News & Announcements
Call for Proposals: Reducing Health Care Disparities through Payment and Delivery System Reform
Posted: March 11, 2014
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking for organizations that can develop and implement a combined payment and delivery change model that includes a focus on meeting disparities reduction benchmarks and targets while also meeting general quality improvement expectations.
Applicants should be health care organizations that have an active collaboration with at least one payer (e.g., health plan, insurance company, employer, government payer) and one or more provider/health care organizations (e.g. health centers/clinics, provider organizations, hospitals, network of physician offices, regional coalition of providers and health care organizations). Deadline to apply is April 18, 2014
How to Apply:
Learn more about this opportunity. For questions, please contact Scott Cook at (866) 344-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Posted: March 10, 2014
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that sheds light on the disease's impact on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, thousands of people, advocacy organizations, and local and state public health officials host events and share facts about HIV/AIDS.
Celebrate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) by hosting or attending an event in your area. This year, instead of registering events through womenshealth.gov, The Office of Women's Health is partnering with Meetup Everywhere to hold National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Meetups.
Applications Sought for Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program
Posted: March 07, 2014
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy are accepting applications for the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program to be held July 28–August 1, 2014, in Washington, DC. This intensive training will focus on strategies for local jurisdictions to reduce overrepresentation of youth of color and racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice and other child-serving systems. Apply by April 18, 2014.
Read more about the program.
Request for Comment: White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders 2014-2015 Plans
Posted: March 05, 2014
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) has released a request for public comments on WHIAAPI's 2014-2015 Agency Plans. You may submit feedback on plans from 24 federal agencies on their goals to improve services for AAPIs.
Executive Order 13515, signed by the President on October 14, 2009, requires each agency to prepare and submit for approval, a written implementation plan to increase participation and access to federal programs and services for underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
In 2010, for the first time in history, 23 federal departments and agencies created plans that identified mission-specific and cross-cutting priority goal areas, including:
In 2013, federal agencies and departments released updated agency plans to align with the Initiative’s strategic goal areas and community recommendations. Plans now focus on four key areas: capacity building, data collection and disaggregation, language access, and workforce diversity. Agencies were tasked with streamlining efforts to deliver results on targeted goals, provide metrics on their progress, and be able to demonstrate tangible results.
HHS Releases FAQ on Disclosure of Mental Health Information Under HIPAA
Posted: March 04, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document clarifying the circumstances under which healthcare providers are obligated to, permitted to, or prohibited from sharing information about patients who have a mental health diagnosis.
Privacy issues have taken a front seat in the recent national debates on how to improve the provision of mental health and substance use services. HIPAA and FERPA are the two major federal laws that govern disclosure of patients’ mental health information, in conjunction with widely varying state-level laws. In congressional hearings over the last year, healthcare providers, consumers, and family members have testified to the widespread confusion surrounding current law and potential changes to facilitate the provision of services while protecting patients’ rights.
The newly released FAQ aims to clarify some of the confusion around existing HIPAA and FERPA requirements. It covers when it is appropriate for healthcare providers to: