HRSA’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America seeks to leverage data and tools to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. by 90% by 2030. HRSA has been clear that Community Health Centers will be an integral partner in reducing HIV. To support health centers in leveraging data and health IT for routine HIV prevention, screening, and referral, the HITEQ Center in collaboration with Region 4 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) is launching a free learning collaborative — Ending the HIV Epidemic: It Begins with Data and a Conversation. This learning collaborative will provide participating health centers a series of four structured virtual learning sessions where they will engage with subject matter experts and their colleagues in peer-to-peer learning and discussion. Discussion topics will include baseline HIV-related data, HIV screening implementation and workflows, and role or PrEP and HIV prevention in primary care.
Compliance and Risk Management Institute: Corporate compliance is perhaps the most significant component to effective health center management and ensuring continued access to critical primary care and prevention services for hundreds of thousands of Alabama residents. APHCA’s Compliance and Risk Management Institute is a series of timely advice for emerging risks or legal/regulatory changes, an opportunity to brush up on the challenges that remain constant, and up-to-date information about operational trends seen in the field. The series will consist of five live/recorded virtual trainings available for purchase as a series or individual registration.
Association membership is not required to engage in training and technical assistance offerings supported by HRSA’s Cooperative Agreement Program.
APHCA Peer Groups
Clinical Leaders Improving Measures Boldly (CLIMB): This workgroup consists of clinical, quality, and health IT staff across APHCA’s Intelligent Care Network. The workgroup focuses on identifying, documenting, and spreading best practices across the Network to improve clinical and operational performance, enhance outcomes, and increase patient and staff experience and satisfaction.
Emergency Preparedness Peer Group: consists of selected members from each health center to represent and address each health center’s emergency preparedness and response needs. The peer group will review COVID-19 best practices for testing, vaccination, policy and procedure, and overall safety for patients and staff. Members will also receive training on cyber security, active shooter planning, CMS EP requirements, and many other relevant issues including Alabama severe weather threats like hurricanes and tornadoes.
Transforming Access to Prevention, Education, and Recovery (TAPER): serves as APHCA’S Behavioral Health Steering Committee. The TAPER peer group consists of selected members from each health center to determine barriers to increasing access to behavioral health in their communities. TAPER will also discuss best practices for prevention, education, and recovery services to the patients in their community.
Workforce Peer Group: As the healthcare environment continues to rapidly change, it is critical that each organization have a comprehensive strategy to develop, recruit, retain, and support a workforce to meet current and emerging needs. In light of HRSA’s requirements for workforce assessment, development, implementation, management, and reporting, the Workforce Peer Group will assist members in developing an overarching vision for strategies — all designed to build and sustain the workforce of the future. Peer group members will develop a better understanding of how to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive workforce plan necessary to enhance the experience and satisfaction of employees, providers, and related team members. Additionally, the peer group will explore strategies and approaches for tracking and evaluating metrics to better inform ongoing workforce efforts. Led by a speaker with unique health center experience at national, regional, and state levels, participants will learn important steps in the recruitment process including assessing organizational strengths and challenges, defining related roles and activities, setting priorities and identifying resources, developing a solid interview process, and documenting successes. Additionally, participants will receive information and tools to bolster workforce planning, development, and management efforts to build a robust workforce plan for their health center.