Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Immunization Week

Immunization Week

This week is World Immunization Week and National Infant Immunization Week. This years world theme is Protected Together, #VaccinesWork. Immunizations can prevent illnesses, disability and death from numerous preventable diseases. This includes but is not limited to cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rota virus diarrhea, rubella and tetanus. Worldwide, approximately 19.5 million infants are still missing out on basic vaccines. From this, at least 1.5 million deaths per year could be avoided is immunization coverage is improved. In order to make improvements, the World Health Organization has been diligently working with many countries that are most in need of immunization improvement. 

Here in the US, we recognize this week as National Infant Immunization Week. This week highlights the importance of immunizing children 2 years and younger. According to the CDC, routine childhood immunization in one birth group prevents an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 early deaths over the course of their lifetimes, at a net savings of $360 billion in direct costs and $1.65 trillion in total societal costs. The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels. Not all diseases in the US are totally wiped out. In recent years, many cases of measles in the US have been on the rise despite the fact that this can be prevented due to a vaccine. 

For information on how you and your organization can highlight both immunization weeks, go to:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

This week is Distracted Driving Awareness Week, and it highlights the whole month of April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 660,000 drivers per year are using a cell phone while driving during the daytime. In 2015, 14 percent of fatal accidents involved a cell phone! According to the DMV and a survey that was conducted, 96% of the study's participants admitted to using a cell phone while driving. 

Ways that you can practice safe driving would be to:

  • Designate a passenger to respond to text and phone calls
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Drive sober
  • and ALWAYS wear your seat belt

For more safety tips, check out some suggestions from Nationwide. 

To see other distracted driving statistics, go to the DMV, CDC, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites. 

If you would like to spread more awareness, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov for more information!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Cost of Preventing Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association estimates that the average cost for a person diagnosed with diabetes is about $7,900 per year in the United States. Studies have shown the cost of preventing diabetes is well worth paying for a program which can help patients who have been identified as prediabetic. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is based on the results of a DPP study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The study found that lifestyle changes resulting in modest weight loss sharply reduced the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk for the disease. A study presented by CMS showed that over the course of 15 months, Medicare-eligible individuals who participated in a version of the DPP, the Y-DPP, avoided $2,650 in healthcare costs. Additionally, the average cost of the DPP is $500 per person even without a disease specific diagnosis, and in Ohio we’ve seen the cost as low as $279 to $300 per person to enroll in a year-long DPP.  Enrollment in a DPP by high-risk individuals results in important health benefits and represents a good value for money out of the patient’s pocket.

Medicare began covering the cost of patients enrolling in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) as of April 1, 2018. This program is an expanded model of a structured intervention with the goal of preventing type 2 diabetes in individuals with an indication of prediabetes. The program consists of 16 intensive “core” sessions of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved curriculum, over six months in a group-based setting that provides practical training in long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, and behavior change strategies for weight control. After the core sessions are completed, less intensive follow-up meetings continue monthly in order to maintain the patient’s healthy behaviors. The primary goal of the MDPP is for at least 5 percent weight loss by participants. The final rule on MDPP coverage by Medicare appears in the November 2, 2017, Federal Register and can be downloaded from the Federal Register here. Additional information and resources can be found on the CMS MDPP website here.

To read more about steps to prevent your patients from being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, see the presentation from the American Medical Association, hosted by OACHC on March 27, 2018, here.


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·       AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) DPP
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

National Public Health Week

April 2nd thru 8th is National Public Health Week! 

This week highlights different public health topics that are critical to creating the healthiest nation in the world! Daily themes include: Behavioral Health, Communicable Disease, Environmental Health, Injury and Violence Prevention, and Ensuring the Right to Health. Many national as well as world organizations participate in this celebration as it also kicks off a month of many health awareness-es such as World Immunization Week, National Distracted Driving Month, National Youth Violence Prevention Week and National Donate Life Month, just to name a few. What public health issues concern you the most? 

Check out all the events taking place nation wide and learn how you can get involved!

Learn about all the things the American Public Health Association has to offer in ways to keep people educated in the community about public health!

See what the CDC' has to say about National Public Health Week here!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

In March, we wear blue 

Its Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States even though it is highly preventable. This form of cancer can be detected multiple ways. Colorectal cancer comes from pre-cancerous growths that form in the colon. If it is detected early enough, the growths can be removed and stop the cancer from spreading. 

Both men and women are at risk for Colorectal cancer and it primarily affects people over the age of 50. It is important for people over the age of 50 to get a colonoscopy at least every 10 years. Another form of cancer screening  is the Fecal Immunochemical Test. This can be done annually by testing a stool sample. 

For more information about Colorectal Cancer please visit colon.cancer.gov

For ways to spread awareness this month, check out this toolkit!

Check out this blog by HRSA too!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Annual Conference

Thanks for attending this year's Annual Conference!

We had almost 500 people in attendance this year including attendees, exhibitors, OACHC staff and speakers! 

Our opening keynote speaker, Peter Anderson, 
spoke about how to fix professional burnout 
and allowed for audience participation.

For a couple of our staff, this was their first Annual Conference, but they were pumped for all the sessions and excitement that 3 day event brings!

Some of our sessions had alternative teaching methods to keep our attendees intrigued and engaged. 

Everyone really enjoyed using the app too!

Attendees were able to make their own schedules, check in to sessions, and fill out evaluations. 

And, what is a conference without fun food and games!

OACHC is so appreciative to everyone that made this conference amazing. We cannot wait to see you all in the fall! Save the date! September 27th & 28th, our Fall Conference will be at the Marriott OSU.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Are you sleeping enough?

March is National Sleep Awareness Month

The majority of Americans only get less than 6 hours of sleep per night but in reality, they need 7 to 9 hours per night. Sleep is a very important factor in your overall well being. A lack of sleep can cause:

  • Accidents (such as car accidents)
  • Major health problems like
  • Heart disease
    • Heart attack
    • Heart failure
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • High blood pressure
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Ages your skin
  • Makes you forgetful
  • Impair your judgement

Sleep is just as effective to your health as diet and exercise. A lack of sleep can cause you to actually gain weight. You will have a lack of energy and struggle mentally to get through daily tasks. If you want to get a better night of sleep, here are some tips:
  • Try keeping a regular sleep schedule
  • Control your Exposure to light
  • Exercise during the day vs night
  • Avoid big meals and caffeine at night
  • Wind down before bedtime
For more resources on how to get a better night of sleep, check out this article! 

To learn more about how forty winks can affect your body, go to www.sleep.org

If you would like to spread awareness about "land of Nod," check out the Sleep Foundation and World Sleep Day's websites!

Rest easy everyone!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Safety Tips!

Safety Tips!

As winter is winding down, its important to stay safe and be aware of  your surroundings. Although we have been experiencing unusually high temperatures as of late, it does mean that winter is over just yet! With the threat of the flu still running rampant, potholes accumulating on all roads and just the day-to-day unpredictability of the weather, its important to be prepared in all situations.

When driving in bad weather conditions, its important to slow down. Even if you have all-wheel drive, reduce your speed about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. Also, beware of black ice, avoid tailgating and don't brake during a turn. For more information go to AAA's website here!

The current major threat right now seems to be potholes! Your best bet at keeping both you and your car safe is to just avoid them. For a list of things that can happen to your car by repeatedly hitting potholes click here!

If you happen to hit a pothole and cause damage to your rim or your car a few things you can do are: 

  • Check for damage
  • Take some notes
  • Report the pothole
  • Repair your car
  • Make your claim
  • Make an appeal

Its important to keep your sidewalks and driveways safe as well for those passersby as well as yourself and your family. If you have elderly family members, some precautions to take would be: 

  • Make sure steps and walkways are clear before you walk. Be especially careful if you see wet pavements that could be iced over. 
  • Clear away snow and salt your walkways at home, or hire someone to do it.
  • Wear boots with non-skid soles – this will prevent you from slipping.
  • If you use a cane, replace the rubber tip before it is worn smooth.
  • Consider an ice pick-like attachment that fits onto the end of the cane for additional traction.
For more tips on keeping eldery family members safe, visit www.healthinaging.org

Lastly, lets not forget the flu! (who could honestly forget the flu right now??) Reports are still being released that the flu is causing high hospitalization rates and that getting a flu shot is recommended. The flu activity is expected to continue well into late May. The CDC recommends that you still: 
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
For more information, go to www.cdc.gov/flu

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

This year is focused on brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. The month is sponsored by the American Dental Association, Crest and Oral-B and many organizations across the US are hosting events to advocate for children and healthy smiles. 

In Ohio, Ironton Lawrence CAO is helping to #standforsmiles by donating dental products and literature to their local health department. They are hoping to incorporate their services with the WIC program to better educate new mothers about oral health and screen them and their young children and show them the importance of having a dental home. This, along with other activities, is something their health center isn't just doing it in February, but all year long!

Third Street Family Health Services recently held a GKAS events in which they were students educating students about healthy snacks, were giving proper hand washing techniques, and taught students how to have a healthy smile!
They had tons of sponsors and Colgate provided every student with a free toothbrush and toothpaste! 

Throughout February, there will be opportunities to get involved via social media too! The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) Campaign for Dental Health will hold a Twitter Storm on oral health advocacy: #StandforSmiles. During this Twitter storm, you are encouraged to tweet about how you advocate for children's oral health with families, communities, schools, legislators, and others, using the hashtag #StandforSmiles.

Participate or follow along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) and the Campaign for Dental Health (@ILikeMyTeeth). Check out the Advocacy Toolkit  developed by the AAP Section on Oral Health for a list of sample tweets.

For information on how to plan your organization's Children's Dental Health Month event, visit the ADA's website

For general information about how to keep your child's smile healthy, visit the AAP's Website. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

2017 Annual Impact

Annual Impact!

OACHC is proud of the work that we were able to accomplish in 2017. It is through dedication, vision, and great partnerships that 2017 can go down in the history books as a year of growth and expansion! Please join us as we look back to celebrate this prosperous year.

OACHC Staff Updates

  • Avani Desai was hired as the Performance Improvement Specialist
  • Lindsey Thomas was hired as the Office Manager
  • Lauren Husein was promoted to Communication and Events Coordinator
  • Samantha Porter was promoted to Director of Communication and Events
Advocacy & Policy
  • Increased number of Ohio Health Center e-Advocates by 89% 
  • Record number (12 of 18) Members of Congress that signed various Health Center Appropriation Letters, including Senator Portman’s first signature of support
  • National Health Center Week – more than 80 celebrations and events held across the state 
  • Save Medicaid, Save Lives rally featured over 1,000 Ohioans collectively supporting Ohio’s Medicaid program – health centers were a leader in this effort!
  • 340B advocacy yielded 14,997 connections to Ohio legislators that played the key role in preventing devastating outcomes
  • Ohio is the first state to have a Key Contact for every Member of Congress in their delegation
  • Increased Twitter reach (impressions) by 92%
  • Ohio boasts three Advocacy Centers of Excellence (OACHC maintained ACE status for 2017)
    • Lorain County Health & Dentistry
    • Valley View Health Centers
    • Compass Community Health
Clinical Quality & Oral Health

Clinical Quality Department:

  • Funded Projects:
    • Medication Therapy Management 
    • FluFIT 
    • CenteringPregnancy 
    • HCCN
    • Undiagnosed Hypertension and Pre-Diabetes 
    • HPV Vaccination
    • Infant Vitality Initiative
  • Ongoing Tasks and New Ventures
    • Health Center Quality Improvement Grant Awards
      • 45 FQHCs received 156 awards totaling $3,582,514  
    • Comprehensive Primary Care Program started January 1, 2017 
      • 19 FQHCs/57 Sites in first round
    • Healthy People 2020 Awards were given to those health centers that surpassed 4 out of 8 measures (5 health centers recognized)
    • Data Dashboard developed for all measures (medical, non-medical, dental)
      • 35 FQHCs are sharing data with OACHC
    • Quality Peer Network – monthly calls continued, attendance is being tracked
    • Chief Medical Officer Networking call are every other month, 2 webinars were hosted for them
    • Online reporting form for measure data
    • Participated in 80% by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Forum in Decatur, Georgia
    • Strategic Plan updated
    • goto Meeting was set up for all networking calls
    • CenteringPregnancy is now active in 10 FQHCs
    • UDS deep dive webinar
      • 2017 changes
      • 2016 best practices
    • Ohio Quality Improvement Network (OQIN) Quality Committee
      • Quality program policy created
      • Care Management program created
    • Behavioral Health Networking established
    • eClinicalWorks user group initiated
    • Updated website pages
    • Re-elected to the Executive Committee of Ohio Partners for Cancer Control
Oral Health
  • Oral Health Initiative: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Ohio’s FQHC Dental Practices
    • Received grant from Ohio Dental Association Foundation 
    • Provided 37 Dental Centers 450 BP Monitors; one for every operatory
    • Began with 24 CHC reporting data. By 5th Quarter 30 CHC are reporting.
    • 40,594 number of patients screened. 19% found to have high blood pressure 
    • Presented data at 3 national conferences: ACU, CHI, NNOHA and 1 poster presentation
  • Dental Health Trainings & Events
    • Dental Sealant Webinar 
    • 2 Day Dental Track at OACHC Annual Conference
    • Professional Days of Recruitment and Ohio State Dental School and Case Western School of Dental Medicine
  • National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network (NOHIIN) DQF grant
  • Regional Oral Health Connection Team Representative
  • Children’s Oral Health Action Team Co-Chair of Board
  • 37 Dental Centers: 3 new Dental Centers: Family Healthcare of Northwest Ohio, Neighborhood Family Practice, Rocking Horse Health Center
  • Attended 2 Professional Days (Recruitment): Ohio State Dental School and Case Western School of Dental Medicine. 
  • 21 Re-Think Your Drink Kits sent out to CHCs. Grant from Delta Dental

Workforce – Ohio Primary Care Workforce Initiative

  • The Ohio Primary Care Workforce Initiative (OPCWI) received funding through the Ohio General Assembly and Kasich Administration to continue for Years 3-4 of the program
  • Years 1-2 of OPCWI
    • 24% increase in the number of students precepted in FQHCs (1,982 in total)
    • > 200,000 student clinical hours experienced in FQHCs and $4,196,576 reimbursed to FQHCs for serving as clinical sites
  • Held the first Annual Meeting for OPCWI, bringing in state and national leaders to discuss primary care issues
  • Contracted with Germane Solutions to explore additional primary care Graduate Medical Education opportunities in Ohio FQHCs
  • Awarded HealthPath Foundation of Ohio workforce development grant for a “FQHC Pipeline to Health Careers” project

Events & Communications
  • OACHC Logo Trademarked
  • On-going communications to members via the Weekly Update email, the monthly eNews email and the weekly informer blog
  • Facilitation of 10 in-house webinars
  • Ultimate Health Center Champions Round 2 Contest video, graphics, outreach and management (Total of 34.4K votes)
  • Raise Your Voice for Ohio! Advocacy Video
  • Oral Health Ohio Video
  • Thank You Ohio Department of Medicaid Video
  • Significant growth in OACHC Conference attendees and exhibitors
  • Introduction of Conference App to streamline our conferences and eliminate more paper
  • Trainings & Events held this year:
    • Strategic Planning 1/13/17 
    • Delivering KNOCKOUT Customer Service 1/19/17 
    • 2017 Annual Conference 2/27/17 
    • CFO Boot Camp 3/21/17 
    • FTCA Training 4/20/17
    • CHC Managers & Supervisors Training 5/3/17 
    • 2017 Community Health Coding Bootcamp 6/27/17 
    • Legendary Customer Service Workshop 9/14/17 
    • 2017 Fall Operations Conference 10/18/17
    • UDS Training 12/7/17

Thursday, February 1, 2018

National Wear Red Day

February 2nd is National Wear Red Day 

It is aimed to promote awareness for heart disease and stroke. In particular, the day focuses on raising awareness for women. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for women. About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease every day and but 80% of these disease may be preventable. There are five numbers that everyone should know about themselves and those are:

  • Total Cholesterol
  • HDL Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

Heart disease is a serious condition for both men and women and risk factors include diabetes, mental stress and depression, smoking, inactivity, and menopause. Things you can do to reduce these risk factors are:

  • Stop smoking
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Find activities to relieve stress as well 

For ways to prevent these risk factors or to lower your chances for for cardiovascular disease, check out these tips on how to...

Friday, January 26, 2018

Flu Season

This flu season is off to an astounding start. As of last week, over 2,000 flu associated hospitalizations have been reported by the Ohio Department of Health. This is up significantly as this time last year, only 369 had been reported. Many of the patients tested have been carrying a virus called H3N2 and several people have not only been hospitalized, but have passed away due to the virus. 

It is still highly recommended by CDC officials that everyone get a flu shot to stay protected against the flu. Other ways that you can keep yourself and others against the flu are:

  • Staying home if you are sick! Symptoms of the flu include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting as well as a temperature over 100 degrees. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.

For more information on flu, visit the CDC's website here!

Learn how to protect yourself from the flu by visiting OSHA's website here!

Tips on how to stay healthy in the cold and flu season can be found here!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. It is the leading cause of blindness for individuals over 60 as well. Glaucoma effects approximately 3 million Americans, but only half of those realize they have it. 

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. This fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve. But, blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.

Some early symptoms of an attack may include blurred vision, halos, mild headaches or eye pain, however most people have no symptoms of glaucoma. Those who have a family history of glaucoma are more susceptible to it and you tend to lose your peripheral vision first. 

Although glaucoma can cause blindness, it can also be easily treated. Using eye drops or laser surgery, you can save your remaining vision. 

For more information on how you can spread awareness, visit NEHEP's website here!

For facts about glaucoma, click here!

To find the nearest health center to you to get an eye exam go to OACHC's website at www.ohiochc.org/page/FINDACHC 

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, HEALTHIER you!

What are you resolving to do?

Are you one of those people that says every January 1st, "This is the year I change my life!!"
And then what? By February, your gym pass is covered in dust, the lettuce in your fridge is molded and you are just mentally exhausted? If this is you, then you are a part of the 80% of people who fail to keep their New Year's resolutions. Even with this statistic, don't give up hope just yet! Sometimes just finding that one thing you really love can really motivate you to make a change. 

Although healthy eating and exercise are good for you, it is also important to stay mentally healthy and emotionally healthy as well. Adding some online or in person classes are a great way to keep yourself motivated and held accountable for these changes in your life as well. 

For suggestions on activities and courses, check out this article on Business Insider 

For tips on how to live healthier, read

Want to try something new? Try these food trends for 2018!

No matter what you resolve to do or not to do, have a happy and healthy 2018!