We’ve Been Invited to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine!

1963h.8-obverse-400wHealthTran founders and Community Asset Builders’ principals, Doris Boeckman and Suzanne Alewine, have been invited to participate on a panel at The National Academies of Sciences, “Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation” workshop, to be held in Washington, DC June 6-7, 2016. The workshop objectives are to showcase models of transportation services that facilitate individuals’ access to health care providers, discuss data sources, information technology obstacles and solutions from (and across) the health care transportation perspectives, and to explore opportunities to ascertain the value of transportation services to improving health outcomes (e.g., through performance metrics to transportation providers, health system and payers. HealthTran and Missouri’s Rides to Wellness efforts will be showcased as part of Panel II: Examples of cross-sector collaboration to provide transportation services to vulnerable individuals in rural/small urban/suburban settings.

The link for the project and workshop registration is provided at http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/activities/publichealth/transitandhealthcare.aspx.

Doris Boeckman is the former Executive Director for the Missouri Public Transit Association (2006-2015) and Suzanne Alewine presently serves as Executive Director of the Missouri Rural Health Association. HealthTran was a joint collaboration between the associations in 2013 and funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health as a three-year pilot demonstration. For more information about HealthTran, view the videos at: http://www.morha.org/?page_id=46.

HHS Awards $1,732,957 to CAB Clients

HHSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2016
CAB, LLC Clients Awarded 5 of 7 Missouri FY2016 Substance Abuse Service Expansion Awards

 

 

Contact: Suzanne Alewine
(573) 632-2700
suzanne@cabllc.com

“Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states…to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations. “The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”*

Community Asset Builders is proud to have been the grant-writing partner for five (5) of the seven (7) Missouri awardees. CAB clients will receive $1,732,957 in grant funding and are in listed below in bold text:

Missouri Awardees:

ADVOCATES FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY INC SPRINGFIELD $406,250
AFFINIA HEALTHCARE SAINT LOUIS $325,000
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF CENTRAL MISSOURI LINN $406,250
COMPASS HEALTH, INC. CLINTON $324,300
MYRTLE HILLIARD DAVIS COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTERS, INC. SAINT LOUIS $271,048
NORTHWEST HEALTH SERVICES, INC. ST JOSEPH $324,409
PREFERRED FAMILY HEALTHCARE, INCORPORATED KIRKSVILLE $325,000

Microsoft PowerPoint - logo for shirts.v2If your organization would like to partner with Community Asset Builders on your next grant application please contact Lisa Huff at (573) 632-2700 or lisa@cabllc.com.

Special thanks to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s MoCAP Program for their on-going support of organizations seeking to bring federal grant funding to Missouri.

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*Read the complete HHS announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2016

Contact: HRSA Press Office
301-443-3376
media@hhs.gov
HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”

The abuse of and addiction to opioids, such as heroin and prescription pain medication, is a serious and increasing public health problem. Approximately 4.5 million people in the United States were non-medical prescription pain reliever users in 2013, and an estimated 289,000 were current heroin users. HHS also estimates the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain medications has nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and deaths related to heroin increased 39 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Administered by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), these awards to health centers across the country will increase the number of patients screened for substance use disorders and connected to treatment, increase the number of patients with access to MAT for opioid use and other substance use disorder treatment, and provide training and educational resources to help health professionals make informed prescribing decisions. This $94 million investment is expected to help awardees hire approximately 800 providers to treat nearly 124,000 new patients.

“Health centers treat some of the most at-risk patients in the country,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards position health centers to be at the forefront of the fight against opioid abuse in underserved communities.”

Research demonstrates that a whole-patient approach to treatment through a combination of medication and counseling and behavioral therapies is most successful in treating opioid use disorders. In 2014, over 1.3 million people received behavioral health services at health centers, This represents a 75 percent increase since 2008 and was made possible with support from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Recovery Act. Today’s funding builds upon and leverages these previous investments by providing support to health centers to improve and expand the delivery of MAT substance abuse services in an integrated primary care/behavioral health model with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Today, over 1,300 health centers operate approximately 9,000 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin; these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients. In 2014, health centers provided behavioral health services to more than 1.3 million patients, including those in need of substance abuse services.

“HRSA’s innovative investment in the delivery of medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders affirms the importance of behavioral health to overall health,” said Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Addressing the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Administration and the Department. The Department is focused on three key areas: improving opioid prescribing practices, increasing the use of naloxone, and increasing access to MAT. In addition, the President has made addressing the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic a top priority and issued a Presidential Memorandum last year on improving access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Today’s awards are an example of HHS taking every available step to expand access to MAT. Building on these efforts, the President’s Budget includes a $1.1 billion initiative to help ensure that all individuals with opioid use disorders who want treatment are able to access it.

To view a list of the award winners, visit: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/substanceabuse/fy16awards.html

For more information on the Department’s key areas of focus to address the opioids crisis, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2015pres/03/20150326a.html

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/

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Sources:
http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/11/hhs-awards-94-million-to-health-centers.html
http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/substanceabuse/2016awards/mo.html

Meet the HALO Foundation!

Have I mentioned that the crew a CAB knows how to have a good time while supporting a great cause?  If not, well then I guess you need some proof!

If you haven’t checked out the good work being done by the HALO Foundation you should!  They do great things in our community and they use all their donations very effectively and efficiently.  That pleases me greatly.12792347_651392704963451_4460904735211020957_o

Whoo Hoo!

We’ve made the move to using WordPress as our web platform and even our resident ‘html curmudgeon’ Christina is starting to enjoy the ease with which we can now manage our web presence. We are excited about the new ways we can use this platform to foster communications with our clients and the public.  Please stay tuned as we should have our updates done within a few weeks.

If you have a suggestion please send it to either chris@cabllc.com or christina@cabllc.com