IHA Daily Briefing: May 10

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Health Equity Action Day: Engage in Afternoon Activities
Reminder: PRF Reporting Period Extensions
New Maternal Mental Health Hotline Launched
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted

Health Equity Action Day: Engage in Afternoon Activities
Taking action is key to our collective journey toward health equity: IHA’s second annual Health Equity Action Day this Friday, May 13, seeks to both celebrate the work already underway at Illinois hospitals and propel action during on-your-own activities in the afternoon.

Like last year, IHA is providing a comprehensive list of day-of activities for hospital and health system leaders to participate in with their teams and other staff. Activities are categorized into “Introductory or Individual Tools and Resources” and “More Comprehensive Tools and Resources,” which are further divided into the four pillars of IHA’s Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report (Progress Report):

  • Our People;
  • Our Organization;
  • Our Patients; and
  • Our Community.

Morning virtual programming, from 9-11:30 a.m., will also present opportunities for reflection and idea sharing, as you take in the keynote address by policy expert and bestselling author Heather McGhee, along with the videos and panel discussions on successful health equity initiatives at four Illinois hospitals. The four equity initiatives will also correspond to the Progress Report’s four pillars.

We look forward to all IHA members joining us this week for Health Equity Action Day, Accelerating Health Equity Across Illinois. Register today.

After registering, you will receive connection information before the event. Please share the connection information with others in your organization so as many people as possible can participate in this important day.


Reminder: PRF Reporting Period Extensions
Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a new policy allowing reporting deadline extensions for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments under certain extenuating circumstances. PRF recipients that received approval to report late on use of Phase 1 PRF payments have until Monday, May 23 to submit their report and come into compliance with PRF reporting requirements. Requests for Phase 1 extensions were due April 22.

Recipients of Phase 2 PRF payments have until this Friday, May 13, to submit a request for a Phase 2 reporting deadline extension. Interested recipients must complete a Request to Report Late Due to Extenuating Circumstances form. HRSA notes that requesting an extension does not guarantee approval. More information, including a list of permissible extenuating circumstances, is on HRSA’s website.


New Maternal Mental Health Hotline Launched
A Maternal Mental Health Hotline has been launched, offering a confidential resource for expecting and new moms experiencing maternal depression and other mental health challenges.

The hotline is accessible by phone or text at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) in English and Spanish. TTY users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746.

“This new Maternal Mental Health Hotline will not only advance our priorities of tackling the nation’s mental health crisis, but also support our efforts to ensure healthy pregnancies and support new parents,” U.S. Health and Human Services Department Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

Counselors are available through the hotline to provide a range of support, including brief interventions from trained, culturally and trauma-informed counselors. Referrals to both community-based and telehealth providers will be provided as needed.


Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 5,344 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, and 15 COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 846 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 88 patients were in the ICU and 21 patients were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 13,115 doses. IDPH reported that 77.9% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.8% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 76.7% have been fully vaccinated, while 85.4% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.2% have been fully vaccinated and 81.5% have received at least one dose.


Briefly Noted
Today, on National Fentanyl Awareness Day, read a transcript from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Director’s Blog discussing the opioid crisis, the ways it worsened during the pandemic and the role fentanyl plays in overdose deaths. NIH Acting Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak sat down with Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Rebecca Baker, director of Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative, for a candid conversation about the ever-evolving opioid crisis, related research currently underway, cutting-edge treatment options and prevention initiatives.

A large study has found that vaccinated individuals experiencing COVID-19 breakthrough cases had lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, compared to those with COVID-19 who were not vaccinated. The results, published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, also found that “risk of death 90 days later was significantly lower as well.”