Issue: May 13, 2019

Published on May 13, 2019

Articles in this issue:

DOH: Person-Centered Planning Statewide Training Initiative

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is excited to announce that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative*! Please follow the link below to see available Learning Institutes and Regional Training sessions. 

DOH will continue to add more training opportunities to this page in the coming weeks. Please continue to check back if you don’t see an opportunity in your area yet. 

We encourage you to participate in this important training initiative! If you have any questions about the initiative or the registration process, please email us at

*About the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

This training initiative is sponsored by the New York Department of Health to support system transformation and best practices in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)-compliant person-centered planning throughout the State. The initiative is sponsored by the Department of Health in partnership with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) and subject matter experts from the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, Support Development Associates (SDA), and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). The initiative will consist of an extensive series of Regional Trainings and Learning Institutes held across the State in 2019 and 2020. The focus of the trainings and institutes will be to grow person-centered thinking, planning, and practice capacity in HCBS covered service systems in the State.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

DOH: Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending 5/4/2019

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

This Informational Message is being sent to you by the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC), which produces a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report from October through May. Attached is the influenza surveillance report for the week ending May 4, 2019.

This surveillance report is also available on the NYSDOH's public website at: as well as on the NYSDOH's password-protected Health Commerce System (HCS). To access the report on the HCS, log onto the HCS using your HCS password, select "Content" from the menu bar, then "Documents by Group">"NYSDOH">Diseases and Conditions">"Influenza"> "Surveillance">"Weekly Reports 2018-19 Season." 


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

2019 Art from the Heart Program

Author: Nancy Leveille and Joanne O'Connor* Published in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 15th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities.

Those of you who are fortunate to work in the skilled nursing profession are well familiar with the special gifts and images created by the residents entrusted in your care. As your Statewide Association we believe it important to continually recognize the creative abilities of your dynamic residents and the vibrant activities which occur each and every day in your facilities. We encourage you to consider holding your own competition as a means of selecting the two submissions from your facility.

The rules of the contest are outlined in the attached brochureThe submission deadline for the 2019 Art from the Heart Program is June 28, 2019.

As in the past, an independent panel of judges will select 13 winning entries which will be featured in the 2020 Art from the Heart wall calendar.  Additional pieces will be chosen to be part of the annual public exhibition.  The Foundation is currently exploring opportunities to showcase the winning entries and will also continue to sponsor the “Legislator Artwork on Loan Program”, where the winning pieces will be loaned to Legislators for display in their offices.

The “Art from the Heart” calendar will be distributed to the artists, their families, NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities, state lawmakers, and government officials.

Please join the many facilities which have participated previously.  Have some fun and help us recognize the talented and vibrant artists who reside in your facility.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne O’Connor at the Foundation for Quality Care.


Nancy Leveille
Executive Director
518-462-4800 ext. 20

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23