Dr. …

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CMS Proposes to Enhance Medical Workforce in Rural and Underserved Communities to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond

Proposed Rule Would Require Hospitals to Report Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Staff CMS News – April 27, 2021 |The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1752-P) today for inpatient and long-term care hospitals that builds on the Biden Administration’s key priorities to close health care equity gaps and provide greater …

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We’ve added new COVID-19 resources

Stay up-to-date on new resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and local health departments.  New resources include: HHS Campaign: We Can Do ThisThe HHS campaign focuses on increasing vaccination confidence while reinforcing basic prevention measures. Learn more …

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FDA & CDC Resume Use of the J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

As of April 25, 2021, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States. Following the FDA and CDC’s decision, the Public Health Communications Collaborative updated their Tough Q&A with messaging to help you address questions from the community. 

COVID-19 and Brain Health

The Global Council on Brain Health’s report, COVID-19 and Brain Health (PDF), recommends steps to safeguard brain health in adults ages 50 and older, especially during the pandemic. According to the report, research shows that people living with dementia are twice as likely to get COVID-19, and their caregivers are experiencing additional stress amid the …

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CMS is Simplifying Telehealth Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new telehealth resources to further support health care providers and patients during the pandemic, as they continue to adjust to virtual appointments and services. To help make virtual care as seamless as possible, these resources include instructions for providers and shareable information in a variety of …

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CDC Call: Critical Diabetes Care and Prevention During COVID-19

April 26, 3-4PM EDT Please join us for updates on the agency’s COVID-19 response. CDC experts will share the latest information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. Hear from Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Bigman, acting director for CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. Dr. Bigman will discuss how to maintain critical diabetes care …

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April 28: COVID-19 Impacts on Black & Latino Communities: Where are we now?

COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series (Session 7): COVID-19 Impacts on Black & Latino Communities: Where are we now? April 28, 7-8:15PM EDT The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and its partners are holding their first virtual briefing series on COVID-19.  Briefings will address lessons learned by physicians and healthcare providers from the COVID-19 pandemic on managing chronic …

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A Letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dear Colleagues, The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the egregious and long-standing inequities that exist across the United States—inequities that have a profound effect on the physical, social, economic, and emotional health of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+ persons, people who use drugs, people experiencing homelessness, people who are incarcerated or detained, people who do …

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May 25: Delivering Whole Person Care: Improving Outcomes in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

May 25, 11AM-12PM EDT Part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP Only 20% of what influences the health of patients is related to the quality of the health care they receive. The other 80%—called the social determinants of health—is found in patients’ behaviors, socioeconomic conditions, and physical environment. For patients …

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Updated Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sharing the following information from the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Updated: April 14, 2021 Why are the FDA and CDC recommending a pause in the use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine?  The FDA and CDC are reviewing data involving six cases reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) …

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Pausing the Use of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for Long-Term-Care Facilities

The IPRO QIN-QIO is sharing an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC and FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine pending an investigation into six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. COVID-19 …

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Resources on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension

Information Provided by the Anticoagulation Forum Following six reported cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine in the US, the CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine pending further review. Per the CDC Health Alert (April …

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Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Update for Clinicians on Early Detection and Treatment

Thursday, April 15, 2-3PM EDT Advanced registration is not required. This COCA Call will present the latest evidence on cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) with thrombocytopenia associated with the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Speakers will discuss what is known about CVST, the importance of early detection, and updated vaccine recommendations. If …

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert, about the CDC and FDA’s recommended pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. We’re sharing to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for adverse events and can provide proper management due to the …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Reaching Vulnerable Populations

As COVID-19 vaccines continue 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 up-to-date resources and materials to help you …

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HHS’s We Can Do This: Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

The HHS COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing. Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based public health messaging, the campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their …

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CDC: How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccinator

CDC’s new web page reviews information and training on how to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccinator CDC posted a new web page, How to Enroll as a Healthcare Provider, for providers seeking to become COVID-19 vaccinators. This web page contains the information on how to become a COVID-19 vaccinator, and the training and resources available to …

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Health Equity Updates: April 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? April: National Minority Health Month Large Federal Investments to Build Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Hospitalized Black Patients at Higher Risk for Poor Safety Outcomes Updating Health Literacy for Health …

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Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Updates as of April 2, 2021 Highlights Fully vaccinated people can: Resume domestic travel Do not need to get tested before or after travel Do not need to self-quarantine after travel Fully vaccinated people do not need to: Get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) Self-quarantine after arriving back in …

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IPRO HQIC Event on March 30: Partnering with Patients and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 3-3:45PM EDT The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the IPRO HQIC hosted the March 2021 Patient and Family Engagement (PFE) webinar, titled Partnering with Patients and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this 45-minute interactive event, the AIR team provided an overview of five PFE best practices and described how engaging patient …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know Now

March 29, 2021 – As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers by sharing the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease …

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Webinar on March 30 and April 1: Increasing Vaccine Confidence

March 30, 9:30am or 2:30pm April 1, 12PM Challenges abound in the midst of COVID-19, not least of which is getting vaccinations into the arms of staff and residents of nursing centers. During this presentation, we’ll offer tips, a quality improvement process, and solutions from nursing centers across our region. Learn about “bandwagoning,” the “slow …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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