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July 17, 2020 News Headlines

HANYS and Cornell continue successful collaboration

HANYS and Cornell University are continuing their successful collaboration by offering Leading Through Turbulent Times.

Healthcare leaders are facing unprecedented challenges and living in a “VUCA” — volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous — world. Strong leaders need to be agile, influence team behaviors, communicate skillfully and deliver results. Leading Through Turbulent Times consists of six two-hour virtual sessions, each held from 3 to 5 p.m., and will be offered in two parts: an opening session from Sept. 21 – 23 and a closing session from Oct. 13 – 15.

Participants will uncover strategies to cope with and lead through a VUCA world, to become better positioned for success. Through peer coaching, participants will deepen their support network and have opportunities to consider new ways of approaching problems. Explore best practices for building an inclusive environment at the organizational, team and individual levels to strengthen the skillset of healthcare leaders of today and tomorrow.

Program and registration details are available online. Contact: Cathy Oxentine


OASAS releases funding opportunities to support SUD treatment and prevention

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support released three requests for applications, due at the end of July and August. The RFAs will support telepractice, mobile treatment and community programs for teenagers. Selected certified outpatient programs will be awarded funding for the purchase of telepractice equipment and installation. One provider in five underserved areas (Capital Region, Mid-Hudson, Central New York, Mohawk Valley and North Country) will receive funds to purchase and operate a mobile treatment vehicle to expand access to addiction treatment services. Lastly, funding will be provided to train and prepare up to 25 trainers to teach the eight-hour Teen Intervene course designed to help teenagers experiencing mild to moderate problems with alcohol or other drug use. Contact: Sarah DuVall


Member Spotlight – NewYork-Presbyterian Queens expands HIV treatment through peer-led interventions

HIV can create significant uncertainty for those infected, especially those in vulnerable populations, regarding their health, access to treatment and lingering stigma associated with the virus. This affects an array of psychosocial outcomes critical to successfully managing the disease. In 2018, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens began an HIV Peer-led Interventions project aimed at increasing access to testing, educating the community using health literate and culturally appropriate methods and improving care compliance through peer mentorship for HIV patients.

Read our full story to learn more about this initiative and its results.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Member Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are investing in forward-looking initiatives that improve care quality and health outcomes. 


SAMHSA finalizes changes to 42 CFR Part 2 – confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finalized revisions to Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2. The rule reduces delays and burdens in care coordination by more closely aligning Part 2 with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, while maintaining privacy protections. A list of the changed provisions is available. HANYS continues to advocate for full alignment of the two privacy rules and is seeking clarification in key areas. We are reviewing the final rule and will provide more details to members. Contact: Sarah DuVall


HANYS Recovery and Preparedness Webinar Series continues

In the HANYS Recovery and Preparedness Webinar Series, national and state experts explore strategies and considerations for the recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic and readiness for another emerging event. Programs are held Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Additional sessions are held Mondays at the same time, as needed. Upcoming sessions are:

This session will address lessons learned from the crisis response efforts at Weill Cornell and how this experience and knowledge can be harnessed to help those now facing their first surge of COVID-19 cases and to better prepare for the next wave.

This session will examine how the death of loved ones in hospital settings impacts family members and the medical staff caring for patients. Leaders from BronxCare Health System will discuss their strategies for responding to the needs of grieving families during the coronavirus pandemic and how they've been preparing for the next potential COVID-19 surge.

This session will offer insight into how healthcare providers can shift behavioral healthcare delivery by leveraging trauma-informed practices to support the overall health of the organization, engage patients and families and help address systemic health disparities.

This presentation will provide an overview of the DOH Healthcare Facility Evacuation Center for coastal storm response and identify unique challenges related to patient movement and evacuation with consideration of COVID-19. 

This session will teach how telehealth solutions – from one-to-many models of care, to digital biomarkers and asynchronous telehealth, chat bots and symptom checkers – can create a fully integrated digital and in-person experience.

Additional sessions are being scheduled regularly. Visit our education page for the latest events and available recordings. 


Thousands of clinicians share personal stories to combat mental health stigma

This weekend, thousands of clinicians statewide shared their personal stories about seeking mental health treatment to combat stigma for physicians and others using Twitter. The effort launched after a New York Times story provided details around a prominent physician’s death due to suicide during the harrowing conditions of New York’s COVID-19 crisis. The story pointed to the challenges of becoming sick, and the heavy burden of guilt and shame due to stigma. Tools and training for staff and leadership on behavioral health for the healthcare workforce are posted to HANYS' COVID-19 webpage. Contact: Sarah DuVall


Upcoming events

HANYS continues to closely monitor the governor’s reopening guidelines and assess how we can continue to best and safely offer our robust educational programming in this next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to check out our current offerings in our events listing, including our wide array of COVID-19-related webinars aimed at helping our members recover from this unprecedented experience.

Our newest virtual series, Infection Control and Epidemiology Basics, is presented in collaboration with the New York State Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Coordinating Council. This program invites new infection preventionists and those interested in healthcare infection control to attend our comprehensive virtual training incorporating both live webinars and on-demand sessions. Register now.