Peer Groups & Resources

Peer Groups

The APCA Emergency Management program provides APCA’s CHC/LALs with the training, technical assistance, and resources to strengthen their capacity to prepare, respond, and recover from an emergency or disaster.  APCA works to promote collaboration and integration, to ensure that Alaska health centers are represented in statewide, regional and local emergency planning and response.

The Colorectal Cancer Screening Project is a grant awarded by the CDC to APCA in order to help patients in community health centers get screened for colorectal cancer. We help clinics focus on evidence based interventions and clinical workflows.  The program can help pay for colonoscopies and educational resources for health centers to keep their patients cancer free!

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: previously known as the “Ladies First” project, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening is a project in collaboration with the state of Alaska, the CDC and the PCA to increase screening rates of cervical and breast cancer with community health centers throughout the state

The NACHC Adult Immunization Program is a collaboration between the National Association of community health centers and the Alaska primary care association to help raise the rates of adult immunizations throughout the community health centers. The program focuses on flu, COVID, zoster and pneumococcal vaccines.

Carequest is a grant received to work specifically with community health centers on improving dental health. This grant allows for eligible clinics to receive an Azara module to further monitor rates of care in their clinics.

Operational Excellence Assessment: Assessments are conducted on-site to determine opportunities for improvement. Three APCA staff members or contractors who are highly experienced and skilled in governance, financial, and clinical areas are available to help you assess your organization, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop an action plan for success.

Exit Conference Attendance: Telephonic attendance at the Exit Conference by one or more APCA staff members to take notes on HRSA Reviewer comments and Met/Not Met requirements. Notes will be sent to the Health Center within one business day.

Assistance during the OSV: Telephone support during the OSV available at no cost.*

*These services are available at no cost unless APCA staff are requested to attend onsite, in which case the organization pays for travel, lodging, and per diem for each staff person.

Quality Improvement Assessments and Site Visits: APCA provides QI Coaching to support organizations in identifying opportunities for improvement. The site visits include APCA facilitating an assessment of the CHC, as well as walking Health Center staff through the QI process. An Action Plan is developed capturing next steps. APCA staff will coach Health Center employees on the use of various organizational assessment tools including time studies, the Model for Improvement, Plan-Do-Study-Acts (PDSAs), process mapping, and more to improve QI staff capacity within the CHC. 

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Transformation & Support: PCMH Readiness Assessments are conducted virtually or on-site to determine organizational readiness for recognition or certification and development of action plan & coaching, including a two-hour virtual review of supporting evidence. PCMH walk throughs for NCQA, AAAHC, and TJC are available upon request.

APCA is offering a 4-part training series on PCMH, including comparisons of the different PCMH options, a deep dive into The Joint Commission PCMH option, AAAHC’s PCMH option, and NCQA’s PMCH option. Upon the completion of this 4-part series, APCA will resume normal PCMH Office Hours.

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