Resources

The Community Guide

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help identify programs and policies that will be effective in improving health and preventing disease in your community. The Guide uses systematic reviews to address what policies and programs have been proven effective; what the costs are to such programs; and what is the likely return on investment. The Guide can help you determine what programs will be effective in your organization.
 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Program
The Effective Health Care Program, EHCP at that Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ, is a valuable resource for the latest research comparing testing and treatment for a variety of health conditions. Free continuing education modules are available, as well as patient information explaining treatments for  a variety of conditions such as hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis, and depression. 
 
ECRI Institute 

The ECRI Institute offers numerous policy templates that can be used as guidance consistent with the needs of community health centers. To take a look at their library of policy templates, click HERE.

If you are not an ECRI member, creating a free account before accessing these materials is required. ECRI Institute resources are provided for free on behalf of HRSA.

To Access Policies: 
  • From the main page, click on the clinical risk management link on the left hand side of the page

  • Click sample policies and tools listed under tool-kits on left side of page

Click on the + sign to access individual templates.
 

Rural Health Information Hub

If you're looking for information, opportunities, and resources on rural health, this is a comprehensive and easy to navigate website.
 
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. RHIhub is  committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.
 
The RHIhub is your guide to improving health for rural residents—the website provides access to current and reliable resources and tools to help you learn about rural health needs and work to address them.


SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.

TRAININGS
The WVPCA offers trainings covering a variety of clinical topics to help our member health centers provide evidence based patient-centered health care. Check our Trainings/Events tab for a list of upcoming WVPCA workshops and webinars. In addition, we recommend the following sources for excellent online continuing education on a variety of topics.
 
Past and current educational programming centered in Clinical best practices is:

Black Lung Continuing Medical Education

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have developed a new training program for 413(b) providers who perform black lung evaluations and others who may be interested in learning about coal mine dust lung disease. Entitled Black Lung Disability Evaluation and Claims Training for Medical Examiners, it represents a 'first-of-its-kind' opportunity for DOL disability evaluation providers (and others who may simply be interested in learning more) to take free, formal, online training specifically related to conducting disability evaluations for the DOL program, while earning continuing medical education (CME) credits.

This training is being developed as a set of 4 modules:
  • Spectrum of Disease of Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease (CMDLD)

  • Diagnosis of CMDLD

  • Measuring Respiratory Impairment and Digital Chest Imaging

  • Evaluating Causation and Disability

To access the currently available modules, click here. The remaining modules and a module for claims staff will be available soon. Free registration required.

This training has been approved by the UIC College of Medicine for CME credit of 1 hour per module. Each module contains a post-completion assessment that will become available after the module has been completed. After passing all of the assessments and retrieving a certificate of completion, physicians will receive a total of 4 Category 1 American Medical Association (AMA) CME credits for the course. AMA credits will only be issued after the completion of all four modules.
 
Smiles for Life*
Smiles for Life is an oral health curriculum for primary care providers that provides educational resources for clinicians to promote integration of oral health and primary care:
 
*Clark MB, Douglass AB, Maier R, Deutchman M, Douglass JM, Gonsalves W, Silk H, Tysinger JW, Wrightson AS, Quinonez R. Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum. 3rd Edition. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. 2010[JB1] .
 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Program
The Effective Health Care Program, EHCP at that Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ, is a valuable resource for the latest research comparing testing and treatment for a variety of health conditions. Free continuing education modules are available, as well as patient information explaining treatments for  a variety of conditions such as hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis, and depression.

Colorectal Cancer Screening
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is pleased to make available two new CDC-sponsored continuing education courses for health care providers: Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality

One version is intended for primary care providers, and the other is intended for clinicians who perform colonoscopies. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals.

Colorectal cancer screening can save lives, but well-documented problems with screening implementation in clinical practice can reduce its effectiveness. These courses provide guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement screening to help ensure that patients receive maximum benefit. The courses were developed by a group of nationally recognized experts in colorectal cancer screening, including primary care clinicians, gastroenterologist, and leaders in public health programs and research.

The courses can be accessed free of charge at: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/quality/
 
Helping Your Provider Understand Military Culture
The Veterans Choice Program is making it easier for thousands of Veterans to receive their health care from providers outside of the VA system. Many community providers are not trained or experience in treating this unique Veteran patient community.
 
To make it easier for health care professionals to understand Veterans and their military experience, VA and the Department of Defense have developed a free online continuing education course, Military Culture: Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals. The course is aimed at helping providers to better serve Veterans and Service-members by increasing their knowledge and awareness of military culture and experiences.
 
The eight-hour online course covers a variety of topics through interactive features, video vignettes, case examples and treatment planning scenarios. There are four modules and each offers two hours of free continuing education credits. The modules include topics such a military organization and roles, strategies and recourse, and treatment recourse and tools. Each of the modules within the course was developed using research, surveys, and extensive interviews with Service members and Veterans.
 
This free course is being offered to community health care providers nationwide through the Veterans Health Administration's TRAIN website.
 
For more information about the course, click here.

HIV/AIDS Information and Training
The West Virginia Regional Partner of the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center can come to your Community Health Center and provide education on signs and symptoms of acute HIV infection, implementation of testing for HIV infection and prevention methods to be discussed with those patients at risk.  Our training programs are delivered at your site and at the most convenient time for staff attendance. There will never be a cost to your organization, we provide CME, nursing, social work and pharmacy credits and we also offer trainings in different areas of West Virginia for a nominal fee. The trainings are delivered by Jeannette Southerly, who is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse. You may link to the website here, which promotes educational opportunities within the region as well as the state. 

You may also contact:
Jeannette Southerly, RN ACRN 304-293-3305 or jsoutherly@hsc.wvu.edu
West Virginia Regional Partner of the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center