Release of module and mapping of tools on stakeholder and community engagement in quality of care initiatives for maternal, newborn and child health

The WHO and UNICEF recently published a module to guide policy makers and programme implementers working in quality improvement in maternal, newborn and child health, to support making comprehensive and meaningful stakeholder and community engagement an integral part of quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Orientation module

This module compliments the implementation guide developed by The Network for Improving Quality of care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (QoC Network).  Four key topics are covered, including: rationale for engagement; building and
strengthening partnerships; strategies for information, communication and advocacy; and monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Mapping of tools

The mapping of tools identified 70 tools to further support implementation of stakeholder and community engagement across the seven steps of the Quality of Care Network’s Implementation Framework*. The
tools are available through an online portal, which allows uses to filter based on the different topic focus and phase of implementation. 

* 1) establish leadership

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San Luis Obispo to hold Drug Take Back Day, encourages community members to clean out medicine cabinets

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — San Luis Obispo will be participating in the annual Drug Take Back Day on October 24.

The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at the California Highway Patrol Parking lot at 675 California Boulevard in San Luis Obispo.

The event will be free with a no contact drive-thru that will follow COVID-19 Public Health safety measures to ensure everyone’s safety.

CHP will be working with the SLO County Opioid Safety Coalition to facilitate the safe disposal of medication while also offering privacy to residents dropping off their prescription drugs.

Since 2016, the organization has collected close to 2,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

According to data from the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, drug overdoses have spiked up to about 18 percent due to the pandemic.

The organization says people across the nation have been faced with isolation, anxiety, uncertainty, financial worries

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Federal Electronic Health Record Connects With More Community Partners > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Release

The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office announces the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) significantly expanded their joint health information exchange (HIE) network with the private sector on Oct. 9 after connecting with the CommonWell Health Alliance.

CommonWell brings a nationwide network of more than 15,000 hospitals and clinics to the 46,000 community partners already part of the joint HIE.

Launched earlier this year, the joint HIE is a modernized health data sharing capability that enhances the ability of DOD, VA and USCG to quickly and securely share electronic health record (EHR) data bidirectionally with participating community health care providers. The result provides more informed care for patients who are navigating between different health care providers.

“The CommonWell connection means DOD, VA and USCG providers can access more information about their patients to make the

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Washtenaw County schools, health officials advocate for COVID-19 safety in joint letter to community

WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – School administrators and individuals from the health department in Washtenaw County signed a joint letter to the community to follow COVID-19 protocol.

They hope to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and get things in classrooms back to normal.

READ: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schools

“We really want to support the 50,000 students in Washtenaw County the 15,000 staff members, and making sure that we’re all safe and healthy,” said Washtenaw Intermediate School District Interim Superintendent, Naomi Norman.

Norman, along with other school administrators throughout the county signed the letter as a call for action in the community.

“We worked with our Washtenaw County Health Department and our local public private and charter schools to craft a communication to our community — to let them know how important it is to take care during COVID-19,” Norman said.

The letter also goes over the actions

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Minnesota Community Care Adds Two Directors to Advance Its Commitment to Disrupting Health Inequities in Communities It Serves

Minnesota Community Care, the state’s largest federally qualified health center, announced the appointment of two new directors to its senior leadership team, each with deep experience working and advocating for the health and well-being of communities disproportionately impacted by social, structural, and political determinants of health.

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Cindy Nelson Kaigama joins Minnesota Community Care as Director of Innovation and Learning (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our leadership team is stronger for the addition of these key leaders,” says Reuben Moore, CEO of Minnesota Community Care. “Cindy Kaigama and Rubén Vázquez each bring critical experience and expertise to our work of strengthening the well-being of our communities through health care for all.”

Cindy Nelson Kaigama will serve as Director of Innovation and Learning, and Rubén Vázquez Ruiz as Director of Equity and Inclusion.

Kaigama is a champion of health and education equity with

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Fair Haven Community Health Care ranked as a top 10 quality leader by federal agency

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In this pandemic, it has never been more important for low-income neighborhoods to have access to good health care.

At the same time, Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is earning national recognition for the work it is doing.

It is one of nearly 1,400 federally-qualified health centers. To get their funding, those centers are all required to send in a copious amount of information every year.

“The government crunches those numbers, and then in the summer, they come out and say these are the health centers that, out of the 1,400 nationwide, have done the best,” explained FHCHC CEO Dr. Suzanne Lagarde.

This summer, the center was recognized as being in the top 10 percentile for being a quality leader, and the top two percent in handling of behavioral health by the Health Resources & Services Administration.

The organization began in 1971, seeing just

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Community crisis mental health programs help keep people out of emergency rooms

SPRINGFIELD — Community crisis service programs can often help individuals struggling with a psychiatric emergency if no medical issue is involved.

“The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is working with providers like BHN to develop more community support and programs so fewer people will need inpatient level of care,” said Steve Winn, president and CEO of Behavioral Health Network.

That’s a priority at a time when many patients are forced to wait hours or days in a hospital emergency room before being admitted for inpatient psychiatric care. The phenomenon is called ER boarding, and health care professionals say it has gotten worse during the coronavirus pandemic and with the loss of psychiatric care beds in the region.

Winn said Behavioral Health Network recently opened a nine-bed “enhanced crisis stabilization unit” in Springfield.

“This helps keep people out of the ER or take people out of the ER who,

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We must focus on the LGBT+ community this World Mental Health Day

* Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

World Mental Health Day is all too relevant for LGBT+ people who remain among the most discriminated, hated and persecuted people in the world

Jessica Stern is executive director of OutRight Action International.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day – a day for raising awareness and breaking social stigma surrounding mental health issues, which are all too often swept under the rug. It is a day that is all too relevant for LGBT+ people who remain among the most discriminated, hated and persecuted populations in the world. In this context it is no wonder that mental health issues plague LGBT+ people around the world, while discriminatory attitudes lead to a lack of access to affirmative care. On top of that, too many LGBT+ people are subjected to “conversion therapy” practices

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Health fair, virtual support groups, and more health news | Crescent City community news

HEALTH FAIR: The New Orleans chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will hold a health fair from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at A.L. Davis Park, 2600 LaSalle St., New Orleans. The fair will feature free health screenings, information about Medicaid and Medicare, and information about local health-related resources. In partnership with The Debt Collective, there will also be a medical debt clinic where anyone with medical debt can speak to a debt expert, for free, without an appointment. Participants will be able to learn about their rights as a debtor, to dispute their debts and to connect with other people facing similar situations.

NAMI NEW ORLEANS: Virtual support groups sponsored by the New Orleans affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness include: 

  • NAMI Family Support Group: A Zoom gathering for adult loved ones of people living with mental illness is from 6:30 p.m. to 8
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Brazil’s community health workers could play a key role in combating COVID-19

Brazil has more than 286,000 community health workers integrated into the national primary healthcare program. These professionals form a broad network serving 75% of the population, especially low-income families who lack medical insurance and are the most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Back in March, researchers at Imperial College London noted Brazil’s network of community health workers as a valuable asset that could assure an effective response to the pandemic. According to the article, the service they provide sets an example to be followed by other countries. But the response was not effective, there was no national plan, and the service provided by community health workers wasn’t considered essential to control the disease until July.

They weren’t even considered health professionals and so weren’t given personal protective equipment [PPE], just to take one example,” said Gabriela Lotta, a professor at Getúlio

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