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The QI Chat Room podcast brings together health centers, county and federal agencies, and more to the table to talk all things QI.

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The QI Chat Room podcast brings together health centers, county and federal agencies, and more to the table to talk all things QI.

    Episode 9: Healthcare and The 2020 Census

    Episode 9: Healthcare and The 2020 Census

    This episode features Bethany Snyder, Redwood Community Health Coalition's (RCHC) Advocacy Consultant, and Darlene Rios Drapkin, a Partnership Specialist at US Census Bureau. Our guests will talk about the upcoming 2020 Census.



    April 1 is Census Day! Every ten years the U.S. government conducts a census to count every resident in the US. It is a huge undertaking that greatly impacts the health care sector. Census data guides the distribution of more than $115 billion in federal funds to California each year. Redwood Community Health Coalition health centers serve over 230,500 patients each year, which amounts to millions of dollars in needed funding over the next 10 years. Our guests will discuss what you need to know about the census, how to reply, and how you and your health centers can ensure your patients, staff, and community get counted.



    RCHC has added information about the census, including outreach efforts, materials, and a short video explaining the census to our website. To access this information go to www.rchc.net and click on the census banner located on the home landing page, or click here.



    RCHC is working within our four county region to make connections and find resources to share with health centers. As RCHC collects additional resources and information, we will add these to our RCHC census webpage.

    • 28 min
    Episode 8: Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices

    Episode 8: Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices

    This episode features Michael Edwards the director of quality and training at the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi. He will talk about colorectal cancer screening best practices and what his health centers have done to improve their screening rates.

    • 16 min
    Episode 7: Nutrition Counseling for Providers

    Episode 7: Nutrition Counseling for Providers

    This episode features Trina Higgins, a Registered Dietitian from the Northern California Center for Well-Being. A Registered Dietitian, or RD, is someone who is licensed to counsel patients on their dietary habits. To become a dietitian, one must obtain a four year degree with many specific dietetic course requirements, complete a dietetic internship, and pass a rigorous exam. More information on requirements can be found here. By 2024 it will be required that one earn a Master's Degree to be eligible to take the exam. In other words, there’s a lot of nutrition knowledge and expertise behind the title.



    While some health centers have an RD on staff, many do not. Those that do are often limited in how many patients that RD can fit into their schedule. We’ll save the issues around reimbursements for dietitians for another episode.



    Trina joined us to talk about nutrition counseling techniques for health care providers. This topic was requested by Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) member health center providers. In general providers don’t receive much nutrition education and training in school, so we agree that some basic nutrition counseling techniques could help.



    Resources from Trina:



    The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's public-access website includes evidence-based nutrition information for providers who'd like basic nutrition education for themselves. The site includes information that applies to the general population, including their “Healthy Eating Plate” and other guidelines.

    American Association of Diabetes Educators and NovoNordisk Cornerstones4Care are resources geared toward diabetes management.

    • 54 min
    Episode 6: PHASE for Care Teams

    Episode 6: PHASE for Care Teams

    This episode features Jessicca Moore, director of innovations at Petaluma Health Center who will talk about the PHASE program. PHASE stands for Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Every Day which is an evidence-based approach that first helped Kaiser Permanente reduce heart disease morbidity by 60 percent among its members. Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) has participated in the PHASE program since 2011 with funding from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits Program and The Kaiser Foundation Hospital Fund for Community Benefit Programs at the East Bay Community Foundation. In 2020 RCHC will participate in an additional round of PHASE, with a new focus on health equity. RCHC participating health centers will measure and report on rates of A1c control among uninsured patients with diabetes. More information on the program can be found on RCHC’s PHASE webpage. During this episode Jessicca will talk about how PHASE can be implemented as a care team and what roles members of the care team have to play.

    • 22 min
    Episode 5: PHASE for QI Leads

    Episode 5: PHASE for QI Leads

    This episode features Jessicca Moore, director of innovations at Petaluma Health Center who will talk about the PHASE program. PHASE stands for Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Every Day which is an evidence-based approach that first helped Kaiser Permanente reduce heart disease morbidity by 60 percent among its members. Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) has participated in the PHASE program since 2011 with funding from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits Program and The Kaiser Foundation Hospital Fund for Community Benefit Programs at the East Bay Community Foundation. In 2020 RCHC will participate in an additional round of PHASE, with a new focus on health equity. RCHC participating health centers will measure and report on rates of A1c control among uninsured patients with diabetes. More information on the program can be found on RCHC’s PHASE webpage.

    • 27 min
    Episode 4: HIV Testing and PrEP Management

    Episode 4: HIV Testing and PrEP Management

    This episode features Danny Toub from Santa Rosa Community Health in Sonoma County CA, who will talk about their recently documented promising practice titled “HIV Testing Program and PrEP Management”.

    • 30 min

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