Integrated Care DC August 2023 Newsletter

National Health Center Week | August 6 – 12

This week is National Health Center Week (NHCW), an annual celebration led by the National Association of Community Health Centers to raise awareness of the work, mission, and accomplishments of America’s 1,400 health centers.

In the District of Columbia, nine community health centers, including eight Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and one FQHC Look-Alike, operate more than 60 service delivery sites across the city’s eight wards (see health center profiles). They provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care services to approximately 200,000 DC-area residents each year. More than half of the patients DC’s FQHCs serve are enrolled in Medicaid or in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

NHCW is an opportunity to highlight the commitment and passion of community health center staff, board members, and supporters to serving the DC community. Integrated Care DC is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of five local FQHCs—Bread for the City, La Clínica del Pueblo, Mary’s Center, Unity Health Care, and Whitman-Walker Health—that are engaged in practice coaching to enhance their delivery of integrated physical and behavioral health services.

During NHCW, Medicaid Business Transformation DC is also launching with a series of interactive events on prepping for value and value-based payment, including several sessions tailored for FQHCs. Dates and registration links are available below.

Upcoming Webinars

Medicaid Business Transformation DC is a DC Department of Health Care Finance technical assistance initiative for District health care providers who serve Medicaid members. Technical assistance content is driven by results from a market analysis and stakeholder engagement process. Health Management Associates’ subject matter experts will deliver virtual, interactive group learning events outlined in the calendar below:

Value-Based Payment Foundations (All Providers)

Behavioral Health

Federally Qualified Health Centers


Other Webinars:

Thurs., Aug 17 | 12 – 1:00 p.m. – CRISP DC – Consent Tool
If you missed any of our live webinars, you can still catch up by watching recordings on-demand in the Learning Library.

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August 31 is International Opioid Awareness Day

August 31st marks International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), a day to remember those lost to overdose, acknowledge the grief of family and friends left behind and renew our commitment to end overdose. IOAD raises awareness of the devastating impact of overdose, which remains one of the most critical public health crises worldwide. Moreover, IOAD sparks action and dialogue surrounding evidence-based overdose prevention strategies and drug policies.

Last August, the Bowser administration took a proactive stance by promoting free life-saving resources and launching a new public education campaign called “This Time, It’s Different.” This initiative, part of LIVE.LONG.DC. 2.0, the District’s strategic plan to combat opioid abuse disorder and reduce misuse, aims to encourage treatment and support sustained recovery for individuals struggling with opioid addiction.

To learn more about upcoming plans in the District later this month, we encourage you to visit the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s website.

Learning Library

Managed Care Workshop:

Context and Foundational Elements of Managed Care for Behavioral Health

In this engaging one-hour video from the Integrated Care DC Managed Care Readiness Workshop, expert Josh Rubin of Health Management Associates provides invaluable insights into the fundamental aspects of managed care and the essential concepts and strategies that will shape the future of behavioral health in an integrated care setting. To enhance your learning experience, we encourage you to download the companion slides for this presentation. Visit our Managed Care Readiness Workshop webpage for more presentations.

Harm Reduction Series

Part 1: Harm Reduction Basics and Lessons From the Field
Part 2: Strategies to Save A Life & How To Use Them In Integrated Care Settings
Part 3: Fentanyl: Is it Different From Other Opioids?

Consent to Share Substance Use Disorder Information Series

Part 1: The Basics
Part 2: A Provider’s Experience
Part 3: Office Hours

Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Learning Series

Watch on-demand all previous PCBH Learning Series

More Resources

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The DC Health Information Exchange Policy Board currently has two (2) open positions for public members. You can submit applications through the DC Mayor’s Office of Talents and Appointments’ website. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Did you know all DC residents with Medicaid, Alliance, or the Immigrant Children’s Program must start renewing their coverage again? The Medicaid Renewal Stakeholder Communications Toolkit includes downloadable fliers in multiple languages to share with your patients. DC residents can also attend the My City, My Plan. 2023 Summer Health Series and get assistance with renewing their Medicaid health insurance coverage. For more information, please visit the Medicaid Renewal website.

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