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Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Immigrant Eligibility and the ACA
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm

This timely webinar will provide an overview of immigrant eligibility polices for health insurance affordability programs under the ACA, take an in-depth look at the Marketplace application process for families that include immigrants, and address unique complexities that arise when families that include immigrants apply for health coverage. For this webinar, we are partnering with national experts who will tailor their material specifically for an Illinois audience.

Presenters:
•       Shelby Gonzales, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
•       Angel Padilla, Health Policy Analyst, National Immigration Law Center
•       Sonya Schwartz, Research Fellow, Georgetown Center for Children and Families

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine how immigration status affects eligibility for Marketplace and Medicaid coverage in Illinois
  • Learn about the legal protections, translation services, and enrollment assistance available to immigrants interested in applying for Marketplace insurance
  • Understand how to help immigrants navigate key steps when applying for Marketplace coverage, including identity verification

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PAST WEBINARS


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Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Staying Covered: ACA Marketplace Renewals

Thursday, October 30, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

 

In the coming weeks, more than 200,000 Illinois residents who have selected and enrolled in qualified health plans through the Marketplace over the past year will have the opportunity to choose their health insurance coverage for 2015. This webinar will explain the renewal process, and discuss the steps Marketplace enrollees should take to ensure that they have access to the right amount of financial assistance, and reenroll with their current health plan or pick a different insurance plan that best fits their needs for next year.  Ashley Blackburn, policy analyst for the State Consumer Health Advocacy Program at Community Catalyst, will be presenting and answering questions.

Learning Objectives:
•Understand how eligibility redeterminations will affect enrollees and why it is important for them to return to the Marketplace to ensure that they receive the correct financial assistance amounts for 2015

•Learn about the reenrollment process for individuals who do not take action to change their plan for 2015 and what happens if an insurer no longer offers an enrollee’s plan for reenrollment    

•Notices, notices, notices!  Understand what they mean so that you can help consumers get the financial assistance and coverage they deserve


Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Employer-Sponsored Health Care Coverage and the ACA
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
2:00-3:30 pm

Approximately half of all Americans receive health insurance coverage for themselves and family members as a benefit offered by their employer. The Affordable Care Act includes several provisions to ensure that employees continue to have access to affordable and comprehensive coverage through their work. This webinar will address the new requirements and opportunities for employers under health reform, as well as provide employees with tools to understand and assess their health insurance options.

Susan Nash, a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and national expert on employee benefits and compensation law, will be presenting. Ms. Nash will be joined by Stephanie Altman, Assistant Director of Health Care Justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Employer Mandate (also called the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision) and what it means for businesses and their employees.
  • Learn what information and resources employees may want to consider as they evaluate health insurance coverage offered by their employer.
  • Determine if a small business qualifies for financial assistance to help lower the cost of their employees’ monthly premiums.

 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Navigating the Transition to Medicaid Managed Care
September 4
2:00-3:00 pm


Due to state law, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is in the process of transitioning 50 percent of the state’s Medicaid clients into managed care health plans by 2015.  While Illinois’ move to managed care is not a direct result of the ACA, many who have recently enrolled in Medicaid coverage will be among those required by the state to select and enroll in a managed care health plan over the next several months.

This webinar will address questions and challenges that emerge when assisting individuals and families who are required to transition from traditional fee-for-service Medicaid to managed care health plans. Nadeen Israel, Project Manager of Health Policy at the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, will be presenting and answering questions.

Learning Objectives:

•Understand the basics of a managed care delivery system and how it compares to traditional fee-for-service Medicaid

•Learn who is required to transition from traditional Medicaid and the timeline for those individuals to select and enroll in a managed care health plan

•Become aware of resources available to help consumers understand this process, make informed health care decisions, and avoid lapses in continuity of care


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Divorce, Custody, Child Support and the ACA

August 6, 2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how divorce, custody, stepparents, and child support affect eligibility for Medicaid and Marketplace insurance (e.g. if a child is claimed as a tax dependent by her father but lives with her mother, how does that affect both the child and the mother’s eligibility for Medicaid?)
  • Learn how to improve the continuity of care for children with separated or divorced parents
  • Recognize the appropriate instances to refer clients to a family law professional

Connecting Communities to Coverage: 
The Affordable Care Act and Immunizations Webinar
Tuesday, August 5
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the effect of the ACA on access to insurance and care, including immunizations
  • Participants will understand how to support uninsured or underinsured families seeking insurance
  • Participants will be updated on the implementation of the law in Illinois

 


Don’t Let Hep B Win: Understanding Hepatitis B Webinar

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Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Working with Justice-Involved Populations
Thursday May 22, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the latest in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will address opportunities, challenges, and resources for assisting justice-involved populations enrolling in health coverage and accessing care. We are pleased to welcome special guest presenters, Maureen McDonnell, Director for Business and Health Care Strategy Development for Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), Inc; and Jennie Sutcliffe, Policy Analyst for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace in the Office of Governor Pat Quinn.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand Medicaid and Marketplace enrollment policies for each step of the criminal justice process (e.g. upon arrest, pre-trial out-on-bond, pre-trial in jail, post sentencing, in prison, on parole, etc.)
  • Learn about resources and other tools to assist in working with justice-involved population
  • Recognize the unique healthcare needs of the justice-involved population

National Infant Immunization Week Webinar:
Infant Immunizations and How to Address Parent Concerns

April 28, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Panelist: Dr. Marealita Pierce, Pierce Pediatrics Associates, Chicago, IL

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to celebrate the critical role vaccinations play in protecting the health of our children, families, and communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is April 26 – May 3, 2014.

Objectives of the webinar:

  • Describe the importance of vaccines for children age 0-3
  • Provide useful suggestions and strategies to use when speaking to parents
  • Increase attendees knowledge of childhood vaccines

Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, health care professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community!


 

The Affordable Care Act Post Enrollment: How Will the ACA Affect the Health Care Workforce
April 10, 2014


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Alternative Benefit Plan & Care Coordination
March 25, 2014
2:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the latest in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the Medicaid Alternative Benefits Plan and Medicaid’s Care Coordination  program so webinar participants may feel better prepared to assist clients in this time of transition.  

For this webinar, we welcome special guest speakers from Healthcare & Family Services (HFS) Gabriela Moroney and Amy Harris. Gabriela will review who qualifies for and what is in the Alternative Benefit Plan Package. Amy will provide information on client enrollment into care coordination as well as solutions for commonly asked questions.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand who qualifies for and what is in the Alternative Benefit Plan Package
• Learn about the transition to care coordination, including enrollment information being mailed to consumers, and how to support clients during and after plan selection
• Get updates on the Affordable Care Act and implementation in Illinois


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Tour a New Tool to Help Illinois Consumers
March 11, 2014
1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

We are excited to have Robert Ellis and Robert Krughoff, the developers of HealthPlanRatings.org. They will provide a tour and answer questions about their free tool designed specifically for Illinois Marketplace consumers. This website shows the Estimated Yearly Cost for Someone Like You, Your Risk of High Costs, Doctors Available in Plans and Quality of the plans – all in one place so it’s easy to compare. Don’t miss it!


Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Tips and Tricks for Collecting and Telling ACA Success Stories
February 19, 2014
1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the latest in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The purpose of this webinar is to help Navigators and other stakeholders better identify compelling success stories which can be used to highlight the benefits of the ACA in their community and to advocate for system and policy improvements.

For this webinar, we welcome special guest speakers Jaymie Gustafson, Director of Spitfire Strategies, and Nellie Sires, Organizing for America. Jaymie will share best practices on outreach and enrollment and provide resources which will help organizations better identify, collect, and share stories. Nellie will share her own success story, as the leader of an impressive story collection campaign which is highlighting the experiences of real Illinoisans. 

Learning Objectives:
•Understand the role that storytelling plays in promoting and improving the ACA
•Learn best practices for collecting and telling compelling stories
•Hear about an effective story collection campaign
•Get updates on the Affordable Care Act and implementation in Illinois


An Overview of the Affordable Care Act
How Illinois Nurses can Educate and Guide Patients, Family, & Friends About Provisions of the Law
February 13, 2014



Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Navigating the Marketplace & Health Plan Selection
January 29, 2014
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the next in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will help answer your questions about the enrollment processes and plans on Get Covered Illinois and Healthcare.gov – the portals to the private health insurance marketplace in Illinois. We welcome Michele Thornton, Health Insurance Consultant, as our guest presenter. Ms. Thornton is a Marketplace registered broker, DePaul University professor and member of the University of Illinois at Chicago Navigator training team.





Advocacy Day 2014- What you need to know!

January 17, 2014
3:00-4:00 pm
Download a recording of the webinar.


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar:
The ACA & Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE)

November 21, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the latest in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Earlier this month, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services facilitated an introductory ABE webinar which provides an overview of the system  for Community Partners. This webinar is available here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK_qS6zTXFc)

On November 21, Starting Strong Illinois will host our twentieth webinar, which will provide additional detail about the ABE enrollment process and answer your lingering questions and concerns.

Learning Objectives:

•Build on the basic information presented in HFS’s ABE webinar by walking through two enrollment scenarios
•Gain an understanding of how and which ABE enrollees will choose care coordination entities
•Gain an understanding of who should enroll in CountyCare and who should enroll in ABE prior to January 1, 2014
•Gain and understanding of the long term vision for ABE and the Integrated Eligibility System (IES)



Starting Strong for Community Health!
Webinar: Connecting the Unbanked to Coverage

October 28, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Starting Strong Illinois and the Illinois Asset Building Group invite you to the latest in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will explain the unique barriers to health insurance that exist for the unbanked in Illinois and what options exist for assisting this population as they seek to get covered.   Presenters include Nadeen Israel, Policy Associate with Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, and Lucy Mullany, Coordinator of the Illinois Asset Building Group and Policy Associate with Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights.


Learning Objectives:

•Understand why people are unbanked and the unique challenges they face.
•Explore the payment methods available for people paying for their health insurance premium on the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace
•Learn about resources to help residents become banked


 

CAIC Webinar: "Corporate Wellness: Give On-Site Immunizations a Shot"
September 26, 2013
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Presenter: Doreen Minnice, RN, BSN, Director of Corporate/Community Wellness Programs at Respiratory Health Association

The Chicago Area Immunization Campaign, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, is encouraging employers to offer worksite vaccinations. If you’re not one of them, consider giving it a try.   Worksite wellness programs that include on-site immunizations can help maintain healthy employees. This webinar will provide:

  • Information about the benefits of on-site flu clinics
  • Steps on how to easily provide immunizations for employees at your workplace
  • Information about the importance of flu immunizations

 

Starting Strong for Community Health Webinar
7 Days to Enrollment: What do we do now?
September 24, 2013 | 2:00  -  3:00 p.m.

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the seventeenth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar, hosted exactly one week before the new health insurance marketplace opens, will answer all of your questions about what to expect on October 1, offer resources to kick off or begin planning outreach and enrollment campaigns, and highlight new partners in Illinois—Young Invincibles and Enroll America.  


Learning Objectives:

•Receive updates on the development of the Marketplace in Illinois;
•Gain access to resources for launching an outreach and enrollment campaign;
•Hear from new partners in Illinois, Young Invincibles and Enroll America.

 


 

Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act
Presented By: Lorie Chaiten and Khadine Bennett, ACLU
August 5, 2013

 

For over 30 years, a series of ACLU lawsuits and injunctions have protected Illinois teens from state-compelled parental involvement in a teen’s abortion decision.  Unfortunately, on July 17, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act, and on August 15, the law will go into effect. Please join ACLU of Illinois attorneys, Lorie Chaiten and Khadine Bennett, to learn more about the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act and what it means for pregnant youth under 18. The webinar will include: an explanation of the Parental Notice Act’s requirements and exceptions; information on resources available to teens, providers, and youth-serving agencies; and a description of the Judicial Bypass Coordination Project, which will connect pregnant minors seeking judicial waiver of the notification requirement with a volunteer attorney who will represent her throughout her bypass proceedings.


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Small Businesses and Health Reform

July 25, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Presenter: Ben Conley, Attorney and Employee Benefits Specialist, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the sixteenth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will highlight those provisions of the law affecting small businesses and discuss the important role that small businesses play in educating communities on this law.  


Learning Objectives:
  • •Learn about the supports available to small businesses offering coverage to their employees;
    •Understand which businesses are required to provide coverage to their employees;
    •Get updates on ACA implementation in Illinois.

 


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
The Role of Free and Charitable Clinics in 2014 and Beyond

June 25, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Presenter: Tina Sacks, PhD, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the fourteenth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will discuss the future of health care safety net providers, specifically free and charitable clinics, in the changing landscape.  


Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the implications of the ACA on the free and charitable clinic sector;
  • Explore how the ACA will impact free and charitable clinic patients;
  • Understand how the ACA will affect other health care safety net providers;
  • Get updates on ACA implementation in Illinois.
  • Download the presentation.
  • Download a recording of the webinar.


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Connecting Consumers to Coverage: Navigators, In Person Assisters, and Certified Application Counselors

May 21, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Jenny Sullivan, Enroll America

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the thirteenth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will include an overview of the three major consumer assistance programs, including the Request for Proposal currently available from federal and state agencies.


Learning Objectives:
•Gain insight and ask questions about the federal and state consumer assistance funding opportunities;
•Hear from Enroll America about the critical role that community based organizations can play in connecting communities to coverage;
•Receive updates on ACA implementation efforts.


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Land of Lincoln Health: Illinois' Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan
April 23, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Jason Montrie, Vice President of Network and Channel Development from Land of Lincoln Health, Inc.


Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the twelfth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will include an overview of Illinois’ Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), run by Land of Lincoln Health, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

•Learn more about Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) and how they differ from traditional private insurance plans;
•Hear from staff from Land of Lincoln Health, Inc. about coverage areas, benefits, and other plan details;
•Receive updates on ACA implementation efforts.


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Preparing for October 2013 and Beyond: Best Practices for Outreach & Enrollment
March 26, 2013 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates
Brian Gorman, Director of Outreach and Consumer Education, Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace in the Office of the Governor


Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the eleventh in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will share best practices on outreach and enrollment in All Kids and other public benefits program.  

Learning Objectives:

•Learn about past successes in outreach and enrollment with the KidCare and All Kids health insurance programs;
•Find out what you can do now and in the next few months to prepare for outreach and enrollment for those newly eligible for affordable insurance;
•Receive updates from the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace team.


 

School Based Health Centers as Patient Centered Medical Homes: Readiness Evaluation and Understanding the Process Webinar
March 14, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Dian Traisci- Marandola APRN, MSN,MPH, a pediatric nurse practitioner has specialized in developing public health programs for underserved, underinsured children, often with a focus on school based services:  as a school nurse working with SBHC, as a school health services director, in the development and implementation of an interoperable E H R for health offices, as an elected official seeking to establish an SBHC, she has overseen the operations of school based primary care programs with utilization of a medical mobile clinic to deliver comprehensive services. Dian  is an advisor to Silliman University School of Nursing in the Phillipines as they achieve “revitalization of primary care efforts”.  Currently Dian is facilitator for primary care practices seeking recognition by NCQA as patient centered medical homes.  Dian joins this Illinois Coalition webinar as a guest contributor, from Rush University’s College of Nursing where she is a candidate for a doctorate in nursing practice (2014).


 

ICSHC Webinar: Health, Education, and Immigration: Our Nation's Children
March 13, 2013 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Lauren Aronson is a staff attorney for the Immigrant Children's Protection Project and Immigrant Legal Defense Project. She conducts Know Your Rights presentation to unaccompanied immigrant children, represents them in immigration court, and assesses their cases for assignment to pro bono attorneys. Prior to joining NIJC, Lauren was an Immigrant and Refugee Advocate at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic where she represented refugees seeking asylum and other humanitarian relief. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2009.
 
Undocumented immigrants have a significant presence in the United States and our government is beginning to recognize this, and make changes accordingly.  This webinar will discuss how immigration status, both of children and their parents, can affect access to education and healthcare.  Legally, immigrant children cannot be denied access to education, unless there is a legitimate state interest in doing so; however, some states have attempted to circumvent this law.  This webinar will also introduce and briefly explain several forms of immigration relief for which children often qualify, and it will discuss some ways in which United States Immigration Laws are evolving, including an explanation of Obama’s executive order granting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


 

 

ICAAP & CAIC Webinar: Clinical Update on HPV and Improving HPV Vaccination Practices
March 7, 2013
12:30 p.m.

Featuring medical epidemiologist Dr. Eileen Dunne from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The presentation will cover current ACIP recommendations for HPV vaccine in males and females, current burden of HPV-associated conditions and what might be vaccine preventable, and why HPV vaccine is recommended to 11 or 12 year old girls and boys.


 

The Illinois Coalition for School Health Centers would like to announce its next Webinar: "Advocacy Day 2013: What you need to know to get involved"
February 28, 2013 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Every year, the Illinois Coalition for School Health Centers in partnership with our parent organization, the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, engage youth from around the state to participate in a hands on example of democracy, Advocacy Day.  Advocacy Day is funded fully by ICSHC and is an opportunity for students to learn about advocacy, adolescent health, and school based health centers by traveling to Springfield and engaging with other students and their legislators. This webinar will provide all of the necessary information on how to participate. 

Click here to download a recording of the webinar.


School Health Index - Strategies for Successful Implementation Webinar
February 27, 2013 | 10:00 - 11:30 am CST

Need to conduct the School Health Index (SHI) Assessment and don't know where to start?  Want help selling the value to your school personnel? Require strategies to engage the appropriate people on your wellness team?  If so, join Dr. Seraphine Pitt Barnes, a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an informative webinar on the SHI assessment and planning tool.

Dr. Pitt Barnes will discuss best practices in conducting the assessment, strategies for addressing barriers and challenges, and ways to demonstrate the SHI's value and return on investment.

Dr. Seraphine Pitt Barnes is a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Pitt Barnes received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Virgin Islands and earned both her Master of Public Health and Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. She currently leads school-based evaluation studies and provides evaluation technical assistance to partners. She also oversees and manages the School Health Index, a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
The Affordable Care Act and Mental/Behavioral Health
February 19, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates
Heather O'Donnell, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Thresholds


Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the tenth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will provide information about how mental health and behavioral health services are affected by the ACA.

Learning Objectives:


 

New Health Insurance Coverage Opportunities Coming This Year: What's in it for Women?
Hosted by Groundswell Fund and Raising Women's Voices

Featuring: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition


 

We Choose Health: Using School Wellness Policies as Advocacy Tools: A Case Study in Implementation

Tuesday, January 29, 2013| 9:30 AM - 10:30 a.m.

In the followup webinar to "Writing a Strong School Wellness Policy," Guillermo Gomez, Healthy Schools Campaign and Cheryl McIntyre, Danville County Schools will present on how robust wellness policies can be used to advocate for increased school health provisions and services.  The first part of the presentation will cover how to write a policy that can be used in advocacy and strategies for subsequent efforts.  The second part of the presentation will demonstrate how a strong wellness policy has been implemented successfully.

Guillermo Gomez, M.S., is currently the Vice President of Urban Affairs of the Healthy Schools Campaign and is a social justice activist with more than 30 years experience in not-for-profit advocacy organizations focusing on underserved minority communities. Guillermo is nationally recognized for his advocacy in combating childhood obesity in the Latino community and for building strategies with parents to around the creation of school wellness teams. Guillermo earned a bachelor's degree in social welfare and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Cheryl McIntire is the principal of Northeast Elementary Magnet School where she has worked for five years.  She has served as a principal and a school social worker as well as a child welfare administrator for the Illinois dept. of Children and Family Services. Ms. McIntire  has her bachelor's degree in sociology from Illinois State University and her MSW from the University of Illinois and her M. ED from Eastern Illinois University.   In her role, Ms. McIntire assisted Northeast School in becoming a health and wellness School.  As part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Northeast School became the first elementary school in the nation to earn a gold level of recognition.   She was named as a principal of the year by the Illini Region of the Illinois Principal's Association for school year 2011-2012.


 

 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid
January 22, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the ninth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will provide information about the new CountyCare program and updates on Illinois’ progress towards implementing the Medicaid expansion.     

Jane Longo from the Cook County Health and Hospital System will present on CountyCare and answer your questions.


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Chicago Public Schools Wellness Policy
December 19, 2012 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Chicago Board of Education recently acknowledged the critical intersection between student health and academic performance when it passed two new important policies: a Revised Local School Wellness Policy and a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy. The two policies establish an important framework for student wellness, including physical activity, quality PE, nutrition education, healthy food access, and recess. Both policies align with the requirements for the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC), making it easier for schools to become "Healthy Schools Certified" as indicated on the CPS Progress Report.


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
The Affordable Care Act and Older Adults
December 18, 2012 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates
Erin Weir, Manger of Health Care Access, AgeOptions


Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the eight in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will provide information about how older adults are and will be affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.    


Learning Objectives:


Writing and Implementing a Strong School Wellness Policy
December 18, 2012 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Join Erin Rasler-Novak, from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Jamie Chriqui, from the Health Policy Center at UIC's Institute for Health Research & Policy in a webinar on school wellness policies.  The webinar will cover the components of a strong wellness policy, comparisons of policies in schools nationwide, and instructions for writing a successful policy.  


Chicago Public Schools STI Project
November 28, 2012 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health have partnered to implement the STI Project, now in our 4th year, within high schools across the city.  We will provide an overview of the STI Project including utilization of new education and procedures for implementation, share information on education and screening rates for the past 3 years, success and challenges of working with the schools and the goals for expansion which include new partnerships and increasing the SBHC’s role in order to increase the number of schools served by this health initiative.


Ask the Psychiatrist
November 14, 2012 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Peter Nierman will be answering questions from School Health Center staff regarding symptoms, behaviors, therapy, in-patient care, medications, side-effects, and anything else you've wondered about when working with your students and their mental health.


Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
The Affordable Care Act and Persons with Disabilities
November 13, 2012 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates
Joe Entwisle, Health and Disability Advocates


Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the seventh in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will provide information about how persons with disabilities (adults and children) will be affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.    

Learning Objectives:


Prematurity Task Force Report Webinar
November 8, 2012 | 3:00 p.m.  - 4:00 p.m.
Speakers:
Janine H. Lewis: Executive Director, IMCHC
Susan Knight: State Director, Program Services and Public Affairs, Illinois Chapter, March of Dimes

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:

 


 

Information and Inspiration: The Importance of Flu Vaccination Webinar
November 8, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Click here to RSVP.

What’s New With the Flu: The 2012-2013 Season

Should a pregnant woman receive a flu shot?
Can a healthy individual get really sick from the flu?
Have these questions and more answered. Learn about influenza, how to prevent the disease, and how to talk to vaccine hesitant patients about the influenza vaccine.
Guest Speaker:
Litjen (L.J.) Tan, MS, PhD
Director, Medicine and Public Health
American Medical Association
Click here for more information.


The Special Education Process
October 24, 2012 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Tricia Luzadder, Parent Involvement Administrator for the Office of Special Education and Supports, Chicago Public Schools

The presentation will provide an overview of the special education process, beginning with the general education initiative, Response to Intervention, and going through to the writing of the IEP and/or 504 Plan; the difference between Individualized Education Programs and 504 Plans; and the role healthcare professionals can play in the process.


Important Policy/Procedures Updates at Chicago Public Schools

October 17, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Blair Harvey-Gintoft, Assistant Director of Physical Health, Chicago Public Schools

As the new school year gets into full swing, it's important for all SHC providers and administrators in the Chicago region to know and understand changes in Chicago school health policies and procedures. Join Chicago Public Schools, Assistant Director of Physical Health, Blair Harvey-Gintoft, on a webinar outlining these policies and the impact they'll have on your practice. There will be plenty of time for you to ask questions and gain clarity, at the end of Blair's presentation.



Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar

CCEs, MCOs, ICPs, MCCNs, Oh My! Understanding Medicaid Service Delivery Reforms

October 16, 2012 | 2:00 -3:00 p.m.

Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates


Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the sixth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will provide information about upcoming changes in how patients and providers interact with Illinois’ Medicaid system and how the ACA supports improved patient outcomes that are expected to result from the implementation of these changes.  

Learning Objectives:
•  Learn how Medicaid services are currently delivered and the reforms expected to occur in the next several years;
•  Understand the difference between Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Coordinated Care Entities (CCEs), Integrated Care Pilots (ICPs), and Managed Care Community Networks (MCCNs);
•  Find out about pending Illinois policy decisions related to implementation and what you can do to ensure that populations you care about benefit from these reforms.  


 

Ask the Psychiatrist

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 |  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Peter Nierman, Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Medical Director of Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

Peter Nierman will be answering questions from School Health Center staff regarding symptoms, behaviors, therapy, in-patient care, medications, side-effects, and anything else you've wondered about when working with your students and their mental health. You, as part of the School Health Center, will be driving this topic so please submit questions for Dr. Nierman to answer by emailing Sue Murray - smurray60618@yahoo.com or logging on and asking during the webinar!


 

Starting Strong for Community Health! Webinar
Medicaid Reform in Illinois: Moving Backward Before We Go Forward

September 12, 2012 | 2:00 -3:00 p.m.

Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates
Nelson Soltman, Volunteer, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

The Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition and Health & Disability Advocates combine their experience and expertise in working with community health providers and with the nuts and bolts of state and federal health programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security to bring credible, relevant and useful information to Illinois providers.    

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the fifth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar will provide information about Medicaid reforms presently in effect in Illinois, and how further implementation of the ACA will impact Medicaid. 


Illinois legislators approved legislation that made drastic cuts to Medicaid programs and services, with many of these changes effective July 1, 2012.


Learning Objectives:

  • Receive updates on which Medicaid cuts have been implemented, which are still to come, and how you can assist patients who have lost coverage;
  • Understand how the ACA will improve Medicaid coverage and services;
  • Find out about pending Illinois policy decisions related to ACA implementation and what you can do to ensure that Medicaid is preserved and made available to all eligible people. 
  • Click here to download the presentation slides.
  • Click here to download a recording of the webinar.

 


 

Starting Strong for Community Health!
Webinar:  Illinois Women WIN with the Affordable Care Act!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 2:00 -3:00 p.m.

 

Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Andrea Kovach, Staff Attorney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

The Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition and Health & Disability Advocates combine their experience and expertise in working with community health providers and with the nuts and bolts of state and federal health programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security to bring credible, relevant and useful information to Illinois providers.    

Starting Strong Illinois invites you to the fourth in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act. This webinar will focus on how Illinois women have and will benefit from the Affordable Care Act.


Starting on August 1, 2012, women will be able to access preventive services specific to their unique health care needs, without a co-pay, cost-sharing, or deductible. Learn more about these benefits, as well as other provisions in the Affordable Care Act that protect and promote women’s health.

 

Learning Objectives:


 

ICSHC: Motivational Interviewing

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Alexa Hartrich, MS, MSW; community liaison for Riveredge Hospital

Ms. Hartrich will facilitate this webinar which will define motivational interviewing, discuss why and how it was developed, and review its structure and philosophy. The stages of motivational interviewing and stages of motivation will be discussed. Motivational interviewing as a strength based approach will be discussed and how it can be used in any setting with any age group/individual.

Ms. Hartrich, community liaison for Riveredge Hospital, is dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with mental illness through efforts to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and through connecting people to treatment.


 

Cyberbullying

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 |  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sara Migas, High Tech Crime Bureau, State of Illinois Attorney General’s Office

Cyberbullying is a relatively recent phenomenon that occurs when someone is harassed, humiliated, or threatened by another person using the Internet or a cell phone. Despite their benefits, these technologies make us vulnerable to bullying anywhere and at any time - through them, the bully can follow us home. This presentation will provide the information and resources to help victims and teach bullies to understand the impact of their online actions in the real world.



Starting Strong for Community Health!
Webinar:  The Role of Navigators in Health Reform
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 2:00 -3:00 p.m.

Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates
Caitlin Padula, Staff Attorney/University of Chicago Fellow, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Navigators are authorized in the Affordable Care Act and will help people who are eligible to purchase coverage through the Health Insurance Exchange, or to receive coverage through public health insurance, learn about their new options and enroll.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of Navigators
  • Learn about best practices and models that can help inform Illinois’ Navigator program
  • Find out about pending Illinois policy decisions related to Navigators and what you can do to ensure that an Illinois Navigator program best serves hard-to-reach populations.

 

How Will Illinois' Medicaid Reforms Affect You?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Presenters: Kathy Chan, Associate Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
kchan@everthriveil.org | 312-491-8161 x 24 |www.ilmaternal.org

Stephanie Altman, Programs & Policy Director, Health and Disability Advocates
saltman@hdadvocates.org | ph: 312-265-9070 | www.hdadvocates.org

Nelson Soltman, Volunteer, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
nelson.soltman@gmail.com | www.povertylaw.org

Here are links to websites in response to some of the questions posed by
participants:

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted new documents about the Medicaid reforms on their website, including a summary of the changes authorized in SB2840, a client notice, and an updated fact sheet on the Medically Fragile/Technology Dependent wavier.
http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/agency/Pages/Budget.aspx

 

Public Education Subcommittee - next meeting is June 14 from 10am-noon in Chicago and Springfield:
http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/PublicInvolvement/BoardsandCommisions/MAC/publiced/Pages/default.aspx

Info on 1115 wavier for early implementation of Medicaid expansion in Cook County:
http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/PublicInvolvement/PublicNotices/Pages/030712p.aspx

IMCHC is also working on a section-by-section summary of SB2840 - subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when this document is posted online. Visit http://www.ilmaternal.org/eNewsletter.html to sign up.

 


Starting Strong for Community Health!
Webinar:  The Affordable Care Act and Non-Citizens
May 24, 2012 | 2:00 -3:00 p.m.

The Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition and Health & Disability Advocates combine their experience and expertise in working with community health providers and with the nuts and bolts of state and federal health programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security to bring credible, relevant and useful information to Illinois providers.    

Starting Strong Illinois cordially invites you to the second in a series of webinars on the Affordable Care Act. This webinar will help you understand current eligibility under Medicaid and Medicare for non-citizens and how access to affordable health insurance and health care will change in 2014 for this population. 


 

ICSHC: Mood Disorders

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Alexa Hartrich, MS, MSW; community liaison for Riveredge Hospital

Ms. Hartrich will facilitate this webinar which will define a mood disorder based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), describe the signs and symptoms of mood disorders in adolescents and children, and describe interventions and treatment possibilities.

Ms. Hartrich, community liaison for Riveredge Hospital, is dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with mental illness through efforts to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and through connecting people to treatment.


 

Concussion Management

Wednesday, April 25, 2012  |  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Dr. David Jewison, Illinois Masonic

Adolescent athletes retain head injuries and require special care.  


 

Starting Strong for Community Health!
Webinar: ACA Implementation in Illinois
April 5, 2012 | 2:00 -3:00 p.m.

The Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition and Health & Disability Advocates combine their experience and expertise in working with community health providers and with the nuts and bolts of state and federal health programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security to bring credible, relevant and useful information to Illinois providers.    

The first in a series, we plan to follow with information on topics important to community health providers including:


 

ICSHC: Self-Injury

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Alexa Hartrich, MS, MSW; community liaison for Riveredge Hospital

Ms. Hartrich will facilitate this webinar which will define self-injury, discuss the theories behind the cause of self-injury, describe the signs and symptoms related to self-injurious behaviors and review the treatment for children and adolescents to engage in self-injurious behaviors.

Ms. Hartrich, community liaison for Riveredge Hospital, is dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with mental illness through efforts to reduce the stigma related to mental illness and through connecting people to treatment.


 

Electronic Dental Record (EDR) Solution for School-Based Health Care Providers

Thursday, March 8 | 2:00-3:00 pm
Panelists:             Matt Holtzer, Dental Sales Manager, MediaDent                 
Tim McLaughlin, Dental Marketing Manager

Learn how school-based oral health programs can use cloud-based technology to record patient information, including digital X-rays, to interface with sponsor agencies and referral networks. You will learn how you can access patient data from your sponsor (be it community health center, hospital, or other) using only a laptop and wireless internet connection, and easily share information with dentists.

 


 

IMCHC Southern IL Chapter Meeting
PERTUSSIS Persists: CDC Recommends Pertussis Protection for Adults
by: Doreen Mannice, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Wednesday, January 18, 2012


 

Updates to Childhood and Adolescent Immunizations
Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CST
Dr. Julie Morita Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health and Safety at the Chicago Department of Public Health, will provide an update on childhood and adolescent immunizations, focusing on recent changes in recommendations and vaccine coverage levels among adolescents.  She will review progress in national, state and local vaccine coverage and  recent changes in recommendations including influenza, meningococcal, Tdap, and HPV vaccines.   In her prior role as Medical Director of Chicago’s Immunization Program, Dr. Morita was responsible for directing programs to increase immunization coverage levels among children, adolescents and adults in Chicago and had the opportunity to represent local public health on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.

 


 


ICSHC: Follow-Up to Bright Futures Training

Details TBD
Presenter: Jill Sproat, Illinois Department of Human Services


 

ICSHC: Adolescent Sports Medicine

Dr. Rodney J Herrin MD will present a webinar on sports medicine which will include a comprehensive approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of common sports injuries from a school-based health center perspective. Dr. Herrin practices at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois in Springfield and is also the co-medical director of Memorial Sports Care.  Dr. Herrin is has 20 years of experience. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and has obtained subspecialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine.


 

ICSHC: Sexually Transmitted Infections - Timeliness of Treatment and Expedited Partner Therapy
September 21, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Rich Zimmerman, IDPH

Prompt treatment of infected clients and their sexual partners is essential to reduce the transmission of chlamydia and gonorrhea, and prevent risks from untreated infection.

As of January 1, 2010, health care professionals in Illinois (licensed physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses) have the option of providing antibiotic therapy for the sex partners of individuals infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea, even if they have not been able to perform an exam on the infected patient's partner(s). The general term for this practice is Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT).

Currently, there are considerable challenges to effective partner management.  Because of the high burden of infection and limited public health resources for partner notification activities, it is difficult for local health departments to provide investigation and partner notification for cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia.  Thus, the standard of care has become patient referral, whereby physicians counsel patients that the responsibility for notifying partners rests with the patient.  The effectiveness of patient referral is limited by the patient’s choice in notifying the partner, as well as the partner’s choice in seeking treatment.  Despite being notified, asymptomatic partners often fail to seek care because they have no signs or symptoms of infection, and they incorrectly assume they are not infected.   Additionally, some partners may be uninsured and have limited access to medical care.  These limitations to the effectiveness of partner management demonstrate the need for additional strategies to ensure sex partner treatment such as expedited partner therapy.

 


 

Partnering with SBHCs - What Schools Need to Know
September 14, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Sue Murray, ICSHC


This online handbook, developed with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies by the Illinois Coalition for School Health Centers in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois Department of Human Services,  is intended for all school personnel – from the principal to the security guard – who are part of a school that has a school-based health center (SBHC) in its building or on its grounds. Participate in ICSHC's Back to School Campaign by Presenting this tool to your school personnel!  Access the handbook by visiting www.nasbhc.org/schoolpersonnelhandbook.


 

 

Text4baby
August 2, 2011 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Panelists: Kathy Chan, Associate Director/Policy Director, IMCHC
Sheila Sanders, Project Manager, Campaign to Save Our Mothers and Babies
Alvina Alvina Eineke, RN MSN, Community Health Initiatives Coordinator, Kane County Health Department

Thanks to everyone who participated in the August 2nd webinar on text4baby! For those of you who were unable to join us, a recording of the presentation and the power point used are available for download, along with a list of questions that were asked by participants during the webinar.


 

Illinois Health Connect
August 4, 2011 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Panelist: Kathy Chan, Associate Director/Policy Director, IMCHC
Christine Cazeau, Enrollee Services Manager, Illinois Health Connect/Automated Health Systems, Inc.

Illinois Health Connect (IHC) provides a medical home for 1.9 million patients in Illinois who receive an HFS or All Kids medical card.  This webinar is designed for organizations who want to learn more about ways IHC connects patients to quality, coordinated health care.  It will highlight important program components, resources available for patients and organizations, and ways IHC helps patients navigate their healthcare.


 

ICSHC: Illinois Minor Consent and Confidentiality Laws

July 13, 2011 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Panelist: Vivian Barrett, Manager of Training and Resources, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

This webinar will provide the participant with a better understand of Illinois’ consent and confidentially laws and the impact on adolescents as they access healthcare independently.


 

ICSHC: Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies in Childhood

June 8, 2011, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Christine Szychlinski APN, CPNP, Manager, Bunning Food Allergy Program
Children’s Memorial Hospital
Food allergy is a serious and significant childhood disorder. This webinar will review published research, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases guideline for the diagnosis and management of food allergy, and the Illinois state guidelines for the management of life-threatening food allergies in schools. Registered participants will receive a copy of the 2010 “Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Illinois Schools”  developed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and Illinois Department of Public Health.


 

ICSHC: Health Information Technology – Meaningful Use Requirements

May 3, 2011, 3:00-4:30PM
Fred Rachman, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance of Chicago
This webinar will cover the implementation and meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems.


 

IMCHC’s Webinar on the Affordable Care Act
Held on March 23, 2011



IMCHC’s Briefing on Medicaid Reform Legislation
Held on February 14, 2011

We're sorry but due to technical difficulties, we are unable to provide a copy of the webinar recording. However please find below links to relating webinar documents.

Please note that feedback on the HFS documents must be emailed to Kathy Chan prior to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16th.

Income guidelines for AllKids and FamilyCare