News & Updates

New Toolkit from AHRQ Can Help Determine the Best Location for Everything from Isolation Rooms to Sinks

A new safety risk assessment toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) can help organizations design new or renovated facility environments that “support workflow, procedures, and capability while keeping patients and staff safe from harm.” The toolkit targets six areas of safety—infections, falls, medication errors, security, behavioral health, and patient handling—that are required by the Facility Guidelines Institute. It also addresses more than 200 potential environment considerations to take into account while constructing a building environment. AHRQ said the toolkit can also function as a quality check tool to prioritize risk and look for potential budgetary issues. An example of how the toolkit could be used, AHRQ said, is to help a design team examine staff workflow, patient treatment protocols, and room location when deciding where to place isolation rooms or sinks.

Engaging Patients and Families to Improve Patient Safety in Primary Care

The Guide to Improving Patient Safety by Engaging Patients and Families in Primary Care is a compilation of evidence-based best practices for improving patient safety through patient, family, and caregiver engagement. This comprehensive guide provides primary care practices with four strategies they can adopt to improve patient safety. The strategies have pair-tools for clinicians, practice staff, and patients and their families. A practice may choose to adopt one or all the strategies, which include: Teach-Back, Be Prepared to Be Engaged, Medication Management, and Warm Handoff. To learn more on these strategies and to access the guide, click here

Revision on Use of Hormonal Contraception Among Women at High Risk of HIV

Based on new scientific evidence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) is revising its recommendations on the use of hormonal contraceptives among women at high risk for HIV.  It includes progestin-only injectable users. The CDC has updated it from a US MEC Category 1 (no restrictions) to Category 2 (benefits outweigh theoretical or proven risks) medication.  You can read the full report and learn more about US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (US MEC) and get downloads and other resources.  Continuing education is available for this report

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has published“Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride for Dental Caries Management in Children and Adolescents, Including Those with Special Health Care Needs.”
This manuscript presents evidence-based guidance on the use of 38 percent silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for dental caries management in children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.  A guideline workgroup formed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry developed guidance and an evidence-based recommendation regarding the application of 38 percent SDF to arrest caveated caries lesions in primary teeth.

Annual Flu Season Resources
The CDC’s 2017-2018 FIGHT FLU Digital Campaign Toolkit is now available! This reference contains print-ready materials, messages to share via newsletters and social media, and Web resources. The toolkit content targets the general public, patients, and providers. Flu can be a serious illness for even healthy people—make vaccination recommendations to your patients today!

AMA Article on Value of Free Clinics

The July 26, 2017 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association includes an article entitled “Half-century After “Summer of Love,” Free Clinics Still Play Vital Role” which describes the development of the first free clinic in 1967 in San Francisco and how, despite the efforts of the Affordable Care Act, the free clinic model is still a much needed part of our nation’s health care safety net.

Rubin, free clinics, JAMA, 2017

Expanding Oral Health Access in PA Using the Free Clinic Model

July 2017

The Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania, together with the PA Coalition for Oral Health, would like to invite staff, volunteers and Board members from free and charitable clinics operating in PA to a statewide collaboration to recognize the importance of oral health services delivered through PA’s free and charitable clinic networks and to explore avenues for expanding oral health access in PA using these health care models.  The meeting will be held

Friday, September 22, 2017
9:30AM – 3:00PM

Toftrees Golf Resort, 1 Country Club Lane, State College, PA

Use this link to register and view the agenda:

Lodging is available at a special rate of $79+tax at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1221 East College Avenue in State College. Call 814-272-1221 to make a reservation.

For more information contact Margaret Rivello at 610-350-8122 or at


Help Available to Support Successful Pain & Addiction Treatment

July 2017

Weitzman Institute programs provide primary care medical practices across the country with ways to provide better pain and addiction treatment. They offer a comprehensive pain support package, comprised of PainNET, Weitzman ECHO Pain and ECHO Buprenorphine, and the Community e-Consult Network (CeCN). PainNET is an online learning community where providers can join discussions, review pain resources, and learn about alternative pain care. Weitzman ECHO Pain and ECHO Buprenorphine are telehealth programs where primary care and behavioral health providers learn from specialists and other clinicians through case presentations and didactics as well as mentoring on complex cases and organizational support through all stages of medication assisted treatment (MAT) program development.  CeCN eConsults Direct is a secure platform where providers can submit a clinical question to a board-certified specialist in the areas of pain or addiction.  To learn more, visit the Weitzman Institute website

USPSTF Recommendation Child and Adolescent Obesity Screening

July 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final recommendation statement on screening for obesity in children and adolescents. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents age six years and older and offer to refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – Health Equity Award

July 2017

The RWJF Award for Health Equity is being presented by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) and celebrates health practitioners who excel in building a “Culture of Health and achieving health equity” in communities across the country. The NAFC advances the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) vision for building a “Culture of Health” by eliminating barriers to high quality health care for those the medically underserved in the United States. Any health care practitioner (i.e., physician, physician’s assistant, nurse, nurse practitioner, case manager, etc.) at a NAFC member organization can be nominated by a peer or a clinic Board member for their work in improving outcomes under one of four focus areas:

  • Increasing Patient Visit Capacity
  • Better Chronic Disease Outcomes
  • Reducing Emergency Room Utilization
  • Improved Patient Compliance
  • Established collaborative health & wellness program in addition to primary care
  • Successful telehealth or mobile health program

A maximum of one (1) Nominee (individual or team of two individuals) will receive a $3,000 prize (“Winner”). The Prize is unrestricted; it may be used in any way determined by the recipient. The nomination form for this prize is now open, and all nominations are to be submitted by August 11, 2017.

For more information, and to apply – please visit the following link:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the NAFC directly by emailing Ariana Gordillo at or by calling (703) 647-7427.

New Year Begins at FCAP

July 2017

Congratulations to the new FCAP Officers who began their terms on July 1, 2017:

President:          Kelly Ranieli, Volunteers in Medicine, Wilkes Barre

Vice President:   Andrea Mantione, Edward R. Leahy Center Clinic for The Uninsured, Scranton

Secretary:          Brian Kreeger, Katallasso Family Health Center, York

Treasurer:          Cheryl White, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, State College

The Board also wishes to acknowledge and thank Marie Frey from Community Volunteers in Medicine who stepped down from the FCAP Board President role at the end of June after serving two years in that position. Marie will continue as a Board member of FCAP, beginning her second term, but will not be in an officer position.

If you’re interested in getting involved on the FCAP Board or one of its standing committees (Finance/Audit, Conference, Governance, and Legislative), check out the information on our website ( and click on the “About FCAP” tab. There’s a description of each Committee as well as an application for and a document explaining Board Member recruitment and selection.

July 1st also marks the start of FCAP’s new membership year.  You can access a listing of membership benefits and the membership application on the FCAP website.

State Health Profiles on HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis, STDs, TB

July 2017

The updated state health profiles that present an overview of the burden of HIV/AIDs, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB in the United States have been released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).  The profiles present the latest nationally representative data, as well as information about prevention and control programs that the CDC supports nationally and in each state.

In Your Hands: An Introduction to Skin Cancer for Outreach Workers

July 2017

Farmworker Justice’s newest publication, available in Spanish and English, provides basic information about skin cancer and how agricultural workers can protect themselves from sun exposure. Farmworker Justice is a BPHC-funded NCA.

USPSTF Posts Three Final Research Plans Around HIV Screening & Prevention

July 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has posted three final research plans on topics related to HIV screening and prevention: Screening for HIV infection in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adolescents and adults; Screening for HIV infection in pregnant women; and Pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV infection.  The task force reviewed all the public comments on the draft plans and took them into consideration in finalizing the research plans above.

Flu Virus Compositions for 2017-2018

July 2017

The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses.  Research is recommending that the tri-valent (three-component) vaccines contain the A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus. The quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.  To read more information about the upcoming flu season, click here.

PA Coalition for Oral Health Meeting

July 2017

The next PA Coalition for Oral Health Quarterly Meeting is Friday, July 14, 2017, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Pine Barn Inn, 1 Pine Barn Place, Danville, PA 17821. Attendees are also invited to stay from 2:30 – 4:00pm to attend a Community Water Fluoridation CE program.  All health and dental professionals should consider attending to learn more about the science and advocacy topics related to fluoridating community water supplies. RSVP by July 7th by emailing . When registering, please indicate whether you will attend just the PCOH meeting, the Fluoride CE program, or both.  Lunch will be provided.   A detailed agenda will be emailed to participants prior to the meeting.