Tuesday, April 7, 2015

You're invited to
Food Deserts: Virginia Challenges and Solutions
Please join the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) for a viewing and discussion of Living In A Food Desert, a documentary describing Virginia's food access problem, how it impacts residents in three parts of the state, and the initiatives in place that address local needs for healthy, affordable food. 

Produced by Virginia State University in collaboration with Virginia Tech, this film will inspire you with its examples of dedicated Virginians creating real solutions to food access.

Following the film, there will be an opportunity for attendees to share successful strategies implemented in Virginia and learn from Melanie Deel about Lenowisco Health District initiatives and John Lewis about the Renew Richmond program.
Friday, April 24, 2015
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
VDH, Madison Building, 
Mezzanine Conference Room
109 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219
To submit a Polycom site request, please contact Rich Watson at richard.watson@vdh.virginia.gov or 
(804) 864 - 7179
Register on TRAIN VA using the Course ID: 1056511. 

For more information, please contact Augustine Doe, OMHHE Health Equity Specialist at augustine.doe@vdh.virginia.gov or 804-864-7436. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Input Requested from Rural Providers on New Initiative

On January 26, 2015, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a major new HHS initiative focused on health care delivery system reform.  The announcement included measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients. To support these activities, HHS is creating a Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network that will involve both public and private sector stakeholders.  You can read more about the initiative in the links below.

This initiative will have important implications for all health care providers and the patients they serve. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy wants to hear from rural providers to ensure that rural providers can leverage the opportunities to align with the goals laid out by the Secretary.  For example, what are the implications of the unique payment classifications for rural hospitals and rural health clinics for engaging fully in these new directions? How can we ensure that the goals are attainable for rural providers? 
We’re asking our grantees and rural health stakeholders to take a thorough look at information available through the links below and provide feedback.  Send us your comments at the following address:  RuralDSR@hrsa.gov

You can also provide feedback on key rural issues for the Learning and Action Network at the following address: PaymentNetwork@cms.hhs.gov

Links with information about the initiative:
Delivery System Reform News Release
Secretary Burwell’s Blog Item on Delivery System Reform
Secretary Burwell’s Article in the New England Journal of Medicine
Delivery System Reform Fact Sheet
Delivery System Reform Taxonomy

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UNC Minority Health Conference on February 27 via Webinar Broadcast
Minority Health Conference

The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (VDH-OMHHE) invites you to join us on February 27, 2015 at 2 to 3:30 p.m. for the keynote address of the 36th Annual UNC Minority Health Conference. 

This year's conference is titled Reaching for the American Dream: Economic Mobility and Minority Health and will consider the impact of socioeconomic factors on minority health, with a particular focus on health disparities in the aftermath of the recession. Dr. William "Sandy" Darity Jr., PhD, Professor at Duke University, will speak, highlighting timely research on this topic and focus on opportunities to advance minority health in the present period of economic recovery. The keynote address will be followed by a facilitated Q & A session. 

The session is part of the VDH-OMHHE's 2015 Health Equity & Cultural Competency Training Series and will take place at the VDH Madison Building at 109 Governor Street, Richmond, VA in the Mezzanine Conference Room. Polycom sites are also available. Please see the flyer for details. Topics and dates of other sessions in this series will be released here and on the VDH-OMHHE website in the near future. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health 

Register Now | February 5, 2015 | 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET
Please join us on Thursday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review webinar featuring the Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health topic areas. Progress Review webinars are focused on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives.To be more effective, public health, health care, and prevention practitioners must understand the cultural context of their unique community and possess the skills and desire to work in those contexts. Cultural competence, the ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds to produce positive change, is a key component to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. This Progress Review webinar will highlight the importance of social determinants of health and cultural competence in working with LGBT and diverse populations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.
This webinar will feature Senior HHS officials. Additionally, presenters from a community-based organization will share their experience in offering culturally competent care.
Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CHES) are available!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Apply to the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program by March 30 

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so you can more quickly pay down your loans. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance.
The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. See the 2015 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 383 KB) for details. See if your site is already approved at the NHSC Jobs Center.

For more information or to complete an application, visit the NHSC website; Applications are accepted through Mrach 30, 2015. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

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First 10, Winning Congregations Announced for Virginia's #MillionHeartsChallenge

On November 24, 2014, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) launched Virginia’s 100 Congregations for Million Hearts initiative with the #MillionHeartsChallenge, a social media call to action for Virginia’s faith-based organizations to commit to increasing the heart health of their members. Over the next year, OMHHE plans to sign up over 100 congregations around the state with the goal to improve heart health among members!
To jump start the initiative, OMHHE offered the first 10 faith-based organizations that joined free customized resources, including 100 blood pressure tracking cards and heart health toolkit packages. OMHHE congratulates the first 10, winning faith-based organizations: 
  • St. Paul Reform Zion Union Apostolic Church – Suffolk, VA
  • Herald of His Coming Church – Norfolk, VA
  • Beraen Community Church – Norfolk, VA
  • Living Waters Christian Fellowship – Newport News, VA
  • Cathedral of Faith – Chesapeake, VA
  • Garden of Hope, Inc. Community Development Corp. – Norfolk, VA
  • New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Tabernacle of Praise Ministries International – Richmond, VA
  • Islamic Center of Virginia – North Chesterfield, VA
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church – Newport News, VA
To date approximately 15 faith-based organizations have joined the Virginia’s 100 Congregations initiative. To bring your faith-based organization on board, complete the sign up form available at: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/omhhe/VA100congregations.htm and return to Augustine Doe at augustine.doe@vdh.virginia or call (804) 864-7436 for more information. OMHHE and its collaborative partners will continue to offer assistance to joining faith-based organizations in planning and implementing activities related to this initiative. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Seeking Input from Virginia Public Health Community

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), with funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, is organizing a Virginia state forum to examine the understand of the Community Health Worker role in bridging health care and population health in Virginia. 

The one-day forum, tentatively planned for March 2015, will bring public health and health service providers in Virginia together to define population health and explore the role of Community Health Workers in promoting population health and health equity within our health care systems and communities. It will also explore opportunities to expand the Community Health Worker workforce, as we strive towards improving the overall health of our state. IPHI is seeking input from the Virginia public health community to inform planning of the state forum. If you are a member of the VA public health community, please fill out this survey this survey. The survey will be open until November 14. An analysis of the results will be made available at the forum and electronically.  For more information, email fnageer@institutephi.org.  

This post is reprinted from the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia newsletter.