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June 3, 2022
Happy Pride Month! 
In This Update
Legislative Updates
New Hampshire Updates
Federal Updates
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events & Trainings
Member Spotlight
Emergency Preparedness
Bi-State's Meeting Schedule
Vaccine Confidence Resources
Questions for Bi-State?
Legislative Updates
2022 NH Legislative Session Ends
The NH Legislature concluded its 2022 legislative session. We will update you on the Governor's vetoes as they are issued. 
New Hampshire Updates
6/7 NH CEO Call
Here is the agenda for the 6/7 CEO Call from 9-11 am. We will not have these calls in July or August. Guests from the NH Food Bank will discuss new SNAP resources and the Hunger Vital Signs screening tool; Nadine Lamontagne will discuss Unite Us; and Mary Dowes from BerryDunn will speak about the new NH Rebasing Project. Contact Colleen at cdowling@bistatepca.org if you have any Zoom issues! 
Child Vaccine Ordering
NH DHHS anticipates that a HAN will be sent out early next week regarding child vaccine ordering. In addition, CHCs are encouraged to attend the 6/9 health care provider and partner call.
  • Join the health care provider webinar this Thursday, 6/9 from 12-1 pm for updates on monkeypox and COVID-19 vaccination for infants and young children: 
New Hampshire News Scan
Well Sense Health Plan Transportation Change July 1st
Well Sense Health Plan is subcontracting with Coordinated Transportation Solutions (CTS) for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). Implementation of this transportation change (from One Call to CTS) is scheduled for July 1, 2022. Please see WSHP’s Provider Notice on their transportation change. Of note, the WSHP NEMT phone number will not change - it will remain 1-844-909-RIDE (1-844-909-7433). An updated Transportation Quick Summary Guide will be distributed in mid-June. 
UNH poll shows NH residents pessimistic about economic conditions
A record number of NH residents feel they are worse off than a year ago, according to the quarterly BIA Report on Consumer Confidence. Click here to read the report.
NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services' Call Schedule
Health Care & Public Health Partner Call:
2nd Thursday/month, 12:00-1:00 pm
Zoom info on website

NH DPHS announced they will continue these monthly calls.

Education & Child Care Partner Call: 
1st Wednesday/month, 3:30-4:30 pm
Zoom info on website
6/1 was the LAST Education call! 
  • NEW! Here are the 6.1.22 call slides on vaccinations for 5-11 year olds, testing resources & SASS Program updates, CDC’s updated guidance for K-12 schools and child care programs, and CDC's social media toolkit on vaccines for children and adolescents. 
Federal Updates

Update from Biden! 

June 21 was publicly identified by The White House yesterday evening as the first date of availability of vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years of age. This date assumes FDA emergency use authorization and CDC guidance. 

MMWR - Post-COVID Conditions

On May 27, 2022 the CDC released the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) including Post-COVID Conditions Among Adult COVID-19 Survivors Aged 18-64 and >= 65 Years - US, March 2020 - November 2021. The report contains information about patients who experience persistent symptoms or organ disfunction after acute COVID-19 and develop post-COVID conditions have increased. Recommendations included routine assessment for post-COVID conditions among persons who survive COVID-19. 

Resources for Disaster and Other Traumatic Events

The Partnership Center at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aggregated the following resources for responding to violence, disaster, tragedy, or other traumatic events in communities. Review the information below for information, guidance, and suggestions for how to respond when tragedy occurs in the wake of violence or disasters in our communities: 

Also see the following to support children, youth and adults work through trauma and move toward healing: 

Dependents in v-safe

Soon vaccines will be available for children 6 months to 5 years. Adding a dependent to your account in v-safe after vaccination health checker on a smartphone is straightforward. The CDC has instructions on their website to add a dependent into v-safe.  

Monkeypox

The CDC is updating their Information for Clinicians on Monkeypox. The CDC is tracking cases of monkeypox. The U.S. Monkeypox 2022: Situation Summary is available on the CDC website.  

First Edition of Climate and Health Outlook from HHS and OCCHE

The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity and the Department of Health and Human Services have released the first edition of Climate and Health Outlook: The May 2022 edition discusses Extreme Heat.  

Long COVID-19 Studies

A new CDC report Post-COVID Conditions Among Adult COVID -19 Survivors indicates that as many as one in five adults who’d gotten COVID-19 exhibited long-term symptoms.  The Skimm posted an article on identifying long-term symptoms. Impacts are wide, the CDC noted disorders affecting the heart, lung, kidneys, mental health, and more. It came as a separate study that found that being vaccinated seemed to help reduce the chance of lung and blood clot disorders but not the many other issues that can emerge. CNN summarized information in their weekly newsletter. 

Funding Opportunities
HRSA CHW Training Program

The Community Health Worker Training Program is focused on expanding the public health workforce by training 13,000 CHWs, as well as building their knowledge and skills. Approximately up to 75 grantees will receive a total of $226.5 million over a period of three years. The application deadline on Grants.gov is June 14, 2022.

HRSA Accelerating Cancer Screening at CHCs

HRSA announced the availability of $5 million for CHCs to increase equitable access to life-saving cancer screenings. This funding supports President Biden’s Unity Agenda and his call to action on cancer screening and early detection as part of the Administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to end cancer as we know it. The application deadline on Grants.gov is June 15, 2022.

HRSA Rural Northern Border Region Health Care Support Program

The HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announced the availability of nearly $2 million in funding through the Rural Northern Border Region Healthcare Support Program to provide support to rural counties in ME, NH, VT, and NY in their efforts to increase access to health care, including behavioral health services and recruitment and retention. The application deadline on Grants.gov is July 1, 2022. 

HRSA SUD Treatment & Recovery Loan Repayment Program

Pay off your school loans with up to $250,000 from the SUD Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program in exchange for six years of full-time service at an approved facility. You can apply now if you are a behavioral health clinician or support worker, clinical support staff or trained in substance use disorder treatment. The application deadline is July 7, 2022. 

Upcoming Events & Trainings
HRSA IEA 1-NETRC Webinar: Enhancing Access to Pediatric Behavioral Health Amidst Shortages (6/7, 12:00 pm)
This free webinar on June 7th, 12:00-1:00 pm, will highlight leading New England programs enhancing the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women and, thereby, their infant’s social and emotional development, through culturally appropriate treatment and recovery support services. Learn more and register here.
GoTruth NH Virtual Vaccine Panel (6/7, 4:00 pm)
Join GoTruth New Hampshire's webinar on Tuesday, June 7th, 4:00-5:00, featuring Dr. Lisa DiBrigida, Amoskeag Health's Associate Medical Director. Please share the flyer (PDF and PNG image) with your staff and patients! Visit the GoTruth New Hampshire website to register today!
NHFPI Virtual Event to Support an Equitable and Inclusive Recovery (6/9, 11:00 am)
Join NHFPI on June 9th at 11:00 am to explore the potential opportunities NH has to deploy flexible federal funds to support NH's workforce, residents, and economy through three key policy areas: housing, caregiving, and education. Register here
NHPHA Operationalizing Equity Webinar (6/7, noon)

Register here for the NH Public Health Association's webinar on an introduction to the culturally effective organizations framework with speakers Trinidad Tellez from Health Equity Strategies and Paula Smith from Southern NH AHEC. 

NEW! Health-Focused Chartbooks for ME, NH, NY, and VT Webinar (6/21, 1:00 pm)
The Rural Health Research Gateway has a webinar June 21st at 1:00 pm on the health landscape of ME, NH, NY, and VT. Learn more and register here!
UNH Health Law & Policy Programs Hybrid Event on Equitable & Affordable Health Care (6/22, 9:00 am)
Join speakers Lucy Hodder, Jo Porter, and Deborah Fournier for this hybrid event on June 22nd from 9:00-11:30 am, brought to you by UNH Health Law & Policy Programs. Register here.
NACHC PHE Unwinding Readiness Webinar for CHCs (6/29, 1:00 pm)
NACHC will host a webinar featuring national policy experts and CHC outreach and enrollment leaders and staff who will highlight their strategies and efforts to prepare their patients and communities for the end of the PHE. Speakers will share the unique tools, resources, messaging, partnerships, and other strategies they are deploying to prepare Medicaid enrollees for the end of the PHE. Register here
Member Spotlight
THANK YOU, PPNNE! 
Bi-State and our members are grateful for several reproductive health victories last week. Thank you Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for all your work behind the scenes to protect Granite Staters’ access to critical reproductive health care.
  • HB 1625 was vetoed, preserving NH's patient safety zone law.
  • HB 1609 was signed into law, adding fatal fetal exceptions to the NH abortion ban and removing the mandatory ultrasound for all abortion care. 
  • HB1431 was defeatedwhich would have required school staff to immediately notify a parent if a student’s gender expression or identity changes – effectively “outing” LGBTQ+ children to parents who are not supportive or affirming. 
Emergency Preparedness
GSHCC Weekly Newsletter
Click here to view the Granite State Health Care Coalition's Newsletter with emergency preparedness engagement opportunities
Bi-State's Emergency Preparedness Google Drive
Bi-State is continuously updating an Emergency Preparedness Google document. To request help with a table top exercise, after-action review, or other training needs, please contact Colleen at cdowling@bistatepca.org, and we can link you to the state coalition who are glad to assist!
Bi-State's Meeting & Event Schedule
Regularly Scheduled Meetings 
NH CEO Meetings: First Tuesday of the month, 9:00-11:00 am - We will not be holding NH CEO Calls during July and August.   
NH & VT CFO Meetings: Every other month, third Thursday, 1:30-2:30 pm
NH & VT CMO Meetings: Bi-Weekly, Wednesdays, 7:30-8:15 am - CMO calls are held the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month for 45 minutes.
Vaccine Confidence At Your Fingertips
Bi-State's Vaccine Confidence Google Drive
Bi-State is continuously updating a COVID-19 vaccine resource and vaccine confidence Google document with the most recent information at the top of each section.
Questions for Bi-State?
New Hampshire
Please contact: Colleen Dowling
603-228-2830 Ext. 127
cdowling@bistatepca.org

Vermont
Please contact: Kaylana Blindow
802-229-0002 Ext. 226
kblindow@bistatepca.org
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