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July 2014

Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health
This report, published by the Institute of Medicine, describes the critical need for primary care and public health integration to promote healthy communities. The report presents a core set of principles for integration efforts as well as a framework for action.

Practical Playbook: Resources for Integration
Developed in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this interactive Web site provides a step by step integration model for public health and primary care. A detailed collection of tools and resources may be particularly helpful to pediatric primary care clinicians. 

Strategies for Integration: Primary Care and Public Health Collaborative
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials developed this resource center to assist public health agencies and primary care professionals with better assimilating their services to improve population health. Included is a strategic map and a collection of success stories specific to maternal and child health.  

Integrated Approaches for Defining and Measuring Total Population Health
This commissioned paper, published in part by the Public Health Institute and the county of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, presents strategies for alignment of clinical care and government public health agencies in order to improve population health. Important implications can be drawn by pediatric primary care clinicians and practices.

Resources for Clinicians: Primary Care and Public Health Integration
This collection of activities, resources, and training opportunities created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to foster linkages between public health and primary care in order to address national health priorities and outcomes. Included are examples of successful integration practices, fact sheets on population health initiatives, and state and local public health agency information.

Strategies to link ACOs with Public Health Systems
This article, published in the American Journal of Public Health, describes the role of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in delivering care to individuals while also improving population health. Strategies to link ACOs with public health systems are provided. Pediatric medical home clinicians can apply these strategies to their practices. Partners for Kids in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest pediatric ACOs in the country and provides a great example of linkages between public health and primary care.

Promising Approaches to Integrating Community Health Workers into Health Systems
These four case studies presented by the Urban Institute describe ways in which community health workers can serve to integrate public health and primary care. Examples of promising practices from Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas are presented.

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July 2014

Webinar: Detection, Discovery, and Diagnosis
July 28, 2014, 3:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time
This webinar will include an overview of an algorithm for evaluation of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) that can be used as a tool for diagnosis and referral in pediatric primary care medical home practices. Information about various other diagnostic tools will also be shared.
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August 2014

Sixth International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care
August 6 – 8, 2014, Vancouver, British Columbia
Organized by the Institute for Patient- and Family- Centered Care, this conference will feature programs that promote collaboration and partnership in safety, quality, and experience of care. Participants will be given the opportunity to network and address emerging issues in patient- and family- centered care.
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Webinar: Roles, Referrals, and Reimbursement
August 13, 2014, 3:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time
This webinar will provide primary care pediatric medical home clinicians with the tools they need to work with families and children who have or may have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Faculty will identify the appropriate professionals needed to build an FASD team and discuss options for community based resources for referral and treatment. Billing, coding and reimbursement will also be discussed.
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2014 Community Health Institute & Exposition
August 22 – 26, 2014, San Diego, CA
Presented by the National Association of Community Health Centers, this conference and exposition provides interactive training and networking opportunities for community health center managers, clinicians, employees, board members, and leaders.
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September 2014

ASTHO Annual Meeting and Policy Summit
September 9-11, Albuquerque, NM
This annual meeting presented by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) brings together leaders in state and territorial public health. Opportunities for networking and training will be available.
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CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference
September 17-19, Phoenix, AZ
This conference will provide education and data necessary to support the development and implementation of maternal and child health programs and policies.
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For a more detailed listing of upcoming conferences, webcasts, and other educational offerings, click here.

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Submit Your Abstract to the 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Transforming Health Systems to Optimize Individual and Population Health
This annual conference is an opportunity to bridge the gap between evidence, practice, and policy in health care and medicine. The conference is now accepting abstracts and will take place in December, 2014.

How the Affordable Care Act Will Strengthen the Nation’s Primary Care Foundation
This article published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine provides an overview of how the Affordable Care Act works to strengthen primary care through innovative delivery models such as the patient-centered medical home, to ultimately improve population and public health.

Health Reform: What’s in it to Promote the Medical Home?
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs provides an overview of specific provisions within the Affordable Care Act which work to promote the medical home model of care to improve population health. Included is information about pediatric accountable care organization demonstration projects, health homes, and links to additional information.

Achieving Bright Futures: Prevention Initiative to Improve Public Health
This issue brief highlights the history and overview of Bright Futures, an American Academy of Pediatrics preventive health initiative which works to promote health in infants, children, and adolescents. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) covers all Bright Futures services for children with no cost-sharing, highlighting the importance of preventive care to enhance population health.  View this recorded webinar for more information about Bright Futures and its role within the ACA to improve public health.

Title V: Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant
This 75 Year Anniversary publication from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs provides a detailed history and overview of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services block grant. Many pediatric clinicians, families, and communities can benefit from connecting with their local Title V agencies and thus facilitating integration between primary care and public health.

Integration of School Based Health Centers with Patient-Centered Medical Homes
This evaluation highlight from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality presents findings from the national Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Quality Demonstration Grant Program. This report describes the evaluation of a grant in Colorado and New Mexico which worked to integrate a patient-centered medical home approach with school based health centers—a strategic approach to integrate primary care with public health.

Improving Child Population Health through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
The Health Care Innovation Award, distributed through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), aims to improve population health, improve care outcomes, and lower the cost of providing care. The grant and its award recipients (including Nationwide Children’s Hospital), provides an ideal platform for the integration of primary care and public health.

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Community Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics Division of Community-Based Resources provides a number resources, training, and technical assistance to pediatricians interested in public health and community programs. Included is information about the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) and Healthy Tomorrows Partnerships for Children Program (HTPCP), both of which work to connect pediatric clinicians to community and public health resources.

State Specific Resources for Families, Communities, and Clinicians: Immunization Programs
One opportunity to connect pediatric medical homes to public health programs is through state immunization programs. A complete listing of state specific immunization programs is a valuable resource for pediatric practices, clinicians, families, caregivers, and community members. Immunizations are sometimes offered free of charge to pediatric patients with or without insurance.

Resource for Families: Getting to Know Title V
Created by Family Voices, this presentation provides an overview and history of Title V of the Social Security Act and its influence on public health, specifically maternal and child health programs and pediatric medical homes. 

State Specific Contact Information for Title V Programs
This comprehensive database developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration allows users to search for their state and region’s maternal and child health directors as well as children and youth with special health care needs program directors working within each state Title V program.

Resources for Families and Clinicians: WIC State Agencies
Connecting families with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) within their state is an important way to ensure that patients within pediatric medical homes are connected with valuable state and federal public health services. This state-specific listing of WIC offices provides referral information for clinicians and families.

National Profile of Local Health Departments
Created by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, this national study investigated relevant topics on local public health infrastructure and practice. Results from the study can be used by health professionals to understand the local systems of public health within their regions.

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Special Feature: An Interview with HTPCP Grantees
The Well-Care and Adolescent Immunizations in Rochester (WECAIR) program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) which focuses on preventive population health management through the promotion of immunizations among Rochester’s inner city youth.

In a recent interview with the National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), medical director Peter Szilagyi, MD, MPH, FAAP explained how WECAIR utilizes community navigators to integrate services offered within pediatric medical homes with community public health programs, based on the needs of the children and families. Dr Szilgayi stated that this innovative navigator program is an “effective strategy to manage population health.” Navigators actively track all immunizations and other preventive care needs of adolescents involved in the program. Navigators work to link adolescents to one of three large pediatric medical home practices in the city of Rochester to appropriate public health programs. For more information, visit the NCMHI New York State page and the HTPCP Web site.

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