3RNet, the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, is a nonprofit organization that connects health care facilities in rural or underserved areas and health professionals looking for work. They have representatives or “members” in all fifty states, the Mariana Islands, the Veterans Administration, and the Indian Health Service. Find these representatives, and full details about the organization for both facilities and professionals, at https://www.3rnet.org/. The web pages specific to Networks 16 and 18 states are:
The Office of Rural Health at the Washington Department of Health is subsidizing the 2020 series of introductory 3RNet Academy courses so Washington healthcare facilities can attend for no charge:
- October 6, 2020 – Recruiting for Retention: Using Candidate Motivations to Strategically Market
- October 20, 2020 – Combating Isolation in Rural and Underserved Recruiting
- November 3, 2020 – Compensation Trends for Providers: Balancing Financial and Lifestyle Needs
- November 17, 2020 – Avoiding Burnout through a Managed Scope of Practice
- December 1, 2020 – Recruiting for Team Based Care in Rural and Underserved Communities
- December 15, 2020 – Building Support for Your Recruitment Efforts at the Local Level
Find more information about the 3RNet Academy and courses at https://academy/3rnet.org/why-attend.html and https://academy.3rnet.org/agenda.html. Register at https://academy/3rnet.org/register.html using coupon code 2021WA at checkout. The webinars will be recorded, so registrants can watch them on their own schedule. For questions about 3RNet: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-787-2512. For questions about the Washington program: Faith Johnson at email@example.com or 360-236-2815.
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a September 17, 2020 webinar on Understanding the African American Experience and its Impact on Serious Illness. The webinar will explore authenticity and its role in reducing health inequities for people of color experiencing a serious illness, and how to use empathy and compassion to create more favorable health outcomes for African Americans and others. One CEU is available for nurses and social workers. For full details and registration see below and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-understanding-the-african-american-experience-and-its-impact-on-tickets-118647021435?mc_cid=ffca48bc3b&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31.
Patient & Family Centered Care Partners will present an August 28, 2020 workshop on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workgroup: Setting the Table for Equity. Find details and register at https://pfccpartners.com/workshops/. PFCC Partners also has future workshops planned for September 25, October 23, and November 27.
The HHS Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations will present a webinar in English and Spanish to recognize Minority Donor Awareness Month (see https://www.hrsa.gov/enews/past-issues/2020/august-6/national-minority-donor-awareness-month and https://www.giftofhope.org/nmdam-2020/). The focus this year is on the Latinx community. Both versions are free to attend, but prior registration is required. All who register will receive a link to a recording of the webinar.
For more information, contact HRSAORORegion7@hrsa.gov.
CDC will present two COVID-19 webinars, on diabetes and on healthcare disparities:
America’s Physician Groups will present a July 8, 2020 webinar on The Intersection of Health Inequality and Racism – Where Do We Go Next, featuring U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams and others. Find more information and register at https://www.apg.org/event/webinar-wednesday-dr-jerome-adams-u-s-surgeon-general-to-speak/.
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will hold it’s next free COVID Conversations and Patient-Centered Care webinar May 21, 2020, on the subject of CCCC Decision Aids, Ventilators, CPR, Transfers, And Comfort Care. Find details and register at https://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc.org/no-one-should-die-alone-on-the-street-746012?e=67e1ad4c31.
Upcoming weekly sessions will be announced at https://coalitionccc.org/covid-conversations-education/, and recordings of earlier sessions can be found there. CCCC also provides a COVID Conversations Toolbox at https://coalitionccc.org/covid-conversations-toolbox/, with conversation tools, forms and resources on advance directives and POLST, and links to COVID-19 resources and news updates. They also have a blog post on The Vital Importance of Advance Care Planning Amid COVID-19, which explains the difference between POLST and Advance Directives, and recommends specific actions. Find that at https://coalitionccc.org/2020/04/covid-19-conversation-toolkit/.
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will hold it’s first free COVID Conversations and Patient-Centered Care webinar April 8, 2020, on the subject of Medical Decision Making In The Face Of Serious Illness. Judy Thomas, JD, CEO of CCCC and Karl Steinberg, MD, Medical Director of Hospice by the Sea, will present, and explain the importance of conversations with patients on advance care planning and POLST in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Find more information and register at https://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc.org/no-one-should-die-alone-on-the-street-745848. CCCC also provides a COVID Conversations Toolbox at https://coalitionccc.org/covid-conversations-toolbox/, with conversation tools, forms and resources on advance directives and POLST, and links to COVID-19 resources and news updates. They also have a blog post on The Vital Importance of Advance Care Planning Amid COVID-19, wherein Ms. Thomas explains the difference between POLST and Advance Directives, and recommends specific actions. Find that at https://coalitionccc.org/2020/04/covid-19-conversation-toolkit/. They imply that this is the first of many, but they don’t specify how many or how often.
CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) will hold an April 24, 2019 webinar on Cultural Competence in Preparedness Planning. When a disaster strikes a community, it often affects people of minority cultural backgrounds disproportionately. Cultural competency can help public health communicators reduce this disparity. Find more details and register for the webinar at https://emergency.cdc.gov/epic/learn/webinar_20190424.asp. See https://emergency.cdc.gov/epic/learn/index.asp for recordings of past EPIC webinars.
CMS has commissioned UM-KECC to assemble 10-20 volunteers for a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to formulate a process for periodically resetting ESRD clinical quality Star-Rating criteria so that the Ratings continue to differentiate facility quality of care when treatment-quality trends reduce the variation between facilities. Volunteers will include patients, caregivers, ESRD subject matter experts, methodologists, and specialists working on dialysis QI and healthcare disparities. The TEP will require a one-day in-person meeting in Baltimore in June, plus 3-7 conference calls before and after. Nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2019. The current call for nominations doesn’t mention it, but past TEPs have reimbursed travel expenses. For details and nomination forms, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.html#a0305.