Tuesday, August 30, 2016

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month is coming to a close. The resources below are helpful year-round to encourage different audiences to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. 
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website.

Communication Toolkits

NPHIC, in collaboration with CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed communication toolkits to help you communicate about vaccines for various audiences. Each week of #NIAM16 focuses on a different stage of the lifespan:
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People of all ages can protect their health with timely vaccination.
  • Adults (Aug. 1-7)
  • Pregnant women (Aug. 8-14)
  • Babies and young children (Aug. 15-21)
  • Preteens and teens (Aug. 22-28)
There is also an abbreviated toolkit for school-aged children to help you remind parents to get their children vaccinated before the school year starts.
The toolkits include sample key messages, media materials, social media messages, FAQs, and web links and resources. You can also get eye-catching NIAM logos and banners to highlight your participation in NIAM on your social media profiles. A media outreach toolkit is one of the new resources available this year to help you reach out to media on immunization-related topics. To download the toolkits, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website.

Find CDC Immunization Resources

CDC develops immunization materials our partners can use in local outreach and education efforts during NIAM and throughout the year. Below are links to materials you can use during NIAM and beyond to
  • Remind parents of the important role vaccines play in protecting their child’s health and answer their questions about vaccines
  • Encourage college students to talk to their healthcare professional about any vaccines they may need for school entry
  • Educate adults, especially older adults and adults with chronic conditions, about vaccines they may need
  • Educate pregnant women about getting vaccinated to protect newborns from diseases like whooping cough (pertussis) and flu
  • Remind everyone that the next flu season is only a few months away

The Colorado Cancer Plan and Immunizations

Goal 3: Increased uptake of clinical interventions to prevent cancer
Objective 3.2: Increase HPV and Hepatitis B vaccine uptake. 
  1. Promote vaccination programs and requirements in schools and hospitals.
  2. Educate parents about the Hepatitis B and HPV vaccine as a cancer prevention method.
  3. Implement vaccine reminder and recall systems targeted at providers and clients in pediatric and primary care provider offices.
  4. Participate in the Colorado Immunization Information System to track vaccine uptake within clinics.
  5. Implement provider assessment and feedback quality improvement processes.
  6. Implement provider reminder systems to discuss vaccines with parents/guardians.
  7. Implement standing provider orders for Hepatitis B and HPV vaccination.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Patient Navigator supervisor course scheduled for Colorado Springs

Are you a patient navigator (PN) supervisor, manager, evaluator or planning to implement a patient navigator program? Then this course is for you! Learn more about defining the PN role, how to craft job descriptions, and how to identify the training needs of your patient navigator staff.

Agency staff who coordinate/manage WWC Clinical Services, WWC Care Coordination and WISEWOMAN programs are highly encouraged to attend. Additional classes are currently being schedule for Durango and the Denver metro area. WWC will send out those dates and times as they become finalized.

The course provides a basic understanding of the patient navigator intervention model, reviews challenges facing PN program managers and provides strategies for an effective PN program. It will review identifying evidenced-based clinical guidelines utilizing registries for identifying patients, developing standard work flows, PN training, key supervision needs and evaluation of PN services.

Time/Date: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2016
Location: Tim Gill Center (315 E. Costilla Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)
Register today!

CCDC advocacy training

The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition is now accepting enrollments in its upcoming session of Basic Advocacy Training held at the University of Denver starting on Sept. 6. Three times a year, we offer this 8-week course that covers disability benefits, health care and advocacy training. This training is a great education for community activists or for those looking for additional skills necessary to work in the field of disability services, advocacy, community organizing, the legislative process, or civil rights law. Continuing Education Credits are available.

It is free to CCDC volunteer members committed to the CCDC Volunteer Advocacy Team. Other community members pay $500 for the course.

The classes will be held at the University of Denver from Sept. 6 – Nov. 1 (this last date is graduation). To register for the class and CEU’s, please contact Sheryle Hutter (CCDC Advocacy Support and Training Coordinator) by email at Shutter@ccdconline.org . To learn more about the course, visit the CCDC website.

CHF announces tele-health funding opportunity

The Colorado Health Foundation announced a funding opportunity within its Health Care outcome area. In Health Care, the focus is to ensure all Coloradans achieve health with support from a network of primary health care and community services.

Funding Opportunity: Telehealth
As part of the Foundation's strategy to strengthen the delivery of comprehensive, person-centered primary care, this initiative will build capacity in primary care clinics for the implementation of telehealth services. Funding will support up to $100,000 for costs associated with the purchase of telehealth equipment and/or the employment of workflow or billing consultants. Private practices may also apply for low interest loans. The Foundation seeks applications that focus on:
  • Teleconferencing between providers and patients
  • Telemonitoring to increase regular contact with care providers and monitor conditions
  • Other innovative telehealth programs that increase access to comprehensive, coordinated primary care services through health-related technology
This funding opportunity is designed to increase access to comprehensive, coordinated care through tele-health services. To be considered for funding, applicants must meet specific criteria.

Open Grant Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Older adult wellness training

Consortium for Older Adult Wellness training sessions are coming up soon and there's still time to register. Join us Sept. 12-17 and Oct. 5-8 for falls prevention and self-management curriculums: 
  • Matter of Balance Leader/Coach Training,
    Tuesday, Sept. 13
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention Instructor Training, Wed.-Thur., Sept. 14-15
  • Chronic Pain Self-Management and Healthier Living Colorado (CDSMP) Leader Cross Training, Fri.-Sat., Sept. 16-17
  • N'Balance Instructor Training, Wed.-Sat., Oct. 5-8
Classes are at the Link Recreation Center in Lakewood, CO. CEUs are available. COAW is an Accredited IACET Provider, offering CEUs for programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
If you have training funds but can't join us this fall, we also have trainings scheduled throughout the year. You can choose to pay now and train later. See the full training schedule at COAW.org.
If you have any questions please contact us today at 303-984-1845888-900-2629, or pam@COAW.org

New e-cigarette and pregnancy training offered

We are pleased to announce a new training on e-cigarettes and pregnancy for health professionals. E-Cigarettes and Pregnancy is a free, online interactive presentation on electronic nicotine delivery systems and their potential health effects during and after pregnancy and discusses effective tobacco cessation treatments. E-Cigarettes and Pregnancy is a new module for Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic, an online training designed for health professionals to effectively assist women in quitting smoking. The training is eligible for free continuing education and Maintenance of Certification Part IV credit.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Educational Campaign Aims to Reduce Repeat Heart Attacks

American Heart Association Launches a New Campaign

Within five years after a first heart attack, 17% of men and 21% of women will have a repeat heart attack. To improve outcomes for patients, the American Heart Association launched a new educational campaign focused on engaging heart attack survivors in secondary prevention.

Learn more HERE