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October 16, 2020 News Headlines

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to stop 2020 census

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s emergency request to end the census count early. The administration has claimed the need to end the count immediately to process existing data and meet a statutory Dec. 31 deadline. Lower courts had ordered the administration to continue the count through Oct. 31, an extension to account for delays caused by the pandemic. After the Supreme Court’s ruling, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will stop accepting census responses after Oct. 15. Some experts are concerned this will result in an undercount of vulnerable populations typically underrepresented in the census.

An accurate 2020 census is critically important to ensure New York state receives proper federal funding and congressional representation in Washington. Any undercount could have serious consequences for years to come. HANYS supported members with an interactive tool as they worked to engage with their patients about the importance of being counted in the 2020 census.

HANYS will continue to work closely with all members of the New York congressional delegation to ensure our members are able to maximize opportunities for federal support. Contact: Cristina Batt

Explore lessons learned from the COVID-19 surge at next week's Lean and innovation conference

There’s still time to register for the 7th Annual Hospital Innovation and Lean Network of New York Conference taking place virtually Oct. 22-23. Healthcare experts will share lessons learned from COVID-19 on topics like PPE preservation, bed flow optimization, efficient medication delivery, telehealth innovation and more at this two-day virtual event.

Participating healthcare providers and industry leaders include representatives from major healthcare systems across New York State, from Rochester to New York City. A panel discussion, The Mount Sinai COVID-19 Experience, will offer insights from staff from our host facility, Mount Sinai Health System, who have been in the trenches of COVID-19 care from the beginning of the pandemic.

Our jam-packed agenda will feature more than a dozen presentations providing best practices and unique ideas that hospitals throughout New York state have had to implement to battle this ongoing challenge. We’ll conclude with a keynote address from nationally-known Lean expert, John Shook, of the Lean Enterprise Institute.

New this year: Earn continuing education credits when you attend the conference.

The 7th Annual HILNNY Conference is being offered by HANYS and HILNNY, in collaboration with this year’s host, Mount Sinai Health System. Register now!

Member Spotlight: UVMHN – Elizabethtown Community Hospital secures healthy food for its community

Food insecurity and nutrition disparities stubbornly continue in many populations across New York state, exacerbating rates of diabetes, obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases. In an effort to improve healthy food access in its community, the Essex County Health Department, in close collaboration with The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital, created the Well Fed Collaborative, an innovative approach to food access. 

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. 

Second round of funding to expand addiction treatment services announced

On Oct. 7, Gov. Cuomo announced a second round of funding to expand access to addiction treatment services in New York state. Thirty providers were awarded more than $423,000 to purchase PCs, software, monitors, speakers, laptops, keyboards or webcams to deliver addiction telehealth services statewide. On Oct. 13, five providers were awarded $852,800 to purchase and operate mobile treatment vehicles in five regions across the state. The funding was provided by the federal State Opioid Response Grant, administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. Future funding opportunities on this topic may be found on the OASAS webpage. Contact: Sarah DuVall


The Center for Discovery to host virtual conference on pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Learnings and Resources for the Special Needs Community will highlight The Center For Discovery’s COVID-19 response, including the implementation of a pandemic plan, social-emotional health and wellness and staff and family supports. The event is being held Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon and will be live-streamed from The Alemany Learning Center, TCFD’s future Children’s Specialty Hospital in Rock Hill. Contact: Vic Aufiero