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June 9: COVID-19, Health Equity and Vaccine Hesitancy
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed deep-seated inequities in health care and amplified social and economic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. These factors have also influenced how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed and how they have been rolled out. During this webinar, attendees will explore and discuss how these factors have and continue to impact our communities. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA, the executive director of The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas Austin, and an appointed member of the federal COVID-19 health equity task force, will be a guest speaker.
Web link    Date Added: 05/11/2021    Date Last Modified: May 11 2021 10:24AM  
June 22: A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health and COVID-19
Loneliness was a mental health issue prior to COVID-19. The pandemic has exacerbated and contributed to increased isolation. During this webinar, attendees will explore and discuss this issue from a health equity lens. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA, the executive director of The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas Austin, and an appointed member of the federal COVID-19 health equity task force, will be a guest speaker.
Web link    Date Added: 05/11/2021    Date Last Modified: May 11 2021 10:26AM  
New Program: HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund
On May 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund. This program covers the cost of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either don’t cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/06/2021    Date Last Modified: May 6 2021 11:56AM  
May 20 LTC Connect: Hit the Easy Button on NHSN COVID-19 Data – Part 1
Register to attend the first of this two-part webinar series on Thursday, May 20, from 1:30-2 p.m. CT to learn more about changes to the COVID-19 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting modules, COVID-19 vaccination data entry and NHSN quality alerts. TMF Quality Improvement Specialists, Nicole Bonecutter, BSN, RN RAC-CT, IP-BC, AS-COM, CDP, and Yolanda Velez, MHA, BSN, RN, LNFA, RAC-CT, CPHQ, will lead discussions on accurately completing and submitting your COVID-19-related data timely into NHSN. In addition, responses to frequently asked questions received by the TMF Nursing Home Quality Improvement team will be reviewed and discussed. Any questions you may have about NHSN are welcome during, or prior to, the webinar. To submit a topic or question in advance, email nhnetwork@tmf.org and it will be addressed during the webinar.
Web link    Date Added: 05/03/2021    Date Last Modified: May 3 2021 1:41PM  
Dialysis Facilities: Partnership to Vaccinate Dialysis Patients and Health Care Personnel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with dialysis organizations nationwide to make COVID-19 vaccine available for administration in outpatient dialysis clinics for patients and health care personnel, to help protect this high-risk population and their care providers. Medicare patients pay nothing for COVID-19 vaccines, and there is no copayment, coinsurance, or deductible.
Web link    Date Added: 04/22/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 22 2021 3:31PM  
What Can We Do to Attain Health Equity?
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed gaps in equitable health coverage and equal access to health care. The solution to attain health equity is to engage all organizations - not just health care organizations and facilities - to work together. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed some guidance for community and faith-based organizations, private employers, public health agencies and state, tribal, local and territorial governments.
Web link    Date Added: 04/05/2021    Date Last Modified: Apr 5 2021 3:47PM  
State and Regional Approaches to Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
Listen to this webinar recording from the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement featuring a panel of state and regional thought leaders that highlight successes and challenges to equitable COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Web link    Date Added: 03/29/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 29 2021 3:21PM  
Video: Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Watch this video presentation, hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration, to learn how to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. This recording features Catherine Lindsey Satterwhite, PhD, MSPH, MPH, regional health administrator for the U.S. Department and Health Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in Region VII; Marwan Haddad MD, MPH, AAHIVS; and Kasey Harding MPH. You must use the following passcode to access the video: n1c=*y70.
Video    Date Added: 03/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:26PM  
Language that Works to Improve Vaccine Acceptance Communications Cheat Sheet
The de Beaumont Foundation offers concise, practical guidance around language and messaging to support vaccine acceptance. This toolkit includes communication tips and specific recommended language emerging from a broader survey conducted on the topic.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/28/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 10:47AM  
Minority Health Videos About Vaccine Safety
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has released two videos that speak to the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, how communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and how it is important to get vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from the virus. The videos are available in English and Spanish.
Video    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:30PM  
Coding for COVID-19 Vaccines
Do you know how to code for administering a COVID-19 vaccine? View this webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for more information.
Web link    Date Added: 02/07/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:55PM