Webinar: National Shortage Designation 2.0 Update Preview Training Sessions

Date: March 4, 2021

Time: 1:00- 2:00 PM CST

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Date: March 9, 2021

Time: 1:00- 2:00 PM CST

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Please join the Health Resources and Services Administration ahead of the national update for a training session on how to access your facility specific Update Preview within the Auto-HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Area) portal. During this training, participants will receive information on:
• How to access and view Update Preview results within the Auto-HSPA Portal
• How to submit a system data rescore request and,
• The review processes and timelines

Announcing the HHS Mask Distribution Program

On February 24, 2021, to support President Biden’s call to “mask up” for 100 days in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the White House announced a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver free masks to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded health centers and Health Center Program look-alikes for distribution to patients, staff, and community members. This initiative recognizes health centers as vital partners in community-based outreach efforts to reach vulnerable populations. DoD is also working with the Department of Agriculture to supply masks to 300 food banks as part of the effort.

Through this program, health centers and look-alikes will receive no-cost, high-quality, washable masks in child and adult sizes, packaged in pairs of two. The masks will be produced consistent with mask guidance from the CDC. All masks will be made in America, and the distribution will not impact the availability of masks for health care workers. Health centers are encouraged to distribute individually-wrapped packages of two masks, as well as a flyer with CDC guidance on how and why to wear masks, to patients, staff, and community members for each person in their household.

DoD anticipates shipping the masks beginning in March, as production ramps up. HRSA will send an email communication from the Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) to each health center and look-alike with the specific number of masks that will be shipped to the health center’s administrative address on record within the EHBs. If your health center does not want to receive a shipment of masks, you will be able to opt out using the BPHC Contact Form.

HHS has added several new questions about the HHS Mask Distribution Program to their COVID-19 FAQ webpage.

Webinar: Community Engagement Strengthening Practices: Addressing Health Equity and Stigma

Date: February 26, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM CST

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Description: As part of Missouri Department Health and Senior Services’ (DHSS) implementation strategy to End the HIV Epidemic (EHE), the DHSS is seeking to expand, develop, engage, and support community engagement with health department staff by addressing health equity and stigma. This workshop will provide best practices and considerations for strengthening the understanding and practice of cultural humility with African Americans and men who have sex with men (MSM).

 The intended audience for this workshop includes disease intervention specialist (DIS) workers, prevention management and staff, care teams, contractors, and EHE staff and partners.

 Furthermore, DHSS staff will be able to build more culturally competent messaging, outreach strategies to promote and recruit hard to reach populations, and strengthen community buy-in and relationships/partnerships.

Webinar: Advanced Care Planning Medical Orders

Date: March 24, 2021

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM CST

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Join the Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN) to learn about the role of standardized medical order sets in advance care planning. The speakers will provide an overview of Physicians Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) orders and standardized Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and discuss accelerated advance care planning for use in epidemic and pandemic conditions. The session will conclude with a question and answer period.


  • Clearly differentiate medical orders from advance directives
  • Identify resources and tools for clinicians in facilitating accelerated ACP 
  • Improve proficiency in the use of standardized medical orders (Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences [TPOPP], Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment [POST], POLST)

Intended audience: Physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals.

Continuing education may be available from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Please check with your state for reciprocity.

Webinar hosted by the Health Quality Innovation Network.



Webinar: Increase Revenue Without Increasing Your Marketing Budget

Date: March 9, 2021

Time: 2:00- 3:00 PM CST

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Mike Mulligan will be hosting the “Targeting your Rural Health Message for Maximum Results” webinar presented in partnership with the National Rural Health Association. Join him as he addresses how the pressure is on to produce rapid revenue-driving results. But in the rush to rebound, it’s imperative that speed does not overtake strategy. The right strategy will allow you to increase volume and revenue within your existing budget.

This isn’t conjecture or hype. It’s fact – based on the proven planning process he will share in this upcoming NRHA webinar. The webinar will dive into the details of how to:

  • Conduct the communications planning process and who to engage in it.
  • Form measurable business and communications goals.
  • Create a plan that drives strategy.
  • Prioritize service lines using the 60-30-10 rule.
  • Measure the effectiveness of your communications efforts.


Webinar: What Families Need to Know about Covid-19 Vaccines (In Spanish)

Date: February 26, 2021

Time: 1:00- 2:00 PM CST

Register: http://bit.ly/CFBNP-022621

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 11:00-12:00 PM CST

Register: http://bit.ly/CFBNP-030221

Join the National Hispanic Pastors Alliance and the Pastor’s Wives of America for a webinar about what families need to know about the COVID-19 virus and the vaccines that will help to slow the spread and save lives. 

The webinar, co-hosted with the Partnership Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and featuring expertise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be presented in Spanish. Please register to attend or receive the recording. 

Free Program Reduces Care Costs for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers

A grant by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) targets Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia, with the goal to postpone institutionalized care for dementia-related conditions for individuals 60 years and older. The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program (CCTRP), launched in 2007, offers caregivers free care consultations, customized in-home care assessments and training, tools to reduce stress, improve communication, make home safety improvements, and cost reimbursements up to $700 for qualified respite-related expenses. 

Click to View Program Details.

Eligibility for the Caregiver Relief Program:

  • The care receiver must reside in Missouri and live at home with the primary caregiver. Persons residing in long-term care communities are ineligible.
  • Participants must start using funds within 45 days of enrollment and must use all available funds before May 31, 2021.

Click here to learn more and Enroll.

Health Center/Look-Alike COVID-19 Survey Addendum

Beginning February 26, 2021, health centers that have received COVID-19 vaccines through the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program will be required to complete the weekly Health Center/Look-Alike COVID-19 Survey.

They will also be required to answer several additional questions relating specifically to how their health center used the vaccines they received through the program. Health centers not enrolled in the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program will not see, or have to answer, the addendum questions.

See a preview of this addendum. HRSA is working on updating the User Guide and expect these updates to be available on, or before, Friday, February 26, 2021.