Calendar of Events

Clearing the Confusion @ Lourdes Hospital, East-West Dining Room
May 22 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm
Symposium on Resilience in Celebration of Community Action Month @ Corning Community College - Main Campus
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. presents: Symposium on Resilience In Celebration of Community Action Month

Join us on May 29, 2019, from 9am-4pm at Corning Community College Main Campus at 1 Academic Drive Corning, NY 14830
A key contributor to the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is coming to our area.

Meet our Keynote Speaker and Trainer:
Laura Porter of ACE Interface
For nearly two decades, Laura Porter directed a statewide family-community-state partnership that successfully implemented ACE Study concepts in Washington State. In partnership with over 30 communities and nine Tribes, she developed a model for increasing the capacity of communities to prevent ACEs and their effects. Laura now works with leaders in over 30 states, providing education, facilitation, and empowerment strategies for building Self-Healing Communities.

What You Will Learn:
• A broader understanding of strategies for resilience and self-healing communities
• Insight on the appropriate use of the ACE Questionnaire in service settings
• Ideas for applying this learning in your sphere of influence
• A deeper understanding of NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, Resilience)

SUNY CCC will issue a Certificate of Completion to all participants.

Afternoon breakout sessions will include
• Introductory track: will feature a screening of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.
• Intermediate track: will feature sessions led by Ms. Porter that provide deeper understandings and tools.

Communication & Information/Community and Health Services @ Binghamton University Downtown Center
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

In 2018, New York State became the first state in the country to become part of the AARP Age-Friendly Network. As New York continues to lead the way, the HealthlinkNY Community Network is offering a series of free workshops for local municipalities interested in learning more about becoming an AARP Age-Friendly Community. Through this series, local municipalities and their interested partners will learn more about planning to become an Age-Friendly Community and will hear from other communities and content experts on how to make communities livable for people of all ages.

This session will focus on the Domains of Communication, Information, and Community and Health Services. Participants will learn about strategies to promote effective communication, improve access to information, and create accessible and affordable options for health care. Parking and lunch is provided at no charge to participants.

Plain Language and the Teach Back Method Workshop @ Care Compass Network - Compass Room
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Plain Language and the Teach Back Method
This workshop will cover two strategies for implementing a universal precaution approach to health literacy in your everyday work. There are times when patients can feel like their providers are speaking “medicalese” which can create challenges for them to adhere to preventative and treatment plans. Very often our patients / consumers will not let us know or we miss the “red flags” for low health literacy is impacting their comprehension.

You will learn how to incorporate plain language in all of your written and oral communications without “dumbing it down”. These strategies can be applied to your day to day operations including:
· patient history forms,
· patient portals to your,
· scheduling of appointments
· Oral communication (visits, on the phone)

Plain language strategies can be applied to increase patients’ capacity to understand and make informed health decisions.

The Teach Back Method is a universal precaution strategy to improve communication and comprehension with patients in regard to their health, including treatment plans. This method can be utilized by all staff members and can lead to reduced missed appointment rates, increased medication adherence, and etc.

This workshop is open to all Care Compass Network Partner Organizations.
Registration is required.
Deadline to register is May 20th.

Health Coach Training @ Visiting Nurse Services of Ithaca
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Care Compass Network has partnered with the VNS of Ithaca to provide Health Coach Training to eligible employees of hospital systems and community-based organization who are contracted to participate in the Care Transition (2biv) Project.

A minimum number of 2 attendees is required to hold this training. Registration is required.

Registrants must become active Health Coaches after receiving training.

Who should attend the training?
The Project Champion for each organization is strongly encouraged to attend. Eligible Health Coaches selected by the Project Champion at each organization and who will be preforming the facility visit, the home visits and the three follow-up phone calls.The role of the Health Coach in the CCN Care Transition Intervention Model is to coach Medicaid Members and family caregivers to promote skill-transfer of self-care skills and have caregiver develop skills and confidence in four key areas, known in the CTI project as “pillars.” These are:

    1. Medication self-management
    2. Primary care provider or specialist follow-up
    3. Patient understanding of “red flag” indicators of worsening condition and appropriate next steps
    4. Use of a patient-centered health record that helps guide patients through the care process

Once a patient is referred to a home care agency and/or a community agency for health coaching services, the transition coach visits patient in the hospital to describe the intervention and invite the patient to participate. The visit is followed by a home visit and three follow-up phone calls over a four-week period.

Training Format
VNS of Ithaca, shall perform interactive in-person classroom training sessions for up to 16 participants for an 8-hour training.

What will I learn?
This training opportunity will train individuals in coaching patients build their confidence and competence in the four conceptual areas, or “pillars: medication self-management, use of a patient-centered health record, primary care and specialist follow-up and knowledge of red flags of their condition and how to respond. Lecture will be provided on each of the four pillars. A break out session will follow each section on the pillar affording participants practice time in the skill area.

Who teaches the program?
The program is led by Sue Ellen Stuart, (BSN, MS) CEO of VNS of Ithaca and staff from the VNS of Ithaca.

Breakfast Before Business with Ben Cort about Marijuana 2019: The New Normal @ Canasawacta Country Club
Jun 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

As a follow up to Chenango Health Network’s Substance Use in the Workplace Breakfast Before Business Event that was held in January, they are hosting Ben Cort on June 5, 2019 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am at the Canasawacta County Club. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:45-8:30am with Ben’s program immediately following. This workshop will be beneficial to business leaders, human services professionals, healthcare providers and elected officials along with other professionals with interested in learning more about this topic.

Ben Cort is a nationally known and respected expert on today’s cannabis with a dynamic personality. Being from Colorado, he approaches this often controversial commodity with a straight forward and pragmatic approach. We invite people with diverse opinions and perspectives on the subject of legalized recreational marijuana use in New York State to join us for a conversation with Ben Cort about the public health, treatment, employment, and policy implications of legalized recreational use in New York State. Mr. Cort is nationally recognized speaker on the topic and will bring his experiences in Colorado to the conversation. Ben will speak to the history of marijuana and how commercialization has changed the way cannabis is used and the potency of the cannabis that is available.

TEDxMileHigh – Surprising truths about legalizing cannabis

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training @ Care Compass Network - Compass Room
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm

Risky substance use is a health issue and often goes undetected. SBIRT is an evidence-based approach to identifying patients who use alcohol and other drugs at risky levels with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, disease, accidents and injuries. SBIRT reduces costly healthcare utilization and is reimbursable, billing codes are available in New York State. Clinical and non-clinical providers within the Care Compass Network PPS are invited to register!

Registration is required. This 12-hour training is completed in two days. You only need to register once to be registered for each day of this training.

Attendees must be present both days. At the end of Day 2, participants will be certified to administer SBIRT with the appropriate supervision.

Day 1: Thursday, June 6th from 9:00am to 4:00pm (lunch will be provided)
Day 2: Friday, June 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm (lunch will be provided)

Both days of training will be held at Care Compass Network – 33 Lewis Road, Binghamton, NY 13905.

Why is SBIRT important?

  • SBIRT is effective. More than screening, SBIRT is an effective tool for identifying risk behaviors and providing appropriate intervention
  • By screening for high risk behavior, healthcare providers can use evidence-based brief interventions focusing on health and other consequences, preventing future problems.

How does SBIRT work?

    • SBIRT incorporates screening for all types of substance use with brief, tailored feedback and advice
    • SBIRT can be performed in a variety of settings. Screening does not have to be performed by a physician
    • Simple feedback on risky behavior can be one of the most important influences on patient behavior and change

What are the benefits of SBIRT?

  • Prevent disease, accidents and injuries related to substance use, resulting in better patient outcomes
  • SBIRT reduces costly healthcare utilization
  • SBIRT is reimbursable, billing codes are available in New York State
  • Many payers reimburse for SBIRT services
June PAC Stakeholders Meeting @ Holiday Inn Downtown Binghamton
Jun 14 @ 11:15 am – 1:45 pm

We cordially invite you to attend our quarterly PAC Stakeholders meeting!

During the meeting you will have the opportunity to hear presentations from fellow partner organizations, as well as learn about the key benefits and solutions CCN’s new platforms can provide you and your organization.

Bring your fellow co-workers and join us on June 14th at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton! Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, register today!

Presentations You’ll Hear
Confronting the Opioid Use Crisis in a Community Emergency Department – Arnot Health
Project Update: Improving Measurement of Social Determinants of Health – Rural Health Network of South Central NY
Real World Solutions Through Care Management, Population Health, and Telehealth Platform Implementation – Care Compass Network

Workforce Development and Transition Team Meeting @ Care Compass Network - Compass Room
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mental Health First Aid Training @ Care Compass Network - Compass Room
Jun 19 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

To support and promote a culturally sensitive community and workforce across our PPS, Care Compass Network is proud to offer a FREE Mental Health First Aid Training by MHAST on Wednesday, August 21st, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 pm at Care Compass Network, 33 Lewis Road, Binghamton NY 13905. Please report to The Compass Room.

This evidence based, one-day training is open to the PPS and participants will receive certification valid for 3 years. This training is open to all Care Compass Network partners and registration is required.

A minimum of 6 participants are required to administer this training session.

Lunch will be Provided

Mental Health First Aid – Program Background:
Mental Health First Aid USA was introduced in the United States in 2008 and continues to grow in relevance and popularity. The intent of Mental Health First Aid USA is to provide the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants of MHFA-USA will learn how to assess harm to self and others resulting from mental illness, listen while refraining from judgment, manage an acute mental health crisis, discuss local mental health resources and recommend evidence-based self-help strategies for people living with mental illness.

Agency Background:
Established in 1927, the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Binghamton, New York. Through our affiliation with the New York State and National, Mental Health Associations we are one of 300 Mental Health Associations in operation nationwide. MHAST is the oldest, continuously operating Mental Health Association affiliate in New York State.

MHAST is, and has been for over 85 years, devoted to enhancing the lives of all community residents by improving their mental health and wellness. Our goals are achieved through providing advocacy and educational services, prevention programs, information/resource referrals and community-based support services. In addition, MHAST works to promote mental health and recovery, encourage the empowerment of mental health service consumers, eliminate discrimination, raise public awareness with education, and advocate for equality and opportunity for all.