Digital Facilitation Workshop Series
Through the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY) Fellows Action Network (FAN), Alicia and I participated in the first two workshops in a series on Digital Facilitation. This workshop series is working to build our skills and confidence in planning, facilitating, and participating in engaging virtual experiences. This workshop has been great so far, and I would like to thank the HFWCNY FAN for this training. We look forward to using the tools we learned to enhance our virtual education!
Caregiver Navigation Report
I previously reported that through funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation we have been able to work with Mary Beth Debus of Program Savvy Consulting, and Shari Rife of Ideas Realized to complete a community study on our Caregiver Navigation program. After several months of work, including interviews with key community members, focus groups, and a community survey, we now have a complete report on our Caregiver Navigation program that will guide our program in the future. Mary Beth and Shari were great to work with and we are very pleased with the process that we went through to get to this point.
SAFE Program Developments
Thanks to recent funding through an OVS VOCA subcontract through Connecting Communities in Action we have expanded resources to the SAFE Providers. We are happy to have dedicated examiners at each of our SAFE Centers at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown, NY, Olean General Hospital in Olean, NY and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY.
Also, in June 2020, OVS released new guidelines for reimbursement for Forensic Rape Exams. STHCS has been working diligently with each of the hospital’s billing departments to ensure the proper documentation is being submitted to OVS. We are looking forward to receiving payments and this new reimbursement rate allowing us to better serve the sexual assault survivors in our area. We would like to thank the billing department and administration at each facility for working with on these new requirements!
This week I was able to meet with the WNY Rural Area Health Education Center (Rural AHEC)’s Executive Director, Melanie Rhodes, about potential ways our organizations can collaborate in the future. It was shared with me the AHEC Scholars program provides an opportunity for college students, currently enrolled in a health professions program, to work as an interdisciplinary team while experiencing community-based training activities as well as receive supplemental learning through online modules will be taking place this summer. This program is a great opportunity for students working toward careers in healthcare, and more information can be found here.