CHAD Conference – Request for Proposals
We all have a story to tell.
Have you worked on a wildly successful project that improves patient care? Did you learn something meaningful from a patient or caregiver?
Do you have an interesting anecdote to share?
If so, then we want to hear it!

We are thrilled to invite health center employees and contractors to submit a speaker proposal for the 2024 Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) and Great Plains Health Data Network (GPHDN) Annual Members Conference.

We are looking for dynamic presentations that will inspire and encourage conference attendees to make an impact. Your story can make a significant contribution to the conference, and we would be honored if you shared it with us.
IMPACT: The Details
Location: The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in beautiful downtown Rapid City, SD.  Date: The conference will be held May 14-16, 2024. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm MT.  Session Description: This session will be presented to all conference attendees in the main ballroom. Attendees will include health center staff and partner organizations. We are requesting proposals for 10-12 minute TED Talk-style presentations. We plan to host at least four (4) of these presentations consecutively.  Requirements: The presentation must be dynamic and well-rehearsed to meet the time requirements. The presenter will be responsible for developing the content of the presentation. CHAD would also like a slide show or video/photo background to accompany the presentation. CHAD can offer support in the development of the graphics.Compensation: To thank you for your time, CHAD is offering one complimentary conference registration as compensation for this presentation. You will have the opportunity to participate fully in the entire conference. The complimentary registration is only available for the presenter and is non-transferable.  Questions: If you have questions or want to meet to make an initial proposal or inquiry, please contact Darci Bultje, Training and Education Specialist.  

Application: Please click here to submit your presentation proposal.
Submissions are due by Friday, February 9, 2024.  
Health Centers in the News
Falls Community Health hosted a pop-up display from the National Library of Medicine about AIDS through history.

SDUIH’s Cultural Health Assistant, Leta Wise Spirit, was a guest of honor at South Dakota’s State of the Address.
RSVP for South Dakota Legislative Days (February 5 – 6)
Community Health Centers, South Dakota Urban Indian Health, and Oyate Health Center are vital to fostering healthy communities across the state of South Dakota. Join us as we bring the message of health centers to Pierre and engage in discussions with SD legislators, officials, and cabinet members on February 5 and 6. Learn more and RSVP here.
CHAD Welcomes Billie Jo Nelson as Population Health Data Manager

Billie Jo Nelson joined CHAD in January 2024 as the Population Health Data Manager. In her role at CHAD, Billie Jo is responsible for supporting member health centers with the adoption and utilization of a population health management tool, also known as the Data Aggregation and Analytics System (DAAS) The DAAS gathers health center level data and allows for dynamic reporting at the health center and network level. She also provides statistical support and analysis using the DAAS to meet the data needs for internal and external partners.

Billie Jo spent the previous fourteen years working for Family HealthCare, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in Fargo, North Dakota. She started at Family HealthCare as the Diagnostics Manager of Lab and X-Ray and then moved into Quality Improvement Director role and managed Family HealthCare’s Quality Program for the past twelve years.  Besides leading Family HealthCare’s Quality program, she served as Risk Manager, Privacy Officer, Compliance Officer and Accreditation Officer.  She assisted with Family HealthCare obtaining initial Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition as well as subsequent recognition over the years.

Billie Jo holds an Associate of Science degree from Fergus Falls Community College and is Board Certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.  She and her husband live in Fargo, ND and love spending time with their grown children and grandchildren.  Some of her favorite things to do in her spare time are lake activities, such as boating and camping, as well as alpine skiing in the winter.

January Communications and Marketing Team Toolkit
Click here to view the CHAD January 2024 Communications & Marketing Toolkit. This month’s toolkit includes content for Cervical Health Awareness Month, human trafficking awareness month, and the affordable connectivity program.
HHS expands access to naloxone for ND Medicaid members
North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a standing order to make naloxone, a life-saving drug, available at no cost to Medicaid members. Naloxone is used to block or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and is a critical tool in addressing the overdose epidemic. The standing order allows enrolled pharmacies to dispense over-the-counter naloxone products at no cost to Medicaid members, and pharmacies must comply with counseling requirements and follow legal requirements for prescriptions, labeling, and recordkeeping.

HHS has partnered with the ND Board of Pharmacy to create the standing order, which is in effect for one year and must be renewed annually. The agency has sent correspondence to all enrolled pharmacies with instructions on using the standing order to provide this life-saving medication to ND Medicaid members.

Agency data shows that ND Medicaid has paid for over 200 prescriptions of naloxone in a three-month period. Behavioral Health Executive Director Pamela Sagness believes that increasing access to naloxone for Medicaid members is a step in the right direction.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an overdose requires immediate medical attention, and individuals should call 911 immediately and administer naloxone if available. The agency's Behavioral Health Division offers resources on effective overdose prevention, including the ability to request a two-dose naloxone kit at no cost. Treatment options for individuals with substance use disorders include HHS's eight regional human service centers, four licensed opioid treatment programs, and other private providers.
The eleventh year of Marketplace Open Enrollment (OE11) has concluded, and Navigator and Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Teams across the country have done phenomenal work connecting individuals and families to affordable, comprehensive health insurance. While final enrollment numbers are still being tallied, over 20 million citizens selected Marketplace coverage, setting a new record. North Dakota had over 35,000 Marketplace plan selections, while South Dakota had over 50,000. South Dakota experienced the first open enrollment period since the implementation of Medicaid Expansion, which caused OE numbers to look much different than in years past.

Thank you, Navigators and CACs, for making OE11 such a success! The work of Navigators and CACs saves lives.

Special Enrollment Period
Even though Open Enrollment is over, there are still individuals who qualify to enroll in Marketplace plans. Individuals and families without affordable, comprehensive health insurance plans available to them that have income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) are able to select a Marketplace plan anytime.
Enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act shareholders can enroll in a Marketplace plan at any time. Unique to Tribal members, if buying a Marketplace plan with income between 100% and 300% of the FPL, zero cost sharing plans are available, meaning no out-of-pocket costs (like deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance) for care! Marketplace plan enrollment does not jeopardize one’s ability to receive healthcare services from IHS, Tribes and Tribal organizations, or Urban Indian organizations.

Individuals experiencing a qualifying life change may also be eligible to select a Marketplace plan outside of open enrollment. Life changes, including marriage, having a baby, adoption, divorce, or loss of other coverage, open a 60-day eligibility window to enroll. Additionally, those becoming a US citizen, leaving incarceration, or beginning/ending an AmeriCorps program are able to obtain coverage through Marketplace outside of open enrollment periods. To determine if you, someone you know, or a client you serve may qualify, an eligibility screener is available here, or you can always contact a Navigator – ND | SD.

Navigator Outreach Events
Now that open enrollment has concluded, Navigators are excited to conduct outreach events and host informational booths at community events. CHAD Navigators will be present at the Sioux Falls Farm Show Wednesday, January 24 – Friday, January 26, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. This is a fantastic opportunity to reach self-employed individuals who may experience difficulty finding affordable plans on their own. Additionally, CHAD Navigators will take part in several upcoming Sioux Falls School District Resource Fairs hosted at elementary schools throughout the district. Kids and families with access to quality care at an affordable price experience fewer barriers to learning and thriving.
Call on Congress to support CHC funding
The U.S. Senate just passed another continuing resolution to extend government spending and avoid a government shutdown on January 19, when the current funding is set to end. The proposed resolution would establish two new funding expiration dates: the mandatory funding from the Community Health Center Fund would expire on March 1, and the discretionary funding would expire on March 8. The U.S. House will have to vote quickly on the funding resolution to avoid a shutdown.

We are not giving up on asking for increased long-term funding for CHCs. That’s why we need your help sending messages to your members of Congress asking for long-term funding solutions instead of short-term resolutions. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is asking all of us to join together and create a steady stream of activity to get our message heard.

Please take a few minutes and use the NACHC Action Alerts linked below to send an email or make a phone call to your members of Congress. The action alerts are already written for you and will send to your members by your address.

Then, ask your board members and community stakeholders to use the action alert or contact their members of Congress and share how important it is to have long-term stable and increased funding for CHC’s.

Even if your messages get sent after the most recent resolution passes, it’s important that we continue to share our message with our members of Congress until they pass long-term funding.

Contact Kim Kuhlmann, Shannon Bacon, or James Craig for any questions, help with advocacy, or to get involved with the Advocacy Network Team.

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CHAD Staff Retreat in Fargo – Strategic Planning and DEIB Training
The CHAD staff recently gathered in Fargo for a two-day meeting to develop the organization's three-year strategic plan while continuing their important work on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) with the Gashaw Group. During their time together, the team also took some time for team building and fun by having a holiday get-together at the home of Shannon Bacon, the director of equity and external affairs at CHAD.
CHAD Visited Family HealthCare and Homeless Health Services
CHAD staff Brandon Huether, Kim Kulhmann, James Craig and Anh Tao visited Family HealthCare and Homeless Health Services where they learned more about the help they provide with Homeless Health Services Director for Family HealthCare Kim Seeb.
GP11 Network News
New Year's Resolution Series: Population Health Tools
In this webinar Azara will lay the foundation for success in understanding how data can be leveraged to support the needs of the patients, populations, and communities served by practices on DRVS. Learn more about many of DRVS' most unsung heroes - registries, care effectiveness reports, and pediatric reports - and how they can support you in advancing your population health goals. This webinar is recommended for team members responsible for identifying and tracking key populations. This might include the care team, the population health team, care coordination, care management, users with Admin privileges, among others.

Thursday, January 25
1:00 pm CT/12:00 pm MT
Register here

Role-Based Series: DRVS for Providers
Have you ever considered all the different ways that providers can leverage DRVS? DRVS has extensive functionality that goes far beyond the point-of-care to support providers in evaluating performance and population-level trends. In this webinar, attendees will review a wide range of functionality – including dashboards, scorecards, cohorts, and more – and discuss how it can be used by providers to track health outcomes across key populations, improve the quality of care for patients, and drive performance improvement within their organization. This session is recommended for providers or health center staff that work closely with providers. This might include the quality team, MAs, Nurses, etc.

Thursday, February 1
1:00 pm CT/12:00 pm MT
Register here
Upcoming Trainings
Find these and other events on the CHAD website.
The State of the Anti-Vaccine Movement January 23 | 12:30 pm CT/11:30 am MT
Buoyed by throngs of new recruits during the pandemic, the anti-vaccine movement continues to morph and adapt to current conditions to maintain momentum. Join Immunize South Dakota for the next Online & In-The-Know session as presenter Devin Burghart looks back at 2023 trends in anti-vaccine activism and identifies potential new problem areas in 2024. To learn more, click here to register.
HIV/STI/TB/Viral Hepatitis Lunch and LearnJanuary 24 | 12:00 pm CT/11:00am MT
Please join the Dakotas AIDS Education and Training Center (DAETC) and North Dakota Department of Health & Human Services (NDHHS) in enjoying our monthly lunch and learn webinar HIV and Aging Services on Wednesday, January 24, at 12:00 pm CT.

The presenter will discuss a brief overview of HIV and a review of statistics in North Dakota and South Dakota.  

After this presentation, participants will be able to:  

  • Summarize the impact of HIV and aging on other chronic conditions; 
  • Discuss strategies for monitoring co-occurring conditions; and
  • Discuss care coordination approaches for adults aging with HIV.  
Presented by: Jennifer Sobolik, CNP, AACRN, AAHIVS
Learn more and register here
CMS Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Partner Webinar - January 31 | 2:00 pm CT/1:00 pm MT
Join CMS for the 2024 Marketplace Open Enrollment Webinars. CMS will provide partners, stakeholders, and Champions for Coverage with critical information, resources, and updated materials to successfully help consumers navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period. This series includes three webinars, with the final one scheduled for January 31, 2024. To register for the webinar, please click here.
CHAD Hypertension Training - MAP BP - February 6, 20, and March 5 | 12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT
Join Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas and the American Heart Association for a new training series focused on evidence-based strategies and action steps for blood pressure control. Sessions will focus on the MAP BP framework: Measure Accurately, Act Rapidly, and Partner with Patients. All three components of M, A, and P are essential to achieving improved blood pressure control, and together provide a systematic and phased approach to implement quality improvement in hypertension. This training will include specific data reports and measures available within DRVS to support improvements in care delivery. To register for this webinar, please click here.
Virtual Living Your Best Life (with Diabetes): Train-The-TrainerFebruary 15-16, 9:00 am-1:00 pm CT/8:00 am-12:00 pm MT
Living Your Best Life (with Diabetes) is an interactive curriculum focused on helping people with diabetes and pre-diabetes more fully understand their condition and learn how to THRIVE each and every day by engaging in positive self-management strategies. This training is ideal for providers, nurses, care coordinators, outreach workers, medical assistants, front desk staff, or anyone who has interest in facilitating patients with diabetes in their self-management journey. To register for this webinar, please click here.
CHAD Network Team and Workgroup Meetings
Thursday, January 25 @ 9:30 am CT/8:30 am MT – Emergency Preparedness Network Team
Thursday, January 25 @1:00 pm CT/12:00 pm MT – Azara User Group
Tuesday, January 30 @ 1:00 pm CT/12:00 pm MT – Outreach & Enabling Services Network Team
Tuesday, January 30 @ 3:00 pm CT/2:00 pm MT – CFO/COO & Finance Manager Roundtable
Thursday, February 1 @ 10:00 am CT/9:00 am MT – GPHDN – Virtual Care User Group
Thursday, February 1 @ 12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT – Clinical Quality Network Team
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