Friday, March 15, 2013

You Are Invited: Webinars Hosted by the HHS Partnership Center

The Partnership Center News: A publication of the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

HHS Partnership Center Webinars for March and April 2013

HHS/CMS National Health Insurance Marketplace Stakeholder Call


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is inviting you to the National Health Insurance Marketplace Stakeholder Conference Call on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET.

HHS is deeply committed to public participation as it builds a new Health Insurance Marketplace in several states. Through an ongoing stakeholder consultation process, we have sought input from a wide-range of interested stakeholders, including states, issuers, and consumers in State Partnership Marketplace and Federally-facilitated Marketplace states.  
The goal of this national call is to keep stakeholders updated on the operational execution of the Marketplace as well as for CMS to hear directly from individuals and organizations that will be able to utilize the new Marketplace. This process will allow interested parties to understand how the Marketplace will work and when it will be ready.

This national call will kick-off the next phase of our stakeholder engagement to be followed by quarterly calls held by the CMS regional offices throughout 2013.  CMS will use the information and feedback provided in the stakeholder consultation process in the development of the Marketplace.

The call will feature CMS senior officials followed by time for Q&A.  Speakers are:
  • ·         Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight;
  • ·         Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services; and
  • ·         Julie Bataille
Important logistical and background information:
Registration: If you are interested in participating in this national call and to receive the call-in details, please register though this link: http://cmsnationalhie1.eventbrite.com
State-by-state calls: More information will soon be available on the state-by-state calls on the “Open Door Forum” webpage
Other ways of staying engaged: The CMS Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight website includes links to other ways that stakeholders can be engaged in addition to these sessions. Healthcare.gov is where consumers will be able to check if they are eligible to buy insurance from qualified private health plans and eligible for financial assistance – all in one place, with a single application.  Links to all of our regulations, guidance, and other information can be found here: http://cciio.cms.gov/ and http://marketplace.cms.gov/
Questions? Please contact partnership@cms.hhs.gov

HHS Partnership Center Webinars on the Health Care Law
The HHS Partnership Center continues to host a series of webinars for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.
To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. Please click on the title of the webinar and fill out the registration form. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact us at ACA101@hhs.gov  if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law.
March 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET
A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community in Spanish. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to get updates on implementation of the law will be shared
March 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET
An interactive tour of www.HealthCare.gov, including how to enroll others in health insurance, how to view the timeline of when the Affordable Care Act is implemented, and information on the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

April 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET
A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to receive updates on implementation of the law will be shared.

April 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET
A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community in Spanish. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to get updates on implementation of the law will be shared.



Let’s Move Faith and Communities offer on-line training for community leaders on
NIH’s We Can! program
Join Let’s Move Faith and Communities for a special series of on-line training opportunities that will equip health leaders to run the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) We Can! program in their community. We Can! focuses on reaching parents, caregivers, and families as primary groups for influencing young people. It is a science-based national education program that provides parents, caregivers and communities with the strategies and skills they need – along with practical tools – to help families improve food choices, increase physical activity, and reduce screen time.
To register, just click on the date below:

The following We Can! webinar is geared toward faith community nurses and is being co-hosted by Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries:


 

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Webinar:

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?


This webinar will focus on reducing and preventing childhood obesity through community-wide change. This is one in a series of webinars from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the public health initiative titled Healthy People 2020.


March 21, 2013 | 12–12:45 PM EST
Many Americans live, learn, work, and play in neighborhoods that lack grocery stores, walkable streets, and other features necessary for healthy eating and adequate physical activity.1 In fact, most Americans do not eat a healthy diet and are not physically active at levels needed to maintain proper health. This has contributed to a dramatic increase in adult and childhood obesity, which is particularly troubling as obesity puts individuals at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, which are among the leading causes of death.2 Supporting good nutrition, increasing physical activity, and addressing the policies and environmental factors that impact these issues are critical steps in improving public health.
Join us on Thursday, March 21, at 12:00 PM EST as we highlight the success of one community-wide partnership in reducing childhood obesity through community outreach, advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. This 45-minute Webinar will be led by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh, and will include a roundtable discussion on the impact of this critical Leading Health Indicator topic.

New Disability.Blog Post about How Assistive Technology Promotes Independence for People in Nursing Facilities

Assistive Technology Promotes Independence for People in Nursing Facilities
By Guest Blogger Chava Kintisch, Staff Attorney and Assistive Technology Project Director, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
Many people with disabilities living in nursing facilities cannot operate a manual wheelchair or communicate through speech.  However, people in these facilities can gain independence through Medicaid-funded assistive technology, such as power wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices.  This independence can help support their transition back into the community.
According to the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, 29 U.S.C. § 3002, an assistive technology device is “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”  This includes durable medical equipment (DME) and an unlimited range of other items that people with disabilities use in their daily lives.  Assistive technology services include evaluation, adaptation, training, repairs and maintenance.r communicate through speech.  However, people in these facilities can gain independence through Medicaid-funded assistive technology, such as power wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices.  This independence can help support their transition back into the community.
Read More About Assistive Technology

Just posted on Monday...
Can Dance Include and Embrace Us All?
By Guest Blogger Alana Wallace, Founder and Artistic Director, Dance>Detour
Dance for someone who uses a wheelchair? I didn’t think so! I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding!” I must admit, as a professional actor and vocalist, the inclusion of dance in my career was a hard sell to me initially. I did not think artists with physical disabilities could legitimately compete, nor be taken seriously, in the arena of dance.
But in 1995, I was wowed when I witnessed my first physically integrated dance performance by the Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels (now known as “Dancing Wheels”). What thrilled me most about the company was the fact that their dancers who used wheelchairs were equal participants in the performance. I always thought that people who danced in wheelchairs could only flap their arms and that the non-disabled dancers manipulated their wheelchairs and dominated the movement. Gosh, was I wrong! Dancing Wheels blew me away. I immediately knew this had to become a new genre for me to explore.
 Read More About Can Dance Include and Embrace Us All

The class pet


HHS HealthBeat (February 26, 2013)

The class pet


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 The right animal can be fun and educational in a childcare center. But the wrong animal can make kids sick. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, epidemiologist Dr. Neil Vora has some examples of risky pets. He says reptiles such as turtles, lizards and snakes – and amphibians such as frogs and salamanders – commonly carry germs called Salmonella.

Health care law protects consumers against worst insurance practices

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a final rule that implements five key consumer protections from the Affordable Care Act, and makes the health insurance market work better for individuals, families, and small businesses.

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